Nicholas Serota leaves the Tate to chair Arts Council England

At the age of 70 years, Nicholas Serota is leaving the Tate where he has been director for nearly 30 years. As of February 2017, he will be chair of Arts Council England. In 1988, after directing the Whitechapel Gallery in London for 12 years, Nicholas Serota joined the Tate and supervised the opening of the Tate St Ives in 1993, the Tate Modern in 2000, and the new extension of the Tate Modern this year. Serota is one of the world’s most influential figures in international art. He has been president of the jury of the Turner Prize at practically every edition. He thus declared in a press release: “Over the past thirty years there has been a sea-change in public appreciation of the visual arts in this country. Tate is proud to have played a part in this transformation alongside other national and regional museums and the new galleries that have opened across the country in places like Walsall, Margate, Wakefield, Gateshead and...

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New director for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Sarah Munro has been appointed as Director for the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, located in Gateshead, England. She will take up the position in November 2015. Sarah Munro will be replacing the former Director of the institution, Godfrey Worsdale. Previously, she was director at Glasgow Arts, an organisation seeking to promote the arts within the Scottish capital. She has notably brought the Turner Prize to Glasgow for the first time in 2015. Finally, she was artistic director of Tramway, world-renowned Scottish contemporary art centre. In this position, she contributed to the expansion of the audience of the centre and developed a programme concentrated in visual arts and dance. Sarah Munro has welcomed this nomination: “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity, not only of leading one of the best contemporary art spaces in Europe, but of playing an exciting role in supporting the cultural infrastructure of Gateshead and the North East of England.” The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is known for its absence of permanent collections, preferring to focus on rich cultural programming. The objective of the institution is to deepen the understanding of contemporary art and to expand its...

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Call for exhibitors to BALTIC’s Artists’ Book Market

Building on last year’s success, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is to hold another edition of its national Artists’ Book Market, taking place on 5 and 6 December 2014. The market takes place in collaboration with book artist Theresa Easton, whose work was presented at the event last year. Offering visitors the opportunity to explore the genre of Book Art, last year’s event presented sculpted book work, contemporary photography work books, calligraphy and handmade artist’s books brought to the fair by Sumi Perera. The event also offered bookmaking workshops and affordable works of art for sale. Exhibitors have until 1 October to apply for representation at the market, and submissions are open to a diverse range of practices, welcoming artists, bookmakers, small press publications, artist’s groups, zine artists and comic artists.  ...

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Dough! Supermarket forced to apologise after Angel of the North publicity stunt

British supermarket chain Morrisons has been forced to apologise after using Antony Gormley’s public masterpiece, The Angel of the North, to advertise bread. The store, which has recently been struggling to draw customers, projected a large-scale image of a baguette onto the sculpture over the weekend. Stretching the full length of the Angel’s wings, the baguette would have been seen by thousands of train commuters and car passengers. The public reaction was overwhelmingly negative, with some people going so far as to call the stunt “vandalism”. Antony Gormley, contacted by the Guardian, said, “I’d rather the Angel is not used for such purposes, but it’s out there.” Morrisons issued an apology via its Twitter account on Monday afternoon, stating it was “trying to have some fun and didn’t mean to offend anybody”. The Angel of the North was created by Antony Gormley in 1998 as a statement to reconcile the North of England’s mining past with its deindustrialised future. It remains unclear as to whether Morrisons received permission from Gateshead Council for the advertising...

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Code breaking at BALTIC

Gateshead, 29 July 2013, Art Media Agency Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is currently hosting an exhibition on new and recent works by Thomas Scheibitz. Titled “ONE-Time Pad,” the exhibition is to run until 3 November. Born in 1968 in Radeberg, Thomas Scheibitz began to develop “a new form of conceptual painting” (BALTIC) whilst studying at Dresden’s School of Art. His pieces draw upon a variety of themes and motifs from everyday and popular culture, considering film, literature, music and advertising, as well as architecture. These references are joined by excerpts from historical sources, including Renaissance paintings and medieval engravings. The exhibition is to feature 200 pieces created by the artist during the last 5 years, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and works on paper, and a new work commissioned especially for BALTIC. The title “ONE-Time Pad” takes its name from a method of encryption used to transmit secret messages, considered to be impossible to crack if used correctly, and refers to the coded nature of Sheibitz’s production. The exhibition is organised by the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and is supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA). The BALTIC gallery was founded ten years ago, and is housed in an industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne, in Gateshead. Focusing on contemporary art, it has no permanent collection, providing instead a constantly changing calendar of exhibitions and...

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