The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man, Vane Gallery

Not Really Understanding Stuff: A Reptile Reliquary (2017) One of the most powerful and vibrant exhibitions I have seen in a long time is The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man, a three-man show recently concluded at Vane Gallery. Featuring the work of Ralph Darbyshire, Richard Hollinshead and Kenneth Ross, the exhibition focuses on the … Continue reading The Vagaries and Misconceptions of the Modern Man, Vane Gallery

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The Late Shows

Last night I was helping out at Vane Gallery with their display for the Late Shows. The Late Shows are a city wide series of exhibitions and cultural events which range from open studios to performances. This is the tenth year it has run with over 70 venues participating. Vane Gallery were previewing two new exhibitions and were also … Continue reading The Late Shows

‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’ Part III

People often say that a photo is worth a thousand words and I am a strong believer in this. Photos tell stories, document fond memories and capture funny moments. Personal photos are the stills to your life. Documentary photos allow us visual access to the past; whether it is a glimpse into the harrowing life … Continue reading ‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’ Part III

Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia Part II

'Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia' is a unique exhibition unlike anything I've seen in Newcastle before, despite having lived here for almost three years now. This show  perfectly encapsulates what contemporary art represents. It is about making art in the present and using this as a platform to reflect and comment on the world … Continue reading Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia Part II

‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’

Having been away from Newcastle for a while, visiting Vane Gallery's preview of 'Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia' was the best way to get me inspired enough to return to writing. Curated by Sara Makari-Aghdam, this exhibition explores her dual heritage, as she is an exotic blend of Persian and English. 'Vinyl Icons...' also explores … Continue reading ‘Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia’

Critical Writing for Vane Gallery

Recently I have been trying really hard to work on and expand my writing skills; as much as I love blogging and using colloquial language, I also enjoy writing in more formal and critical terms. Recently therefore I submitted two pieces of critical writing Vane Gallery and I am delighted to have found that they have both … Continue reading Critical Writing for Vane Gallery

Flora Whiteley ‘Present Continuous’

Talking more about getting back into painting is actually relevant to another exhibition I saw recently at Vane; Flora Whiteley's 'Present Continuous'. Given her cinematic background, her works have elements of film and stage-like set ups, which bring a new dimension to what are otherwise very painterly works. At present I'm not too interested in researching … Continue reading Flora Whiteley ‘Present Continuous’