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Exhibition Walkthroughs

Fortnightly Wednesdays 14.00-15.00

Fortnightly Wednesdays, 14.00-15.00

FREE, Drop-in

Join us every fortnight for guided tours of our exhibitions by special guests. In these Exhibition Walkthroughs, artists, academics, activists and other individuals share their unique perspective and insight into BALTIC's exhibitions.

Exhibition Walkthroughs are free to join, with donations welcome, and no booking necessary. Find out about upcoming Exhibition Walkthroughs below:

Judy Chicago Walkthrough with James Bell
Wed 26 Feb 14.00-15.00

James Bell is an artist, writer and PhD candidate at Northumbria University, with a background in education and production in artist-led and contemporary art organisations. James’ PhD research focuses on histories of feminist and queer cultural activism in contemporary art practice, and the ways in which artworks mediate feminist and LGBTQ archives. Graduating with a BA (Hons) Time Based Art and an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee (2011), James was a committee member of artist-led spaces Generator, Dundee (2011—12), and Rhubaba, Edinburgh (2013—15). Prior to undertaking a PhD, James was the Producer (Learning) at Collective, Edinburgh (2013—17), researching, developing and delivering the contemporary art organisation’s learning programme; and served on the Board of Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Glasgow (2015—18). Previous selected projects include: Aye, and Gomorrah…, Rhubaba, Edinburgh (2017); The Sphere, part of Of Other Spaces, Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2016); Moloch! part of The Arbroath Template, Hospitalfield Arts (2015).

SCREAMING BIRD, SINGING DAWN, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN Walkthrough with Ben Jeans Houghton
BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed 11 Mar 14.00-15.00

This exhibition walkthrough will take place at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. Ben Jeans Houghton's practice is a multidisciplinary combination of sculpture, installation, film, drawing, writing & performance. Through these media he explores magic as transformation through astrological, animistic, philosophical, psychological and cinematic perspectives. The works activate, evidence and enact sympathies between the alchemy of magic and contemporary art; ritually arranging objects and symbols in the physical, visible world, to create narrative dialogue that effects and affords change and transformation in our invisible, conceptual and emotional world.

Jeans Houghton will be leading an Walkthrough of his exhibition which is centred around the film essay, SCREAMING BIRD, SINGING DAWN, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (2020), commissioned by BALTIC. The film has been developed during the artist’s two-month BALTIC residency at the Hongti Art Center in Busan, South Korea in 2018. It explores the ritual practices of Korean shamanism the mudang (shamans) who perform them.

Abel Rodríguez Walkthrough with Dr. Paolo Fortis
Wed 25 March 14.00-15.00

Paolo Fortis is a social anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. His research interests lie in the relations between art, ontology, notions of the person and alterity among Central and South American indigenous peoples. His work argues that studying art ethnographically provides a powerful perspective to look into a people’s ideas of what it is to be human, thereby considering art and aesthetics as categories of experience.

His monograph Kuna Art and Shamanism: An Ethnographic Approach explores Kuna anthropomorphic carvings in the context of the everyday life, focusing on the interplay between material and bodily practices, ecology, myth, the life cycle and the visual system.

Animalesque Walkthrough with Daisy Hildyard
Wed 8 April 14.00-15.00
Daisy Hildyard is author of Hunters in the Snow (Jonathan Cape, 2013), a novel about farmers, and The Second Body (2017), an essay about humans and animals in the Anthropocene.