Museums Northumberland will be showcasing work by talented artists from across the North East as part of its new exhibition at Woodhorn Museum, Into the Woods, which opens on Saturday 16 February.
Following an open call that saw over 280 artworks submitted by 130 artists, artwork has now been selected for display in the new exhibition, which celebrates trees, woodlands and forests – past present and future.
Rowan Brown, chief executive of Museums Northumberland, said: “Into the Woods is our second open art exhibition building on the fantastic success of last year’s Open Ocean exhibition.
“This approach offers regional artists, whether amateur or professional, a fantastic opportunity to display and sell their work, and demonstrates Museums Northumberland’s commitment to serving our community and giving the region’s cultural practitioners a platform to reach new audiences and showcase their talents.
“I’m extremely grateful to our principal funders Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England, and to all the artists who applied to exhibit with us this year. It promises to be an inspirational and thought-provoking show.”
Liz Ritson, Learning & Programme Manager at Museums Northumberland, said “We invited people to submit up to three pieces of work based on the theme ‘Into the Woods’ and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response. The quality of the work is outstanding and the responses to the theme have been creative, diverse and imaginative.
“It’s been a difficult process to select the final artworks but we’re very proud of the finished exhibition. I’d encourage everyone to come and enjoy the work of the many talented artists we have living and working in the North East.”
Journal Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year 2018, Narbi Price, and visual artist and educator, Esen Kaya, joined Liz Ritson on the judging panel.
Narbi said: “The submissions for Into the Woods were by turn playful, inquisitive, authoritative and bold. The multidisciplinary selection showcases a genuine inventive spirit and a diverse, thoughtful response to the theme.”
Esen said: “I was delighted to be one of the judges for this exhibition. What struck me initially was the volume of works submitted by both professional and amateur artists, indicating the close connection local people have with Woodhorn and how they want to be a part of it. Then, I was intrigued by the array of interpretations to the brief and hope the works we have selected show a broad spectrum of styles, mediums and approaches. I think it’s a great exhibition and hope it inspires many people to come and see all that Woodhorn has to offer.”
Into the Woods forms part of Woodhorn Museum’s Coal Forest season; a six-month programme that sees magical art installations transform the museum site. Accompanying the artworks is a changing events programme themed around the seasons. February 16 marks the beginning of Grow, a series of special events and exhibitions celebrating the arrival of Spring. As well as Into the Woods, Woodhorn Museum has programmed a series of nature and wildlife inspired walks and talks, and events for visitors of all ages.
Families can join visual artist, Bethan Maddocks, to continue building The Fallen Forest – a magical treescape that has taken shape throughout the Coal Forest season on weekends and during the week in Northumbrian School Holidays. During the Grow season, visitors can add their own artwork inspired by buds, seeds and sprouting ferns.
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