Halima Cassell

Artists Talk
with Halima Cassell

Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Wednesday 4th May, 5.30pm

FREE, Booking is Not Essential but please email us so that we have an idea of numbers.

Halima Cassell is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading young talents. Influenced by travel in Asia and the Far East. Her most recent work explores new material, non-geometric forms and a dialogue between her sculpture and ecclesiastical art and architecture.
A showcase of the work of Halima Cassell, an artist whose multi-cultural background spills out onto her work. She includes  strong geometric elements and architectural principles. She uses heavily grogged clay that allows her to work on a large scale. This exhibition shows pieces that focus on her Asian roots but combine with her fascination for African patterns.

‘Dreams Made Manifest’ is Halima’s largest and most ambitious exhibition to date and includes work of different materials, scales and approaches whilst still incorporating the lines, curves, facets and planes that make it unmistakably hers.

5:30pm – Presentation about the work, techniques etc

5:45pm – walk and talk

6:15pm – Q and A

6:30pm – Finish

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Drawing Workshop

with Behjat Omer Abdulla

FREE, Booking Essential see below

Event Date and Times: Saturday, 9th April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: The Exchange, 8 Cheapside, Cultural Quarter, City Centre, Stoke on Trent, ST1 1XR

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to take part in innovative and inspirational self-portrait drawing session. It is a contemporary take on traditional drawing techniques using a camera as a tool to create self-portrait with ideas and concepts inspired by your own ID card photos.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn observational drawing skills and experiment with a variety of media. They will have the chance to draw their own ID photos that are to be taken on the day and provided at the start of the workshop. The drawing will reproduce the photo but also use imaginative ways to restructure the work. Participants will learn to work with Graphite Powder, on high quality paper, hand made brushes, props, and with a range of drawing materials/techniques to make inspired drawings and gain insight into this specific technique.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how to apply a technique to your subjects – with a guide along the way.  In addition you can bring your own drawings in any stage of completion, you can even bring work that you previously thought was finished and you will get a chance to discuss the progress of the work and get advice that will make it really pop out of the page.

All levels of ability are welcome.

Materials are provided but you can bring any additional materials that you wish to use.

Booking: To Book 1 of 10 spaces available please email newgenerationspace(at)googlemail.com

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Cyanotype: Lo Fi Photography Workshop

with Heidi Crabbe

FREE, Booking Essential see below

Venue: AirSpace Gallery

2nd April 2011, 11.00am – 4.00pm

An introduction to an historic ‘camera less’ way of producing a photographic image. The Cyanotype is a printing process that enables a photographic image to be fixed onto paper using sunlight. Where the light reaches the paper it turns blue and where the light is held back by a stencil, transparency or object, the area remains white. This type of print is called a photogram.

During this workshop the participants will make a cyanotype print and gain the knowledge on how to make the prints themselves. Anyone wishing to bring along their own objects to make the prints may do so; items such as leaves, flowers and feathers make interesting images.


To Book 1 of 10 spaces available please email newgenerationspace(at)googlemail.com

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Modes of Practice in an Age of Austerity

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Modes of Practice in an Age of Austerity

'Turning the Place Over' by Richard Wilson. Photograph by Glen Stoker


Delivered by Artists Emily Speed, Rich White and Anna Francis.

Event Date and Times: Saturday, 12th March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Event Venue: The Exchange, 8 Cheapside, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1HE

How do we survive the cuts without sacrificing or compromising our practice, ethics and professionalism?
Modes of Practice in an Age of Austerity is an event for artists and other creative practitioners to explore and discuss strategies for survival in a time where cuts threaten to obliterate the art world in the U.K. and beyond.

Artist Emily Speed will talk about her practice and approach to ‘Getting Paid’ as discussed in her a-n blog.

Artist Rich White will discuss how he assesses opportunities not just on how much money they bring in, but in terms of other benefits as well, and how a practitioner whose work is not saleable in the traditional sense survives in these difficult times. Download PDF of State of Practice, an essay by Rich White.

The event will culminate in a group discussion activity which will aim to create a dialogue and explore the issues that artists face in light of the cuts, we will then come up with strategies for avoiding bad practice. We will aim to set out ideals and a set of rules which will form the manifesto: Modes of Practice in an Age of Austerity, which will be turned into a working document designed by Rich White, Emily Speed and Anna Francis – and will form a petition for artists to sign up to after the event.

Be part of something important. Please email: newgenerationspace@googlemail.com to book a place for this timely event.

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Date: 19th March

Artist Kate Lynch

Venue: Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery, Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0QP

Time: 11am – 3pm

Duration: 4 Hours


Limited Spaces available, booking is essential

Print Making

The workshop will outline print methods that require little specialist equipment with an emphasis on using inexpensive and readily available materials to produce effective results quickly. Explore what a ‘print’ can be, using alternative printing mediums such as emulsion paint, inkjet transfers, and experiment with a range of papers, surfaces and backgrounds. You will be shown some basic techniques which can then be layered for more interesting results.

The techniques explored will be ideal for quick results when working in the studio, and for the development of sketchbook work, book art, artists multiples, and small scale prints.

As this is an experimental workshop you will be free to explore your own ideas using the techniques and equipment available. You can therefore bring along any images you want to work with such as photographs, scanned drawings, text, photocopies, interesting patterns- anything you want to make a ‘print’ from. Material brought can be hard copies such as photocopies or photographs, or digital images (Jpeg) on USB stick or disk. You are also welcome to just come along and use the resources provided.

You will also have the opportunity to create a sketchbook of swatches and notes of methods explored which can become a reference point for further work, and a keepsake from the day.

Artist Kate Lynch creates paper based artwork, multiples and interventions which contain elements of ‘print’, using basic and unconventional methods of printing and ‘DIY’ methods. She also utilises digital image and inkjet printing combined with hand produced backgrounds and printing by hand.

to book please email newgenerationspace (at) googlemail.com

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Mapping the City: Audiovisual Workshop

Date: 5th March

Artist Victoria Lucas

Venue: AirSpace Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST1 4HL

Time: 11am -4pm

Duration: 5 hrs


Limited Spaces available, booking is essential

Drinks Provided Only

Mapping the City

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn how to create a digital installation using video and sound. Through recording, editing, burning, and installing, the session will allow participants to work together to create a temporary artwork, which will be led by artist Victoria Lucas.

Participants will be guided through the stages needed in order to create a work of multimedia art; from the beginning of the ideas process through to the final outcome. Victoria will present a selection of audiovisual works at the beginning of the session to inform and inspire. Each participant will then be given an activity, in which they use digital technology in conjunction with their own ideas to create a piece of work. The individual works will then be installed together, to make a larger artwork.

Victoria Lucas (1982, UK) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator working with sound, video sculpture, and installation. She explores the transient nature of these mediums, allowing one to consider the ephemeral nature of existence against the passage of time. She graduated in Fine Art Sculpture in 2004 from the Norwich School of Fine Art and was awarded a MFA Fine Art Degree from the University of Leeds in 2007. For more information visit www.victorialucas.co.uk

to book please email newgenerationspace (at) googlemail.com

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