Past exhibitions

Barbaric Comedies; at Vane

Barbaric Comedies

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Vane is pleased to be taking part in an homage to one of Spain’s most influential contemporary filmmakers and artists, Josep Joan Bigas Luna (1946-2013), in a collaboration with Durham University, the Tyneside Cinema, and ¡Vamos! Festival.

‘Barbaric Comedies’, curated by Betty Bigas and Santiago Fouz Hernández, showcases some of Bigas Luna’s controversial video artwork, including the famous short Necklace of Flies and the five-piece video installation ‘Barbaric Comedies’, which was inspired by the well-known work of Spanish dramatist Valle-Inclán.

Seeing a Who; at Vane

Seeing a Who

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‘Seeing a Who’ brings together Gateshead based Michael Mulvihill and Pasadena, USA based Elizabeth Saveri, artists who both explore big themes through the medium of miniature paintings and drawings. After Vane, the exhibition will travel to ArtHelix in Brooklyn, USA, in September this year.

Transparent Things; at Vane

Transparent Things

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‘Transparent Things’ presents works by Deb Covell, Leo Fitzmaurice, Lee Machell, and Jo McGonigal, four artists whose work is united by a deep interest in exploring materials. Each artist displays a reductive yet playful approach, which they use to create, works that question their chosen materials’ inherent properties and limitations as well as attesting to their vast potential beyond their apparent constraints.

Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia; at Vane

Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia

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‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’ is a unique presentation of art inspired by the popular music of pre-revolutionary Iran and Anatolia. Curated by Sara Makari-Aghdam, a young North East England based curator of Azeri-Turk, Persian and English descent, the exhibition makes a clear connection between 1960s and 1970s Iranian culture and contemporary visual art from the Iranian diaspora.

AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism? Claire Fontaine: Collected Works; at Vane

AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?

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This exhibition of three installations by Claire Fontaine includes the new work MECW (Karl Marx Frederick Engels Collected Works brickbats) a sculpture specifically conceived as an answer to the title of AV Festival, Meanwhile, what about Socialism? Curated by AV Festival as part of the Festival group exhibition across nine venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.

AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism? Tim Brennan: Crusade; at Vane

AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?

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In summer 1996, artist Tim Brennan spent 25 days walking 298 miles along the route of the Jarrow Crusade. Fragments of material were prepared by the artist and collected en route. Now eighty years since the Jarrow Crusade, this archive is re-presented, to bear witness to the 21st century. Curated by AV Festival as part of the Festival group exhibition across nine venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Oliver Braid: The Nude Ignity; at Vane

The Nude Ignity

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Oliver Braid’s work has been led by attempts to answer a question first posed by writer, raconteur and gay icon, Quentin Crisp in 1981: how, if at all, may an object express its maker? Opposed to tackling Crisp’s question directly, Braid is committed to oblique approaches in order to generate new angles of understanding.

Jock Mooney: Who Are You and What Do You Want?; at Vane

Who Are You and What Do You Want?

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In ‘Who Are You and What Do You Want?’, Jock Mooney presents an elaborate tableau of sculptural objects, drawings and sound, that functions as a personal reflection on the artist’s life.

Flora Whiteley: Present Continuous; at Vane

Present Continuous

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In ‘Present Continuous’, Flora Whiteley presents new paintings that continue her investigation into filmic and stage-like spaces, combining layers of source material to create enigmatic, suggestive scenes.

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