Previous exhibitions

Darlington Society of Arts

Saturday 11 January 2020 - Thursday 5 March 2020

Darlington Society of Arts was founded in 1922 with the prime object of stimulating interest in and appreciation of art in Darlington and the surrounding area.  This was the sixth exhibition Darlington Society of Arts has held in the gallery at Darlington Library since 2013, all of which have been warmly received.  This exhibition generated a number of sales and attracted positive comments including:

"Very impressed by the standard.  Excellent display of skills."

"Really enjoyed this exhibition, wide variety of work all carried out with great skill."

Darlington Society of Arts now meets on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm at Hummersknott Academy. There is a themed club night programme to inspire and give support to anyone who enjoys painting and crafting in a friendly setting.

The Society exhibit on a regular basis, which provides an opportunity to showcase members’ work and to reflect the diversity of their creative talents. New members are welcome, beginners or experienced, to join the society and enjoy their upcoming workshops.

Further information including contact details can be found on the Darlington society of arts website [external link]

Darlington society of arts logo

BRIDGING THE GAP

Helen Winthorpe-Kendrick

Saturday 2 November 2019 - Thursday 9 January 2020

Embroidered artwork, middle earth
Embroidered artwork, tyne sunset
Embroidered artwork, ripples in time

Bridging the gap’ is an expression frequently used in many different circumstances.
Bridging the gap between:

  • standards and achievement
  • the poor and the rich
  • the minorities and the mass population
  • different cultures
  • one hill and another
  • earth to the planets beyond

There is seldom one answer that suits all. This exhibition looks at the many and diverse ways in which bridges can be built, both physically and metaphorically.
www.visionsinthread.com [external link]

An opening event was held in the gallery on Saturday 2 November 2019 including a short talk about the exhibition at 12.30pm  which drew a great audience

Christian Mieves, No in-between

Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 30 October 2019

The everyday processes by which surfaces are worn down, thinned or marked, puts a particular focus on visual materiality. Material in its different conditions and formations has here a particular unstable character, defined as on-going process, shifting, disappearing and distancing.

The exhibition explores the idea of erosion, collapse, constant change imposed on everyday objects and environments. The paintings in this exhibition deal with a slippery setting, endless ambiguities and its productive potential. In this instability, bodies seem to dissolve and images to disintegrate, leaving the viewer with a sense of ‘no pauses, no in-between’. Spaces and objects are bound to collapse, yet simultaneously something new emerges. The work contests assumptions of agency, control, and in more general terms, visibility. This underlines the nature of painting practice of being in and between processes, of testing and reflecting, and shaping states of change.

A Christian Mieves in conversation with Matthew Hearn event was held on Thursday 24 November 2019, and attracted new visitors to the gallery, with a great discussion around the exhibition and aspects of painting.  The No In-Between programme was part of Conversations in Painting: Fiesta MK2 [external link]

Christian Mieves artwork 1

Biography

Christian Mieves is painter based in the North East of England. His paintings have been shown at exhibitions in Germany, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. He has published articles in academic journals on issues of exoticism, heterotopias and the beach.

For further information see: http://mieves.info/ [external link]
Contact: [email protected]

Christian Mieves artwork 2

Colourscapes, Colin Graham

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Thursday 3 October 2019

Colourscapes example 1
Colourscapes example 2
Colourscapes example 3
Colourscapes example 4
Colourscapes example 5
Colourscapes example 6
Colourscapes example 7
Colourscapes example 8

Colin Graham exhibited  'A Mind's Eye', at Darlington Library in 2015 sharing work from years of his practice.  The 'Colourscapes' exhibition in 2019 further  explored some of the notions raised in 'A Mind's Eye', predominantly that the focus for outcomes in painting is IDEAS; and that work in an abstract mode has just as much a grasp on reality as work that reflects visually the natural world as it looks.  Within 'Colourscapes' Colin has taken on board some of Kandinsky's thoughts on the inner meanings of relationships in art, with regard to the emotional and the spiritual.  The exhibition sought to raise questions regarding the power of shape, line, tone and colour to provoke and encourage strong conceptual and emotional responses and Colin believes 'an abstract work is the visual equivalent of a mental state'.

