The Departure Foundation presents The Sunderland Art Prize
|  Ken Byers  |  Nicola Canavan  |  Katy Cole  |  Rebecca Cusworth  |  Graeme Durant  |  Kimberley Emeny  |  Gabriella Di Giorgio  |  Edwin Li  |  Kate Liston  |  Sally Madge  |  Rachel Magdeburg  | Chloe Mercer  |  Christopher Morgan  |  Al Palmer  |  Rosanne Robertson  |  Tom Schofield  | Annette Searing  |  James Sebright  |  Geoff Simpson  |  Emma Stark  |  Holly Watson  |  David Stedham  |  David Teager-Portman  |  Louise Todd  |  Karen Ward  |
Exhibition: Friday 9th March – Monday 30th April 2012. Open Saturdays 12.30 – 4.30pm throughout March (10th,17th, 24th, 31st) or by appointment. Address: Tower House, St Catherine’s Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park, SR5 3XJ. Entrance is at the back of the building. Opening Event and Prize-giving: Friday 9th March 6.30pm – 9pm, refreshments will be served. The prize will be judged by Alistair Robinson, Programme Director at The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and representatives from The Departure Foundation. For all enquiries contact

Response: A Rural / Urban Conversation is a two part collaborative project between Visual Arts in Rural Community’s (VARC) recent artist in residence Jenny Purrett and five artists from the NewBridge Studios: Holly Watson, Lauren Healey, David Lisser, Rory Biddulph and Thomas Whittle. Response provokes conversation about the impact of location upon practice by requiring artists to produce work actively influenced by contrasting environments.

The first part of Response took place in June 2011 at Highgreen, Northumberland where the five NewBridge artists worked with Jenny at the rural location for three days. The impact of the relocation on the artists’ practice led to the production of new pieces in response to the rural environment, culminating in an exhibition and discussion session at Highgreen.
Documentation of work from Response: A Rural / Urban Environment (Part 1) can be found on VARC‘s website.

Part Two will mirror the intense making period of Part 1, with the artists creating work linked to the previous pieces, but responding to the urban environment of the shop unit in Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre. The project will conclude with an exhibition at Eldon Square from 26th November until 18th December, an artists discussion on 8th December from and a free publication available at the exhibition space.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 12 – 4pm
Preview: Friday 25th  November, 5 – 7:30pm
Artists discussion: Thursday 8th December, 6pm
Location: The old ‘New Look’ shop, Eldon Square (nearest entrance is Monument),    Newcastle upon Tyne

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