Report on CACH Lecture by Stephen Moonie

On 8th June members enjoyed the third in a series of Saturday morning Lectures organised by Maggie Bassendine for the Contemporary Art Club.

This Lecture, entitled ‘Conceptual Art in Britain and the US’ was delivered by Dr Stephen Moonie, an art historian at the University.  Normally these talks are presented in the Gallery learning room but on this occasion it was delivered in one of the main university lecture theatres.  The venues’ IT and layout added significantly to the enjoyment of the event.

Dr Moonie stressed that conceptual art proper was bound up with the cultural ides of the late 60’ and early 70’s.  Many people think that conceptual art is reflected in the work of Damian Hirst and Tracy Emin, for example.  But this is not strictly conceptual art. What an artist actually does was challenged by all conceptualists. This idea meant that conceptual art was not immediately appealing. Although many of the conceptualists started out as painters, the conceptual art of the late 60’s and 70’s was not necessarily beautiful or saleable.  Stimulating questions like ‘what actually makes art, art’  and ‘can an artist unmake artwork’ challenged the idea that artwork needs to be a ‘physical thing’

This was just a sample of the talk, which was most enjoyable and stimulated many questions from the audience.

If you are nterested in joining CACH (Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton)? Please email Marion Thompson

Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton (CACH) August meeting

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The next meeting of the Contemporary Art Club will be held on Saturday 10th August, 11:00-13:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

The purpose of CACH is to give an opportunity for Friends of the Hatton who are interested in meeting informally to talk about their work and how it relates to art of today. The Club also hosts guest lecturers, most of who are highly qualified speakers or practitioners in art (see diary dates below).

If you are interested in joining CACH or want more details, please contact Marion at

CACH is only accessible to Friends of the Hatton. If you are interested but not yet a member, you can join here.

Report on CACH Lecture at the Gallery – 11th May 2019

London by Enrique Azcobar

On the 11th May members enjoyed an exclusive lecture at the gallery delivered by Enrique Azocar, a Chilean/British artist.

Enrique, who is a part time lecturer in Art and Drawing at Durham University, lives and works in Northumberland. He has worked on art educational programs for TWAM including work at the Laing Art Gallery. Enrique also runs a successful art studio where he tutors painting sessions in various media. Further details can be found at

The talk at CACH generated much discussion, notably with his painting entitled “London” (see above) (oil media, 137 x 125 cm) which depicted an aerial cityscape:

Enrique enjoys the process of making art, the development of an idea within the imagination and its workings in to a physical form. He said “These aerial perspective paintings can be said to encourage a dialogue between the pictorial sublime and the physical relationship between the viewer´s image and their experience of an imaginary urban area, from global macrocosm to the microcosm of its inhabitants’ perspective. These imaginary cities do not simply seek to revisit the urban past or our relationship with it, but to invade and reinvent it closely through its history and geographic design’s patterns.

“My paintings show colour relations and imaginative structures, within one varying composition. I placed pure colours next to each other with mesmerizing effect. I see my paintings as an ambiguous game that moves between the figurative and the abstraction. I have no intention whatsoever to imitate what I see. I’d like to think that I am exploring how artificial and arbitrary “The Sublime” can be, when reconstituted in the context of the studio, by using an imaginatively elevated perspective (aerial view).”

The lecture, which was interesting and informative, slightly overran its time limit due to the engagement of those present. More about the artist and his work can be found on his website,

If you are nterested in joining CACH (Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton)? Please email Marion Thompson

“Conceptual Art in Britain and the U.S.” a lecture by Dr Stephen Moonie

Saturday 8th June, 11.00–‐13.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Dr Stephen Moonie is an art historian. He specialises in the art and theory of the post-war United States, with a particular interest in the discourse of Modernist painting in the 1950s and 1960s. More broadly, he is interested in art writing, aesthetics and contemporary painting.

Previously, Stephen taught at the Department of History of Art at the University of Warwick. He completed his MA (Hons) at the University of St Andrews, and completed his MA (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) at the University of Essex.

His research interests focus upon post-war art and theory, especially Modernist painting and its criticism. He contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition at Tate St Ives and Warwick Arts Centre, The Indiscipline of Painting (2011).

Stephen is interested in art criticism and the problem of value judgments, and has written articles on the writing of British art critic Lawrence Alloway and the late critic/historian Leo Steinberg.

This lecture is part of Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton, to which all members of the Friends are invited.

Complementary coffee and biscuits available. Booking not necessary.

FOTH Contemporary Art Club

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Saturday 10 November 2018, 11:00 – 13:00, Learning Room Hatton Gallery

We are exploring the idea of starting a club for FOTH members who are interested in contemporary art.

While members would eventually help set the content and direction of the club, a broad outline in the initial stages would be:

  • Meet once per month in the Learning area of the Hatton
  • Clarify what it is we​ mean by ‘contemporary art’
  • Discuss art work, exhibitions, research in a supportive and relaxed and friendly atmosphere
  • Share experiences, techniques and knowledge
  • Show finished work or work in progress to the group
  • Encourage and support interest in contemporary art
  • Share unwanted art materials and equipment
  • Eventually show art work in a public exhibition
  • A key step would be to set the broad agenda for future meetings.

The first meeting would begin with a bit of socialising (tea, coffee and biscuits). Then to make a link to the gallery, members could look at the current exhibitions followed by a discussion.

THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY EVENT! If you are interested but not yet a Friend of the Hatton you can join here:

20 places avleailable
Cost: free for members
If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact: