Closed Enough: artist talk

5.30 – 6.30pm


Exhibition co-curator and exhibiting artist Joe Keys hosts an informal walkthrough of the exhibition ‘Closed Enough’.

Closed Enough is an exhibition of nine artists based in or associated with Iceland. The exhibition was conceived by Icelandic artist Una Björg Magnúsdóttir and Newcastle-born Joe Keys, who emigrated to Iceland in 2018. It features work by artists at different stages of their careers, but who have all exhibited frequently in Iceland.

The exhibition has been evolving between all those participating, through meetings both online and in person, and the title, Closed Enough, is a play on the feeling of distance and closeness. It speaks of a sensitivity towards the comforts and shelters that arise through the imposing influence of Iceland’s weather conditions, but also to a poetics of things within and out of reach, and the reorienting of things near at hand, a process similar to that described by Sarah Ahmed in her book Queer Phenomenology. It also evokes how galleries and museums appear to place things out of reach, but how these things, through the sensibilities of their making, may still reach back to lives lived.

Free, but please book a place via e-mail.

Orbis Community 65 High Street Gateshead NE8 2AP

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14 December 2023


  • Thu 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • One step access to front door: portable ramp available
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