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Picasso at Play

Coming soon…

Picasso at Play, photography by Lee Miller at the Sixth Form College, Darlington. Everyone very welcome.

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Helen Winthorpe Kendrick, Beginnings and Endings – Exhibition opening at Crown Street Gallery

Join Helen Winthorpe Kendrick for the opening of her solo show at Crown Street Gallery, Darlington, 12.00-2.00pm on Feb 10th.

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Blimey! Christmas get together

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From 7.30pm Tuesday 12th December

To celebrate 2017 and enjoy some festive time together we would like to invite artists who have participated in our meetings, artist talks and events to join us for a Christmas supper with us at The Old Tapas Bar, Darlington.

In order to reserve your place please email by Friday 17th November at the very latest. We will confirm places the following week.

*Guests will be expected to pay for their own food and drink during the evening.

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Preview this Friday at Crown Street Gallery

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AGM this Wed from 7.30pm

Join us at Vesuvio Wines, 3A Houndgate Darlington, Co Durham this Wed 4th Oct from 7.30pm for our Annual General Meeting.

All welcome

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No meeting in September

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There’ll be no meeting or artist talk as we prepare for our AGM which will take place on the first Wed in October. We’ll post further details soon.

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Artist Talk – Wed 2nd August

Following on from blimey X we are pleased to announce that blimey! prize winner Carole Thorne AND the winner of the public vote Sharon Simpson will be discussing their work at our next artist talk. Each artist will have examples of their work and will be discussing their creative practice. There’ll also be an opportunity at the end to ask the artists any questions about their work.

Carole Thorne The Gathering image photographed by Jason Hynes

Above – The Gathering by Carole Thorne

Sharon Simpson Three's a crowd image photographed by Jason Hynes

Above – Three’s a Crowd by Sharon Simpson

The talk will take place upstairs in Vesuvio Wines, 3A Houndgate Darlington, Co Durham on Wed 2nd August from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for the talk.

We have some copies of the 10 postcards we got printed as part of the event, which we’ll have with us at the talk. For any artists who for whatever reason couldn’t manage to collect their artwork from the last day of the exhibition, we’ll have those with us as well.

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blimey X – exhibition and prize

The blimey X exhibition has been a great success, with over 200 visitors over the course of the weekend, visiting our two day exhibition.

The preview event included us announcing the winner of the blimey! £500 prize – Carole Thorne for her work ‘The Gathering’ (see image below). The event was well attended with Pimms and cake on offer, as well as the chance to pick up one of the 10 printed postcards.

Carole Thorne The Gathering image photographed by Jason Hynes

During the two day exhibition visitors could vote for their favourite artwork, with the winner of the public vote being awarded a further £500 prize.

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With 172 votes cast in total, Sharon Simpson received the public prize for her work ‘Three’s a Crowd’ (see image below).

Sharon Simpson Three's a crowd image photographed by Jason Hynes

Thanks to everyone who came during the exhibition and the artists involved.

We’ll be posting news of our next blimey! artist talk soon.

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Navigator North’s Latest Edition Bursary

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Latest Edition is a Navigator North project building upon the success of previous professional development programmes and opportunities offered to visual artists.

Offered in partnership with Festival of Thrift, Navigator North are launching a bursary scheme, called Latest Edition – which will enable emerging artists to develop a sustainable creative career. Working alongside and learning from established artists, artists will create new work, develop their professional profile, learn how to market themselves and their work as well as sharing that work with a public audience. Latest Edition will work with 3 invited established artists and 3 selected emerging artists.

This is an opportunity for emerging artists to work with Navigator North, Festival of Thrift and established artists; Nick Kennedy, Theresa Easton and Alex Sickling – creating new work for Festival of Thrift 2017 and then toured to three regional exhibition venues in 2018 including Palace Arts in Redcar, The Witham in Barnard Castle and Hartlepool Art Gallery.

Emerging artists will work alongside more established and experienced artists and arts professionals during this project to support their professional development – building valuable experience, connections and genuine sector specific skills to enhance their career in the arts.

Three emerging artists will be selected from a regional call-out.

The bursary will offer the following to emerging artists –

  • A bursary amount of £1000 per artist. (This is inclusive of any production costs for event/exhibition artwork and the limited edition as well as travel costs beyond that offered for visits as part of the bursary)
  • Support and mentoring from established artists and arts professionals
  • Technical support and equipment
  • Raised profile through events/exhibitions, project film/photography and a dedicated website
  • Opportunities to show new work to public audiences
  • Potential sales of limited edition artworks (with income after any venue commission going to each artist)
  • Networking opportunities with other artists, arts professionals, curators and exhibition venues
  • Support from NN throughout the project
  • Use of NN spaces if required for production of artworks
  • Storage of artworks for the duration of the project

Call out event on Tuesday 4th July, 3.30pm – 5pm at Kirkleatham Hall

To enable artists to have an opportunity to visit the Festival of Thrift site at Kirkleatham to inform their application for the bursary there will be a call out event for potential applicants to find out more prior to making an application. Attendance at this event is not a requirement to submitting an application although it is recommend it to get a better insight to the project and the initial site.

If you would like to attend the call event at Kirkleatham please email to book your place.

Further details and the application form can be downloaded directly from the Navigator North website here.

Deadline for applications is 9am Friday 7th July.

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