Visual Arts

We regularly work with partners to support artists to develop their practice through commissioning new work for our theatre and gallery spaces, and for temporary and permanent installations throughout the town.

We also hope the work will reach new audiences, raise awareness of each artist, and potentially encourage the wider public and our peers to see Berwick in a new light.

Tim Etchells: Wait Here (Double Line), 2021.

We commissioned artist Tim Etchells to create a temporary installation for Berwick Barracks, with 2021 being the 300th anniversary of the Barracks opening and first being occupied by soldiers.

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Gemma Burditt: Future Landscapes, 2019-21

Illustrator and animator Gemma Burditt was commissioned to respond to the impact of Brexit upon communities in rural Northumberland in partnership with Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy and Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

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Hardeep Phandal: Konfessions of a Klabautermann, 2017

Commissioned in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Hardeep created an installation for the Gymnasium Gallery featuring a new video exploring white supremacist psychology, taking German sociologist and writer Klaus Theweleit’s study of Nazi fascism and masculinity in his classic book Male Fantasies as a primary point of departure.

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We’re an active partner in Bridging the Gap – a project to support the creation and touring of new theatre work in the North East – working with Alnwick Playhouse, ARC Stockton, Arts Centre Washington, The Customs House, Live Theatre, and Northern Stage.

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