Exhibition highlights traditions and more

Berwick Visual Arts launches a new exhibition at the Gymnasium Gallery this week by artists in residence GÂST.

Thursday, 29th March 2018, 14:06 pm

GÂST are artists Laura Mahony and Dale Fearnley, who have spent the past six months living and working in the town as artists in residence with Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University.

They have used the residency to explore the material and cultural identity of three venues of historic and community importance within the town – The Brown Bear Inn, Spittal Amusement Arcade and Shielfield Park, which is home to Berwick Rangers FC.

During the residency GÂST organised a series of events at the three venues, including a pub quiz at the Brown Bear hosted by local historian Jim Herbert, and a conga at the amusement arcade.

This enabled them to discover the traditions and customs associated with the venues.

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The resulting exhibition, In The Best Of Spirits…, which opens at the Gymnasium Gallery on Saturday, uses sound, sculpture and installation to consider what it means to ‘historicise’ these venues, using collective memory and objects of local significance.

It runs until May 20 at the Gymnasium Gallery.