ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. end of programme exhibition  

4th - 12th September

VARC, Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland NE48 1RP

Featuring Andrew BurtonRobbie Coleman & Jo HodgesSam DouglasShane FinanCatriona GallagherBridget KennedyEmily KetteringhamKate Liston plus films about the artists’ work by WeLove Media

Opening Party Sat 4th Sept 12 – 5pm
Refreshments provided, open discussion at 4pm chaired by Susan Trangmar.
Keep a look out online for updates of other activities

Sun 5th, Sat 11th & Sun 12th Sept 11 – 3pm
Mon 6th to Fri 10th Sept 11-3pm by appointment only*

*email helen@varc.org.uk minimum 48 hours’ notice required

Minibus from Newcastle available on Sat 4th Sept, bookable via VARC’s website or eventbrite link here

The two year, multi-partner ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. programme will culminate this September with an exhibition at VARC’s home at Highgreen, rural Northumberland NE48 1RP. In this exciting, multidisciplinary show curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell, you will find work of the ENTWINED artists installed in the barns and outbuildings around the estate.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 4th September and will run until Sun 12th September. All welcome!

ENTWINED Residency VARC, Northumberland

July 2020 - April 2021

ENTWINED: Rural. Land. Lives. Art.

Over the ten months in Northumberland, I will be researching perceived categorisations of the natural, manmade and wildness. I will be looking at systems of knowledge, control and management of nature locally, identifying such traces in the landscape alongside more collaborative practices and rituals performed on the land. Working with local people will be key and I’m hoping to develop collaborations with performers to include local voices, dialects and bodies.

Mapping such patterns, whether physical or informational, will constitute my beginnings in drawing and writing, which I anticipate will progress into moving image over the course of the residency.  I plan to begin with an open ended approach to the Ecology of Place and see what strikes me as pertinent and holds my interest when immersed in the locality.

Sheffield Doc Fest

Premiere of Video Villanelle (for distance) 


Halo Showroom Cinema 3

Sun 13 June 14:45 - Sun 13 June 16:02

Incidental phone videos from the artist’s camera reel are edited into the poetic form of a villanelle. Portrait-format clips - filmed to send to distant loved ones or to capture instances of caught attention - show fragments of events that lie between movement and stasis. Two lives between two countries follow an A-B-A rhyming structure, with sequences of birds in flight appearing as repeating refrains. Swallows above an Aegean beach at sundown and a murder of crows against northern skiesl streetlight glow by motorbike and puddled lanes by bicycle; a hand clasping a leaf and sunlight over bare knees in transit. When and why do we choose to capture such moments? Can a life be lived between places in a year of lockdowns and the end of freedom of movement? Video Villanelle (for distance) reflects on changing relationships to home during lockdown.

Video Villanelle (for distance) will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Catriona Gallagher which will be live-streamed from the cinema to Selects.

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