Open Call #8: Queer / LGBTQ+ Artists

Mon – Sat, 9am – 4pm

Norfolk Street Arts

For its eighth open exhibition, Norfolk Street Arts presents the work of Sullivan Alenezi, Sophie Keith and Nora Nadvegi.

Originally from Croatia, Nora Nadvegi has called Sunderland her home for the past 8 years. Due to the lack of opportunities to study animation in Croatia, Nora took a leap of faith and moved to the UK to pursue an education. Since graduating Nora has been working as an animator and illustrator as well as working with local universities to deliver workshops. Despite their work being primarily digital, Nora has been immersing themselves back into traditional media. They have been experimenting with a range of media, but most prominently acrylic paint and paint markers, oil pastels, pencils and graphite.

Sullivan Alenezi is an illustrator and graphic designer from Kuwait now based in the North East of England. Sullivan believes firmly in the power of art as a medium to incite change and is dedicated to fighting for the causes he believes in through his designs.

Sophie Keith is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne who has recently finished The Collective Studio, an alternative learning programme at The Newbridge Project. Their art practice currently concerns itself with the notion of utopias, and works with the idea of creating abstract, utopic non-spaces within the paintings. Sophie’s work also explores identity, and responds to the immediacy of their environment — built through gestures and rhythms, exploring layers and textures and how the application of paint can be disrupted. Although a lot of the shapes in Keith’s paintings are based on objects in photographs, the painting method relies heavily on working with chance and intuition. They are attempting to create impossible worlds, inspired by their personal queer experience, and build a language within the pieces that are represented by hidden and revealed layers.


Hills Art Centre 17 – 18 Waterloo Place Sunderland SR1 3HT

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11 December 2023—13 January 2024


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