Jade Sweeting: 900 Miles (From Home)

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

900 Miles (from Home) is the first UK solo exhibition by Middlesborough-born and Newcastle-based artist-photographer, printmaker and researcher Jade Sweeting. The exhibition visually represents strong, confident women who ride motorcycles – inspired by, and dedicated to every woman who rides, who gets their hands dirty and who wants to be free.

900 Miles (From Home) showcases a new series of intimate 8×10 black and white photographic prints spanning the central space. The photographs, at once detailed and abstracted, document personal items such as biker jackets, motorcycle parts and clothing. Imbued with individuality and pride, community and solidarity they speak to a subculture born from the freedom of the open road and resistance to the mainstream. The prints sit within an immersive soundtrack of the artist’s much-loved Ironhead bike.

Elsewhere within the exhibition are photographs from Norman Hartley’s archive. Norman Hartley – or Norm to his friends – was a rider and campaigner for rider rights through his role as Motorcycle Action Group’s (MAG) North East regional rep. The archival photographs sit in dialogue with back issues of Harley Women, the first national magazine devoted to women motorcycle enthusiasts founded in 1985 by Linda Jo Giovannoni and Cris Sommer Simmons.

Jade Sweeting’s recent projects include: Still Moving, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (2023); Hip Reading (w/Jenni Mac)Curious Festival 2022, Northern Stage, Newcastle (2022); co- curator of the On Our Backs: An Archive (w/ Janina Sabaliauskaite), The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (2018), First Bowie, Now This!, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick (2017).

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16 September 2023—25 February 2024

FREE

  • Mon 10am – 5pm
  • Tue 10am – 5pm
  • Wed 10am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 5pm
  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 10am – 5pm
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