until 2 March 2017
What better way to celebrate the season than the Winter Exhibition at The Biscuit Factory? Winter has never looked so good with this electric mix of contemporary art, textiles, crafts, jewellery and intricate design work. The acclaimed Scottish painter, Phil McLoughlin will be heading up the exhibition with an all new collection of original paintings to inspire and embrace the colder months. It’s a festive family day out with highlights including still life paintings by Chris Polunin, contemporary figures by Ben Davies Jenkins and nostalgia scenes of northern street life by Malcolm Teasdale.
Monica Bonvicini – her hand around the room
until 26 February 2017
One of the most vibrant artists to have come out of the mid-1990s arrives in the North East this winter. Monica Bonvicini’s work explores the relationships between architecture, control, gender, space, surveillance and power. She uses sculpture, video, photography, text and performance to portray her ideas.
Out of Chaos
until 26 February 2017
This winter at the Laing Art Gallery, see influential works by artists including David Bomberg, George Grosz, Frank Auberbach and Marc Chagall. This striking exhibition brings together issues of identity and belonging while demonstrating the powerful impetus of British culture provided by migrant artists. This exhibition will take viewers on an emotional journey, following the stories of the exhibiting artists and their families’, who had to make forced journeys as a result of upheavals in their homeland, including the Nazi Holocaust. Some of the most recent artworks will include photography, video and installation investigating themes of personal and group identity in the modern world.
Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour
until 12 February
Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour brings together works which explore light, colour, landscape, still life and portrait alongside her very own experiments with abstraction. This vibrant exhibition will add a bit of colour to the winter months, taking its inspiration from the beautiful places in which she lived and visited throughout her life: including her native Cumbria and surroundings in Lugano, Switzerland in the early 1920s, trips to southern France and Paris in the 1930s, the Hebrides in the 1950s and the landscapes of Greece in the 1960s.
Shelf Life – The Ornaments Are Talking To Me
until 12 February 2017
This winter, Mark Clarke’s Shelf Life – The Ornaments Are Talking To Me (Clarke’s Cabinets of Time Lost) arrives at the Bowes Museum. This latest collection of five painted, crowded shelves explores and examines the themes of life, love and loss. The shelves are not a literal translation but a poetic interpretation of Clarke’s mother’s homemade shrine – a melee of modern day memento layered with suggested nuance, heartfelt sentiment and wit.