Saturday 19 March

FESTIVAL EXHIBITION
Sat 27 February – Sun 27 March 2016

For the first time the Festival has curated a thematic group exhibition of solo installations by artists in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. This ‘part one’ edition is historically foregrounded, from the politics of Orwell’s 1930s to the radical ultra-left of the 1970s, re-winding 200 years to the early socialism of Thomas Spence in Newcastle.

Work by contemporary artists has been witness to accelerated historical progress, especially that following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the rise of neoliberal capitalism. Across different positions and geopolitical contexts artists have removed the political from the language of nostalgia, creating a tension between the past and present to suggest new subjectivities and forms of resistance for today.

The exhibition includes work by the following artists and archives: Thomas Spence (UK), Amber Films (UK), Jack Common/North East Film Archive (UK), Tim Brennan (UK), Hugo Canoilas (Portugal), Dan Perjovschi (Romania), Madhusudhanan (India), Pallavi Paul (India), Haim Sokol (Russia), R.E.P. (Ukraine), Claire Fontaine (France).

The exhibition is FREE and opening times are listed on each artist’s page.


Thomas Spence

27 February – 27 March 2016 

The Lit & Phil

Thomas Spence, one of the leading English revolutionaries of the late eighteenth century, was born in 1750 on Newcastle’s Quayside. ‘Spence’s Plan’... more


The Socialist Café: Amber Films

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Mining Institute

As Orwell was making his journey across the industrial North, in 1930s Newcastle the Socialist Café in the Royal Arcade became a meeting ground... more


Tyneside Story: Jack Common

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Mining Institute

This propaganda film about the re-opening of the Tyneside shipyards during World War Two was made for the Ministry of Information in 1944, with a script... more


Hugo Canoilas

27 February – 27 March 2016

Workplace Gallery

This new installation by Hugo Canoilas creates a tension between the past and present, making it contemporary ‘like a knife with two blades’. It brings... more



Madhusudhanan: The Marx Archive - Logic of Disappearance

27 February – 27 March 2016 

BALTIC 39

The Marx Archive – Logic of Disappearance is an ongoing project rooted in... more


Pallavi Paul: Trilogy

27 February – 27 March 2016 

BALTIC 39

In her trilogy of films – Nayi Kheti (New Harvest) 2013, Shabdkosh (A Dictionary), 2013, and Long Hair, Short Ideas, 2014 – Pallavi Paul... more


Haim Sokol: Testimony

27 February – 27 March 2016

The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema

Haim Sokol’s work deals with issues of memory, history and trauma, specifically those histories that have been hidden, forgotten or oppressed. The… more


Tim Brennan: Crusade

27 February – 27 March 2016

Vane

In summer 1996, artist Tim Brennan spent 25 days walking 298 miles along the route of the Jarrow Crusade, the famous protest march that took... more



Claire Fontaine

27 February – 27 March 2016

Vane

Claire Fontaine has adopted the term human strike to define a type of strike that involves the whole of life, echoing Foucault’s statement that... more


Dan Perjovschi

27 February – 27 March 2016

NewBridge Project Space

Known for drawing with felt pen directly onto the walls and windows of galleries in-situ during exhibitions, Dan Perjovschi’s installations take... more


R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space)

27 February – 27 March 2016 

Gallery North

R.E.P. was formed in Kyiv in 2004 – the decade of their existence framed by the Orange Revolution of that year and the... more


Left Book Club

27 February – 27 March 2016

NewBridge Bookshop

During the Festival, NewBridge Bookshop becomes the Left Book Club, a reading room and meeting point, influenced by the original Left... more