Talk by Dan Russell about the Collective Studio project

A photo of Dan Russell by Adam Pugh

We’re excited to announce that the first of our upcoming lectures and events will take place on Saturday 7th May at 12:30pm in the Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery. For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

The Collective Studio in Newcastle: Progressive yet Realistic Artist Development in Newcastle

In this talk Dan Russell will introduce the Collective Studio (one of the artist development strands at The NewBridge Project) and use it as a lens through which to look at the wider contemporary, historical and future contexts of how we nurture the expression of creativity and reinforce fun, useful, and interesting ways of doing and learning together.

Below is a link with more information about about this project:

Who is Dan?

Dan Russell (b. Birkenhead, 1985) is an artist who works with people and doesn’t have a specific medium or discipline. He could be called a social practitioner or socially engaged artist. His favoured approach is working in an open, process-led and longer-term way and his favourite methods are bringing people together, developing ideas, not reinventing the wheel and dealing with the future.

He works part-time for the NewBridge Project as their Artist Development Programmer and outside this, mixes up freelance community art commissions with moonlighting in the Architecture and Urban Planning department at Newcastle University.

Health and Safety measures in the Gallery

New gallery entrance and shop, photo by Colin Davidson

To ensure your safety while visiting the Hatton Gallery a number of measures will have been put in place:

  • All high contact areas such as toilets, handrails, etc will be regularly cleaned throughout opening hours.
  • Signage will be installed on the toilet entrance door, lift and closed access, explaining the current measures.
  • Toilets and lifts will be signposted re usage and staff will be on hand to ensure distancing measures are maintained.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the entrance and exit to the Gallery, in the toilet and any other additional suitable locations.

A member of staff will greet visitors upon arrival and provide guidance about the visit and what to expect. Along with directional signage, staff will be available to direct visitors on their journey.

Toilets will be deep cleaned each morning and additional cleaning will occur throughout opening hours.

Keep an eye out for further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

Events cancelled due to Corona Virus/Covid 19

Really sad to have to do this but given the latest advice from the government we think it’s right that we cancel all of our planned events until the situation changes.
The events cancelled would therefore be:
  • AGM (April 18th)
  • All talks/lectures/workshops
    • Talk by Dr Mike Collier, The Dawn Chorus
      (31st March)

    • Ruth Bond, Outer Hebrides & Northumberland journey of colour
      (21st April)

    • Rag and Oil method workshop with Jenny Blayney
      (25th April)

  • Summer Exhibition 2020 is cancelled unless things change dramatically in a positive direction by then!

Keep an eye on further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

Talk by Dr Mike Collier, The Dawn Chorus – Tuesday 31st March

Tuesday, 31st March, Nibbles 6 pm talk 6.30 to 7.30 pm,
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mike is Professor of Visual Art, University of Sunderland and will talk in conversation with composer and musician Dr Bennett Hogg about their ongoing project with master printmaker Alex Charrington, and Natural History Sound Recordist Geoff Sample.

Together they have been developing work that explores the relationship between the natural world, its specific cultures and cultural ecologies and our own sense of culture/s. In particular, they have embarked on a three-year study of a dawn chorus in Northumberland representing their research variously as digitally manipulated sonograms and musical transcriptions.

The idea of the ‘dawn chorus’ vies with nightingales song as the aspect of birdsong most engaging to the general public.

Although the established understanding of birdsong is rooted on the premise that each singing bird is only, or predominately, concerned with intra-specific communication, listening to the mass of birds singing at dawn we intuitively describe the phenomenon as a chorus. However, new analysis of the whole auditory scene suggests inter-specific structure as well, giving rise to the ‘chorus’ impression, rather than random cacophony. This is the ‘area’ that our project specifically focuses on.

Contemporary understandings of the relationships of humans to a ‘more-than-human-world’ have begun to move away from a ‘preservation’ model to one of ‘sustainability’ and we now recognise the inescapable interdependence of humans and their environments, a model that sees humans as participant members of a world rather than its users. This project links the Arts and the Environmental Sciences, human expression and bird communication in a collaboration, exploring ways of presenting and re-imagining our complex, embodied and participatory engagement with a particular aspect of local ecosystems – a dawn chorus.

For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

Talk by artist Ruth Bond – Tuesday 21st April

Outer Hebrides and Northumberland captured in oils – a journey of colour

Tuesday 21st April, Nibbles 6 pm – talk 6.30 to 7.30 pm,
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Born under African skies, Ruth Bond has worked in many countries across the globe, absorbing cultures, colours, textures and especially the beauty of the natural world. Ruth studied Fashion at Newcastle University and then went on to become a multi-award winning Interior Designer. Now, the light and subtle colours of the Northumberland countryside infuse her painting of some of the most dramatic skies and strikingly beautiful beaches in the world.

Ruth’s recent work reflects her visit to the Outer Hebrides. She realised that the colours of the landscape reminded her of the colour combination of renowned Harris Tweeds. As a result, the landscapes resemble not just the purple, peaty rivers, vibrant turquoise of the seas, blindingly white beaches and heathery moors, but also the natural ingredients that went into dying the yarns.

“Colour has always been the most important element of my landscapes and seascapes. The colours I discovered in the Outer Hebrides were astonishing. Attempting to capture these in my paintings has been a beautiful experience.”

Trips to the Farne Islands during the spring nesting season, where the quirky and flamboyant Puffins caught her eye, inspired a painting that was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 at the Mall Galleries, London.

Ruth’s talk will take us through her personal journey from a career in fashion and interior design to the joys of painting with oil, inspired by the seascapes of the Western Isles and Northumberland.

For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

Art and the Creative Process – a talk by Rhonda Fenwick

Abstraction Reeds by Rhonda Fenwick

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.

Talk by Anne Vibeke Mou

Three views of Eruption by Anne Vibeke Mou

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.