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What's On:

Youth Arts Exhibition 2016

15 January 2016 - 27 February 2016

Calling all young artists!  We are looking for submissions from young people aged 11 – 20 for this year’s Youth Arts Exhibition.

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The Journey - Paintings by Chris Graham

06 February 2016 - 12 March 2016

This Exhibition is upstairs in The Granary.
'I work in acrylic on canvas, focusing on quite abstract landscapes and landmarks of my native North East of England, producing textured, vibrant pieces.  Much of my work combines elements of 'The Journey' - an ongoing, loosely connected set of paintings featuring landscapes in shades of red, or blue or green and often with recurring motives of hills, skeletal 'dead' trees and a mysterious figure.  I have also recently began combining 'The Journey' pieces with Jackson Pollack-eque splatter work and am in the process of creating a series of images in the same textured, vibrant style to represent key local landmarks. 

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Geordie, Mackem Magick - Sophie Lisa Beresford

17 March 2016 - 05 June 2016

Sunderland-based Sophie Lisa Beresford sees astonishing beauty in the everyday, and finds magic and wonder in the most ordinary places. Her large-scale photographs picture her own, personal mythology of Sunderland, across both its gritty, urban sides and its beautiful green spaces. Beresford won the Culture Award’s ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and is one of the most distinctive and original visions to come out of the city in many years. 

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Stitch in 9 – A Decade of Stitch

18 March 2016 - 30 April 2016

This exhibition is in the Granary
Stitch-in-9 are a group of artists who met whilst studying for the City and Guilds Embroidery and Textile qualification in the North East of England.  The group was formed in 2006 following the completion of the course, when it was decided that we would like to continue our enjoyment of embroidery and textile, to develop our techniques and interests further.  Originally there were nine members in the group hence the play on words “Stitching” and “Stitch-in-9”.

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School Days - photography by Lilly Thompson

13 May 2016 - 25 June 2016

This exhibition is in the Granary
'School Days’ is an exhibition of photographs by fourteen year old Lilly Thompson from Sunderland.

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Njörðr - Tim Brennan

25 June 2016 - 10 September 2016

Sunderland-born Tim Brennan creates both painterly poems and poetic images. His work reflects on what it means to have a ‘sense of place’ in the most profound ways – to be a part of a shared political history with others and to ‘see the world’ in a particular way. Similarly, Brennan’s magnificent landscape photographs reveal the colours of light all around us at 55’ north. They are taken on the simplest of devices – an ordinary mobile phone – but provide glimpses into what we ordinarily lose sight of.

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Past Visual Arts Events

Taking Tea

17 January 2011

Nomadic by Nature: A selection of work by textile artist Ingrid Wagner

04 April 2011

Make Do and Mend

25 June 2011

The Sunderland Book Project

05 September 2011

Undress: Redress – Fashioning Science

08 February 2012

Designing the Dynamic

23 April 2012

Sea the See

14 July 2012

Art NE – a mixed media exhibition by local artists

13 September 2012


28 September 2012

Simple Pleasures

21 January 2013

Anthony Watson - Paintings

09 March 2013

Marge Ball - Paintings

26 April 2013

Word Cloud

21 June 2013

To Autumn

19 August 2013

Michele Allen: Forgotten Fruit

18 October 2013

Ray Bradshaw’s ‘Canny Folk’ Paintings exhibition

17 January 2014

Youth Arts Exhibition

17 January 2014

South African Skies

14 March 2014

Paper, Scissors, Stone

25 April 2014

Tracks - Paintings by Lindsey Thompson

03 May 2014

24hrs in Sunderland

06 June 2014

Print Points North

28 June 2014

Houghton Art Club

02 August 2014

Natasha Holland-Zaharova

20 September 2014

Washington 50 – A Snapshot of your New Town

27 September 2014


08 November 2014

Youth Arts Exhibition 2015

30 January 2015

Jumping Puddles Portraits

23 February 2015

One Yellow Chair (and a lamp) – Gail Graham

06 March 2015

The Caravan Gallery

07 March 2015

Youth Homeless North East: Home and a Job

18 April 2015

Landscapes, Trains and Planes by Steven Ward Fox

20 April 2015

The Royal Photographic Society - Biennial Members’ Print Exhibition 2015

26 June 2015

Skydive by Sarah Oates

27 June 2015

Cameron Cliff

05 September 2015

Reflect Exhibition

07 September 2015

Sunderland Art Club

24 October 2015

Diwali: The Light Project

10 November 2015

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