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We welcome our new artist in residence : Cyane Tornatzky

Article posted at 2014-10-15 15:24:39

We’re thrilled to welcome Cyane Tornatzky as our new artist in residence. Tornatzky is undertaking a month long research residency from mid October to mid November 2014 at ISIS Arts Studio. 

Cyane Tornatzky’s work centres around explorations of gender and female socio-political identities, she uses digital mediums for creation, documentation and output of her artwork, often utilising hybridised technologies that combine old and new. Tornatzky is a currently based in Colorado as Associate Professor of Electronic Art at Colorado State University.

Join us for Tornatzky’s ARTIST TALK on Wednesday 12 November 6pm at ISIS Arts Studio. For more details please click here



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CORNERS : Open call for UK based artists

Article posted at 2014-10-06 14:48:24

OPEN CALL FOR UK BASED ARTISTS


Artist Xpedition to Puglia, Southern Italy 8-21st December 2014


Bursary: €500 (GBP equivalent) All travel, accommodation and subsistence will be covered


Deadline: Monday 20th October 9am


ISIS Arts invites applications for an international research and development opportunity for up to FOUR UK based artists.


Proposals are invited from practitioners from across the spectrum of visual, media arts and creative technology to participate with international artists as part of a two-week long CORNERS Xpedition to the Puglia region of Southern Italy, 8-21 December 2014. During the Xpedition artists will develop proposals for international co-productions for future European touring and presentation. 


For more details please click here.

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CORNERS receives EU support - Large scale grant from Creative Europe

Article posted at 2014-09-08 16:14:34

The transnational Platform “CORNERS – turning Europe inside out” has been awarded a matching grant from EU/Creative Europe, 2014–2018. 

CORNERS is an intercultural artists’ platform, designed and driven by a partnership of cultural institutions at the edges of Europe. 

CORNERS creates opportunities for artists and researchers to produce multidisciplinary contemporary artistic and cultural collaborative projects. The objective is to enable exchange across geographical, political, and economic divisions. Since 2011, more than 50 artists and researchers (and the number grows) have met through CORNERS, as well as more than 30 organizations and institutions as partners and collaborators. Together with new artists and researchers joining the project, they will continue to explore the outskirts of Europe and co-create artistic projects across borders of artistic disciplines in order to bring stories from one corner of Europe into another. Co-creations will be gathered in different places across Europe, where artists and their audiences will inhabit unusual and public spaces, using partners’ cities as their stages: Umeå and Stockholm (SE), Ljubljana (SI), Gdansk (PO), Belgrade (RS), Zagreb and Rijeka (HR), Donostia / San Sebastian (Basque Country, ES), Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Middlesbrough and Northumberland (England, UK), and Prizren (Kosovo).


The total budget for the project is 2.566.000 EUR, half of this amount will be covered from Creative Europe, and the other half will be secured from local funds by CORNERS Partners.


The support from Creative Europe programme is giving us the opportunity to continue building our platform, to make it more vivid and diverse. We will continue to connect artists in co-creations, encounter new regions, meet and engage new audiences in arts and culture. For the next 3.5 years, starting from 1 September 2014, eleven partners will work together: Intercult (Sweden), Pogon andDrugo More (Croatia), Exodos (Slovenia), Arts Council Northern Ireland and ISIS Arts (UK), City Culture Institute/Gda?sk (Poland), Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 (Basque Country/Spain), Cultural Centre REX (Serbia), Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Italy), and DokuFest (Kosovo).

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Register now: BEYOND THE OBVIOUS | Culture Action Europe Conference 2014 in Newcastle Gateshead

Article posted at 2014-09-08 16:11:39

Beyond the Obvious – from producing things to nurturing social capital
Culture Action Europe Annual Public Conference and General Meeting


October 9-11, 2014
Newcastle Gateshead (UK)


ISIS Arts is pleased to be part of the team bringing the 2014 Culture Action Europe International Conference and General Meeting to Newcastle and Gateshead.


Beyond the Obvious will involve three thought-provoking days


to look beyond the obvious assumptions and beliefs of the cultural sector

to explore the future borders and edges of culture

to leverage human networks and arts so as to actively shape social change

to shift the focus from “producing things” to “nurturing social capital”

to reassess culture’s contribution to social and economic regeneration – locally, nationally, and  at the European level with an unusual rhythm of institutional moments, uncommon dialogues,  and laboratory-style working sessions to stimulate unexpected connections for participants and speakers, andto help generate social capital.

To download the latest version of the programme, find out more details or register for the conference please click here.



ISIS Co-director, Clymene Christoforou sits onthe Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe.


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We team up with digital practitioner JEREMIAH ALEXANDER to create a new App for Walker

Article posted at 2014-09-08 16:09:15

ISIS Arts is working with digital practitioner, Jeremiah Alexander to undertake a residency with Newcastle City Council Arts team in Walker (Newcastle upon Tyne). Jeremiah will fuse visual and media art with innovative digital gaming technologies to create a project that explores the heritage and cultural identity of Walker, devised in collaboration with Walker Technology College, Sir Charles Parsons school St. Antony of Padua.


Read all about the project here.....

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CYANE TORNATZKY - new artist in residency set to join us for October

Article posted at 2014-09-08 16:05:36

We're getting ready for Cyane Tornatzky's arrival to undertake a month long research residency at ISIS from mid October to mid November 2014. Cyane Tornatzky is an artist using digital mediums for creation, documention and output of her artwork. Tornatzky is a currently based in Colorado as Associate Professor of Electronic Art at Colorado State University.


