Isabel Albrecht, Morrissey & Hancock, Silvia Lerin, David Batchelor, Rana Begum, Eleanor Wood, Thomas Vinson, Nathan Cohen, Mikael Fagerlund, Andy Harper, Michael Samuels, Jyll Bradley, Mark Francis, Eric Butcher, Eric Cruikshank.
28th September - 9th November 2023
Perpetual Arrival conceives of the creative process as a continuum punctuated by a series of moments – or arrivals – when circumstances converge to result in something that is generally agreed to constitute a work of art. We pursue our lines of enquiry, research our subject matter, marshal our evidence, manipulate and explore our materials. Periodically we arrive at something that is often treated as though it were a conclusion, but the reality for many of us is actually that it is just one point of arrival among a lifetime of similar arrivals and departures. We move on to create other points of arrival. Arrivals can act as a break, a chance to take stock, to stand back and learn from the intervening time and process. Then we move on.
Jo Sperryn- Jones
29th June– 10th August 2023
Jo Sperryn-Jones’ practice explores the experience of ‘breaking’. Initially, this was an investigation into why breaking several bones, through mountain biking, affected her aesthetic preferences. This opened up a multi-faceted response to breaking, loss and celebration, embracing a cycle of life, change and chance. Loss and union combine as a response to both recent bereavement and marriage.
Lesley Hicks, Nick Kennedy, Richard Forster, Christina Hesford, Brígida Baltar, Linda Karshan, Trevor Frankland, Jack Whitten.
20th April – 1st June 2023
Drawn Together is a collaboration between Platform A Gallery and MIMA. Four artists connected to Platform A, whose practice has a strong relationship to drawing, are paired with works from the MIMA collection.
Suzy Babington, Tony Charles, Adam Gillam, Clive Hodgson, Kathy MacCarthy, Ida Nissen, Fabian Peake, Giulia Ricci, Neil Zakiewicz.
19th January - 2nd March 2023
Nine artists celebrate the working process and
through a wide range of practices share an
obsession with materials. Whilst leaning towards
abstraction, other subordinate narratives drift in
and at times overlap.
13th October -24th November 2022
Michaela Zimmer’s artistic work concentrates on the visualization of physical movement, the aspect of reverberation due to repetition and the question of how its data can be transformed into artwork.
From Gesture to Geometry
Rachael Clewlow, Sarah Cooney, Lorraine Lawler, Ulla Pedersen, Theresa Poulton, Francesca Simon
1st September - 29th September 2022
The practice of non-objective painting that erupted in the early 20th century was soon divided into two camps; gestural abstraction, that built upon the loose compositions of the post-impressionists, and geometric abstraction, that was inspired by Euclidean geometric shapes and rejected the notion of gesture and the trace of the artist’s hand.
South Bank to Southbank is a project examining and celebrating the aesthetics of post-war architecture between London’s Southbank and South Bank in Middlesbrough. For her first solo exhibition, Jo explores the geometry, design and space of brutalist and modernist structures. Building on previous collages and paintings, this work investigates drawing in two- and three-dimensions, as well as ‘drawing’ with light and shadow. These 3D drawings borrow from the language of architecture and architects’ models. They reimagine existing buildings in a purely aesthetic sense. Here, unlike the original architectural agenda, form need not follow function.
Jonny Green makes paintings of sculptures… Mad-men rendered crudely in plasticine and electrical tape or abject-looking re-animated brains adorned with filthy paper flowers and grubby clockwork parts. Each depicted object/character seems to be demanding recognition and validation from the viewer in spite of their manifest flaws, they seem to be trying to adorn themselves in an attempt to make their appearance more palatable. In contrast to the gleeful, almost slapdash making of the sculptures, their subsequent rendering in paint is meticulous.
For his second solo show at Platform A, Kennedy presents recent work in a variety of media including, drawing, painting and sculpture. Kennedy’s work playfully parodies science, the dominant ontological pursuit of our time, sharing its aim to unearth truths about the natural world and our relationship with it. The exhibition offers a reductive, abstract visual language drawn from a variety of interests including, horology, electrical circuits, symbols and glyphs, patterns in nature, X-ray crystallography imagery and quantum mechanics.
Lorraine Brown, Alex Charrington, Tony Charles, Nicola Ellis, Jo Hamill, Alexis Harding, Annie O’Donnell, Will Hughes, Emma Bennett, Jo McGonigal, Mike Collier, Nick Kennedy, Phil Illingworth, Rachael Clewlow, Sally Taylor, Phil Gatenby, Francesca Simon, Roberto Picciau, Lothar Goetz, DJ Simpson, William Tillyer.
25th November - 4th January 2022
A decade of exhibitions at Platform A Gallery has brought many interesting and exciting projects throughout some very difficult times, such as the fallout from the 2008 economic crash and, of course, the recent pandemic.
For their first solo show at Platform A and in the North East, Will Hughes will show a selection of sculptural works which focus on material language, personal experiences and class.
18th September - 30th October 2020
My camera is my dog, it changes me from sad loner to purposeful flaneur. When I returned to this region, like a dog, I wanted to be outside exploring this new familiar place.
20 February – 2 April 2020
Lesław Tetla is interested in the fabric of the city as written onto its architectural modules. He examines the subcutaneous geometry that channels the movements of city residents, shaping their attitudes and types of behavior. In the new project, he creates sequences of paintings depicting the façades of traditional English houses in Stockton and Middlesbrough, which are now populated by immigrant communities.
Gutter Words is a complex book work and the culmination of a 10 year enquiry which aims to explore the sculptural space of language, the book and its physical connection to the body. The written word and the book are mediated through an array of linguistic, design and typographic conventions which act as the safeguards to a tightly managedexperience...
