|Exhibition Dates: 1st – 30th June 2013Wednesday – Saturday 11.30am- 5.00pmDear Angel is an emotionally charged, tactile and interactive artwork that captures how people feel and think about the North East of England. Over the past month, hundreds of participants collaborated with artist Stevie Ronnie, to handwrite, type, record, make or illustrate a letter home, addressing it to one of the region’s nationally recognised cultural icons: the Angel of the North.
You are welcome to add your own letter to this living record of our region at the gallery, throughout June.
Inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, Dear Angel bridges the gap between the written letter as a physical, tactile object and communication technology in the digital age, and explores what the future holds for technology and literature in the wider framework of our evolving digital society.
Alongside Dear Angel, we are delighted to present newly commissioned work by four contemporary, internationally acclaimed artists; Victoria Bradbury, Theresa Easton, Russell Maurice and Tom Schofield, photographer Colin Davison and a UK premiere of work by Indian artist collective, Revue. This exhibition engages us in a deeper conversation with some of the key concepts the Dear Angelcommission touches upon.
Key themes include; online and offline communication tools and platforms, contemporary engagement with place and its histories, present and future, the impact and affect of urban transformation on place and its communities, and how artists are using opportunities for mass, global audience participation afforded by digital technologies in the production and experience of art.
Dear Angel is grateful for the kind support of Arts Council England, Festival of the North East and New Writing North
Dear Angel is curated by Suzy O’Hara