Friends Bulletin March 2020

Welcome to the Friends’ bulletin for March 2020.

In this issue you will find details of our upcoming AGM on 18th April, along with proxy vote forms if you can’t make the event itself. We have a spotlight trained on local artist William Hindmarsh. Our Featured Friend this issue is artist Harry Bell. If you would like to be our featured in a future bulletin, drop us a line and we’ll send you our questionnaire,

We have included details of our upcoming talks and events, details of “What’s on” at the Hatton Gallery and at other local venues.

If you haven’t already, please “Like” our Facebook page to be kept up to date with our activities and last minute announcements

Read the March 2020 Bulletin online. Or download the .pdf version.

What’s on locally March/April 2020

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Judy Chicago, until 19th April 2020

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings (group exhibition), until 19th April 2020

Bringing together an outstanding selection of artworks that invite visitors to rethink the human position in the world.


The Laing Gallery

William and Evelyn De Morgan: ‘Two of the Rarest Spirits of the Age’
14 March to 20 June 2020

Chris Killip: The Last Ships, gallery reopens soon, check with the gallery for details.


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Simon Martin, until 29th March 2020

Simon Martin’s work is in the permanent collections at the Tate and the Dallas Museum amongst other international institutions.  His works have been described by the New York Times as “masterpieces of poetic discretion”.

Chad McCail: Toy, until 19th April 2020

The artist Chad McCail has spent 3 years developing a single monumental new work specially for the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.  This exhibition presents an enormous 3 dimensional cityscape that fills the entire gallery.


The Biscuit Factory

Spring show, from 7th March 2020

headlined by the Contemporary Young Artist Award 2020 – an exhibition featuring the work of 45 artists, shortlisted from over 1200 submissions.


Side Photographic Gallery

Rena Effendi – Waiting for Winter,
until 5th April 2020

Effendi’s work focuses on themes of environment, post-conflict society, the effects of oil industry on people and social disparity.

Tessa Bunny, until 5th April 2020

For 25 years Tessa has photographed rural life, working closely with individuals and communities to investigate how the landscape is shaped by humans.


Oriental Museum, Durham

Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to now, until 17th May 2020

A British Museum touring exhibition illustrating how artists experiment with the power of paper to express their ideas pushing the medium in new directions.

What’s on locally 2019-20

Mining Art Gallery – Bishop Auckland, Co Durham Daily 10 am to 4 pm

Norman Cornish – a slice of life
Until 23rd February – Mon 12pm to 5 pm Sun, Tues-Sat 10 pm to 5pm

Part of a countrywide centenary celebration of the artist’s birth.  The exhibition includes depictions of life underground, bar scenes and domestic settings.  Norman Cornish’s work also being shown at Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham.  Norman Cornish the Sketchbooks

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Marjolaine Ryley – This is what I see.
Until 3rd February – Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm Sun 1pm to 5 pm

A mid-career retrospective of photographic artist Marjolaine Ryley and the first to offer an overview of her entire body of work to date. The Thin Blue Lines the Deep Red Sea are featured in the exhibition.

The Biscuit Factory

India Amos – Presenting a new portrait series, until 23rd February

Rob Van Hoek – Winter Exhibition, until – 23rd February.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Judy Chicago, until 19th April 2020

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings (group exhibition), until 19th April 2020

Joy Labinjo – Our histories cling to us, until 23rd February 2020

Pippa Hale – Play Rebellion, until 23rd February