Past exhibitions

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.

You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism, at Vane

You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism

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‘You’re Reading Into It: Queering Contemporary Minimalism’ brings together bodies of work by seven emerging LGBTQ+ artists, curated by artist Oliver Doe. The work focuses on queer readings of Minimalist art and portrayals of LGBTQ+ experience through a minimal abstract lens. Seeking to challenge the machismo often associated with Minimalist art and reclaim a queerness in that visual language, ‘You’re Reading Into It’ highlights the importance of queer and radical feminist issues in the development of contemporary art.

What If? at Vane

What If?

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Art in Crisis is a national programme of public events presenting artwork by artists experiencing homelessness. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it. ‘What If?’ sees the culmination of a three-month project between Crisis clients in Newcastle and local artist, Rob Haliburton, exploring photographic media.

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