Colin Graham art talk

During 'Colourscapes' Colin gave an artist's talk and met and talked with many visitors to the gallery at Darlington Library.  The 'Colourscapes' exhibition raised questions, encouraged dialogue around painting and secured many positive comments, a selection of which are shown below.

Colourscape comments 1
Colourscape comments 2
Colourscape comments 3

Born in North Lincolnshire, Colin trained at the Leeds College of Art and Leeds University, with Degrees in Book Illustration and Teaching (Art Education) with further degrees at the Open University and York University. His professional career has been in Art(s) Education in Schools and in Colleges and Polytechnics/University.  More information at https://www.bestartistdarlington.co.uk/

In Transition, Richard Gaunt

Saturday 17 August - Thursday 5 September 2019

The 1960s saw big changes in and around Darlington. North Road railway workshops closed in 1966, Darlington Forge closed in 1967; and there were plenty more layoffs and closures. It wasn't all bad news: new factories came, but didn't always stay. It wasn't just the 1960s, and it wasn't just Darlington. UK heavy engineering faced long-term decline. In 1960 British Railways had several thousand active steam engines; by the end of 1968, that number was zero. All sorts of changes were going on in music and clothing. Mostly, people were better off and numbers of foreign holidays were climbing. There were more cars on the roads; road building too was charging ahead. Richard Gaunt lived in Darlington at that time and assembled a unique and fascinating photographic record. What stands out, more than 50 years after these images were taken, are the transitions. Steam to diesel on the railways, the last few deliveries by horse and cart, threats to corner shops and terrace housing. Above all, it's the details: evening sunlight on oily rivets, adverts for long-gone products, Roy Orbison on tour. These were all lovingly captured in stunning black-and-white images.

Richard Gaunt mine cart photo
Richard Gaunt back of houses photo
Richard Gaunt  rail worker photo
Richard Gaunt rotting boat photo
Richard Gaunt run down buildings

The exhibition attracted a high number of visitors of all ages, many commenting reflecting on changes in the Town, some reflecting on places they had grown, people they have known and times past, lots commenting on the quality of Richard's work.

Richard Gaunt gallery photo 1
Richard Gaunt gallery photo 2
Richard Gaunt gallery photo 3
Richard Gaunt gallery photo 4

Darlington Association of Photographers

Resurgence

Stockton high street
Rafting at tees barrage
Beach war scene

Resurge (v) Resurgence (n): experience resurrection, revive, rise, rise again.

The photographic area covered by this exhibition ranged from the Pennines to the Tees estuary, encompassing areas as far north as Hartlepool to Staithes in the south - passing through a variety of countrysides, towns and villages.

For this exhibition photographers were given free rein to express themselves using visual language no matter what the photographic media, process or techniques involved.

This exhibition was very popular and attracted positive interest and comments.

artists photo, black and white
photo of a menu and restaurant mascot

Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group Exhibition

Saturday 5 October 2019 - Saturday 19 October 2019

Mind Art piece 1
Mind Art piece 2
Mind Art piece 3

This exhibition is programmed to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group is a safe and supportive environment where people with mental health issues can go to rediscover old talents and learn, develop and explore new skills; to express themselves creatively. It is also a place to go, to make friends and escape the loneliness and isolation that can be experienced. It is a place participants come to have a laugh, a chat and find a voice in. The Group promotes confidence building and practice self-sufficiency and resilience. It is somewhere participants are comfortable and free from judgement so they can open up to find their true selves. Although participants still have their issues, they are able to lead a better and happier life thanks to support of the Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group. Some work in the exhibition is for sale.

For further information contact:

Darlington Mind Ltd,
St Hildas House,
11 Borough Road,
Darlington,
DL1 1SQ,

or telephone 01325 283169

Darlington Mind website [external link

Mind logo
Mind Art piece 4