2016 PRESS RELEASES
11th January 2016 AV Festival 2016 Programme Press Release January 2016 (pdf)
AV Festival announces the full programme and theme for 2016. George Orwell’s polemical book The Road to Wigan Pier is the thematic framework for the next two editions of AV Festival. Socialism was the most looked-up word in 2015. Largely attributable to the popularity of US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party, it reflects a year of political alternatives becoming reality.
2016 Press Images
15th January 2016 AV Festival 2016: Press Images Overall Selection (All exhibitions and events) (zip) 39.47 MB
PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE 2011 – 2014
10th March 2014 Test Dept at Dunston Staiths Press Release March 2014 (pdf) 0.17 MB
Dunston Staiths, the monumental wooden structure on the River Tyne that was used for over a hundred years to ship coal worldwide, is the dramatic setting for DS30, an intervention by seminal industrial music group Test Dept, which brings this year’s AV Festival to a close. The group – in their first event since they ceased operations 17 years ago – are re-emerging to investigate their involvement in the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85.
6th February 2014 AV14 Film Programme Announcement Press Release January 2014 (pdf) 0.34 MB
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION presents a Wang Bing focus, a Postcolonial Cinema Weekend with Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Sven Augustijnen, Gabriel Abrantes, Mathieu Kleyebe and Duncan Campbell; and 10 UK premieres.
24th January 2014 AV14 Music and Sound Programme Press Release_January_2014 (pdf) 0.31 MB
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION is pleased to announce the sound and music programme for 2014: including an opening weekend focus on Akio Suzuki with Aki Onda; two special weekends of new concerts by Lee Patterson, John Butcher and Rhodri Davies, Common Objects, Richard Skelton with the Elysian Quartet and Chris Watson; and a major closing weekend event by Test Dept.
23rd January 2014 AV14 Programme Press Release_January 2014 (pdf) 0.33 MB
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION presents the work of artists who are re-imagining the geologic by responding to the natural landscape of North East England and beyond, from Neolithic rock art and glacial erosion to the remnants of the coal mining and minerals industries, and modern concerns with the global exploitation of material resources.
19th November 2013 AV Festival announces artists and programme for 2014 (pdf) 0.32 MB
AV Festival is pleased to announce the programme for 2014, featuring new commissions, UK premieres, solo exhibitions, group shows, concerts and film screenings by international and nationally renowned artists.
9th October 2013 AV Festival announces theme for 2014 (pdf) 0.09 MB
EXTRACTION is the theme for the sixth edition of North East England’s AV Festival in 2014, reflecting the subterranean map of the region from the mudstones, shales and coals of the Carboniferous coal measures, to the Ice Age boulder clay and marine limestones of the coast.
8th February 2012 AV Festival needs 1000 people from North East England to create two epic works of art (pdf) 0.09 MB
AV Festival is urgently seeking 1,000 people to create two epic works of art conceived by international Japanese artist, On Kawara, and renowned British artist Hamish Fulton. These are both opportunities for the public to have an unforgettable experience whilst contributing to the art of critically acclaimed international artists.
27th January 2012 AV Festival 12 - Listings (pdf) 0.12 MB
Titled after ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) by pioneering artist John Cage, AV Festival 12 features over 100 artists in 20 exhibitions, 70 special events and five ‘slow’ weekends of concerts, films, talks and walks, exploring slowness and duration and how sound, music, film and visual art stretch, measure and mark the passage of time.
23rd January 2012 AV Festival presents over 70 hours of Slow Cinema from leading international filmmakers (pdf) 0.12 MB
Newcastle is the focus for a long month of slow cinema in March when AV Festival 12: As Slow As Possible - the UK’s leading international festival of art, technology, music and film - takes place across north-east England.
6th January 2012 AV Festival 12 Music Programme (pdf) 0.11 MB
Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti, City of Newcastle Pipe Band, Attila Csihar, Hanne Darboven, Rhodri Davies, Jem Finer, Forest Swords, Kenneth Goldsmith, Leif Inge, Dominic Lash, Phill Niblock, Robert Poss, Steven Stapleton, Susan Stenger, The Caretaker, Yoshi Wada, Tashi Wada, Chris Watson, :zoviet*france:
19th October 2011 AV Festival announces headline artists for 2012 (pdf) 0.23 MB
Headline artists for 2012: James Benning, Jem Finer, Hamish Fulton Cyprien Gaillard, John Gerrard, Kenneth Goldsmith, Leif Inge, Phill Niblock, Jonathan Schipper, Susan Stenger, Yoshi Wada
11th August 2011 AV Festival announces theme: AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE (pdf) 0.23 MB
Slowness is the theme for the fourth edition of North East England’s internationally acclaimed AV Festival in March 2012.
Press Releases and images for AV Festival 2016 are available to download below. For all press enquiries about the Festival contact:
Peter Merrington, Assistant Director
0191 261 4949