High calibre of exhibitors at Northumberland arts festival

Artist Bob Lawson, who is based in Cullercoats.
Artist Bob Lawson, who is based in Cullercoats.

Two artists working out of the same North East studio are coming to Alnmouth this year alongside stints in Australia and at the Venice Biennale.

A range of artists from across the North East, working in a range of mediums, will be descending on the seaside village for the 11th Alnmouth Arts Festival in June this year.

And two of them – Bob Lawson and Jill Gibson – are resident artists at Cullercoats Studios, a contemporary arts haven near Newcastle.

Bob has been invited to show works in Fall of the Rebel Angels, an exhibition curated by Vanya Balogh showing during this year’s Venice Biennale – one of the world’s leading contemporary arts events.

Meanwhile, Jill has recently returned from a three-week residency in Sydney, Australia, as part of the contemporary arts feminist archive programme.

On her website, Jill says: ‘My work investigates entropy and decay. Flirting with sexuality, sex and the ageing body, the work plays with opposites, hard and soft – steel wool, metal clips and paint combined with soft fabrics create an unease and tension, the beautiful versus the grotesque.

‘Elemental, raw and naked, heightened by a soft ‘cosmetic’ palette of pinks, ivories, and flesh tones the work utilises everyday materials, for example, velvet, putty, synthetic hair, Lycra, rubber, cosmetics and paint.

‘As part of a historical continuum my work is rooted in the emerging Feminist movement of the second half of the 20th century that endeavours to challenge and question the role and status of woman as artist and woman in a domestic context.’

The 2015 festival, with artists from all over the North East displaying in venues across the village, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. Visit www.alnmouthartsfestival.com