AudioVisual at Voodoo Cafe

First published: Tuesday 23 Jul 2019

AudioVisual is a one night only gig and exhibition held at Voodoo Cafe on Monday the 22nd July.

Artists and musicians from or based in the North East come together to celebrate with the people of Darlington and beyond. The night champions the creativity on our doorstep.

Doors open at 5 and the event closes around 11.

We have three up and coming, exciting contemporary bands. They are: 7 piece psychedelic funk outfit Ronald Raygun, set to play the YNOT main stage later this month, Uncle Buzzard, jazz tinged yacht rockers signed to bowl cut records, and Electric Screams, local scene veterans playing soulful alt-indie bangers.

The exhibition shows work across a range of disciplines including; Painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography from 11 Visual Artists.

I myself am a practicing artist and graduated Goldsmiths University, London in 2018. I studied at QE for my art foundation before attending university.

I think QE art department are one to be celebrated and they really helped, supported and inspired me while I attended and beyond that, so was keen to involve them in some way with this current project and give back to Darlington in some way.

I am also a current studio holder with the Newbridge Project in Newcastle, and part of their Collective Studio Programme.

The North East is an exciting place to be, and we want to encourage people to return to the area and invest in it after they go away to study/ otherwise, or to stay in the first place.

I am keen to connect people from my own contacts, and meet new people, across a wide range of practices and facilitate events and organisation within the region.

We have a range of artists involved, the main theme being from, or based in, the North East. We have artists I met at Goldsmiths who are now living and working in the area, or wanted to return to it.

We have current and alumni students of QE and Carol Sommer who's a fantastic artist and current tutor at QE.

We have also had submissions from artists involved in the Newcastle art scene, and I'm excited about the prospects of forging connections between the areas.

We put out an open call for artists and are hoping to use the space and set up time, as a chance for each other to meet and host group critics of the work/ curate the show together.

So those involved are getting more out of the event than simply getting to show their work. We are also hoping to create new networks between practitioners and also to link up the art and music scenes as a chance to exhibit together - these areas are usually so interwoven but don't always get this chance...

I thought it was best to have an inclusive approach to all practitioners and disciplines so we have various works from painting, sculpture, video etc. and work from people at various points in their practice.

The list of artists is as follows: Carol Sommer Becca Heath Beth J Ross Jenny Alderson Daniel Lucey Euan Lynn Tom Chandler Dayna Heaveside Euan Barr and Mitchell Dilley (collaborative practice) Lydia Bailey (myself)

Our overall aims as a project are:

To support emerging artists of the region to develop their professional practice by having the space and chance to exhibit their work and engage in critical dialogue surrounding this.

To create a supportive environment by which to facilitate future events and opportunities. To engage and give the people of Darlington and beyond an opportunity to engage with/ in the creative arts, in an accessible way.

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