Art Lending Library

I will be showing a new framed work from ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’ as part of the ‘Art Lending Library’. Members of the public can choose a work from the library which they will then have installed in their home by a professional art handler. I like the idea my image might offer comfort to someone who has experienced miscarriage.


Art Lending Library – Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich

A project by Market Gallery and Walker & Bromwich

Project dates:  5 May – 6 June 2015

Opening parade: 12 noon, Saturday 16 May 2015

“Join the artists on a public walk from High Street West to the City Library at midday on May Day, to celebrate the opening of the Art Lending Library.

The Art Lending Library developed by artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich and Market Gallery offers a unique opportunity to borrow artworks for free to enjoy at home, or in the workplace.

The Art Lending Library will be based in the entrance to Sunderland City Library and is a modular structure made up of detachable wooden crates each filled with an artwork. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, as well as video, and even performance. The Art Lending Library follows the model of a public lending library where members of the public can join free of charge to then select an artwork to be delivered and installed in a place of their choosing. As the artists remark, “the project stands in resistance to the tide of narrowing access to the arts and education by creating an egalitarian place where art can be borrowed and enjoyed by everyone.”

The Art Lending Library was originally conceived by Market Gallery for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2012. This exhibition includes artists from the inaugural show as well as additional local, national and international artists selected by curators from Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. The project has been made possible through the generosity of participating artists in gifting their works to the people of the City of Sunderland for the duration of the exhibition.

Beagles and Ramsay, Vicki Bennett, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Oliver Braid, Kathryn Brame, Debbie Bower, Jemima Brown, Rachael Clewlow, Katy Cole, Mike Collier, Fiona Crisp, Graham Dolphin, Jacqueline Donachie and Roderick Buchanan, Bill Drummond, Graeme Durant, Peter J. Evans, Graham Fagen, Alec Finlay, Dryden Goodwin, Sandy Grant, Susie Green, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Henna Rikka Halonen, Dean Hughes, Ben Jeans Houghton, Kevin Hunt, James Hutchinson, Nick Kennedy, Paul Alexander Knox, Dawn Lehrer, Edwin Li, Kate Liston, Rachel Maclean, Ewan Mansen, Russell Maurice, Nicola Maxwell, James McLardy, Arnaud Moinet, Michael Mulvihill, Tom Nolan, Joanna Piotrowska, Ciara Philips, Marjolaine Ryley, Andro Semeiko, David Sherry, Calum Stirling, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, Dean Turnbull, Mark Vernon and Ian Middleton, Yu-Chen Wang, and Eleanor Wright, with more artists to be confirmed.”  (Text from website)

Wakefield at Easter

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prayer for a baby-1It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness…

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During some of my darkest hours when I wondered what I had done to deserve my five miscarriages I took some comfort from the message on an Amnesty international leaflet pinned to my studio wall ‘it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness’ and I will admit I did light a lot of candles and say a lot of prayers. My mother (originally from Belgium) and myself even took a trip to see the infamous ‘lady of miracles’ at Mechelen on one occasion. This seemed to work for my first pregnancy but after three more miscarriages  it was Heparin, Aspirin and the wonderful staff at St Mary’s who answered my prayers. On my latest Easter trip to the MA in Wakefield it seemed higher forces were at work again as I found myself in the cathedral taking pictures, contemplating my work and the progress of my residency, wondering at the mystery of life..and death that miscarriage encompasses, and trying to make sense of it all. A beautiful Madonna and child greeted me and I felt compelled to light a candle for all the women and men  who are grieving for, hoping for and saying goodbye to their babies this Easter.

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