Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR1 1RE
England

Website

www.ngca.co.uk

E-mail

Alistair Robinson, Programme Director

alistair.robinson@sunderland.gov.uk

Kathryn Brame, Marketing Officer

kathryn.brame@sunderland.gov.uk

Telephone

0191 561 1235

Fax

0191 561 5950

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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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

Free

Collection details

Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Photography

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

The Means and the Instruments - Michael Mulvihill

  • 17 January — 28 February 2015 *on now

Michael Mulvihill stages a solo exhibition in the Project Space in January 2015, presenting a series of new works made while artist in residency at Northumbria University.

The exhibition brings together a series of drawings based on the Vulcan XL319 aircraft, which is now permanently installed at the North-East Land, Sea and Air Museum in Sunderland. Recalling his fascination with the Cold War, Mulvihill remembers growing up as a child in the Eighties, running home from school to see whether he could beat the 'four minute' attack warning that would signal nuclear annihilation. He failed, it took him 6 minutes. The artist uses this biographical anecdote to focus his attentions on broader geopolitical narratives of that era.

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Website

http://www.ngca.co.uk/exhibs/default.asp?id=216&prnt=18

The Decorator and The Thief (...)

  • 30 January — 16 May 2015 *on now

The Decorator and the Thief (...) convenes work from the Arts Council Collection alongside newly commissioned works that explore the intersection between art, design and craft. Design agency CommonRoom have been invited to accent the gallery with artist designed wallpaper and work by Yelena Popova will provide a critical lens for thinking through issues of visibility, labour and value.

In the essay It's Hard to find a Good Lamp (1993) the artist Donald Judd responded to the challenges of designing furniture with the refrain that design is a form of "visible reasonableness". By extension, can we see art as unreasonable? Do we value beauty over function, ideas over intuition? Can good design be dysfunctional? A newly commissioned text will accompany the exhibition. Ultimately, The Decorator and the Thief (...) asks us to consider the importance of collecting and how issues of taste, questions of judgement and ideas around beauty are ideologically bound.

As part of the group exhibition The Decorator and The Thief (...), the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and National Glass Centre present an off-site show at the Priestman Gallery at Sunderland University. The show extends the thematic concerns of the NGCA exhibition with a series of newly commissioned works. Including artist-designed wallpaper, sculpture, fabric, writing and film, the artists have been invited to explore the promiscuity between art, design and craft.

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Website

http://www.ngca.co.uk/exhibs/default.asp?id=213&prnt=18

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