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Gallery of Wonder on Tour

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Irene Brown, Judith King


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The Gallery Of Wonder On Tour is an Arts&Heritage project (Judith King and Timandra Nichols) designed and led by Irene Brown . It will travel across Northumbria, appearing at Northumberland county and border shepherd shows in a distinctive customised dark grey wagon, covered in symbols of curiosity and mysticism presenting tantalising clues to its unique contents. TOUR DATES 2015 Northumberland County Show Monday May 25th Woodhorn Miners Picnic Saturday June 13th Powburn Show Saturday August 1st Spittal Seaside Festival Saturday August 8th Falstone Border Shepherd Show Saturday August 22nd Alwinton Border Shepherd Show Saturday October 10th Newcastle City Campus Friday October 16th (tbc) At each venue the crew (Irene Brown, Carl Von Weiler and Peter Sharp) will erect the gallery, a big black circular tent decorated with countless piercing eyes, some set with small lenses providing a distorted peep into the shadowy interior. Outside, a barker (performance artist Dennis Jobling) entices the public to purchase a ‘magic ticket’ to gain entrance to the mysterious exhibit. Within is an exhibition of new works of art created by Aideen Barry, Irene Brown, Mat Collishaw, Mark Fairnington, Tessa Farmer, Polly Morgan, Aura Satz and Quay Brothers who have all responded to the idea of wonder, captivating an audience and holding them spellbound by what they see. How exactly do they do this? It must be seen to be believed. What we can say is that fifteen-foot snakes, enchanted flowers and vindictive fairies are part of this extraordinary spectacle. The tented gallery makes specific reference to the history of travelling booths and side shows at fairs, when items of curiosity such as waxworks of famous people, coronation tableaux and strange misshapen creatures were presented, juxtaposing the exotic and the amazing, the scientific and the fantastic and firing the imaginations of visitors. This is an exceptional project that sees a national arts and heritage agency taking artists’ work to a very different place - muddy fields and isolated rural village fairs. Albert Einstein said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed”. Can you pause to wonder?

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Brown I, King J

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2015

Number of Pieces: 1

Venue: Touring show

Location: Northumberland County Show, Woodhorn Miners Picnic, Spittal Seaside Festival, Falstone Border Shepherd Show, Alwinton Border Shepherd Show, Newcastle University

Media of Output: Sculpture, Installation

Notes: The Gallery Of Wonder On Tour is funded by a major Arts Council England award, Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Berwick Visual Arts and Northumberland County Council.