We’re back home now after being in Newcastle and home-home.  No rest for the wicked though – straight back into the studio for me to get my editions printed with enough time to dry, and to get my postcards printed for the Degree Show open evenings.  Inky hands means no camera, so there are no photos from today and yesterday, but here are some from last Thursday in Newcastle.

We went to Daniella’s Deli in Jesmond – they do the most amazing sandwiches and have a load of other cool stuff too.  This is Chris’ mega focaccia (mine was less impressive, though equally good).


And we finally found Fentimans cherry cola!  Delicious.


We went to the Antiques Village (also in Jesmond) and I got very excited about cushions in Antiquites Francais.  I get as excited about cushions as I do about scrim, you know.


And we went to the beautiful Grainger Market.  In it’s time, it was the largest indoor market in Europe apparently.


And Pumphreys for coffee, of course.



We also managed to pop into the Baltic to get an art fix.  We saw both Elizabeth Price’s ‘Here’ and Andreas Zittel’s ‘Lay of my Land’.  We didn’t spend very long in the Andreas Zittel exhibition (we got told off for eating a KitKat…) but managed to see two of Elizabeth Price’s films; ‘Choir’, and ‘User Group Disco’.  Both were excellent, but Chris and I both weren’t really sure how to describe how we felt after leaving.  Quite tense, I think; her films certainly aren’t the sort that have you sat comfortably on the gallery bench.  Definitely worth a visit if you’re around, though the exhibition is only on until 27th May.

I always find it interesting that something is around for a while without you really knowing of it, and then the second you discover it it seems to be everywhere.  Though I hadn’t really heard of Elizabeth Price prior to our visit to the Baltic, she was mentioned in The Sunday Times Culture magazine on Sunday in relation to the Turner Prize (Price is nominated in 2012).  I think the Turner Prize is back in London this year, though I think having it in Gateshead was a good idea.  According to the Culture article, attendance at the prize exhibition practically trebled when it was held in Gateshead last year, and you can understand why.  Personally, living so far north it is expensive to get to London, so I would never ordinarily go to see the TP exhibition.  With GSA, ECA DJCAD and Grays north of the border, and with many a good art school considerably further north than London, I think having the show somewhere in the middle will have offered not only a load of art students, but so many of the general public an opportunity to see a show that they might never have had otherwise.

These are my thoughts, that’s about it.  Brain is still quite mushy post-assessment-hand-in.

Degree classification day tomorrow.  Vom.


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