Dear friends…

Welcome to the new bulletin for September and October. We hope you enjoy it.

This issue includes an article on fellow Friend Sue Brophy. If you would like to be our “Featured Friend” in a future issue, drop us a line and we’ll send you our questionnaire,

There’re details of a collage by Linder which the gallery bought with the help of funds from FotH and details of an exhibition by Friend Shaun Flett and Peter Dixon.

We have included details of up and coming talks and events and longer-term dates for your diary, What’s on at the Hatton Gallery and also What’s on at other local venues

The committee always appreciate members’ views and comments. If any member wishes to include an article in a future bulletin please contact the current Secretary, Richard Thompson by emailing

What’s on locally

The Biscuit Factory
Autumn Exhibition – free admission 6th September to 3rd November
The Biscuit Factory welcomes painter, printmaker and sculptor Henrietta Corbett.
New work from: Cheryl Culver, Raquel Alvarez Sardina and Richard Sowman
New to the Gallery: Annie Waring Deborah Grice, Jill Tate and Michael St. Clair.

Paris can stay in bed  – Simon Le Ruez
3rd October to 2nd November Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 5 pm
Matthew Smith  – same dates.

Laing Gallery
The Enchanted Interior: 12TH October – 22nd February.
Always on show: Northern Spirit – celebrating artists, manufacturers and makers from the north east of England.

What’s on at the gallery

New gallery interior showing the Pioneers of Pop exhibition, photo by Colin Davidson

ARTIST ROOMS Roy Lichtenstein
An exhibition of works by American Pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein – Until 4 January 2020

Heather Ross: All the Better to Hear You With
A preformative installation in dialogue with the work of Kurt Schwitters – Until 15 February 2020

Lothar Götz: Fairground Abstract
An immersive wall painting by artist Lothar Götz – 5 October 2019 – 4 January 2020



Gallery Opening Times: Monday to Saturday. 10am to 5pm

Collage bought with the help of FotH funds

Linder, Untitled, 1979, photomontage, 27 x 22 cm. Photo: Todd White.

Earlier this year, Julie Milne the Chief Curator of Art Galleries requested financial help from the Friends to purchase an early collage piece by Liverpool born artist Linder Sterling. Linder’s work came to prominence in the Manchester punk scene in the late 1970s. She featured in the Hatton Gallery’s recent “Exploding Collage” exhibition.

The collage was bought partly by funds from the Contemporary Art Society who said of the work, “Untitled is a 1979 collage that is perhaps less immediately confrontational than some of her work, but it sits squarely within the concerns that have been at the core of Linder’s practice for more than thirty years.  White goods, cooking utensils and cutlery have featured repeatedly as signifiers of the domestic sphere that was for so long considered the appropriate setting for women.  In Untitled, the home itself is presented as a teetering monolith, women’s faces peering through the windows and doors. Like Alice in Wonderland, the women have become absurdly too large for the buildings and threaten to be no longer confined by them  – be they palatial mansions or modest suburban semis.”

Image: Linder, Untitled, 1979, photomontage, 27 x 22 cm.
Photo: Todd White. © Linder. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London

Member’s exhibition Shaun Flett

Assemblage: Persons and Location
The Old Lowlights, Clifford’s Fort, The Fish Quay, North Shields
19th of October until the 17th of November 2019

An exhibition comprising photographs, drawings and paintings by North Shields artists Shaun Flett and Peter Dixon.

Shaun has been a member of the Friends for many years and it is a pleasure to help promote a forthcoming exhibition of his works together with fellow artist Perter Dixon.

The focus of the work is centred on the depiction of the industrial River Tyne and North Shields and its people with works executed over a number of years.

Peter is a graphic designer, painter, photographer, historian and publisher while Shaun has taught art for over 30 years in Further Education throughout the north east. Shaun and Peter have both completed painting commissions and have shown their work in various exhibitions over many years.

This issue’s Featured Friend – Sue Brophy

Sue Brophy by her work in the Friends Summer Exhibition 2019

Q: Sue, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your passion for art:
A: I was educated in Thirlmere, Keswick, Penrith and Carlisle and went to Art College in 1960. I chose a four year National Diploma in Design, my subjects were printed and woven textiles. This course included a thorough grounding in observational drawing. On leaving college I lived in Finland where I taught English to a family of 4 children. I absorbed the Finn’s love of design and simple glasswork.

I married in 1966, had 2 sons, worked in a preschool and then for over 20 years, as a teaching auxiliary in paediatric wards of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead. The teacher and I worked at the bedside, wards and in the classroom. I worked in all sorts of crafts, with sick children (to 16), their parents. A job I loved, of reassurance and encouragement through play.

