AV FESTIVAL 10: NEW COMMISSIONS
Fri 5 March 2010 – Sun 14 March 2010

AV Festival 10 commissioned 18 new works by artists including: Charlemagne Palestine, YoHa, Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, Stephen O’Malley, Susan Stenger, FM Einheit, Graham Dolphin, Kate Rich, Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson, Jana Winderen, Rhodri Davies, Simon Fisher Turner, Will Schrimshaw, Mat Fleming, Semiconductor and Rick Prelinger.

Several of the commissions were participatory. YoHa worked with groups of miner activists and families in the North East, to create the installation Coal Fired Computers. Kate Rich operated Feral Trade Café during the Festival, its daily menu changed with supplies imported by visiting artists, curators and friends. Other commissions responded to local ecology, with Lee Patterson, Kaffe Matthews and Jana Winderen making field recordings of North East river networks.

Several artists worked site-specifically with non-arts venues. Simon Fisher Turner created a sound installation in the Sunderland Winter Gardens, and Will Schrimshaw responded to the Tyne Bridge Tower. Charlemagne Palestine created a series of performances across Newcastle in three churches and the Civic Centre carillon.


Charlemagne Palestine: Carillon Bells

Fri 5 March 2010, 6.15-7pm

Newcastle Civic Centre Bell Tower

Legendary American musician Charlemagne Palestine performs the UK premiere of a new...more


Various Artists: all art is, is rhythm

Fri 5 March – Sat 22 May 2010

Hatton Gallery

As stated by the famous modern artist Kurt Schwitters in 1926, art is nothing more than rhythm. This group exhibition, curated...more


Various Artists: English Journey Revisited

Sun 14 March 2010, 8pm

The Sage Gateshead

The Festival special closing night performance was written and performed by award winning writers Iain Sinclair...more


Alan Moore and Stephen O'Malley: Simultaneous Conjugation of Four Spirits in a Room

Sat 13 March 2010, 4-4.30pm

Laing Art Gallery

For the opening of the exhibition Turner versus Martin at the...more



YoHa: Coal Fired Computers

Fri 12 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Discovery Museum

A coal-fired boiler powers a network of computers exploring the relationships between, power, art and media. Coal Fired...more


Kate Rich: Feral Trade Cafe

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Tyneside Cinema

Artist Kate Rich has been operating Feral Trade import-export out of Bristol since 2003. Feral Trade deals in small quantities of...more


Various Artists: Rivers

Sun 14 March 2010, 3pm

The Sage Gateshead

This event premieres new commissions by three international sound artists: Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen. Each artist visited...more


Rhodri Davies: Cut and Burn

Sat 6 March 2010, 11am-4pm

Hatton Gallery

Rhodri Davies plays the harp in new and unexpected ways, often without plucking the strings. In this performance, set within his installation Room Harp...more



Charlemagne Palestine: Charlemagne Maximus

Sun 7 March 2010, 2-3.30pm

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas and St John the Baptist

The final performance in our Charlemagne Palestine Trilogy is his first ever composition...more


Simon Fisher Turner: Buddha Machines

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

A new sound installation planted in the tropical splendour of...more


Will Schrimshaw: Space Against Itself

Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010

Tyne Bridge North Tower

Will Schrimshaw creates a new installation that manipulates the acoustic signature of...more


Semiconductor: Heliocentric

Fri 5 March – Sat 1 May 2010

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Heliocentric is a new commission looking at the sun, the source of earth’s energy and life. By tracking the sun...more



Rick Prelinger: The Lives of Energy

Sat 13 March 2010, 12pm

Tyneside Cinema

World premiere of a new feature-length montage film by Rick Prelinger, founder of the world famous...more


Mat Fleming: Glass Struggle

Fri 5 March - Sun 2 May 2010

National Glass Centre

In his new 16mm film Glass Struggle, Mat Fleming documents his attempts to master a technique in order to hand-make a series of hammer...more