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Energies: Blyth's industrial pasts and futures

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Curated by Clifton Evers. Artists: Clifton Evers, James Davoll, Alison Walton-Robson, Michael Cunliffe, Robert Page, Russell Coleman, Ronan Devlin, The Stars artist group at Headway ArtsNewcastle University commissioned exciting new artwork outstanding regionally based artists and invited the community of the Northeast coastal town of Blyth to focus on its low-carbon energy industry and culture transformation. As part of the exhibit, all visitors were encouraged to share their own thoughts and reactions to Blyth’s energy futures. Blyth has a very proud industrial heritage that will influence how its people embrace the future. The artworks express how the artists see the Blyth industrial past linking to the transformation and the types of energy used to sustain both life and work. The art is aimed at prompting people to think and question what is happening. How the community itself sees, feels and communicates this change is vital for shaping the Blyth community’s future and informing the adjustment all coastal communities must make to adapt to climate change.In particular the exhibit asks:How do the many efforts to create cleaner energy futures shape the lives of the people of Blyth and other coastal communities?How do the range of new energy projects (e.g., wind, battery, biomass) and visions for Blyth and other communities interact and respond to the long industrial heritage of these places?The exhibition was supported by Newcastle University via the ONEPlanet Fund, Institute for Creative Arts Practice,School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, School of Arts and Cultures, Performance Research NetworkG. Mutch was supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Research Fellowship Scheme.and Headway Arts, RePUBlic Gallery, Shadow Places Network & the HEAL research group, Oviedo University, Spain. We thank the following institutions and people for their assistance and use of their images and video: British Library, Durham Mining Museum, National Library of Scotland, Port of Blyth/Blyth Tall Ship Archives, Tyne and Wear Archives.Research team:Principal InvestigatorProfessor Anthony ZitoProfessor of European Public PolicyEmail: +44 (0) 191 208 7554Co-Investigator and Curator of the Art ExhibitDr Clifton EversSenior Lecturer in Media and Cultural StudiesEmail: Mark IrelandLecturer in Energy GeoscienceEmail: Greg MutchRoyal Academy of Engineering Research FellowEmail: Ms. Maia Almeida-AmirResearch AssistantSchool of Arts and CulturesEmail: David DoddsResearch AssistantSchool of Geography, Politics and SociologyEmail: Alexandra Young

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Evers C

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2021

Number of Pieces: 11

Venue: Headway Arts and RePUBlic Gallery

Location: Blyth, Northumberland

Media of Output: audio-visual, painting, performance, sculpture


Notes: Curated by Clifton Evers. Artists: Clifton Evers, James Davoll, Alison Walton-Robson, Michael Cunliffe, Robert Page, Russell Coleman, Ronan Devlin, The Stars group at Headway Arts