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Nissan: 30 Years On

02 October 2017 - 04 November 2017

by James Sebright and Rachel Cochrane.
The North East of England has a longstanding relationship with Japan, dating back to the export of North East technology in the late 19th century, through to the building of Japanese warships on Tyneside in 1905. In 1984, against a backdrop of the miner’s strike and a Conservative government lead by Margaret Thatcher, Nissan Motors signed an agreement to build a car factory on a greenfield site in Washington. Two years later, the first car rolled off the production line. Since then Nissan has become the biggest employer in the region, with production passing 8 million vehicles.

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It's a Dog's Life - Poppy Middlemas

06 October 2017 - 04 November 2017

***Granary Exhibition***
Poppy is in the final year of her Fine Art BA degree at The University of Sunderland. Her favourite medium is graphite but she has recently started using oils to create realistic portraits of dogs and have even started using mediums like film and installation. Previously she has focused more on drawing and painting portraits of people. However it is the relationship she has with her own dog that has changed her work. After doing preliminary sketches of her dog, she realised that other people feel a similar closeness with their pets and in turn this created the concept of dogs and people sharing the belief that to its owner a dog is an Icon (a God-like being) and vice versa. 

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Stitchin’ in the Kitchen

17 November 2017 - 22 December 2017

Jane Sanders is North East based textile artist.
Her pictures depict iconic pop stars, ranging from Elvis to Amy Winehouse.  Jane creates the work on an old-fashioned sewing machine, and also employs techniques such as appliqué, embroidery and beading.  She changes traditional crafting into contemporary art.  The result is a series of colourful, engaging and unique portraits.

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Past Visual Arts Events

Taking Tea

17 January 2011

Nomadic by Nature: A selection of work by textile artist Ingrid Wagner

04 April 2011

Make Do and Mend

25 June 2011

The Sunderland Book Project

05 September 2011

Undress: Redress – Fashioning Science

08 February 2012

Designing the Dynamic

23 April 2012

Sea the See

14 July 2012

Art NE – a mixed media exhibition by local artists

13 September 2012

EthniCity

28 September 2012

Simple Pleasures

21 January 2013

Anthony Watson - Paintings

09 March 2013

Marge Ball - Paintings

26 April 2013

Word Cloud

21 June 2013

To Autumn

19 August 2013

Michele Allen: Forgotten Fruit

18 October 2013

Youth Arts Exhibition

17 January 2014

Ray Bradshaw’s ‘Canny Folk’ Paintings exhibition

17 January 2014

South African Skies

14 March 2014

Paper, Scissors, Stone

25 April 2014

Tracks - Paintings by Lindsey Thompson

03 May 2014

24hrs in Sunderland

06 June 2014

Print Points North

28 June 2014

Houghton Art Club

02 August 2014

Natasha Holland-Zaharova

20 September 2014

Washington 50 – A Snapshot of your New Town

27 September 2014

Reflections

08 November 2014

Youth Arts Exhibition 2015

30 January 2015

Jumping Puddles Portraits

23 February 2015

One Yellow Chair (and a lamp) – Gail Graham

06 March 2015

The Caravan Gallery

07 March 2015

Youth Homeless North East: Home and a Job

18 April 2015

Landscapes, Trains and Planes by Steven Ward Fox

20 April 2015

The Royal Photographic Society - Biennial Members’ Print Exhibition 2015

26 June 2015

Skydive by Sarah Oates

27 June 2015

Cameron Cliff

05 September 2015

Reflect Exhibition

07 September 2015

Sunderland Art Club

24 October 2015

Diwali: The Light Project

10 November 2015

Youth Arts Exhibition 2016

15 January 2016

The Journey - Paintings by Chris Graham

06 February 2016

Geordie, Mackem Magick - Sophie Lisa Beresford

17 March 2016

Stitch in 9 – A Decade of Stitch

18 March 2016

Alexander Millar

25 April 2016

School Days - photography by Lilly Thompson

13 May 2016

Andy Thirlwell

14 May 2016

ARTICULATE - Biddick Academy Art Exhibition and Showcase

13 June 2016

Making a Mark

20 June 2016

World Edda: Njörðr - Tim Brennan

25 June 2016

Homes & Hopes - Homelessness through the eyes of young people

04 July 2016

Mac Art

09 September 2016

3D Glitch

17 September 2016

Wonderful Watercolours + Awesome Oils

30 September 2016

Sunderland Art Club

29 October 2016

The Materialistics - A Grand Tour

04 November 2016

Mapping Armageddon

25 November 2016

‘Flesh’ – A mixed media series by Ashleigh Swain

10 December 2016

Karen Hughes - Paintings

09 January 2017

Youth Arts Exhibition 2017

03 February 2017

Wonderful Watercolours and Awesome Oils

06 February 2017

284 Miles to Home – A Photographic Journey by Scott Read

10 February 2017

The Materialistics - A Grand Tour

17 March 2017

Creative Age

22 April 2017

Ken Watts

28 April 2017

Northern Perspective – Godfrey Irving

02 May 2017

Sunderland College - Final Show 2017

09 June 2017

Our Culture - Rickleton Primary School

22 June 2017

Catherine Smith

23 June 2017

Tilly James featuring work by June Cramman

03 July 2017

Portraits from the North East

07 July 2017

Paul Foster - Local Landscapes

18 August 2017

The Royal Photographic Society - Members' Biennial 2017 Exhibition

18 August 2017

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