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Newcastle Artists Collective overseeing its Realm

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The Newcastle Artists Collective will unveil a new group exhibition next month with the connecting theme of Realm.

The highly-anticipated display – featuring Alanya van de Wiel, Amanda O’Bryan, Bernie Heald, Julie Brondino, Haylee Renee Knight, Jo Shand, Sturt San, Izzy, Jane Kerrigan, Barbara Nanshe, Malcolm Sands, Jasmine Christie, Margot Broug and Lyn Herbert – is scheduled to take place at the Owens Collective from 10 to 19 November.

Visitors to the Islington gallery can expect to see a diverse offering of landscapes, abstracts, sculpture, figurative work, photography, works on paper and canvas and handmade jewellery.

The exhibit follows on from the successful March show, The After, at Art Systems Wickham, which was the organisation’s inaugural group presentation.

Amanda O’Bryan and Alanya van de Wiel. Photo: Oliver van Leeuwen

Newcastle Artists Collective was founded in 2019 by van de Wiel with support from O’Bryan to foster an inspiring environment where creatives could thrive and expand their art practice.

Now, it boasts 50 members with plans to expand.

“The collective started before lockdowns, so the direction changed during those two years and focused on supporting artists feeling isolated, creating a sense of community and creating hope and plans for the future,” van de Wiel said.

“Amanda and I started this because we believe in community over competition.

“We also share a passion for learning, growth and connection.

“We provide a positive space to come together and network, share, support and inspire one another.

“We’re passionate, committed and disciplined and very excited about this latest exhibition with many exciting plans for where the collective is heading and the new possibilities we’ll be offering members in 2024.”

O’Bryan added Realm was a unanimous decision by the group.

“During one of our early sessions, we brainstormed collaboratively ideas for a shared theme,” she said.

“It was a very organic and quick decision to go with Realm.

“It resonated for all of us, reflecting the energy of the group and what we are exploring as artists, in our lives, and what we’d like to explore together.”

Realm inherently contains several layers of meaning and context, representing both the inner and outer lives of the artists, their imaginations, and the landscapes within which they live or create.

It can also represent the sovereignty of living life as an artist that exists in a realm of uncertainty, ambiguity and the unknown and being comfortable in that space.

The group of artists themselves – the Newcastle Artists Collective – can be seen as the realm, too.

Newcastle Arts Collective Group Exhibition

  • Where: Owens Collective, Islington
  • When: 10-19 November
  • Opening night: Saturday 11 November

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