Past exhibitions

Zip at Vane


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Declan Ackroyd, Hannah Barker, Samuel Barry, Jade Blood, Odin Coleman, Aloe Corry, Joanna Georghadjis, Henry Gonnet, James Hall, Tracy Himsworth, Sian Hutchings, Mag Jittaksa, Tommy Keenan, Edward Lawrenson, Ciara Ní Léanacháin, Samantha Lourens, Euan Lynn, Miria Miria, David Reynolds, Holly Standen

Twenty artists studying on the BxNU Master of Fine Art programme at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, are showcasing their individual practices in a two-week group exhibition.

Hard Craft at Vane

Hard Craft

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Women, like craft, are often portrayed as pleasant and placid. This exhibition celebrates protest and outrage, stitched into fabric and fired in the kiln. The suffragettes created a visual language of resistance through posters, pamphlets, banners, sashes, handkerchief-petitions and ceramic tableware. Many seemingly domestic objects became weapons of dissent and symbols for a societal revolution.

The Human Spaceship at Vane

The Human Spaceship

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In ‘The Human Spaceship’ Helen Schell expresses what it is like to live in a space-faring society at a time when we are experiencing the most astounding change in ‘being-human’ through astronomy and space exploration.

Demo Tape Vision, Version 2 at Vane

Demo Tape Vision, Version 2

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Whilst artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Dortmund in 2016, Jorn Ebner recorded the sound environment of the German city. The resulting soundscapes were published as a limited edition music cassette, Dortmund Demo Tape.

RIFT at Vane


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‘RIFT’ explores the lore surrounding fortune telling, dream states and the human psyche. Mani Kambo has experimented with various printing methods to create abstract, dream-like visuals, developing ideas explored in her recent exhibition, ‘Semblance’, at System Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Through collage and layered imagery, the work acts like fragments of memory left behind for the viewer to piece together.

Feed at Vane


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‘FEED’ brings together a body of work created by Zara Worth since 2016. Concerned with our relationships with hand-held technology and social media, Worth’s practice has been described by curator Tyler Robarge as ‘swipe-specific’: using online culture and technology as subject and medium for artworks with on- and offline lives. Throughout the exhibition materials and methods of creative production point to themes of value, presence and self-image in the social media age. Materials such as rice paper, 23.5 carat gold, void fill, celery, and artificial roses, have symbolic and cultural value and thereby provide metaphors through which to read online culture.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 at Vane

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

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The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Selected from original drawings, the prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of current drawing practice, this year including hand drawn, digital, moving image, textile and sculptural works. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of drawing practitioners, from student to established, and as a project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

3,200 Colours at Vane

3,200 Colours

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Rachael Clewlow creates rigorous and detailed recordings of her everyday movements. Meticulously documenting this mass of information in diaries, this abstract record of the banal to the unexpected becomes a form of trace from which Clewlow begins to construct paintings and prints.

WO/ at Vane


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Clémence BTD Barret, Lucy Bird, Katie Bishop, Liz Blum, Samantha Boyes, Kerry Ann Cleaver, Maria Ferrie, Emma Fleming, Roberta Louise Green, Paddy Killer, Lady Kitt, Bex Massey, Jenny McNamara, Marisol Mendez, Pelumi Odubanjo, Jennifer O’Neill, Louisa Rogers, Lizzie Rowe, Tracy Satchwill, Georgina Talfana

‘WO/’ is curated by artists Melanie Kyles and Caitlin Heaney to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March and showcases work on the themes of the feminine experience, identity and expectations. The exhibition raises questions regarding what it means to be a WO/man in the modern era, through the perspective of female-identifying artists and their work.

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