Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cecilia Stenbom wins 'Visual Artist of the Year' at Journal Culture Awards

Image: Cecilia Stenbom New Protocol 2014 Acrylic on canvas. 100 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK 


Cecilia Stenbom


Visual Artist of the Year - Journal Culture Awards


Workplace Gallery is delighted to congratulate Cecilia Stenbom on being awarded Visual Artist of the Year 2013 at the Journal Culture Awards hosted at The Sage Gateshead.


Cecilia Stenbom's work is concerned with notions of identity in a consumer driven and information rich culture and how even the most mundane and seemingly unassuming moments are affected by the abundance of information surrounding us. She examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within entertainment, mass media, retail, and domestic life.  She works across media including video, film, installation, drawing and painting.


Stenbom is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her BA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2003 and an MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005. Recent projects include North By Northeast, Commission and residency with Berwick Visual Art and Berwick Film and Media, Nobody Gets Out Of Here Alive, Kaapelin Galleria, Helsinki, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland, Glasgow Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Happy Fashion, VIAINDUSTRIAE, Perugia, Italy, (I'm Having) The Time of My Life, Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland and Moving Image Art Fair, NY, USA. She has recently been awarded a commission to develop a short film by Creative England part of the BFI NET.WORK.


Stenbom will open her second solo exhibition of new work at Workplace Gallery Gateshead in June 2014.


For more information visit: Stenbom/

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Workplace Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2014

Image: Laura Lancaster Untitled 2014, Acrylic on Linen, 30 x 24 cm (11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Booth D4


Eric Bainbridge

Cath Campbell

Hugo Canoilas

Jacob Dahlgren

Jo Coupe

Laura Lancaster

Paul Merrick


Dallas Art Fair 2014

April 10 - 13

(preview Gala April 10th)


FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery)

1807 Ross Avenue

Dallas, TX 75201


for a full list of available works please email:

Friday, April 04, 2014

Laura Lancaster: MTV RE:DEFINE Benefit Auction, Dallas

Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2013, Oil on Linen, 180 x 230 cm, 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in



Friday 4th April

from 7pm, Dallas time

Dallas Contemporary

Auctioneer: Alexander Gilkes
Special guest: Jerry Hall



We are very proud to announce that Laura Lancaster has donated a large painting to the MTV RE:DEFINE auction benefiting the MTV Staying Alive Foundation - to be held tonight at Dallas Contemporary, curated by The Future Tense and Peter Doroshenko in collaboration with the Goss-Michael Foundation. 

"This painting was made from a found photograph of a 1940's snapshot, bought in an internet auction. The photograph stood out to me as I was struck by the surreal atmosphere of the image, with a teenage boy just standing there while birds come and land on him as if he is a statue or some kind of monument. Something about this made me really aware of the stillness of the photograph (monuments do not move but the world around them does), and I wanted to capture this. I was interested in creating a slow reveal of the image, with the birds only becoming apparent after looking at the image for a while. As with many of my other works I was looking to bury the image in the paint somehow, to be rediscovered later by the viewer." Laura Lancaster


Laura Lancaster's work in the auction:


Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Laura's work to date is extracted from an archive of anonymous photographs procured from thrift stores and flea markets. Mediated through painting her work transposes the forgotten and discarded snap-shots of strangers' lives into a ambiguous territory between abstraction and figuration. Divorcing her subjects from their specific context and time, Lancaster relocates them to a place of collective memory and experience that resonates with our own. Laura Lancaster's work oscillates between the nostalgic sentimentality of the celebratory moment, and the melancholic poignancy of the past. Lancaster's recent paintings mark a significant shift in scale and subject. Combining solitary figures and groups of people whose gaze confronts the viewer. These works are paintings of photographs as object, and a continuation of Lancaster's enquiry into deliberately ambiguous imagery that points towards a stranger, darker subtext.


Recent Exhibitions include: 'Private Utopia', British Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Japan; New Art Gallery Walsall, John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool Biennale 2012, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland, Museum of Modern Art St Etienne, Palazzo Della Arte Napoli, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Wooson Gallery, Korea; Musee d'art Moderne St Etienne, France and New Art Gallery Walsall, UK in 2015. Lancaster is represented by Workplace Gallery, UK.


To register for telephone bidding please contact


MTV RE:DEFINE will support online silent auction bidding leading up to and simultaneous with the closing of the event at 11 PM CT on Friday, April 4th. Online bidding on live auction lots will conclude at 3 PM CT and will be transferred as starting and proxy bids for the live auction that evening.
Visit to view the catalogue and sign up to place bids online.
(Please pay close attention to all associated terms and conditions relating to absentee and online bidding)

Jacob Dahlgren: 'On Balance' Fabrica, Brighton, UK

Jacob Dahlgren, Heaven is a place on earth, 2013, Digital Scales, Dimensions Variable (JDA0123) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

On Balance

Jacob Dahlgren


5 April - 26 May

4 April
Preview 6-9pm


5 April - 2 May
Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm
Sundays and bank holidays 2-5pm


3 May - 26 May
Every day 12-7pm (except 26 May 2-5pm)

On Balance
, is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been reconfigured for Fabrica's unique space.


