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A heads up…

Featuring work by longstanding blimey! member Anthony, the Artwave North show starts 20 February Poster2.jpg

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March Artist Talk – Steve Messam

In March we’ll be welcoming Steve Messam to give a blimey! Artist Talk. Join us on Wednesday 2nd March from 7.30pm, Upstairs at Darlington Central Working Men’s Club, Arden Street, Darlington.

£2 entry. All welcome

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‘PaperBridge’ – 2015


pavilion from below

‘En Paviljong som Lyssnar på Skogen’ – 2013


Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in Teesdale. With his site-specific installations, he sets visual accents in rural or urban settings, which include historical relics and vacant architecture that make us perceive the familiar environment in a new way. He is also interested in space: the interaction of art and audience within confined and open spaces, the role of aesthetics and the physical experience.


As an artist Steve Messam has worked primarily outside the gallery environment for the past 18 years. His works include ‘Beached’ (2007), in which he filled a beach with thousands of sandcastles and paper flags; ‘PaperBridge’ (2015) –  a functioning packhorse bridge made from 22,000 sheets of paper in the Lake District; ‘Clad’ (2009) – a traditional timber-framed cottage wrapped in the fleece of 300 local sheep in Newtown, Wales and ‘Carpet’ (2013) – an installation of 25,000 jars of coloured ink in Lindisfarne Priory. He created the first off-site installation at the 2006 Shanghai Biennial and created a number of site specific installations across the Venetian Lagoon during the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Further information about Steve’s work can be found here.

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