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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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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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June Artist Talk with Roberto Picciau

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Join us at Vesuvio Wines, 3A Houndgate Darlington, Co Durham on  7th June from 7.30pm when Roberto Picciau will be discussing his experience of attending the recent Master Class at the renowned Zabludowicz Collection in London, and how this experience has affected his work and also new attitudes that are important for any artist to cultivate.

Roberto Picciau is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the North East of England. As a young emerging artist Picciau is interested in the creative process, the common karma associated with that process and also the shifting identity of the maker through their work.

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May Artist Talk – New Linthorpe

Artist Talk – Emily Hesse and James Beighton (New Linthorpe)

Wednesday 4th May, 7.30pm

Upstairs at the Darlington Central Working Mens Club, 7 Beaumont Street, Darlington, DL1 5RN.

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NEW LINTHORPE is a project conceived and run by artist Emily Hesse and curator James Beighton. It recaptures the spirit of Middlesbrough’s historic Linthorpe Art Pottery whilst reflecting the character of the modern town. It asks how clay, our own clay, dug locally, can be used as a material for engendering social change.

With NEW LINTHORPE, Hesse and Beighton are exploring new opportunities for collaboration combining their mutual passions for contemporary art, clay, social history and the exploration of locality. Their work is guided by a belief in not just the ability but also the responsibility of art to make a difference to lives. They are interested in discovering and documenting ways of finding audiences for their work, supporting its development and giving back to societies more broadly. They do not believe in audience as a singular entity and are committed to developing strategies that are just as individual as the people they aim to reach.

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Images supplied by New Linthorpe

Tickets and arrangements – £2 entry.

Everyone is welcome to attend the talks – artists and non-artists alike.

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Next artist talk – Louise Taylor

Shoot, 2010, Tow Law, County Durham

Shoot, 2010, Tow Law, County Durham

We’re really looking forward to our next artist talk on Wednesday 3rd June at 7.30pm in our usual venue, Darlington Central Club with photographer Louise Taylor.

Horse Power; 2011

Horse Power; 2011


Louise Taylor is a photographer and founding member of arts collective Wideyed, and along with colleagues Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn has taken part in key photography festivals, received awards and bursaries, participated in international arts residences, and exhibited from England to India. From Mongolian nomads to County Durham shooting syndicates, her work focuses on rural issues, people and place. A strong connection to the land is the common thread throughout.

Mongolia 2006

Mongolia 2006

To see more of Louise’s work visit her website www.louisetaylorphotography.co.uk

Everyone is welcome to join us for our artist talks – artists and non-artists alike

£2 entry

This years artist talks have been programmed with support from Creative Darlington

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First Artist Talk of 2015 – Sara Cooper

Our first of 5 artist talks taking place this year begins on Wednesday 4th February with artist Sara Cooper. Sara will be discussing her creative practice which includes mark making, drawing and sculpture.

Join us for what promises to be a inspiring start to our talks programme for 2015.

blimey! Artist Talk Sara Cooper (04.02.15)


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blimey! Christmas meeting this week

Our meeting this week on Wednesday 3rd Dec, will take place at Crown Street Gallery between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Artist Jackie Stonehouse is currently exhibiting at the gallery and will give an insight into her work and an opportunity to view the work on display.

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Everyone is welcome and afterwards we will be heading to The William Stead for a few festive drinks.

See you there


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Next Artist Talk – Paul Jex

All welcome – Paul’s talk will start at 7.30pm, Wednesday 5th November, Central Club, Darlington

Paul Jex is a Newcastle based artist who is focused on the apparently tangential mechanisms of the presentation and approach of art. His work evaluates the process in which the audience participates with art, whether this be in newspapers, books, online or first hand in public domains such as galleries or other spaces of engagement.

At the centre of Paul’s methodology is the act of collecting, appropriating and referencing of images. With various levels of meaning supported by antidotes his work reveals a sequence of individual and holistic investigations.

As part of the blimey! artist talk, Paul will discuss the importance of chance and discovery, individual and group participation and in particular his on going exploration of the monochrome; the single colour in art.

For further information please visit one of Paul’s links below:





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Work in Progress meeting – tomorrow at 7.30pm



Tomorrow night from 7.30pm will be our next Work in Progress meeting, where we invite people to bring in artwork or ideas for discussion and feedback. We will also be discussing and agreeing our programme of artist talks for next year. If you want to join us and take part, or offer suggestions for the artist talks please come along. Everyone welcome.

This meeting will take place in the downstairs bar, rather than upstairs at Darlington Central Working Men’s Club,7 Beaumont Street, Darlington, County Durham DL1 5RN

See you there

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Next Artist Talk with Theresa Easton

As part of our Artist Talks this year we are pleased to announce that well known artist Theresa Easton will be giving the next blimey! Artist Talk on Wednesday 2nd July, 7.30pm upstairs in Darlington Central Working Mens Club, 7 Beaumont Street, Darlington, DL1 5RN.

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Broadsides, Theresa Easton

Theresa Easton is printmaker and artist educator based in Newcastle using printmaking techniques to develop participatory projects that inform and cultivate her own studio practice.


Uncut, Theresa Easton

Recent projects have used recycled books to create installations, drawing attention to local library closures or inviting members of the public to contribute to an ongoing collection of zines documenting the public’s response to current austerity measures. Theresa Easton is one of the founder members of Artists’ Union England, a trade union for visual and applied artists launched 2014 on International Workers Day.

For further information visit Theresa’s blog here

Zines Easton

Zines, Theresa Easton

This talk is supported through funding from Creative Darlington and mima – Visual Art Network


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