Annie O'Donnell, Phil Illingworth, Tony Charles, Emma Bennett, Alan Hathaway Lorraine Brown
27th - 29th September 2019
Exhibition for Middlesbrough Art Weekender
Platform A Gallery has developed relationships with artists who have established and developed their practice through an exploration of a variety of materials. Whether through paint, steel or plastic these artists have investigated a variety of artistic concerns and honed their ideas in diverse ways. Materials bring together and survey a selection of objects that have been displayed in the gallery space over a number of years in different exhibitions...
Nick Kennedy, Mary Yacoob, Rachael Clewlow, Francesca Simon, Duncan Bullen, Ben Gooding, Patrick Morrissey, Hanz Hancock, Wendy Smith
Curated by Saturation Point
20th June - 1st August 2019
THE NUMBER 8: The atomic number of oxygen, the bits in a byte, the primary planets in our solar system, the verticles in a cube…
Major Conversation: The Industrial Narrative
Bobby Benjamin, Connor Shields, Craig Oldham, Faye Hadfield, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Helen Pailing, Kraig Wilson, Mary Griffiths, Nicola Ellis, Theodore Major
28th March - 9th May 2019
As heavy industry has declined in the North of England, an understanding of areas with strong industrial heritage and identity, have often been distorted....
'Imitating with the mouth the fluid voices of birdscame long beforemen were able to sing together in melody and please the ear'. Lucretius (94-55BC): De Rerum Natura
This exhibition of pictures by Mike Collier and musicby Bennett Hogg was initially inspired by listening to a dawn chorus in a Northumberland woodland.....
In his first solo show at Platform A, Alan Hathaway will present new work that explores his continued interest in abstraction.
Hathaway’s choice of scale, colour and manipulation of industrial materials, references and critiques historic approaches to monochromatic painting and minimalist sculpture, and places him squarely within current debates that present painting as a ‘non medium specific’ activity or as ‘post conceptual’...
4th October - 15th November 2018
Repeated patterns of existence are mesmerisingly submerged within Francesca Simon’s current paintings. The recent series of hinged triptychs is inspired by looking down at the world, noticing both the elusive and the systematic...
Katy Cole, Annie O'Donnell, Sarah Tulloch
18th May - 30th June 2017
Category Errorsituates artists as initiators in the search for identity and attachment in an ongoing period of displacement and uncertainty. It continues the tradition of collage as a strategy for cultural critique and for making connections and transformations...
10th March - 21st April 2017
Curated by Paul Carey-Kent
My guess is when you walk in to Tony Charles’ show at Platform A, you will think it is made up of painting and sculpture. You’d be right, but the twist is that you'll probably have them the wrong way round....
In his first solo show for the gallery Alex Charrington presents a new site-specific window installation, shown here for the first time alongside a body of screen prints investigating colour, light and space...
Mark Peter Wright works across sound, video, assemblage and performance. His practice critically explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: playfully and poignantly animating the rituals and constructs behind what he calls these "humanimentical" relations.
Jo McGonigal's practice examines how the compositional and material components of painting affect the experiential basis of the viewer, not what the painting means but what it does...
Emma Bennett, Scott Marks, Roberto Picciau,
6th March - 2nd April 2015
The creative manipulation of what might be considered as democratic materials and concepts seems fitting for an exhibition at Platform A, a gallery that has been informed and molded by the industrial heritage of its locality...
Annie O'Donnell, John Buckland Wright, G.Ramsey
12th December 2014 - 29th January 2015
'At the heart of the notion of biography are questions about the links between people and things: about the ways meanings and values are accumulated and transformed.' (Gosden and Marshall 1999:172) Twice Removed is the third exhibition in the series of pairings between Platform A artists and the MIMA Fine Art collection...
Andrew Bick, Katrina Blannin, Clem Crosby, David Ryan, Francesca Simon, Kate Terry
10th October - 20th November 2014
This exhibition looks at the relationship between the construction of an artwork and its physical presence...
Whilst Götz’ practice ranges in scale from site-specific wall paintings and room-sized spatial installations to paintings and drawings, there is a clear coherence and dialogue across his body of work...
A problem for art historians is that it is often those paintings that are held to be prime examples of the use of perspective in the early Renaissance, which, when looked at closely, defy the rules of perspective...
Alison Wilding, Kate Davis, Annie O’Donnell, Phil Illingworth, Deb Covell, Tony Charles, Boa Swindler, Chiara Williams
3rd April - 11th May 2013 (WW)
17th May - 20th June 2013 (Platform)
WW and Platform A are pleased to present North South Divine, an exhibition of works by eight artists across two cities situated at the North and South of the country, featuring Alison Wilding, Kate Davis, Tony Charles, Deb Covell, Chiara Williams, Boa Swindler, Phil Illingworth and Annie O'Donnell.....
James Brooks uses radio, film, television and paper-based media sources, of varying cultural status, as starting points to make drawings, prints, audio, and video works. His practice implements a variety of slight to laborious interventions as a means to realize esoteric manipulations of the original source material.....
‘One launches forth, hazards an improvisation. But to improvise is to join with the World, or to meld with it. One ventures from home on the thread of a tune. Along sonorous, gestural, motor lines that…graft themselves onto or begin to bud ‘lines of drift’ with different loops, knots, speeds, movements, gestures, and sonorities.’ Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari......
Fill Line is the first solo exhibition in the North East of Alexis Harding’s paintings. The exhibition will feature eight representative works dating from 2004 until 2012 and include a new temporary, wet, site specific painting.....