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.

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 richard.r.thompson@btinternet.com 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.

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Creating “The Northumberland Milliner”

Talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Tuesday, 19th November – 6 pm nibbles, 6.30 to 7.30 talk
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery

MaIMG_9540rgaret 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.

Hat and photo © Margaret Woodliff WrightSince 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