Heaven is a Place on Earth, is a large floor work comprising 713 polished bathroom scales in candy-pop colours, ranging from turquoise and lime to cerise and black.


The Wonderful World of Abstraction, takes its sculptural form from 1000's of metres of multi-coloured ribbon, which are suspended uniformly from a metal frame - to kaleidoscopic effect.

Visitors are invited by Dahlgren to step into his pictorial and sculptural world by walking across and through his artworks.


He says, "It's very important to be part of the work, to walk on it and to make that decision to. At first you don't know if this is ok, if you are allowed to or not. Then once you see that you can, have permission to, it's a magical moment."


Acknowledging the sensual pleasure of the material world, and taking delight in the moments of physical and social interaction are recurrent themes in Dahgren's work. The commissioning of Heaven is a Place on Earth, has meant Fabrica purchasing hundreds of sets of bathroom scales, manufactured in China and shipped to the UK. There has been an inevitable environmental cost occurred. All Costs Considered, a debate on Tuesday 20 May, seeks to address these questions and weigh up the environmental costs of the exhibition against its educational and social benefits.


40 Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG
01273 778 646

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Laura Lancaster at Workplace London

Image: Laura Lancaster Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 210 x 180cm, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Laura Lancaster


2nd April - 24 May 2014

Workplace London

61 Conduit Street



by appointment only


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tanya Axford / Paul Merrick - Preview: Friday 28th March 2014 6pm - 8pm at Workplace Gallery Gateshead

Workplace Gallery is delighted to invite you to the opening of two parallel solo exhibitions

Tanya Axford / Paul Merrick

Preview: Friday 28th March 2014, 6 - 8pm


Workplace Gallery

The Old Post Office

19 - 21 West Street




Exhibitions continue: 29th March - 17th May 2014

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment


Kindly supported by:



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peter J Evans: 'When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object #1' Durham Castle, Durham, UK

Image: Peter J Evans, Self built Sequentix p3 sequencer, zoom and digitech effects OP-1, OpLab, 606 (x2) Allen and Heath mixer, Emu esi32 sampler, xoxbox and chapel organ. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object #1

performed by Organ Scholar Will Ford and Peter J Evans


Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

Tickets available at

Taking the crossing of folklore into woodcarving amongst the rigidity of stone as inspiration, the chapel organ will meet electronic sound in ways that will meet, separate, combine, infuse, distort and confound each of them. Will Ford, (organ scholar) will play from a visual score, whilst Evans manipulates a collection of analogue sequencer patterns and digital tape.

What's important is not the name or the face but the action, the process; the unmistakable reality that now is right here and then gone. Sound reverberates and images stick, let us hope we manage to construct something which does just this, it's certainly all I'm aiming for.

This event forms part of


Durham Castles, Norman Chapel

27th of February - 14th of March 2014

THE GREY LADY GALATEA is a new site specific sculpture made in collaboration between Ben Jeans Houghton (NCL, UK) and Diva Dompe (LA, USA). THE GREY LADY GALATEA is a talking sculpture that offers a guided meditation, exploring and enlivening the ancient imagery that adorns the many sandstone pillars of the Norman Chapel (1078).

THE GREY LADY GALATEA invites you to pause, to look and listen. The illusion the sculpture fosters is there to stretch the gap between seeing and understanding, creating a platform for your imagination
to bloom in suspended disbelief whilst being gently guided by Diva's Californian accent, through this deeply English space.

THE GREY LADY GALATEA was commissioned by Hazel Donkin (Arts Secretary of University College SCR) and is the first in a series of commissions exploring the rich context of Durham Castle at the hands of local contemporary artists.

Laura Lancaster: '40 Years of Women Artists - from the permanent collection', The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK

Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2013, Oil on Linen, 50 x 40 cm, 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in, Permanent Collection - The New Art Gallery Walsall, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


The New Art Gallery Walsall

40 Years of Women Artists - from the Permanent Collection

8 March - 29 June 2014


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Garman Ryan Collection, and the strong female characters in the Garman Epstein family and their circle of friends, including Kathleen Garman, Peggy Epstein, Isabel Rawsthorne, Lorna Wishart and Sally Ryan, this exhibition puts the spotlight on the women who feature in our Permanent Collection.
The Garman sisters, who hailed from Wednesbury and were daughters of a local doctor, were quite radical and inspirational females, who in the interwar period became part of the bohemian milieu of artistic life in Soho, breaking away from the conventional role of women in those days.
Over the past forty years the role of women in our society has changed dramatically and women have grown equal in all areas of life.  From the 1970s to the present day the Gallery has collected a diverse range of work by women artists and, although proportionately still more men feature in the Collection, nowadays there is no discrepancy between the number of works collected by male and female artists.  Contemporary women artists are on equal terms with their male counterparts, and we have a strong body of work, in all media, from painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography, by women.
This exhibition, opening on International Women’s Day, will examine what defines ‘women’s art’ and makes it distinct from that of male artists, and will include works by Dorothea Wight, Elizabeth Frink, Eileen Cooper, Linder, Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Kitty Garman, Rita Donagh, Anya Gallaccio, Gillian Wearing, Tracey Emin, Jane and Louise Wilson, Spartacus Chetwynd and Laura Lancaster.