In my early 50s I became a cutter and polisher in Jane Charles’ Studio Glass, working with industrial machine processes, I sold her work at trade fairs and also made my own hot glass work twice a year. Whilst working for with Jane, I started my own hand painted silks and kiln formed glass jewellery designs selling in the UK Japan and Australia.

Eventually retiring, I found a huge pleasure in drawing of all sorts, in many media – I’ve never thought of drawing as just line – more an expression of ideas. Pastel, lino= drawing with a sharp tool, felting= drawing with wools, printing, especially monoprinting= drawing with inks — a special favourite.

Q: Can you tell us more about the artwork featured on the title page?
A: The pictures in the exhibition are “Dove Crag” and “Fairy Well”, in Harbottle woods, an area walked many times and loved for the geology. They’re worked on coloured paper, with water colour wash as a base, then pastels and pencils. I never use a white base except for printing occasionally.

Q: What are you currently working on/planning to work on?
A: At the moment I’m working on a number of lino cuts of Northumberland, printed in black and white, and larger felt and stitched pieces for an exhibition next year.

Q: Are there any events/exhibitions that you’re excited about?
A: At the moment, Halima Cassell, a ceramicist, has an exhibition in Manchester called “Virtues of Unity”. Geometric designs in unglazed clay – some clays sent to her from all over the world.

And in Edinburgh an exhibition of great interest “Cut and Paste” 400 years of collage!

Q: Who is your favourite artist or favourite art movement?
A: I do not have a favourite artist but find myself more and more drawn to work, of any medium that depicts the seasons and texture of light, uplands and open spaces.

Q: When did you become a Friend of the Hatton Gallery and why? What is your favourite part of being a Friend of the Hatton Gallery?
A: Joining FotH about 10 years ago was a revelation. Really interesting and often challenging lectures and rewarding, helpful practical Saturday schools.

Should all art students learn to paint and draw – a talk by Professor Richard Talbot

Professor Richard Talbot is Director of the Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Professor of Contemporary Drawing

Wednesday, November 6th, 1 pm

The talk will take place in the Fine Arts Lecture Theatre. Newcastle University.

The event is organised by Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS).

This is NOT a public lecture. It is ONLY available to members of Newcastle University Retired Staff Society members and members of Friends of the Hatton (FotH). If you wwould like to join FotH, you can download a form from here.

There has been controversy and debate in the press on this issue in the past year, triggered by suggestions from the art critic Jacob Willer that traditional artistic techniques are being lost because of current teaching practices in art schools. Professor Talbot has addressed this criticism, arguing for an open-ended approach while offering students practical workshops in specific skills.

Newcastle University Retired Staff Society members are invited for coffee adjacent to the lecture theatre from 12.30pm.  The RSS welcomes FotH members to what promises to be a fascinating lecture but it is essential that you email Richard Thompson at before 31st October to register your interest.

A talk by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento, Encyclopaedia, 2018 Screen printed and fused glass 82 x 21 x 13 cm photo by David Williams

A talk by Jeffrey Sarmiento of The National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday, November 9th 11am to 1pm

The talk will take place in Learning Room at the Gallery.


Centre, 2019 Waterjet cut mirror 250 x 85 x 2 cm photo by David WilliamsDr Sarmiento has worked internationally as a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass, and an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. He won the International Glass Prize 2012 at Glazenhuis, Belgium and his solo exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland toured to Bullseye Projects, USA. His collaborative work was also included in Glasstress Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale. He leads National Glass Centre Research and was also Artistic Director at North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland.



Christmas Market – a call for stall holders

wooden Christmas decorations

Our second Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 7th December Dec, 10:00-16:00. It will be an opportunity to sell your artwork, and crafted goods, There will be festive refreshments, a raffle and an opportunity to find unique and beautiful Christmas presents

If you’re interested in in a stall, send an email including a short description of items/goods to be sold and whether you want a full of half stall (if you have a sharing exhibitor in mind, please tell us  that, too) to by 15 Nov 2019.

A ‘stall’ is a 6ft trestle table. Exhibitors need to bring any support equipment as required (stands/rails/cash box incl. change or float)

Costs: Single stall £20/ £30 for a shared stall with another exhibitor (£15 each)

Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Short Course in Printmaking

The print studio during one of our print workshops

with Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode.

Vhairi and Caroline are offering a short course in Printmaking on Saturdays 23rd & 30th November 2019 and 25th January & 8th February 2020, 10.30am till 4.00pm each day. The course will be held in the Learning Room, at Hatton Gallery.

As there will be more time, they aim to introduce simple screen-printing and revisit the 2 plate process, as well as helping students to continue with other techniques.

8 places are available

Cost: £20 per person per day plus a small surcharge for materials.

To register for a place on either of these courses, email Don’t forget to tell us which course you are interested in.