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The Feminist School of Painting

Art Workshops

FREE, Booking essential

BALTIC presents Ad Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, as part of their solo show Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush.

The Feminist School of Painting seeks to critically reimagine the structure of the ‘art school’, exploring the potential functions of painting beyond the professional status. The school will reconsider traditional painting genres as a starting point to develop a feminist, intersectional, intergenerational and queer approach to the practice and histories of Art, inclusive of trans-feminism and all those who identify as women.

At BALTIC, the school will specifically explore the genre of landscape painting, approached in an expanded sense – beyond the white male hetero-normative gaze – from urban design to outer space landscapes, digital landscapes or as the construction of a human paradigm.

The classes will be run in partnership with a multidisciplinary group of artists, academics, writers, and activists. By incorporating collaborators from diverse backgrounds, the classes playfully promote accessibility, creativity and curiosity over any art-specific expertise.

All sessions will take place in the alcove space of the Level 4 Gallery. Tickets are free and all art materials will be provided. Booking is essential to reserve your space. Please find out more about the individual sessions below.

Session 8: Reciprocal Respiration (RR) with Sabina Sallis and MVI

Saturday 6 November 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

This session is one of three workshops Sabina Sallis will be running during that continues the ongoing activities of the Multispecies Visionary Institute (MVI) of which she is a member. MVI is a project that seeks to explore how creative and ecological practices can be combined to generate collective visions for sustainable futures, and so imagine what an aesthetics of sustainability might look like.

The Latin root of the word inspiration; ‘inspirare’ means ‘to breath into’. In these sessions, you are invited to playfully explore the source of your ideas and Inspiration in making through concentration on the act of breathing life into something. The workshop will focus on breathing as an act of exchange across species and with the more-than-human-world, taking this connection as a source of inspiration. Sabina will introduce gentle somatic practice and present elements of her research into aesthetics of sustainability and sustainable land practices and works informed by this research. The workshop will continue with breath exercises followed by a choice of practical activity: either botanical ink making, free flow drawing with herb sticks on recycled paper as a method to draw out the intrinsic desires of reciprocal respiration; or the opportunity to colour-in drawings from the MVI collection of ‘the Swarms’.

Session 9: With Holly Argent & Rosie Morris

Wednesday 17 November 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

This session will be the first of three run by Holly Argent of the Women Artists of the North East Library in collaboration with north-east based artists. The workshops will share ways artists featured in the library have approached the idea of landscape; from responding to recognisable places in the region, mapping topographies, and exploring performance in the local environment. Holly Argent will be joined by artist Rosie Morris for this session, which will begin with dedicated time thinking and talking together, and followed by a practical painting session.

Session 10: The school must have a colourful atmosphere with 
Sheree Angela Matthews

Saturday 4 December 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

This workshop is the final of three with Sheree Angela Mathews as she responds to Ad Minoliti’s Feminist School of Painting manifesto through the landscape of her own artistic practice. In this session, Sheree will explore colour with an aim to make the school a place of joy, not an institution that oppresses people with whiteness. The class will lean into joy and pleasure through creating embodied colourscapes.

In continuously working towards BALTIC being an equitable, enjoyable and safe space we ask everyone to read and follow BALTIC’s Visitor Code of Conduct.