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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 5: There are no great geniuses of painting, we are all masters and we are all learners with 
Sheree Angela Matthews

Wednesday 22 September 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

This workshop is the second 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 discuss the understanding that ‘there are no great geniuses of painting: we are all masters and we are all learners’. The class will avoid referring to dead “masters” of the arts - white cis men - as an impulse, and will instead look for new referents and voices erased by mainstream history; including the young, un-famous, and those considered outsiders. Referring to her own practice and artistic influences, Sheree will lead the group in creating abstract art and collages.

Session 6: With Uma Breakdown

Saturday 9 October 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

Uma Breakdown will explore the relationship between landscape painting and colonialism, before turning to science fiction, video games, and artworks to seek alternative approaches to the genre that lead to collaborative creation. This will be followed by a practical workshop, where techniques borrowed from game design will be used by the class to build landscapes together, encouraging thinking into how these processes can develop practices of painting and beyond.


Session 7: Endolithica with Felix Kawitzky

Wednesday 20 October 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

Felix Kawitzky will be running a world-building and character creation lecture and workshop, approaching the idea of landscape from the inside out. Participants will be provided with the tools, space and guidance to create sentient alien environments, and an opportunity to roleplay as these non-human characters, interacting and making choices from the land itself.


Session 8

Saturday 6 November 13.00-15.00

FREE, Booking essential

More information coming soon


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.


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