Read all about what she'll be up to here......

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Superdream artists arrive in Johannesburg

Article posted at 2014-07-16 12:58:41

On Thursday our artists touched down in Johannesburg, South Africa for our event Superdream! Sean Cotterill, Mariam Rezaei, Andrea Masala, Richard Glynn, Lucy Carolan and Marek Gabrysch are in Johannesburg for two weeks to develop artworks with a group of South African artists, which will then be presented as part of a major public event in Jeppe Park, Johannesburg on 19th July 2014.

Superdream connects two urban park spaces: Windmills Hills Park (Gateshead, UK) and Jeppe Park (Johannesburg, South Africa) through a series of artists’ responses.  Working with UK and South African based artists, Superdream explores urban living, ideas and uses of public space, and the role local communities can play in stabilising and redefining public cultural life. 

The initial event saw the six UK artists work in Windmill Hills Park (Gateshead UK)  to create outdoor interventions that interrogated ideas around the role art can play in public space. Their work was inspired by the park and the people that use it. Through video projections, a dance performance, interactive Audio Visual installations and a mobile photography studio the artists transformed the park for an evening, for the launch of Gateshead International Festival of Theatre 2014. 

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Culture Action Europe Public Conference + General Meeting comes to Newcastle this Autumn

Article posted at 2014-06-26 13:30:11

Culture Action Europe will be holding their annual general meeting and public conference in Newcastle Gateshead from 9-11th October 2014.


.. you think it is time to move beyond the obvious assumption of what culture is and how it is shaped,


.. you feel there are new territories to look for to enrich the contribution of culture in regenerating the social and economical situation,


.. you want to understand the complexity of culture and share it with other thinkers and practitioners from different backgrounds,


.. you need to empower your understanding of how a network can be nurtured, enriched, activated, transformed for ideas to spread,


.. you believe it is time to start exploring the future of culture and participation.


Save these dates for thought-provoking inspirations, meaningful conversations and unexpected connections through an unusual rhythm between institutional moments, uncommon dialogues and active laboratory-style sessions.


ISIS Co-director, Clymene Christoforou sits on the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe. 


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ARTIST TALK: Tue 8 July 6pm with AIR Benjamin Poynter

Article posted at 2014-06-26 11:42:16

Join us at ISIS Arts on Tuesday 8 July at 6pm to hear Ben Poynter talk about the new work he will be creating during his residency with us.


Ben will be in residence at ISIS Arts throughout July, during his time with us he will undertake research and development into an intensive, 3D virtual reality indie game (Oculus Rift support) re-titledStory Generating Apparatus.


For more info please click here.

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6 North East artists selected to travel to Johannesburg for the continuation of SUPERDREAM

Article posted at 2014-06-11 12:37:06

British Council’s Connect ZA (UK/SA), ISIS Arts (UK), The Swallows Foundation (UK/SA) and The Trinity Session (SA) are happy to announce that six artists based in the North East have been selected to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for the continuation of Superdream – a project which began in Windmill Hills Park, Gateshead in May 2014. 


Sean Cotterill, Mariam Rezaei, Andrea Masala, Richard Glynn, Lucy Carolan and Marek Gabrysch will travel to Johannesburg in July 2014 for two weeks to develop artworks with a group of South African artists, which will then be presented as part of a major public event in Jeppe Park, Johannesburg on 19th July 2014.


For more info please click here

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Ever Wanted To Be Someone Else? - FREE WORKSHOP

Article posted at 2014-06-05 14:08:43

Ever Wanted To Be Someone Else?

FREE WORKSHOP

Documentation Exchange Experiment, Newcastle

Thursday 26 June 2014

10.00 – 17.00 

at ISIS Arts Studio

Free to attend (registration required)

Every day each of us leaves multiple traces of our actions; whenever we pay for things, use the internet or even just carry our mobile phone. Tricking these systems can be complex and time consuming. Maybe we can find a short cut? 

Simon Farid is an artist interested in the relationship between administrative identity and the body it purports to codify and represent. A quick Google search will, of course, reveal where he lives, works, what he looks like and information about other people with whom he shares his name.

Join Simon for a day of identity experimentation. This will involve workshops and collective discussions in which we will look at and analyse different aspects of our identity; from the ways we present ourselves to the contents of our wallets. In the afternoon we will then put some of these discussions to the test, arranging a temporary ‘wallet swap’ with the other participants for some off-site investigations…

For more info and to register please click here.

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Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival AIR talk with Katie Davies

Article posted at 2014-04-21 11:47:49

Katie Davis is Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick film & Media Arts Festival new artist in residence and joined us at ISIS Arts on Wednesday 14th May. 

Bristol based Katie Davies is a video artist who explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of time. Katie will be living and working in Berwick-upon-Tweed for the next 6 months and will be creating new work that will be premiered at the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in September. For more details please click here.

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Superdream - connecting the North East with South Africa

Article posted at 2014-03-31 16:38:44

Superdream is a new project which connects two urban park spaces; Windmills Hills park (Gateshead, UK) and Jeppe Park (Johannesburg, South Africa) through a series of artists’ responses. Working with UK and South African based artists, Superdream explores urban living, ideas and uses of public space, and the role local communities can play in stabilising and redefining public cultural life.

The Superdream project is commissioned by the British Council for their Connect ZA programme. The Windmill Hills Superdream event is produced by Swallows Foundation UK and ISIS Arts and formed part of GIFT in May 2014. In early July 6 UK artists will travel to Johannesburg to present their work in Jeppe Park.