The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
WS2  8LG

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sophie Lisa Beresford: "Art From The Stars" Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

Image: Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Art From the Stars

Nottingham Contemporary

Tuesday 4th March 2014

6.30 - 8.30pm

A performance by Sophiel Aurora (aka Sophie Lisa Beresford)
Spontaneous, affirmative, eurphoric, Beresford's work has been described as "a heady combination of new-age religion, DIY self-help and Charva culture". For this new performance Sophiel Aurora beams in from Star Alcyone, where she lives and works parallel to her Human life as a Geordie/Machem Raver. Using physical Earth Science to bridge the gap between what seems fantastical with what is real, she and her kin offer new ways to use Art to Uplift and Reboot the Consciousness of the Human Species into a State of Ease and Unconditional Love.

This event is at Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross

0115 948 9750

Eric Bainbridge: "Shelf Show" Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK

Image: Eric Bainbridge, Untitled (shelf), 1996, Veneered chipboard 67.5 x 71.5 x 13 cm (EB0245) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery



Curated by Torgny Wilcke

Galleri Tom Christoffersen
Exhibition 7th - 29th March 2014
Preview 7th March 2014 17:00 - 20:00

Ayse Erkmen (TU) Barbara Bloom (US) David Batchelor (UK) Ellen Hyllemose (DK)  
Eric Bainbridge (UK) Ib Braase (DK) Kristina Bræin (NO) Peter Holm (DK) Richard Bottwin (US) Russell Maltz (US) Simon Callery (UK) Thomas Bang (DK) Tilman Hoepfl (DE) Torgny Wilcke (DK)

The focus of the exhibition is to bring works of art together that physically may seem very much alike, but when placed next to one another appears to reflect very different strategies and aims in their presentation and making.

Many of the art works or part of artworks look like a shelf or fulfill the physical definition of a shelf. But the idea and use of shelves are highly different from artist to artist and from the everyday object known as a shelf.

"But if you give them (the viewers) a small experience which is somehow confusing or profound, but in the realm of their own world, then it doesn't have to be translated, it's already there. Because it's not that far away from theirs", American artist Barbara Bloom.

Galleri Tom Christoffersen
Skindergade 5, 1159 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Phone: 45 33917610 / 45 26377210

Jacob Dahlgren: "Colour Me In" Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, Denmark

Image: Jacob Dahlgren, Porto 1968, 2011, Clothes Hangers and Aluminium, 190 x 300 cm (JDA0097)
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery



Esbjerg Kunstmuseum
February 8th - May 11th 2014



Friday February 7th 5:30 - 7:00 pm


Milena Bonifacini (DK), Angela de la Cruz (ES/UK), Jacob Dahlgren (SE), Poul Gernes (DK), Ingrid Kæseler (DK), Malene Landgreen (DK), Tobias Rehberger (DE), Anselm Reyle (DE), René Schmidt (DK), Ingela Skytte (SE/DK) and Tarja Pitkänen Walter (FIN)


COLOUR ME IN is conceived as a total installation that explores the essence of colour and its status as a spatial and space-creating phenomenom. The exhibition, which takes up the museum's entire space for special exhibitions, was created by the artists Milena Bonifacini, Ingrid Kaesler and Ingela Skytte in cooperation with the museum.





T 45 7513 0211

Rachel Lancaster: "Painting the Pixel" Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Image: Rachel Lancaster, Blanket, 2009, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 250 x 330 cm (RL0137) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Painting the Pixel


Gallery North

Preview: 3 March 2014 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: 3 March - 11 April 2014, weekdays 10am - 4pm

Artist Talk: 4 March 2014 4pm - 6pm


Andrea Champlin, Joy Garnett, Paul Goodfellow, Dan Hays, Rachel Lancaster, Cara Nahaul, Daksha Patel, Rachel Sharp and Jo Wilmot

PAINTING THE PIXEL includes the work of nine international artists who are navigating the inherent paradoxes between the computer's immaterial, encoded matrix and the handmade. The exhibition investigates how digital technology is used as a conceptual tool in painting, how the virtual 'non-space' is reconfigured through the material presence of paint, and how the cultural currency of the image has shifted in relation to the phenomenon of the Internet. Curated by Rachel Sharp as part of her practice-led PhD research at Northumbria University. 

On Tues. 4 March, Gallery North will host a tour of the exhibition and artists' panel from 4-6 pm followed by a wine reception from 6-8 pm.


Both events are free to attend.


Gallery North
Squires Building
Sandyford Road
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST