slung over the bones of a collage | Group Show

EXHIBITION | 27th October - 12th November 2022

Jennifer Douglas, Neil Gall, Peter Lamb, Paul Merrick, Fay Nicolson, Matt Westbrook
Curated by Matthew Hearn and Paul Merrick

Gallery opening times:
Gallery North: Thursdays & Fridays 12 – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 2pm
36 Gallery: Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 5pm

Please join us for the preview of both exhibition on Thursday 27th October
These begin at Gallery North 5 – 7pm and continue at 36 Gallery, from 7 – 9pm

slung over the bones of a collage wilfully borrows its title from John’s Kelsey’s essay ‘Collage and Program (Rise of the Readymetal Maidans)’. This gesture of appropriation itself mirrors the ways artists ‘exploit and occupy readymade systems of display’. Split across two gallery spaces, Gallery North and 36 Gallery, slung over the bones of a collage considers a wider definition of the processes of ‘collage’ as represented in the practices of the six artists. Collage here is understood in its a verb form, conveying the overlapping ways in which artists self-sample, rephrase and re-model combinations of both their own source content and other appropriated material.

slung over the bones of a collage has been imagined relative to the learning environment and studio culture of an artist studio group and an art school – the two contexts in which 36 Gallery and Gallery North are constituted. On these terms the two linked exhibitions seek to amplify the crossovers in how artists individually and correspondingly make work; to draw connections between the gestures, détournements, graduations or step-changes that occur privately in the artists’ studio, and the production of more conventional finished artworks.

slung over the bones of a collage is the third exhibition in Gallery North’s Autumn season of exhibitions curated around the theme of Constructions. The exhibition is a collaboration with 36 Gallery, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Gallery North Sandyford Building, Sandyford Road, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QE


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.