To find out more please click here.

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Corners Xpedition to Northern Ireland

Article posted at 2014-03-31 16:35:09


Corners is a four year project connecting artists from the corners of Europe. 


We’ve just got back from our first Corners Xpedition to Northern Ireland, exploring a multitude of sites across Belfast, Annaghmakerrig, Derry/Londonderry and Enniskillen for 12 days, collaboratively devising and developing projects with artists and curators from the far-corners of Europe. 


Sharon Bailey (ISIS Co-director) and Layla Gaye (UK based artist) attended the Xpedition with over 20 other practitioners. 


The idea is to communicate with different audiences and communities at the edges of Europe. The artist, together with country hosts and researchers travel across regions encountering local people and landscapes. Artists will collect stories from one corner of Europe, re-telling them in another. From their experiences, commissions will be developed in each country and presented in public settings.


Corners is a transnational partnership between Intercult (Stockholm), Exodos (Ljubljana), POGON (Zagreb), Drugo more (Rijeka), City Culture Institute (Gdansk), Umea 2014 - European Capital of Culture, Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 - European Capital of Culture, ISIS Arts (Newcastle) and  Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Belfast).


For more info please click here. 

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ISIS Co-director takes part in Creative Industries Roundtable

Article posted at 2014-03-31 16:30:25

ISIS Co-Director, Clymene Christoforou took part in a Creative Industries Roundtable with Vince Cable at the Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference in York. Clymene was invited to attend to contribute to the consultation process on the future of culture in the UK, helping to inform their creative industries manifesto. 


Hosting the session were; Baroness Bonham-Carter; the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP; and the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport, John Leech MP. The event will also be attended by Special Adviser to Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Emily Walch, and Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister on Education, Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Sanders.


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UPCOMING artist in residence - Benjamin Poynter

Article posted at 2014-03-03 10:28:16


We’re thrilled that Benjamin Poynter will be undertaking a research residency at ISIS for 3 weeks in July 2014. Benjamin Poynter is a practitioner of digital media and independent video games in the contemporary art world. Poynter will be working on 3D virtual reality game, Story Generating Apparatus. 


Read all about it here.


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Satoko Nagashima completes residency - check out her parting gift....

Article posted at 2014-02-17 05:20:16

Satoko Nagashima has just completed her residency with ISIS and returned to South Korea, before she left she gave us a sneak peak of this time lapse movie shot in the ISIS residency studio during her stay. 


To watch the video please click here. 





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Satoko Nagashima in Residence

Article posted at 2014-01-20 10:40:57

Satoko Nagashima


Our latest artist in residence, Satoko Nagashima opened up her residency studio on Wednesday 5th February to present the work she had been developing during her time in Newcastle.


Satoko Nagashima was born in Kyoto, Japan and is currently based in South Korea working as an Associate Professor at Daegu University.


For more info please click here. 

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Borjana Ventzislavova + Radical Cheerleading are BACK

Article posted at 2014-01-20 10:34:47

Borjana Ventzislavova is back at ISIS this February for a research visit to plan for our Radical Cheerleading project. 


Borjana carried out a research residency with us in June 2012 and we’re super happy that Borjana is back to make Radical Cheerleading happen. Plus it means we get to don our Pom-Poms and have a good old cheer!

Read about our Radical Cheerleading project here. 

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New European Project -----> CORNERS

Article posted at 2014-01-20 09:59:41


Have a read about our new European project, Corners. We’ve got lots of lovely new partners all over Europe. 


Corners is a partnership between Intercult (Stockholm), Exodos (Ljubljana), POGON (Zagreb), Drugo more (Rijeka), City Culture Institute (Gdansk), Umea 2014 - European Capital of CultureDonostia / San Sebastian 2016 - European Capital of Culture, ISIS Arts (Newcastle), Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Belfast) and Theatre in the Mill (Bradford).


Click here for more details……

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We're very pleased to welcome David Slater as the new Chair of our board

Article posted at 2014-01-13 12:51:39

We’ve got a new Chairperson, click here to read all about David Slater's previous experience and to meet the rest of our fantastic board members.....

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New Year, New Residency Artist: Satoko Nagashima

Article posted at 2013-12-09 12:45:09

We're happy to be welcoming Satoko Nagashima to ISIS in January to undertake a one month residency with us. Satoko was  born in Kyoto, Japan and is currently based in South Korea working as an Associate Professor at Daegu University. To read about Satoko's residency please click here.

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We've got a brand new programme - crISIS

Article posted at 2013-12-09 12:40:57

crISIS - Commissions and Residencies at ISIS


crISIS is a new international programme of commissions and residencies with ISIS in partnership with regional, national and international collaborators. The 2 year programme will offer the space for artists to, explore, question and present this transitional world from pre crisis to post crisis. crISIS will provide international exposure to UK artists and UK based collaboration opportunities for visiting International artists.


To read more on crISIS please click here. crISIS will begin in 2014, for updates please join our mailing list.  


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We're looking for a new Chair for our Board

Article posted at 2013-11-04 10:12:38

We are seeking an experienced active chair to work with the ISIS Board and senior management team to lead on advocacy and development and to support the realisation of our artistic ambitions.

Deadline: Tues 3rd Dec, 9:00am

For details please click here. 


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Mon 21st Oct | Zuzana Hruskova and Marek Šulík in conversation with Elisabetta Fabrizi

Article posted at 2013-10-21 09:44:01

Monday 21st October, 6pm at ISIS Arts Studio


We're pleased to welcome Zuzana Hruskova to ISIS Arts to discuss her upcoming exhibition Ordinary Fictions taking place at the Slovak Embassy, London this October.


