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On the face of it, Nick Fox’s Nightsong installations hark back to the romantic symbolism of such late-19th century decadents as Oscar Wilde and Joris-Karl Huysmans. A drawing is adorned by gold dust that was apparently gifted to the artist by his first lover. A nocturnal film, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, plays against a lyrical backdrop of the 1951 Teresa Brewer song Longing For You. It’s intimate art, half in love with heartbreak, longing and loss. In the hands of less skilled artists, such unashamed use of personal confession might come out all clichéd. However, with Fox it comes over as distinctive, and deeply lovely.”

- Robert Clark, The Guardian Guide -
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The Longing Disco

A live event created by Nick Fox, The Longing Disco, at Vane on Friday 1 February 2013 from 7:30pm – 12:05am, is part of The Longing Archive, a project started during Fox’s residency at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland in 2009. The Longing Disco recreates the nostalgia of the ‘Lucky 7s’ disco where everyone brought their own records to the party. Disco guests are invited to bring their own records to play, as well as their personal stories of courtship, romance, unrequited love and hope.

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Better Place Portraiture

Saturday 19 May 2012, 7-11pm

The lights are dimmed and the atmosphere is hushed as you enter the ‘Better Place Portraiture’ séance. Watch film footage or step into the séance yourself to get in touch with lost pets who have passed on to a Better Place. Vane is pleased to be hosting this engaging performance by artists Darren Banks and Flora Whiteley.

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