Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by emerging and established artists from the UK and abroad, bringing key new works of art of our time to new audiences. The gallery runs a programme of talks, tours, education activities, workshops and artists residencies, providing a range of different opportunities for people to engage with the visual arts in an imaginative and inspiring way.

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Opening hours

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 9.30 - 5.00
Wednesday late opening 9.30 - 7.00
Saturday 10.00 - 4.00

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges


Collection details

Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Drawing of a hand

Cornelia Baltes - Turner

  • 5 June — 18 July 2015

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art are pleased to announce ‘Turner’, a solo exhibition by Cornelia Baltes. The London and Berlin based artist will present a series of new paintings and site-specific murals around Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre. Taking the spectator on a journey throughout the building towards the gallery on the top floor, the exhibition extends Baltes’ often witty and deceptively simple paintings in the context of the multi-use public space that the NGCA is situated in.

Baltes sees her paintings as protagonists, implicating the spectator and in turn shifting the gallery into a type of stage. Significantly, Baltes extends the parameters of painting, with content spilling over the frame and onto the surrounding wall. The notion of the discrete object is resisted as canvases are moulded and shaped, surfaces cut and folded to amplify their physical properties. While Baltes’ work portrays a disparate iconography her work is marked by a playful economy and astute understanding of colour.

Cornelia Baltes (B. 1978, Moenchengladbach, DE) Baltes received an MFA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include DREI, Cologne and Limoncello, London (both 2013). Recent group exhibitions include Museum Folkwang, Essen (2013) and Kunsthalle Nurnberg (2014). Baltes is currently based in Berlin and London and is represented by Limoncello, London and DREI, Cologne.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Inside a car

Beatriz Olabarrieta - Plot Bunny

  • 5 June — 11 July 2015

The NGCA is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Beatriz Olabarrieta, the artist's first institutional show in the UK. The Spanish born, London based artist will be creating a series of site-specific sculptures that will act as a catalyst for newly commissioned texts over the duration of the exhibition. By inviting figures from a variety of disciplines including art, architecture, theatre and TV the artist will give a range of disparate voices to her assemblages.

Central to the exhibition is Olabarrieta's intention to explore how language lives both inside and around objects. The sculptures will simultaneously shift the material aspects of the gallery architecture and operate as furniture or platforms where the writers are tasked as performers. The exhibition will culminate in a series of events with each component becoming an ensemble, transforming the exhibition space into a stage.

Beatriz Olabarrieta (B.1979 Bilbao, Spain) received an MFA from the Royal College of Art in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Shifty-Show (A Performance with Five Voice Overs)' at Cell Project Space, London (2014). Recent group exhibitions include 'X-Operative' at Wysing Centre, Cambridge (2013) and 'Last Night' at Parallel Oaxaca presented at Material Art Fair, Mexico (2015). Olabarrieta will be undertaking the Platform residency at Site Gallery in Sheffield later in 2015. The artist is represented by MOT International, London and Brussels.

The project has been kindly supported by The NewBridge Project, Newcastle.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street
Tyne and Wear



Alistair Robinson, Programme Director

Kathryn Brame, Marketing Officer


0191 561 1235


0191 561 5950

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