Zuzana Hruskova is a Slovakian artist based in Newcastle, Ordinary Fictions is a collaboration with Marek Šulík, a documentary filmmaker based in Vištuk, Slovakia.


Ordinary Fictions is curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi and takes place at the Slovak Embassy, London from 17 October -14 November 2013. The project revolves around the idea of everyday-related fictions, expressed through individual places, people and scenarios, whilst using photography as the main communicator.


The talk forms part of [The Social: Encountering Photography]


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Come do a residency with us : Deadline for applications 20 November

Article posted at 2013-10-21 09:39:20

Visual and Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for self-funded residencies at ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK). The residencies are open to regional, national and international artists at any stage of their career working in the field of visual and media art.


The residencies start from 3 week periods and range to a maximum of 3 month, the residency period will be agreed with each individual applicant.


Read about some of our previous artists in residence and how to apply here. 

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HIRE projectors, screens, cameras, media players and much more from us

Article posted at 2013-10-21 09:34:16

Have a look at our latest Equipment hire list - we have new projectors, screens and media players amongst our other rental equipment. 

We can offer competitive quotes and discounts for long-term and bulk hires for artists and arts organisations.  

Have a butchers at what we've got on offer here.


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Young people's digital artworks at Woodhorn Museum

Article posted at 2013-10-02 08:41:59

Even though our Big M tour is over, we're thrilled that work produced during the Big M's engagement programme with young people from all over the North East region is at Woodhorn Museum.


The Deep End  features work created by Northumberland College Art & Design students who participated in a week long masterclass of devising, developing and producing digital artwork following their visit to The Big M at Woodhorn Museum during Heritage Open Day 2013. 


Alongside the work made by Northumberland College Students, Woodhorn Museum also presents work made by young people from Gateshead, North Tyneside, Middlesbrough and Berwick-upon-Tweed as part of the Big M's regional tour. 


The Deep End runs from 12th October 2013 to 12th January 2014 in the Northern Rock Gallery.

For more details please visit Woodhorn's website. 

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Finale of the Big M tour!

Article posted at 2013-10-02 08:25:09

The Big M's regional tour has finally come to an end, now its time for the Big M to go into hibernation for the winter! 


The finale of On the Precipice took place at the 9th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and it went with a bang thanks to our fantastic hosts at the festival!


Alexandra Crouwers, whose work The White Hide [III] features in On the Precipice joined Kelly Richardson, artist and curator of the programme, for an artist talk at the Gymnasium Gallery, travelling all the way from Antwerp to be at the festival.


We welcomed 5 various youth groups and schools to visit The Big M - who all participated in workshops to create work inspired by On the Precipice.


And as if that wasn't enough the sunny weekend helped us attract over 500 visitors!  Thanks to Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for having us, see you again next year!








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Come to 'Into Practice' inaugural Sharing Session - Tues 24th Sept

Article posted at 2013-09-16 12:52:00

Into Practice_Sharing Session


Into Practice is a collective of UK-based artists, curators and researchers that exists to support professional practice within the field of contemporary art and evolving technology by creating space for informal, open dialogue and critical discussion among practitioners.


You are invited to their inaugural Sharing Session, hosted at ISIS Arts, on Tuesday 24 September (6-8pm) where Victoria Bradbury, Marialaura Ghidini, Suzy O’Hara and Dominic Smith will briefly present Into Practice and key themes related to their personal practice and research.


The presentations will end with an open discussion about the group’s recent trip to ISEA 2013, gaining access to new networks and the possibility of creating a regional support network for contemporary art practitioners who work with new technologies and new distribution platforms.


For full details click here....

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Your LAST CHANCE to see The Big M at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Article posted at 2013-09-16 12:43:12

The Big M tour of On the Precipice is finally coming to an end, we've been touring around the North East since May but its time to pack up for winter! 


Its your last chance to see On the Precipice at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on Fri 27th Sept - Sat 28th Sept, we're really happy to be finishing such a fantastic tour at such a fantastic festival, have a read of this years festival programme.


We're thrilled to be able to celebrate the finale of the On the Precipice with an artist talk at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Sat 28th Sept (11:00-12:30). We will be joined by On the Precipice curator and featured artist, Kelly Richardson and fellow artist Alexandra Crouwers - coming all the way from Antwerp!


Hope to see you all there...

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Alexandra Crouwers & Kelly Richardson Artist Talk - Sat 28th Sept

Article posted at 2013-09-16 12:21:24

We're pleased to announce Alexandra Crouwers (The Netherlands/Belgium) will be joining Kelly Richardson for an artist talk at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival on Saturday 28th September (11:00-12:30), hosted in the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. 


Do come along to hear Kelly Richardson speak about her curatorial debut On the Precipice. 

On the Precipice is an exhibition of immersive film installations currently touring the North East in The Big M, ISIS Arts' inflatable mobile exhibition space. Joining Richardson from Antwerp for the talk is Alexandra Crouwers, whose work The White Hide [III] features in On the Precipice.


More details here.....

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ISIS Co-director to speak at CAE conference in Rome - book your place!

Article posted at 2013-09-16 12:11:36

ISIS Arts is a member of Culture Action Europe the political platform for arts and culture based in Brussels, and our co-director Clymene Christoforou sits on the executive committee. ISIS is pleased to be part of their innovative international conference about the vital role of culture in building a way out of the deadlock that threatens Europe, its people and democracy.  


