Collected | The Collective Studio 2020/2021

11th - 23rd June 2022

By on May 30, 2022

Gallery opening times:
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 12pm – 5pm

Preview: Saturday 11th June 5pm – 8pm
Tyneside Lates: Thursday 23rd June 6pm – 10pm

The Collective Studio 2020/2021
Zoë Carlon / Jade Cooper / Taya Franco / Haley / Oliver Hoffmeister / Toni Hurford / Margaret Jennings / Gemma Jones / LJ Matthews / Pheobe Riley Law / Aidan Knowles Levitt / Micaela Perrot-Barnaby / Studio Phat / Beth Stead / Amy Story / Matilda Sutton / Maya Wallis 

The Collective Studio is run by The NewBridge Project in partnership with Newcastle University and its Institute for Creative Arts Practice. It is an annual development programme for early-career artists and/or recent graduate artists and creative practitioners. The structure of the programme is shaped by and for its members and it is set across the rich backdrop of The NewBridge Project’s evolving public programme, which explores topics like climate change and methods for collective solidarity that can help us imagine and live new futures. 

As a group we are from a variety of artistic and personal backgrounds and geographical locations, though the majority of us are based in the North East of England. 

Our time on the programme was spent in various states of lockdown and we almost entirely engaged online via email and zoom. This show brings together work that was created during and after our time in the collective programme. Rather than responding to a specific theme, it serves as an opportunity to work collectively again in physical space and to mark our time together as a collective. The resulting exhibition is reflective of the meeting of individual and collaborative practices. 

The work included spans a range of processes; illustrations, drawing, film, text, sound, sculpture, textile, performance, print, painting, furniture, installation and ceramics. 

Whilst there is diversity in our materials, life experiences and processes, related concerns run through our work that feel pertinent. 

Throughout our work is a foundation of lived experience and a direct or indirect critiquing of sociopolitical systems and structures, including investigations of posthumanism, ableism, gender and climate emergency. Sometimes this means creating work that is truthful and challenging, sometimes hopeful and utopian. 

For many of us storytelling is key, whether it traverses the line between the real and the fantastical, the material and the virtual, definitions of art, design and craft. Or whether it relies on the personal and emotional; reflecting on experiences of physical pain and mental health. Our exhibition will trace a ‘Collected’ narrative of these intertwined reflections on the social, political and personal.

 


The former 36 Lime Street Gallery was established in 2009 as an artist run space to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to experiment and take risks with new work. Selected by committee from an open call, 8 proposals are selected and exhibited throughout the year.

The gallery space continues to provide a platform as 36.