Matt Denham: Hot Contents

Mon – Tue, 9am – 6pm; Wed, Fri, 9am – 5pm; Thu, 10am – 6pm; Sat, 9am – 4pm

Crown Street Art Gallery

'Hot Contents' explores the relationships between the past and present industrial heritage of the North East — and the climate emergency.

The society we live in has been built on the foundations of industry. In the North East, our industrial culture and landscape – from coal mining to steel working, textile production to large-scale engineering – is a significant part of our regional identity. Industry has played an important part in shaping our cities, towns and communities. However, the growth of industry and the pace of associated development has also played a significant role in accelerating the climate and ecological emergency: from the pollution caused by industrial waste to the growth and profit-oriented actions that shape our local environments.

Hot Contents imagines a near future where unsustainable growth and over-production has dramatically changed our landscape. Taking the form of brightly-coloured video installations, sound maps and living sculptures, the work in this exhibition explores possible futures through local sites of transition, spaces of resistance, and climate action that aims to shape a positive future for Darlington and its surrounds.

Darlington Library Crown Street Darlington DL1 1ND

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Until 18 July 2024

  • Mon 9am – 6pm
  • Tue 9am – 6pm
  • Wed 9am – 5pm
  • Thu 10am – 6pm
  • Fri 9am – 5pm
  • Sat 9am – 4pm
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