Join us in Rome this October where we will be taking part in the discussion Business, Patronage and Cultural development.


For more information and to book a place click here.


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Call for Workshop participants for Project ICE - a Design Fiction workshop with Culture Lab

Article posted at 2013-07-17 11:42:37

Call for Workshop Participants


Project ICE: Isolated, Confined, Extreme Environments– a design fiction workshop

with Gabriella Arrigoni, Regina Peldszus & Alex Salam


Saturday 7th September, 12-5pm


Deadline for Expression of Interest: 20th August


ISIS Arts and Culture Lab (Newcastle University) present Project ICE: Isolated, Confined, Extreme Environments – A design fiction workshop facilitated by Regina Peldszus, Alex Salam and Gabriella Arrigoni, which will take place inside The Big M, ISIS Arts’ inflatable mobile exhibition space situated outside The Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 7th September 2013, 12-5pm (time tbc).


The concept of ‘Design Fiction’ is an experimental approach that uses techniques from fiction to adopt fictional scenarios in order to test new ideas and technologies to try and reveal something about the future. Regina Peldszus is a design researcher specialising in living and working conditions in space stations and other extreme environments. Dr Alex Salam is an infectious diseases and extreme environment doctor. Along with Gabriella Arrigoni, a curator and PhD researcher in digital media based at Culture Lab, Newcastle University they will invite participants to experience and respond to a simulated environment inside The Big M. 


For more details or to find out how to apply please click here.

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Brigitte Zieger to join Kelly Richardson from Paris for artist talk at Mima

Article posted at 2013-07-08 05:50:56

We're pleased to announce Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France) will be joining Kelly Richardson from Paris for an artist talk at Mima on Thursday 1st August at 5:30pm. 

Do come along and hear Kelly Richardson speak about her curatorial debut On the Precipice. On the Precipice is an exhibition of immersive film installations currently touring the North East in The Big M, ISIS Arts' inflatable mobile exhibition space. Joining Richardson for the talk from Paris is Brigitte Zieger, whose work Bewildered features in On the Precipice.

More details here.....

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ARTIST TALK with KELLY RICHARDSON (Artist & Curator of On the Precipice)

Article posted at 2013-07-03 12:11:40

ISIS Arts & Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) invite you to an artist talk event with:


Kelly Richardson 


on Thursday 1st August, 17:30 - 18:30 at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ (map).


ISIS and mima are pleased to be welcoming moving image artist Kelly Richardson to speak at mima about her curatorial debut On the Precipice. On the Precipice is an exhibition of immersive film installations currently touring the North East in The Big M, our inflatable mobile exhibition space.


The Big M will be on Centre Square outside mima on Wednesday 31st July - Thursday 1st August and will be screening On the Precipice. Richardson will be at mima on Thursday 1st August to speak about her own artistic practice, the various works featured in On the Precipice and the thematics that have influenced her practice and curatorial work.


We hope you will be able to join us, for more details please click here.

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Download our free BIG M app now!

Article posted at 2013-06-24 08:34:47

Have you seen our Big M app yet? NO! Well you should download it right now..... 

The Big M app uses augmented reality to bring to life our inflatable mobile exhibition venue (The Big M) and it’s current touring film programme On the Precipice. 

The app was designed by a group of teenagers, who worked closely alongside ISIS and North East based app developers Vector 76. The app uses images from the artist’s films as triggers, when you hovers your device (smartphone or tablet) over each artist image an augmented 3D model of The Big M pops up on screen and allows you to explore the unusual structure and get a glimpse of it’s interior. It is similar to using QR codes! To find one of the trigger images click here.

You can also access loads more info about the tour, the artists and The Big M including film trailers, maps and fun facts. 

The Big M app is free to download and is available from Google Play and the App Store now! 







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More than 1,000 people ventured into The Big M at Whitley Bay!

Article posted at 2013-06-17 10:03:25

Thank you to everyone at Whitley Bay over the weekend, more than 1,000 of you ventured into The Big M to see our 'On The Precipice' exhibition, luckily the sun was shining once again! 


We're now planning for our next gig which is happening next month at MIMA (Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art) on 31st July and 1st August. But feel free to check here for all our other tour dates happening all over the North East throughout the summer.


On the Precipice is a stunning new programme of immersive film installations which explores - through large-scale moving image artwork - our relationship with contemporary landscape and the effect humans have had on the natural environment.


Get a taster of the brilliant work featured in the programme on each of the artist pages:

 Kelly Richardson (Canada/UK), Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian McDonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson (UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France).

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After a great success at Saltwell park, it's time for The Big M to exhibit at Whitley Bay

Article posted at 2013-06-10 11:31:40

Thank you to everyone at Saltwell park over the weekend who ventured into The Big M, it was a great success. Also for a change the north east sun was glistening away on The Big M throughout the whole weekend, making it a delightful experience. 


We're now planning for our next gig this weekend at The links, Whitley Bay on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. But feel free to check here for all our other tour dates happening all over the North East throughout the summer.


Whitley Bay is especially momentous for The Big M tour of On The Precipice  as it is the home town of our very own curator of the exhbition: Kelly Richardson


Get a taster of the brilliant work featured in the programme on each of the artist pages:

 Kelly Richardson (Canada/UK), Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian McDonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson (UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France).


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Latest artist residency is coming to an end...

Article posted at 2013-06-10 11:05:54

Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming and Harriet Plewis (Bower Fleming Plewis) are north east based artists who have most recently took residence at the ISIS Arts studio. However unfortunately their time has come to an end, although we have loved having them here at ISIS.


