D6: Open Studios

6 – 10.30pm

D6: Culture in Transit

The Late Shows 2024

D6 welcomes visitors to its city centre studios to see the work of artists who have challenged, inspired and brought joyous moments to the organisation this year.

During residences, they have joined D6 to research ideas and create new works that reveal and question the beauty and complexities of the world.

Kate Sweeney‘s practice explores how familial bonds are formed beyond the materials and myths of blood and DNA. Her work often draws on sites of cultural repository and memory and is shaped by her own lived experiences. During her residency, she returned to the decommissioned Souter Lighthouse in South Tyneside, now under the care of the National Trust. Looking to the insubstantial and changeable elements of the lighthouse, Kate created new work including drawings, paintings, and sound and video sketches.

Nisha Duggal works across media to explore expressions of freedom in the everyday. Her D6 residency took her back to her childhood in the North East, when she remembered seeing an armoured tank displayed outside Armstrong Works in Elswick, near where she grew up. Drawing connections between the site’s founder William Armstrong, his property at Cragside and the arms industry, she sheds light on the contested legacy of Armstrong – engineer, inventor-genius and arms dealer.

Paria Goodarzi is D6’s current artist in residence whose often collaborative, socially engaged works draw from her Iranian heritage to delve into cultural and political transfers, identity and displacement. She shares work in progress that explores the representation of exile, challenges abstract senses of distance and reflects on the complexities of contemporary existence within the Iranian diaspora who have made Newcastle their home. 

Please note that due to the age and change of use of D6’s building, its studios are not wheelchair accessible.​ Works by Kate and Nisha are available to view online. We will be sharing Paria’s work in a digital format towards the end of her residency.

Light refreshments available.

Image: Nisha Duggal, from Deeds live after men upon the earth

1st Floor 5 Charlotte Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XF

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18 May 2024

  • Sat 6 – 10.30pm
  • No wheelchair access
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