AV FESTIVAL 14: EXHIBITIONS
Sat 1 March 2014 – Mon 31 March 2014

The Festival features 11 exhibitions and installations that run throughout the month by artists: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Lara Almarcegui, Yuri Ancarani, Salvatore Arancio, Walead Beshty, Wang Bing, Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak, Harun Farocki, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Anna Molska, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Thomas Sopwith, Simon Starling, Susan Stenger, Hito Steyerl, Akio Suzuki and Jessica Warboys.

New works include: Lara Almarcegui’s geological tours of the last coal seams in Newcastle; Akio Suzuki’s sculptural sound works responding to the coast at Marsden Rock; Susan Stenger’s sound installation transforming Northumberland coastal geology into the sonic; and Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak’s installation referencing a bronze statue of the Russian miner Alexey Stakhanov.

All exhibitions are FREE. 


Group exhibition: Metal

Sat 1 March – Thu 24 April 2014

mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

For the first time the Festival curated two thematic group shows. At mima the exhibition... more


Group exhibition: Stone

Sat 1 March – Sat 17 May 2014

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)

The Festival group exhibition at NGCA focused on the raw material of stone and how it has been shaped by human agency... more


Akio Suzuki: na ge ka ke

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Globe Gallery

AV Festival presented the first major solo exhibition of work by Akio Suzuki in the UK. When Suzuki was awakened to the world of sound in the 1960s, he began what... more


Akio Suzuki: oto–date Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Various outdoor locations, Newcastle

AV Festival commissioned the UK debut of Suzuki’s ongoing oto-date project. oto-date is... more



Lara Almarcegui: The Last Coal Extraction in Newcastle

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

NewBridge Project Space

Concerned with shifting landforms and land uses, Almarcegui's work reveals the evolving material qualities of natural... more


Susan Stenger: Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland

Sat 1 March – Sun 6 April 2014

Laing Art Gallery

Susan Stenger’s new sound installation is based on a cross-section diagram of coastal geological formations... more


Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Platform A Gallery

Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak's new work is part of the ongoing series of sculptures After four rotations of A, B will... more


Jessica Warboys

Sat 1 March – Sun 6 April 2014

Laing Art Gallery

This solo exhibition brought together film, object and canvas, each addressing time, space and landscape in different ways. The exhibition included a... more



Anna Molska: The Weavers

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

The Mining Institute

This single screen film is based on The Weavers, a five-act play by the German Nobel Prize winning playwright and novelist, Gerhart Johann Hauptmann... more


Wang Bing: Crude Oil

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Stephenson Works

Wang Bing’s epic fourteen-hour film follows the long working day of crude oil extractors in China’s remote Qinghai province. This used to be the country’s poorest... more


Salvatore Arancio: Cathedral

Sat 1 March – Sat 10 May 2014

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA)

Cathedral is a single screen film and sound work filmed and recorded at Fingal’s Cave, a geological formation on the uninhabited island of... more