Bower Fleming Plewis have been spending their time researching and exploring empty and abandoned spaces in the Newcastle area with a view to employing these spaces as temporary ‘sets’ for their new collaborative film work.


At a time when space is perhaps no longer at such a premium but remains a hotly contested issue, Bower Fleming Plewis have begun to map and survey property that is currently vacant or out of use.


The research was developed through moving image, manipulating footage of the empty spaces and compositing them together to make new fictional spaces. The trio aimed to explore what can be performed/enacted in these unoccupied spaces and what cannot: which gestures and narratives can fill these voids.


Read more about it their residency with us here.

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Thanks to Toffee Factory, next stop for The Big M....Saltwell Park

Article posted at 2013-05-20 06:11:07

Thanks to everyone at the Toffee Factory and The Late Shows for hosting The Big M and the launch of our new programme, On the Precipice. It went down a storm (literally on Saturday morning!!) and we had over 2500 people through The Big M over Friday and Saturday night. 


We're now planning for our next gig at Saltwell Park, Gateshead on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June, check here for our other tour dates happening all over the North East throughout the summer.


Get a taster of the brilliant work featured in the programme on each of the artist pages:

 Kelly Richardson (Canada/UK), Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian McDonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson (UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France).

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On The Precipice in The Big M TONIGHT at The Late Shows

Article posted at 2013-05-13 15:02:39

We're extremely excited that our stunning new programme of immersive film installations, On the Precipice is finally launching this Friday (17th May) at The Toffee Factory as part of The Late Shows. 

Come and join us for the very first screening of our new screening programme, 7-11pm on Friday and Saturday evening in The Big M, our inflatable mobile exhibition venue.

If you can't make it this time, check out all our other tour dates happening all over the North East throughout the summer.

Get a taster of the brilliant work featured in the programme on each of the artist pages:

 Kelly Richardson (Canada/UK), Gordon Cheung (UK), Alexandra Crouwers (Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian McDonald (Canada/USA), Emily Richardson (UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany/France).

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PARTICIPATE: Visualising the Future workshop with Culture Lab

Article posted at 2013-05-13 14:46:24

Visualising the Future : Crafting Visualisations of the World to Come Workshop - CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

We're hosting a workshops in our inflatable space - The Big M, in collaboration with Culture Lab (Newcastle University). Come and envision various futures with us at this free workshop on Thursday 23rd May outside The Toffee Factory.

Click here for more details.

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Welcome to Bower Fleming Plewis our new residency trio

Article posted at 2013-05-13 14:39:29

Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming and Harriet Plewis (Bower Fleming Plewis) are northeast based artists, who are in residence with us for the rest of May. 

Bower Fleming Plewis will be spending their time researching and exploring empty and abandoned spaces in the Newcastle area with a view to employing these spaces as temporary ‘sets’ for their new collaborative film work.

Read more about their residency plans here.

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3D Karaoke with GH Hovagimyan (our current residency artist) this FRIDAY

Article posted at 2013-04-23 11:56:38

3D Karaoke by G.H. Hovagimyan

Friday 26 April


at The Newbridge Project, 16 New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AW

opening times: 6:00 - 10:15pm

Karaoke times: 8:45 - 10:15pm


G.H. Hovagimyan, our current
 artist in residence with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) will present his interactive artwork, 3D Karaoke at The Newbridge Project as part of the opening event for Convention Habit or Custom on Friday 26 April.

Come and join us for a tune......

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Check out our current newsletter here, full of juicy news....

Article posted at 2013-04-09 07:41:03

Check out our current Newsletter. Full of great gossip on New York based artist, GH Hovagimyan's arrival and artist talk, On the Precipice tour dates and our involvement in The Late Shows this year..... 

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SUMMER TOURING DATES for On the Precipice in The Big M

Article posted at 2013-03-20 13:31:12

On the Precipice is a stunning new programme of immersive film installations set to tour the North-East region through May - September 2013 in The Big M, our inflatable mobile exhibition venue.


It may be coming to a space near you! Check where its touring to here....

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Sneha Solanki is our current artist in residence with Biotechnology Spell Machine

Article posted at 2013-03-20 13:27:20

We're very happy that Sneha Solanki is our current artist in residence at ISIS. Solanki is researching a wonderful new project called 'Biotechnology Spell Machine' have a read about it here.....


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GH Hovagimyan is coming to ISIS this April - come and hear him talk

Article posted at 2013-03-20 13:23:02

We're currently preparing for GH Hovagimyan's arrival at ISIS and we're excited! GH is joining us from New York to carry out a joint research residency with ISIS and NGI.


Have a read about his project which uses unique data from Newcastle and Gateshead. GH is holding an artist talk on Tues 16th April - put it in your diaries...

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Project & Marketing Assistant opportunity for N'castle uni students

Article posted at 2013-03-06 10:31:40


Project & Marketing Assistant (student placement)

£600 bursary for 100hrs 

April - July (Hours to be agreed - flexible)

Deadline: mon 18th march 


We're looking for a Project & Marketing Assistant to support the delivery of 'On the Precipice', a North-East based tour of artist film installations in The Big M, our inflatable mobile exhibition venue. 

The Project & Marketing Assistant will work closely with ISIS Project Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator to support the production of the artist programme, the delivery of an online and print marketing campaign and provide on-site event assistance during tour dates.

This position would be suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate Newcastle University students and offers an exciting opportunity for applicants interested in gaining experience in marketing, events/arts management and the cultural sector. Applicants will be expected to have the desire to work within a small independent arts organisation based in central Newcastle.

