GALLERY FOCUS: INTRODUCING THE AVIARY

Elysia Fryer chats to curator, Trevor Read, from The Aviary Gallery, which recently opened its doors in Jesmond...
GALLERY FOCUS: INTRODUCING THE AVIARY
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WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE AVIARY?

A year in the making, The Aviary – part of the Goldfinch Group – was born out of a love of art, photography and visual language. Our objective is to champion the UK arts scene, nurture emerging talent and provide an exciting platform for new and established artists to amplify their visibility and inspire each other in the process.

WHY JESMOND?

As the hometown of our founder, Kirsty Bell, it made perfect sense for our first bricks and mortar home to be in Jesmond. This is where it all started; our foundations are here, so it was an easy decision to make. The arts scene is flourishing in the North East and we have something new to bring to the party, complementing what is already happening here.

WHAT CAN VISITORS EXPECT TO SEE IN 2020?

To kick off 2020, we will be hosting “Calling For Spring” as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. This is a collection of traditionally-crafted Chinese watercolour stories from renowned artist and author, Keqin Yan.

We also have solo collections created exclusively for The Aviary from fine artist and illustrator, Jess Albarn (sister of Damon), group shows, never-before-seen work from psychedelic artist, David Vaughan, “Make Your Pet Famous” from artist Rose Hill, allowing you to immortalise your very own pet with a bespoke hand-drawn digital portrait – plus a whole host of other pop-ups and exciting exclusives yet to be announced.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR AN EXHIBITION?

I have to make sure that what you see tells a story. If we host a solo show, it has to be cohesive and emotive. If I can create an immersive environment for the viewer, so they walk away and feel touched by what they’ve seen, then we’re happy.

It all depends on the work and how the artist wants to be understood. Some things you can have a lot of fun with and the concepts allow you to be very playful with smell, touch taste and sound. However, some collections can tackle difficult subject matter and need to be curated respectfully.

I always spend time with the artist during this process to make sure when they walk into their own exhibition, it is what they expected and more.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING VISITORS TAKE AWAY FROM THE NEW GALLERY?

A piece of original art!

EXCITING EVENTS TO PUT IN OUR DIARIES…

We have a number of exclusive events coming up. Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements in the coming months, but for now, come and visit us at The Aviary Gallery on Brentwood Avenue!


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