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Acts of Making: Shipley Art Gallery

Acts of Making is a two-week festival celebrating contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops. Events will be held at the Shipley Art Gallery and more unusual spaces across town. We want you to contribute, collaborate and capture your discoveries.
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Owl Project, iLog Making Workshop

  • Saturday 7 March, 10am—2.30pm
  • Saturday 21 March, 10am—2.30pm

The Shipley Art Gallery

Free event but tickets required

Learn how to make an Owl Project iLog, which converts electronic light into sound. Owl Project use the iLog in their Photosynthonium artwork. Through soldering electronics and wood working you‘ll make your own fully working iLog. After the workshop there will be the option to take part in a short performance using the newly made iLogs.

Age 14+. All materials supplied. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book please contact the Shipley Art Gallery on 0191 477 1495.


Owl Project, Live improvised artist performance

  • Saturday 7 March, 3pm

The Shipley Art Gallery

Free event

A wonderful opportunity to see an Owl Project performance.

Owl Project make functional music making machines and instruments that they use in their improvised performances.  Come along and hear something unique! 


Richard William Wheater, Tree and Scooters
Proccession performance

  • 7 March, 1pm—2pm

Trinity Square Shopping Centre to the Shipley Art Gallery

Tree and Scooters is a procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters which will demonstrate man's effect on the environment. During the procession, each scooter will carry a flag showing a section of a plastic poplar tree.


Mah Rana, Meanings and Attachments
Live Event

  • 7 March, 10am—12.30pm

Gateshead Central Library

Mah Rana's Meanings and Attachments project has collected personal stories connected to the jewellery we wear from hundreds of people all over the world through photographic portraits and written accounts. Bring an item of jewellery that means something to you to the library to have your photograph taken and record your story.


Catherine Bertola, Unfurling Splendour [VI]
Installation performance

  • 7/10/11 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Visitors to the Shipley Art Gallery will be able to witness Catherine Bertola painstakingly creating a patterned carpet made entirely of dust.


Richard William Wheater, Tree and Scooters
Display

  • 7—21 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Tree and Scooters is a procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters which will demonstrate man's effect on the environment. During the procession, each scooter will carry a flag showing a section of a plastic poplar tree. All flags will be displayed until the end of the festival.


Owl Project, Photosynthonium
Collaborative performance

  • 7—21 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Owl Project consists of Simon Blackmore, Anthony Hall and Steve Symons. Their project Photosynthonium is a log pile embedded with LEDs. Light is converted into sound and can be played by moving had-held iLog devices over them. The iLogs are connected to large wooden amplifiers allowing you to create your own sound art.


Mah Rana, Meanings and Attachments
Display

  • 10—21 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Mah Rana's Meanings and Attachments project has collected personal stories connected to the jewellery we wear from hundreds of people all over the world through photographic portraits and written accounts.These photographs will be exhibited at Shipley Art Gallery during the festival.


Catherine Bertola, Unfurling Splendour [VI]
Display

  • 12—20 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Catherine Bertola will create a patterned carpet made entirely of dust at the start of the festival, which will be displayed in the ensuing days. The carpet's pattern will be inspired by the history and architecture of the gallery building and will represent its invisible history.


Keith Harrison‘s Skate Jam Event, Attack of the Tombstones

  • Saturday 14 March, 7pm—10pm

Dynamix Skatepark

Entry: £3 for participating skaters and £1 suggested donation for spectators

Come along to this skate jam event organised and hosted by Dynamix Skatepark, where skilled skaters will transform Keith Harrison‘s bench sculptures with their skill and creativity.  Take part in the event or simply witness the tricks and see art in action. The stakes are high, with a cash prize for the best bench-trick!

Contact Dynamix for further information: 0191 478 7787


Mah Rana, Meanings and Attachments
Live Event

  • 17 March, 10am—2.45pm

Gateshead Central Library

Mah Rana's Meanings and Attachments project has collected personal stories connected to the jewellery we wear from hundreds of people all over the world through photographic portraits and written accounts. Bring an item of jewellery that means something to you to the library to have your photograph taken and record your story.


Exploring Acts of Making with the Scribblers

  • Tuesday 17 March, 6.30pm

The Shipley Art Gallery

Free event but tickets required

Crafts Council curator Lorna Burn will introduce the Acts of Making Festival. Joining her are the Scribblers, who will share their creative writing inspired by Mah Rana‘s artwork Meanings and Attachments. There will also be a tour of the exhibition Eat, Drink and Make Merry which has been curated by members of the University of the Third Age.

To book please contact the Shipley Art Gallery on 0191 477 1495


Clare Twomey, Is It Madness. Is It Beauty.
Performance

  • 17—21 March, 11am—3pm

Shipley Art Gallery

In Clare Twomey's Is it Madness. Is it Beauty. 500 unfired clay pots will be repeatedly filled with water, leading to their gradual disintegration and loss of function. Twomey will use arts students to perform this piece which is a comment on the futility of human action.


Catherine Bertola, Unfurling Splendour [VI]
De-installation performance

  • 21 March

Shipley Art Gallery

Visitors to the Shipley Art Gallery will be able to witness Catherine Bertola unraveling and clearing away a patterned carpet made entirely of dust.


Owl Project, iLog making workshop

  • 21 March, 10am—2.30pm

Shipley Art Gallery

Free event but tickets required

Learn how to make an Owl Project iLog, which converts electronic light into sound. Owl Project use the iLog in their Photosynthonium artwork. Through soldering electronics and wood working you‘ll make your own fully working iLog. After the workshop there will be the option to take part in a short performance using the newly made iLogs.

Age 14+. All materials supplied. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book please contact the Shipley Art Gallery on 0191 477 1495.



Creative Makings March Celebration

Gateshead Central Library

  • Saturday 7 March, 10am —8pm

Free event

As well as Acts of Making, Gateshead Central Library will present a bumper month of making in March, marking the end of the Creative Makings artists in residence projects. The programme will kick off in style on Saturday 7 March with a full day of demonstrations, stalls and creative stations, including projects transforming waste into wearable art, book bag making, creating accordion books, exploring sustainable sounds with instruments made from recycled materials and much more!

Further details online at: www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

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