Students can find the full job profile and how to apply here (once logged into system):  https://internal.ncl.ac.uk/careers/students/vacsonline/login



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Feb Newsletter is now ready - read about what we've been up to this month

Article posted at 2013-02-26 10:04:52

What we've been up to during February in a neat little newsletter available here, if you don't receive our newsletter you should join our mailing list.

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Congratulations to our successful regional residency artists!

Article posted at 2013-02-20 12:08:18

After sifting through loads of applications from many of the wonderful artists based in the north-east we are thrilled to be welcoming Sneha Solanki and Deborah Bower, Mat Fleming & Harriet Plewis to ISIS to carry out research residencies in March and May respectively.

Have a read about their projects and what they'll be doing during their residencies here

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TOXICITY - our latest project in development!!

Article posted at 2013-02-20 11:56:10

In development for next year is........


Toxicity is an international arts, science and technology collaboration between leading European and Canadian arts organisations, academic institutions, artists and researchers.


Toxicity is currently in development and is a collaboration between various organisations based across Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Macedonia and Croatia.


Have a read what its all about here....


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Read all our Wonderful news in our January Newsletter

Article posted at 2013-01-29 11:39:40


There is lots of exciting stuff coming up at ISIS, read all about it in our first newsletter for 2013!

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ANNOUNCING NEW PROGRAMME: On the Precipice

Article posted at 2013-01-23 07:01:13

ISIS Arts are thrilled to announce On the Precipice, a new programme of immersive film installations, which will tour the North East region through 2013 in The Big M, their inflatable mobile exhibition venue. 

Seven internationally renowned artists will inhabit the Big M with immersive moving image environments that seek to explore our relationships towards contemporary landscape. 


On the Precipice was curated during an ISIS Arts research residency by critically renowned digital artist, Kelly Richardson and features works by Kelly Richardson (Canada), Gordon Cheung (China), Alexandra Crouwers (Belgium), Jenn E Norton (Canada), Jillian Mcdonald (Canada), Emily Richardson (UK) and Brigitte Zieger (Germany).


Read more about On the Precipice here. 



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Residency Opportunity for Regional Artists - APPLY NOW

Article posted at 2013-01-14 06:56:24

ISIS Arts Research Residency – North East UK

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 

Deadline: Thursday 31st January 5pm

Bursary: £800 (+ 2 training sessions)

At a time when the arts are under threat and our region has been highlighted nationally and internationally, what are the artists in our region up to?

We invite visual and media artists based in the North East of England (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside) to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts to take place anytime up until the end of March 2013. 

We want to find out what artists in our region are thinking about, working on, and planning for the future. We will provide a regional artist with the space and time to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work; the emphasis for this residency is on research not on finished art works.


READ FULL CALL FOR APPLICATION 




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Check out our December newsletter

Article posted at 2012-12-10 07:01:43

Have a read of our December newsletter here.....

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Merry Christmas from ISIS Arts

Article posted at 2012-12-05 09:33:46


Wishing you Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year


We will be collecting gifts for children whose families need some extra help this year. The gifts will go to the Riverside Community Health Project in Benwell and will be distributed to local families by the migrant support workers. Please bring any gifts you would like to donate to the ISIS Arts office by Wednesday 19 December. Please select gifts suitable for children between 0-14yrs and leave the gifts unwrapped. We greatly appreciate your generosity and we know the families will too. 



from all the team at ISIS Arts x

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Research Residency Opportunity with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative

Article posted at 2012-12-05 09:08:46

ISIS Arts & Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI)

Research Residency Jan-April 2013


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


Deadline: Sunday 6th January 2013 (Midnight)

Bursary: £1 200

Visual and Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for a three-week research residency, a joint collaboration between ISIS Arts and NGI (Newcastle Gateshead Initiative), Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), to take place between February and end of April 2013.

The residencies are open to regional, national and international artists working in the field of visual and media art with a particular interest (but not limited to) the use of technologies and digital media in the creation of artworks.


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Artist in Residence, Chris Coleman bids the UK farewell

Article posted at 2012-12-05 09:06:29

ISIS & Culture Lab artist in residence, Chris Coleman has bid farewell after a fruitful autumn working in Newcastle researching his new project, Scienmograph. During his stay Chris worked with RAL Space (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) to harness real time scientific data. Chris is now working towards designing objects that will visualise real time data and be available as open source DIY kits. 

Read about Chris's progress on his blog, you can also listen to his artist talk.

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Chris Coleman Lunchbites Lecture Wed 28 Nov 12pm at Culture Lab

Article posted at 2012-11-27 11:04:50

Join us for Chris Coleman's lunchbites lecture 12-1pm at Culture Lab. Chris will present work from his research residency - he has been working with scientists from the RAL Space Lab, promises to be interesting....

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Read our November newsletter here.....

Article posted at 2012-11-21 09:13:51

Have a read of our November newsletter, including details on Christopher Coleman's artist talk, our latest job opportunity and the Homelands project traveling to Bratislava.....

You can subscribe to future newsletters and updates here.

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ISIS Co-director just elected for 2nd term as executive committee member of Culture Action Europe

Article posted at 2012-11-13 06:27:53

We are delighted to announce that our Co-director, Clymene Christoforou has just been elected for a 2nd mandate as executive committee member of Culture Action Europe (CAE), the political platform for arts and culture based in Brussels. 

