Dave Tweedy: Filling in the Gaps

Thu - Sat, 12 – 4pm

Preview 12 July, 6 – 8pm

Abject Gallery

Work by Dave Tweedy which examines memory, disguise, transformation, ritual and revelation in both personal and political arenas.

These works call on and use imagery from the media and other printed sources, with subjects including John F Kennedy’s assassination, Catholicism, Donald and Melania Trump, authoritarianism, fascism, 1960s TV cartoons, pop culture, children’s play and film. During Covid, Tweedy began to re-examine family history, including the rituals and activities of seaside trips. Other works involved the rumours and false accounts of where Covid had originated and how it was spread, and the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury.

Works reflect domestic and international concerns, from immediate family with the artist’s parent’s dementia and health to the Gaza crisis, memory and hearing loss and the conflation of both in his world with the difficulties of his parents’ current situation. The works explore issues and subjects that involve significant numbers of people directly, as in the UK with an aging population, and in Palestine with nearly 2 million citizens displaced and under bombardment. The national and international news attests to this.

Tweedy’s work examines controlling hierarchies and the culture of elites and uses historical and contemporary iconic images which are well known within western culture. Visual clues invite the audience to join in with the significance of each work and experience it in different and individual ways, democratising the relationship between viewer and work.


27 Fawcett Street Sunniside Sunderland SR1 1RE

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Until 10 August 2024


  • Thu 12 – 4pm
  • Fri 12 – 4pm
  • Sat 12 – 4pm
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