Past exhibitions

The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man at Vane

The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man

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‘The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man’ brings together recent sculptural works by Ralph Darbyshire, Richard Hollinshead and Kenneth Ross in an exhibition that explores the fallibilities in seemingly certain masculine positions. Figurative in the broadest sense, these sculptural works collectively engage with difficult material, whether brashly explicit or operating as a disquieting undercurrent; and whether concerned with political unrest, sexuality, violence or male body image.

Strange Pursuit at Vane

Strange Pursuit

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Declan Ackroyd, Samuel Barry, Kat Bevan, Rob Bowman, Aloe Corry, Juliet Fleming, Simone Gandhi, Joanna Georghadjis, Tracy Himsworth, Siân Hutchings, Tommy Keenan, Ciara Lenihan, Samantha Lourens, Euan Lynn, Kitty McMurray, Alexander Nicholas, Natalie Reid, Theo Scott

Artists from the BxNU Master of Fine Art programme at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, are showcasing their individual practices in a week-long group exhibition.

Parallel Lives at Vane

Parallel Lives

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For ‘Parallel Lives’ Morten Schelde and Flora Whiteley have each made a series of drawings. Schelde combines disparate elements that hover together on the edge of collapse, a moment as short as a sharp intake of breath. Whiteley represents something slower, where the components of her drawings float, transparently: a hovering projected object, a series of slides from a fictional lecture.

Man or Mouse? at Vane

Man or Mouse?

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Tommy Keenan analyses the figural representations of hyper-masculinity experienced in modern culture. Often the work is an examination of macho male stereotypes that seeks to disrupt them and point out the ludicrous nature of the implied expectations, reflecting on society’s expectations of what these gender ‘ideals’ should be.

Artificial Ignorance at Vane

Artificial Ignorance

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Working across drawing, printmaking and digital imaging, Mark Lyons is interested in the role of emerging technology in the production of art and its relationship to more traditional modes of making. Lyons has recently been aiming to automate aspects of his practice using a combination of artificial intelligence and commercial machinery, raising questions around labour, authorship and intentionality.

Asparagus at Vane


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Suzan Pitt’s 1979 animated film, Asparagus, is a candy-coloured nightmare that rocked audiences when it premiered in an installation at the Whitney Museum, New York, catapulting her to the front ranks of indie animation.

Common Ground at Vane

Common Ground

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For ‘Common Ground’ Juan delGado has curated a programme of moving image works by and about refugees and migrants. From the everyday to the cataclysmic, the films and animations are tender, funny and heart rending.

Dialogus at Vane


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‘Dialogus’ presents works by eleven artists selected from this year’s issue of Lungs magazine contributors, whose media span across video, short film, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, and illustration. The artists are Emma Bennett, Molly Bythell, Mark Chapman, Callum Costello, Lauren Drummond, Joe Jefford, Steven Lowery, Liam McCabe, Amy Roberts, Matt Wilkinson, and Zara Worth.

Valence at Vane


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‘Valence’ is an art/science collaboration and investigation between the Fine Art department and the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR) at Newcastle University.

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