International artist’s residencies – working on site
A talk by Chris Jones, Professor of Fine Art Practice, Newcastle University
Saturday 11th January 11am. Learning Room at the Gallery.
Chris will talk about residences he has held overseas in Australia, Norway, Japan and China.
Rhonda Fenwick is a contemporary/ participatory artist
Tuesday 18th February, Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery, nibbles 6pm talk 6.30 – 7.30.
Rhonda’s work is concerned with Art and the creative process as a way of empowerment and transformation.
As Igor Stravinsky once said “I myself, having been created, cannot help but create”.
It is this example of inspiration which leads me to work with paint, mixed media, collage, write and film making – integrating the different mediums to create.
The talk is an attempt to explain the creative process of what that implies. Uncovering the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ and the idea that creativity involves stored memories containing them with new incoming data to create something unique.
In the words of Artist Brice Marden, he said “ultimately, I’m using the painting as a sounding board for the spirt…
You can be painting and go into a place where thought stops – where you can just be and it just comes out… I present it as an open situation rather than a closed situation.”
If you would like to come please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.
Saturday 14th March 2020 11am. Learning Room at the Gallery.
Anne studied at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art, London and lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including residencies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Upernavik Museum in North West Greenland, and National Glass Centre in Sunderland. A privately commissioned window for St Johns Church, Healey in Northumberland won the Art and Christianity Award 2011.
Anne Vibeke was co-curator, exhibitor and editor of Chance Finds Us, 2014, an exhibition and companion publication of works by eight artists from the North East for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima. This project also saw her collaborate with cavers to obtain traces of cave walls from hidden landscapes underground, material which has formed the basis for engravings and a work for National Glass Centre in 2017.
For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.
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 email@example.com before 31st October to register your interest.
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.
Dr 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.
Talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Tuesday, 19th November – 6 pm nibbles, 6.30 to 7.30 talk
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery
Margaret initially trained to teach Art and Design at HildsBede, Durham, where she specialised in ceramics. On graduation believing that she needed a little more experience of life before settling into teaching, she applied for a graduate trainee scheme at Selfridges W1, eventually retuning to the NE to take up the role of the Fenwick Glass & China Buyer. Somewhat later, aware that she needed to reconnect more actively with her earlier creative life, she applied to Leeds College of Art in 2011, and after a 2-year intensive course, graduated in 2013 with High Distinctions in HNC Couture Millinery.
Since founding her studio Margaret “The Northumberland Milliner” uses her research of current fashion, textile design and material trends – along with historical references, art, travel and cultural experiences – to inform her millinery collections. She enjoys working closely with individual clients to create unique hats and headpieces for them, as well as making “ready to wear’ collections, which are regularly featured in the press both locally and nationally as well as in “coffee table” publications.
In the wider creative world she has been involved in a number of collaborations and international millinery exhibitions including Arts Council funded inner city retail regeneration projects. (This summer for instance, three of her contemporary pieces have been on the catwalk at an international exhibition on the island of Palma!) Recycling and up cycling are frequent themes of these external exhibitions.
Her talk will include her introduction to millinery, how a couture hat is made, materials and components, some of her latest exhibition pieces, and as she has now made a return to the world of teaching – her current workshop topics. She will also be showing a short video, which gives a contemporary introduction to millinery.
For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com
The talk will take place on Saturday May 11th 2019, 11am – 1pm, in the Learning Room at the Hatton Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.
Enrique’s talk is entitled Sculptural Dimension of Constructing a picture, a ‘harmony parallel to nature’. He is a practicing artist in Hexam and an invited Lecturer at the University of Durham Anthropology Department.
Enrique will analyse and discuss one of his large paintings during the presentation.
Note: This talk is part of the Contemporary Art Club and is only accessible to Friends of the Hatton.
No booking necessary for Enrique’s talk.
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.00-9.00pm, Seminar Room at the Hatton Gallery
(Wine and nibbles at 18.30, talk begins at 19.00)
Katherine Renton studied Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1989-1993, and is an artist who has always lived on the Northumberland coast. In her talk she will explore the themes and ideas that run through her oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, starting with examples of work produced in her first year as a student, in particular an articulated sculpture of a flamingo.
Her recent work explores the theme of man-made defensive structures that edge our coastline: the harbour walls, breakwaters, and concrete tank traps and pillboxes from World War II. Despite the serious nature of this subject matter – which represents the historic and geographical significance of Northumberland – there is often a more playful element to her work. She references her own childhood, and time spent with her two children, in developing her work: the tank traps were erected to resist Nazi invasion, but now serve as tables for picnics, or as windbreaks, or playground apparatus. She is currently working on a series depicting Northumbrian castles – not the famous Bamburgh or Dunstanburgh Castles – but the sandcastles constructed on her local beach at Alnmouth.
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The talk will take place on Tuesday 29th January 2019, 7.00-9.00pm, nibbles at 6.30, Seminar Room Hatton Gallery
23rd February 2019, Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. Talk starts of 11:00.
Richard Talbot, Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University will give the talk in the Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. The talk starts at 11am and is part of the newly formed Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton. Teas/coffees/light refreshments will be available.
This informative talk is free of charge and is only available to Members of the Friends of the Hatton (2018 and 2019). If you would like to attend please email FOTHevents@gmail.com by 21 February.