Friday, 26 April 2013

Festival of the North East

Bridges of the Ouseburn

The festival of the North East celebrates the regions innovations and creativity with a programme of events throughout June 2013, involving arts, heritage, creative industries, museums and engineering. As well as showcasing the North East, the festival also heralds the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels, which begin a 3 month residency at Durham University.
During the 4th weekend in June, I'll be giving a demonstration of my working practice, alongside other 36 Lime Street artists in the 36 Lime Street Gallery. I've been working on a thumbnail biro sketch of the many Bridges of the Ouseburn, which I plan to paint during the gallery opening. Painting the Ouseburn Valley and it's distinctive bridges lends itself perfectly to the Festival, with its heavily industrial past, giving way to the creative industries in the present. I also wanted to celebrate the Glasshouse and Byker Bridges, both of which have spanned the Ouseburn for 135 years.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June

Biscuit Factory Spring Exhibition

This month sees a welcome return of my paintings and prints to the Biscuit factory. Hard to believe it's been 10 years since the Biscuit factory first opened and I first started exhibiting with them, giving me a well needed platform, just as I was starting off as an artist.
The new collection of paintings, of both acrylic and oil, are also a mix of landscape and cityscape. Although I'm best known for my cityscapes, a brief spell living and working in Northumberland, inspired a more rural direction in my painting. And like my cityscapes, the landscapes focus on manmade structures in the open landscape, of isolated farmhouses and the network of geometric walls stretched over hillsides. If you would like to see headland II plus the other exhibited pieces, do pop into the gallery.

26th April - 12th July

The Late Shows 2013

Starry Tyne - Jim Edwards

The legendary culture crawl returns to Newcastle Gateshead in May. This years Late Shows is even bigger and better than before, with record numbers of venues opening their doors after hours.
Once again I'll be opening my studio from the top floor of 36 Lime Street. The studio has changed considerably since last years Late Shows. I had only been in studio for a week, and it was extremely dilapidated. I've made huge changes to the space over the year, helping to create a better functioning space to paint in.
I hope you can come along to see how the studio has changed. It's a great opportunity to come and watch me paint a cityscape, whilst discussing my working practice over a glass of wine. There will also be plenty of original paintings and prints on the walls, along with the new limited edition giclee print of Starry Tyne.

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013
7pm until late. Free Entry

The Art Tour 2013

Summer Road to Bamburgh

I first took part in The Art Tour 2 years ago, when I was based up in Northumberland. It was a great opportunity to have an open studio event with other rural artists across Northumberland and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, I missed last years event, as I had moved back to Newcastle, and I didn't think a city location could take part. But I was corrected, and I shall be opening my studio doors at 36 Lime Street. I would love it if you could come along and view my work, and even catch me painting a few new pieces.

36 Lime Street Studios
Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June