Some Assembly Required

Thu – Sat, 12 – 6pm

Preview 25 April, 6 – 9pm


Some Assembly Required brings together the work of six Newcastle University MFA students.

Featuring new works by Ardra Nair, Frank Pretorius, Elizabeth Oughton, Brandon Pearce, Archie Ogus and Kitty McKay, Some Assembly Required makes visible the collaborative nature of group exhibitions, and considers what might be achieved when artists embrace their differences and produce work in divergence.

Eschewing tight thematics, the show explores contrasting relationships towards the purpose of exhibition building and making meaning. The works in this exhibition span a range of media and references including painting; urban cartographies; and class and queer politics. By bringing these diverse practices together in this exhibition, the show aims to both flatten the hierarchies of prescribed value, and to adopt the position of a playful experiment into the messiness of curation as creative practice.

Some Assembly Required is situated in a specific moment, within a specific context — acknowledging the loss of many art spaces in the North East over recent years. These spaces provide meaningful opportunities for artists to experiment, collaborate and build community, as a place to look and talk about art. Through the steady reduction of spending on the arts, and tighter funding principles, mean that arts practices must increasingly demonstrate their usefulness.

44 Wretham Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1XU

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26 April—4 May 2024


  • Thu 12 – 6pm
  • Fri 12 – 6pm
  • Sat 12 – 6pm
  • Level access

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