System Gallery, based within city centre venue Bar Loco, will host ‘Framing the Crisis’, a multi-disciplinary exhibition of artwork from 11 artists created in response to recent media coverage of human migration on a local, national and global scale.
The new exhibition, curated by Newcastle-based voluntary arts group Vault Collective, brings together work from both emerging and established artists and will feature work exploring issues of migration, refugees and free movement. Highlights include original prints from Theresa Easton, Elizabeth Kwant and Cath Walshaw and installation pieces from Patricia Azevedo, Clare Charnley and Liam McCabe. Further details HERE
Produced in 2016, at Robert Smails Printing Works, ‘Refugees Welcomed’ celebrates 150 year anniversary of the jobbing press. Referencing the locally printed St Ronan’s Standard, (produced at Smail’s until 1916) WW1 headlines reflected a very different approach to welcoming refugees in comparison to today’s jingoistic rhetoric. Accountable to the local community, articles cited local stories gathered by the Innerleithen family of printers while visiting local businesses touting for trade. Contrast todays media owned by an elite few, with global aspirations & profiteering, its unsurprising zines, placards & social media are just a few counter movements challenging the neo-liberal agenda of the media.