Febru-arty: what's going on this month?

The Arts section takes a look at the virtual events on offer both from Newcastle institutions, and further afield, this month.

Maud Webster
1st February 2021

So somehow it's February 2021, and though we're all locked down, there's still plenty of events carrying on virtually within the art world. And with everything being held online, you can attend lectures, workshops, Q&As, whatever floats your boat, without even leaving your bedroom.


1st | A Celebration of Women Poets marking Brigid’s Day & Black History Month

Poetry Ireland, the African American Irish Diaspora Network and the Embassy of Ireland (Washington D.C.) are hosting a reading featuring Amanda Johnston, Nithy Kasa, Felicia Olusanya and Kimberley Reyes, MC’d by Clara Rose Thornton.

1st | NUSU Craft Social

3rd | The Habits of Weeds w/ the BALTIC

Sophie Leguil, Freelance Botanist Consultant; artist Uriel Orlow; and Dr. Nicolette Perry, Director of Dilston Physic Garden, will consider how urban plants, often cast aside as ‘weeds’, can be beneficial to both our ecosystem and our health.

3rd | NUSU Creative Writing

3rd | Movement and Stillness: Art in a Time of Crisis and Upheaval, with Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roger Robinson and Jay Bernard

Credit: Stuart Hall Foundation, via Eventbrite

Three of Britain’s leading artists and poets, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Roger Robinson and Jay Bernard come together to read and reflect on the role of art and poetry in our turbulent times.

4th | Art and disability: Are we missing something?

'Art is rich with images of disabled people, yet this is rarely acknowledged. Art, too, is often created from disability, yet this is also ignored and sidelined. In this online talk, Richard Butchins examines this strange absence from art history and our ways of seeing.'

9th | What Collages Do: Four Lessons and a Timeline

11th | LGBT+ History Month Lecture: Is the gay novel dead? by Paul Burston

15th | CSA Annual Photography Lecture with Donna Ferrato and Laura Pannack

Credit: Kerstin Hacker, via. Eventbrite

The Cambridge School of Art Annual Photography Lecture 2021 presents Donna Ferrato, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence, and Laura Pannack, award-winning photographer, renowned for her recognisable portraiture and social documentary artwork.

18th | Display and Displacement in Medieval Art and Architecture

24th | Illuminating the Self: A Year On

A look back at the popular Illuminating the Self exhibition with artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie which was inspired by research led by Newcastle University. The event will include a screening of a new documentary about the exhibition.

25th | Age of the techno-scene: Why we will need the arts and humanities to tame the tiger of the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ and artificial intelligence by Professor Andrew Thompson

26th | 'Race, Gender and Intermedia Art Practice in Transnational Paris, c. 1900'

Credit: Birkbeck Centre For Nineteenth-Century Studies

This pair of events brings together research presentations and roundtable discussion in response to passages from art historian Emily C. Burns’s book-in-progress, Performing Innocence: Cultural Belatedness and U.S. Art in Fin-de-Siècle Paris. Burns analyzes how the encounters in the French capital reshaped American culture, fuelled by the idea that the US had no culture, no history, and no tradition.


HUMA BHABHA | Against Time | The BALTIC



CLASS OF 2020 | The Hatton Gallery (from 20/02)

And if you do end up attending any of these events, and want to review it for The Courier, be sure to get in touch!

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AUTHOR: Maud Webster
she/they | third year architecture & urban planning student @ newcastle | co-head of culture for the 21/22 academic year

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