‘The Eyes Turn’d Inward for the Nightmare was Real’, Jock Mooney, installation view

Vane was founded in 1997 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Vane opened a permanent gallery space in Newcastle city centre in 2005. In October 2011 Vane launched a brand new gallery space on the first floor of Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street in the centre of Newcastle. Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well as showing the work of invited artists in collaboration with other galleries. The gallery directors are Paul Stone and Christopher Yeats. Vane is supported by Arts Council England.

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Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5pm during exhibitions.

Closed: Bank holidays

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12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station

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cotton, digitally printed cotton, thread, wool, satin ribbon, 200x150cm

Juliet Fleming and Sarah-Joy Ford: Hard Craft

  • 12 — 15 December 2018

Women, like craft, are often portrayed as pleasant and placid. This exhibition celebrates protest and outrage, stitched into fabric and fired in the kiln. The suffragettes created a visual language of resistance through posters, pamphlets, banners, sashes, handkerchief-petitions and ceramic tableware. Many seemingly domestic objects became weapons of dissent and symbols for a societal revolution. On the 100-year anniversary of partial women’s suffrage in the UK, this exhibition of collaborative work draws upon the material histories of dis-obedient craft.

Alongside the aesthetics of protest the exhibition also responds to the history of anti-suffragette propaganda. In particular the use of animalistic imagery that has long been a method employed to oppress and degrade marginalised groups as lesser, other and sub- or non-human. Here the artists are reclaiming an old insult depicting women as cats; gathering together symbols of female power and resistance. Through craft techniques these works celebrate a radical past, acknowledge the continuing struggle for equal rights, and make a hopeful gesture toward a feminist future.

Juliet Fleming was born in London in 1991 and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is the Director of GOLDTAPPED, an artist-led initiative providing space for experimentation, development and support emerging artist practices.

Sarah-Joy Ford was born in Cheshire in 1993 and lives in Manchester. She is co-director of SEIZE Projects, Leeds, and the Queer Research Network Manchester.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Getting there

12 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station
5 minutes walk from the Monument Metro station

First Floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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