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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10 postcards for blimey X


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These are the 10 postcards selected from over 200 that we received to our blimey X call out which will be reproduced and available for visitors to pick up from our exhibition on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July.

The selected artists include; Tim McNeilly, Jonny Lancaster, Sharon Simpson, Richard Collier, Carole Thorne, Nicola Golightly, Charity Waistell, James D Robinson, Stephen Muzynski and Stephen Hardy.

Here’s a bit of information about each one –


Tim McNeilly The blimey! Colouring Book image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The blimey! colouring book

Artist – Tim McNeilly

Medium – Hand drawn and stencilled design, digitised and printed

Description – A page from a fictional blimey! colouring book. From Detournement ‘turning expressions of the capitalist system against itself’ to buying colouring books in the hope of attaining ‘mindfulness’

Jonny Lancaster See Darlington by Train image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – See Darlington by train

Artist – Jonny Lancaster

Medium – Digital

Description – A homage to the vintage train art of yesteryear


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

Title – Three’s a crowd

Artist – Sharon Simpson

Medium – Acrylic

Description – Based on Kio Carp at Butterfly World, Preston Park


Richard Collier The New Feethams Development image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The new Feethams development

Artist – Richard Collier

Medium – Photograph


Carole Thorne The Gathering image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – The Gathering

Artist – Carole Thorne

Medium – Mixed media – collage, acrylic and laquer spray

Description – Images are magazine cut-outs, rearranged to create the illusion of an art event


Nicola Golightly Slavutych colour study image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – Slavutych colour study

Artist – Nicola Golightly

Medium – Digital print on embossed paper

Description – Duotone experimental piece. Colour study of Slavutych satellite town, Ukraine


Charity Waistell Jewelled Trail image photographed by Jason Hynes.jpg

Title – Jewelled Trail

Artist – Charity Waistell

Medium – Textile

Description – Based on Darlington’s heritage trail. Painted, embroidered and historic monuments picked out in ‘jewelled’ beads.


James D Robinson blimey postcard image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – blimey! postcard

Artist – James D Robinson

Medium – Digital

Description – Art as a reflection of the real world


Stephen Muszynski Three Girls image photographed by Jason Hynes

Title – Three Girls

Artist – Stephen Muszynski (of the Community Arts Group)

Medium – Felt pen


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Title – Blue Figures

Artist – Steven Hardy (of the Community Arts Group)

Medium – Felt pen


We’ll have 200 of each so make sure that you visit the exhibition to collect your favourite and of course see the original artwork in person.

From these 10 we’ll select one artist to receive the ‘blimey!’ prize of £500. The public vote taken during the two day exhibition will be between all works shown and will be awarded a further £500.

All copyright belongs with the artists, please do not reproduce without permission


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Announcing the blimey X exhibition

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Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, 10am – 4pm

The Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington

blimey X  is a 2 day exhibition marking the 10th year of this Darlington-based artist collective.

Work includes over 200 postcard sized artwork from over 100 artists from near and far, including; Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Co.Durham, Leeds, Cumbria, Northumberland, Manchester, Sheffield, Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle and Switzerland.

10 of these artworks have been selected to be reproduced and printed as commemorative postcards which will be available free to visitors during the exhibition.

Two of the works will also receive a prize of £500 each. One being selected by the blimey collective and the other via a public vote.  Every visitor to the exhibition will be invited to vote for the work they wish to receive the prize, and the results of this public selection will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

See our Facebook event here

The exhibition is free and everyone is welcome

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June’s Artist Talk with Roberto Picciau

Thanks to Roberto Picciau for an enlightening artist talk and great to hear all about the Zabludowicz Collection Master Class.

We won’t be having an artist talk in the first week of July as we’ll be installing our blimey X exhibition, which will be open to the public on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, between 10am and 4pm in The Cornmill Centre, Darlington (shop unit next door to HMV).

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Anti-Austerity event on Monday

Artist Louise Graham of Waking up to Climate Change has an event coming up at The Forum Music with Darlington Film Club.
Louise is also currently inviting the public to visit a Navigator North pop up art space in The Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington where visitors can get hands on with art and find out more about Louise’s work. Open until Wed 31st May between 10am and 3pm.
I, Daniel Blake Film(1)

Venue: The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington. DL1 1SG

Date: Monday 5th June

Time: 5.30pm – 11.00 pm

Cost: Free entry, if you would like to , please make a donation to Kings Church Foodbank on the evening

5.30 -7.00 pm – Pop-up cafe from Refuse, serving delicious vegetarian and vegan food from ingredients rescued from being wasted. You Pay As You Feel (PAYF), so you pay what you can afford or what you think the meal is worth…
7.00 pm Doors open for film. Introduction to the evening and talk by Kings Church foodbank

7.15 pm Performance poet and political activist Matt Abbott (see for more info),

7.45 pm Screening of the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’.

9.30 pm Political comedian John Scott (see:

11.00 pm Close
For further info visit the Facebook event page here

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