Women Artists of the North East Library
Launch event: Friday 22nd June 2018, 5pm – 7pm
The Old Post Office
19-21 West Street
Gateshead, NE8 1AD
Gallery opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily
22nd June – 9th September 2018
Workplace is delighted to present Women Artists of the North East Library, an evolving exhibition and public programme presenting the work of women artists associated with the North East, exploring influence regionally and further afield.
Women Artists of the North East Library is an artist-led project that brings together donated material, including: books, art, images, oral histories and music, to form a usable resource that contributes to the history of women artists working in the region. The Library was initiated by Holly Argent & Rene McBrearty in 2017 and is currently hosted by The Northern Charter in Newcastle.
Throughout the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 the library will be resident at Workplace Foundation in Gateshead and available to the public as an evolving exhibition, library, and platform for events and discussions. The project aims to use the premise of presenting artists work as an opportunity to explore the act of building such a library; In what ways do artists make work in relation to, or with, other artists? How can a library of women artists associated with a region, exist for a community? How do we find our role models? Can archival strategies contribute to intergenerational conversations and art making?
The project will open with works from Phyllis Christopher, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Kate Liston and Harriet Sutcliffe.
Building on previous public and private events initiated by the library, which include open library days, city walks and a one day residency at BALTIC Library and Archive, the project in Gateshead will, for the first time, include exhibited work by artists at varying points in their careers alongside works by key historical figures. Throughout the project, artists and the public are invited to nominate Women artists and donate material that they think should be added to the Library.
The Women Artists of the North East Library at Workplace is curated by Holly Argent in conversation with George Vasey, Café Gallery Projects, London and Workplace Foundation, Gateshead.
At the mid point of the project at Workplace key elements will be repositioned in the parallel exhibition The Everyday Political at CGP Gallery in London. Curated by George Vasey The Everyday Political brings together artists and art collectives from the North East of England. It will expand on Holly Argent’s Women Artists of the North-East Library alongside new work including audio, text, painting and photography. The exhibition resists neat thematics and foregrounds a series of questions: How can we articulate a strategic regionalism? How do we frame the messiness and intimacy of the social? What are the current and localised urgencies felt within the North East and can they be transferred to another city? And where is North from here?
The Everyday Political includes works by Holly Argent, Emily Hesse, Joy Labinjo, Toby Phips Lloyd, Gayle Meikle, Kuba Ryniewicz with Deborah Bower, Jo Coupe and Janina Sabaliauskaite, Mark Pinder, Matt Antoniak, Jade Sweeting, Women Artists of the North-East Library. www.cgplondon.org