No Last Dance

Thu – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 20 April, 4 – 7pm

Newcastle Contemporary Art

A group exhibition and a one-day symposium exploring how time is intrinsic to the act of making and viewing painting.

No Last Dance showcases exciting approaches to painting that will be a stimulus for discussion about how artists sustain a motivated and ambitious practice with or without public recognition.

The curation of the exhibition has been informed by the writing and practice of Isabelle Graw and Charline von Heyl. Graw is an art writer who is interested in painting as a ‘formation’ — something that continues to maintain itself under new historical conditions. As well as offering a way of discursive communication, painting operates at a non verbal level through bumps, marks, material and colour.

Artist Charline von Heyl suggests that the moment of beholding a painting is the most important for her: that an activation of the space between the viewer and the picture externally by its material presence and internally through shifting thoughts as the mind wanders is crucial. This process with a painting is not one the beholder can take away, but one that needs to be replayed and updated again and again whether positive or defensive.

In an interview, artist Phyllida Barlow (1944 – 2023) observed that many artists’ work is never, or rarely gets seen. She raises interesting, but rarely discussed ideas about an artist’s visibility and the inherent heroism in working with little external validation. This point was echoed in a series of conversation events held at NCA leading up to the exhibition, which identified questions of artistic visibility and agency as a central concern. These conversations also played an important role in the curation of the exhibition and are explored further in the symposium.

With work by Helen Baker, Virginia Bodman, Debbie Bower, Annette Chevallier, Sarah Cooney, Charles Danby, Jennifer Douglas, Bob Edgson, Natalie Gale, Rachel Gibson, Ian Gonczarow, Lorraine Lawler, Rachael Macarthur, Paul Merrick, Abdullah Quresi, Ellen Ranson, Louise Scott, Andy Sheridan, Helen Smith, Sue Spark, Flora Whiteley and Becky Woodhouse.

High Bridge Works 39 High Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

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25 April—18 May 2024

FREE

  • Thu 12 – 5pm
  • Fri 12 – 5pm
  • Sat 12 – 5pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities (on ground floor of building)

Selected Works

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