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Shadow Play: An exhibition with the communities of Shieldfield and Heaton


OPENING: Thursday 2 July, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: 2 – 11 July (Gallery open 11am – 4pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays)

We are excited to launch details of our summer project! The Holy Biscuit is collaborating with artist Frances Arnold for a community project and exhibition as part of our ongoing programme to mark 2015 as the UN International Year of Light.

Shadow Play responds to the theme of light by creating playful activities for visits to local primary schools, community groups, and Heaton Festival, in which participants use sunlight and shadow to explore their use of public space. Residents of Shieldfield and Heaton will capture fleeting silhouettes through outline chalk drawings on pavements, walls and yards. These images will be transformed by the artist into an evolving art work in our gallery, resulting in a paper and light installation reflecting the community who created it. We will be visiting classes at Hotspur Primary, as well as running a session for our Painting 4 Fun class, who meet regularly at The Holy Biscuit.

We also invite members of the community to come and be a part of the project, by visiting our stand at Heaton Festival on Saturday 27th June, 12 noon to 5pm (the Festival itself is open until 7pm) so come and see us and get involved!

About Frances Arnold:
Frances Arnold is an artist and arts project organiser with an interest in site-specificity and ephemerality, particularly in how we define ourselves through architecture, landscape and shared narratives. Process, materials, people and place are central to her practice. She often works with drawing, printmaking, paperfolding and text to create objects and installations. Arnold’s current practice explores the relationships between public and private space; drawing and paper (as object) and ordinary or every day in the creation and exhibition of visual art.

This project is generously supported by The Jerusalem Trust and the Newcastle Central and East Circuit of the Methodist Church. For more information about the project, please contact [email protected]


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