Past exhibitions

Exposing Form, at Vane

Exposing Form

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Vane is proud to be hosting ‘Exposing Form’, curated by Caitlin Heaney and Melanie Kyles. The show is an intimate and unedited portrayal of emerging female artists and creatives that are associated with Orbis and Ampersand Inventions in Commercial Union House.

Slowing into form, at Vane

Slowing into form

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Vanessa Anthony, Hannah Barker, Allen Barret, Julie Louise Bemment, Kat Bevan, Elizabeth Black, Rob Bowman, Frankie Casimir, Grace Denton, Simone Gandhi, Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton, Samuel Johnson, Sophie Keith, Ricardo Lopes, Mark Lyons, Melissa MacPherson, Dan McGee, Kitty McMurray, Alexander Nicholas, Murray Thompson

A group of postgraduate artists from the BxNU Master of Fine Art course at Northumbria University are throwing their work in the air and seeing how it lands.

Just below the bang bang at Vane

Just below the bang bang

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Mark Joshua Epstein explores a sense of the baroque through the lens of exuberant abstraction. Inherent in the paintings is a kind of dandy-aesthetic, as Epstein investigates modes for thinking about sexuality, uncoupled from its traditional association with corporeal desire. These works play with obfuscation and revealing, while teetering on the edge of taste. Colours are amped up, patterns delivered through the imperfect marks of the artist’s hand.

Hold Tight at Vane

Hold Tight

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In ‘Hold Tight’, Mark Joshua Epstein and Stina Puotinen invite the viewer in for a shared experience in response to recent political events in the US and UK. The installation they have created references both the physical space of the waiting room and the often anxious sensation of waiting.

Idea Generating Machines at Vane

Idea Generating Machines

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Sheyda Porter’s ‘Idea Generating Machines’ celebrates the sculptural possibilities of discarded everyday objects as representations of the mundane world. Porter has an intimate, personal way of perceiving abandoned items, transforming them into aesthetic objects. The repeated gesture of applying paint rids these objects of their practical connotations, reducing them to their ‘thingness’ in order to redefine and reinterpret them. She creates the illusion of mere physical material without a history or a beginning.

Mutations; at Vane


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Vane is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the UK by Lithuanian artist Andrius Erminas.

In ‘Mutations’ Erminas creates multi-layered sculptural compositions that transform the everyday, using easily recognised objects, both natural and man-made, to create new and personal stories. The objects are transformed not only physically but emotionally and symbolically.

Half-light; at Vane


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‘Half-light’ brings together a body of work created by Nick Fox over the last three years, including new paintings, sculptures and cyanotype prints. The works function as a mirror to the artist’s emotional life, charting Fox’s enduring motivations of longing, desire, seduction, love and loss.

Triangular surface areas; at Vane

Triangular surface areas

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In ‘Triangular surface areas’ Berlin based sculptor, Anna Gatjal, presents a new installation that explores the complex relationship between the material world with its physical limitations and the seemingly unlimited possibilities of the mathematical and virtual realm. The installation continues Gatjal’s fascination with the sublime beauty and symmetry of classical geometry.

Contactless; at Vane


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Nick Christie records the subtle, liminal marks and gestures made during the processes of drawing and printmaking. In his recent series of Solarplate and mono prints, the whirls and tracks of the artist’s smeared fingerprints form images that explore the constantly changing nature of everyday communications as we increasingly move from the physical interaction with the real printed page to its simulation on the screen of the smart phone and tablet.

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