Culture Action Europe is an advocacy and lobby organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European project. Their aim is to influence European policies for more and better access to culture across the continent and beyond. To provide customized information and analysis on the European Union, offer cultural actors a space to exchange and elaborate common positions, and develop advocacy actions towards European policymakers.

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Listen to Chris Coleman's artist talk here.....(latest ISIS & Culture Lab artist in residence)

Article posted at 2012-11-12 08:59:58

Chris gave an insightful talk at Culture Lab during the first week of his residency in Newcastle. Chris spoken about the evolution of his practice and what he is planning to do during his research period.


If you missed Chris's talk or would like to listen again it is now available online, click here to listen.


Chris will also be speaking at a lunchtime lecture at Culture Lab towards the end of his residency period to present the work he has done, for more info click here.

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Chris Coleman Artist Talk_WED 7 NOV_Culture Lab

Article posted at 2012-11-06 10:08:18


Wednesday 7 November, 6-8pm at Culture Lab Space 5

Christopher Coleman is the current ISIS Arts & Culture Lab artist in residence. Christopher is an associate professor in digital media studies at the University of Denver and will join us this autumn to work on 'Scienmograph', a project to develop prototype objects that display dynamic realtime data visualisations.

Refreshments will be provided. Please reserve a place by emailing charlotte@isisarts.org.uk


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Artist in Residence Blog with Chris Coleman. Have a read...

Article posted at 2012-11-06 10:05:11

Check out Chris Coleman's blog, our current artist in residence with Culture Lab. Chris is keeping a daily diary of what he is getting up to during his residency, read all about it here

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Join our Team - International Business Development Coordinator NEEDED!

Article posted at 2012-10-24 13:11:47

International Business Development Coordinator (Graduate Apprentice)

ISIS Arts is seeking to appoint an International Business Development Co-ordinator through the Newcastle University Graduate Apprentice scheme, to be eligible to apply you must have graduated from a UK university in the last 2 years (any degree level). 


Salary pro rata: £16 000 per annum

Deadline for applications: 12.11.2012


See full job specification and find out how to apply here



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Check out our latest newsletter here....

Article posted at 2012-10-08 09:26:12

Have a read of our latest newsletter, including details on Christopher Coleman's upcoming residency and artist talk, Kelly Richardson's curatorial residency and the Göteborg Culture Festival....

You can subscribe to future newsletters and updates here.

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Kelly Richardson wraps up her curatorial residency at ISIS

Article posted at 2012-10-08 09:20:55

It's been lovely having renowned International media artist Kelly Richardson in the ISIS studio this September undertaking a curatorial residency with us. Kelly spent her time researching and curating a new programme of artist film and video, taking inspiration from her own large-scale moving image artworks. More details on the programme Kelly curated for The Big M to come soon.....Join our mailing list to keep up to date with all our latest news.


Read all about Kelly's curatorial residency, 'On the Precipice' and see some of her previous work here


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Welcome to the fantastic Kelly Richardson, who joins us for a curatorial residency

Article posted at 2012-09-26 11:39:16

We are thrilled to welcome renowned International media artist Kelly Richardson to ISIS this autumn to undertake a curatorial residency. Kelly will spend her time researching and curating a new programme of artist film and video, which will take inspiration from her own large-scale moving image artworks.


Read all about Kelly's new curatorial residency, 'On the Precipice' and see some of her previous work here


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CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN - our next joint artist in residence with Culture Lab

Article posted at 2012-09-26 11:32:40

We are pretty excited to announce our next joint artist in residence with Culture Lab, Christopher Coleman.

Christopher will be in residence through autumn 2012 and will spend the time researching and prototyping his new project, Scienmograph. Christopher is an Associate Professor in Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver.

Christopher will be holding an artist talk on Wednesday 7th November, 6-8pm at Culture Lab - put it in your diaries!

See Christopher's work and read all about what he'll be working on during his residency here

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Success at Göteborg Culture Festival - with over 7000 visitors to our film programme

Article posted at 2012-09-26 11:25:27

This summer we travelled to the Göteborg Culture Festival (Göteborg’s Kulturkalas) in Sweden with our inflatable mobile exhibition space, The Big M. 

We screened a film programme of works by UK and Nordic based artists, the programme was a great success, helping us attract over 7000 visitors during the 5 days we were in Göteborg.

Thanks to everyone at Göteborg Culture Festival, A Gallery and of course the lovely people of Göteborg, hope to see you again next year!

To see photos of our trip and watch some of the films from the programme please click here.


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Homelands film released on DVD - buy your copy now

Article posted at 2012-09-26 11:18:08

Zuzana Hruskova and Marek Šulík's Homelands film created during the first year of our 'Homelands' project has just been released on DVD. To order a copy please email charlotte@isisarts.org.uk. 


Their film documents Roma families in the west-end of Newcastle recording emotional messages in the form of videos, photographs, handwritten letters, audio recordings being carefully delivered to their relatives back in Slovakia. Responses were then filmed and the process was repeated. The result is a beautiful commentary on the reasons for migration and the consequences to families and communities.


To watch a trailer and read more about Homelands, please click here.



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Past and Future ISIS residency artists feature in great events this summer...

Article posted at 2012-07-31 13:42:04

Laura Harrington and Kaffe Matthews were in residence with us in Sept 2011, while they were here they carried out research for their project, 'Where are the Wild Ones?', focusing on the the extraordinary, yet little understood, journey that Atlantic salmon make each year from Greenland to the River North Tyne. Laura and Kaffe are now mid way through the project and will celebrate with a mulit-layerd acoustic and visual performance at The Guildhall, Newcastle as part of the NewcastleGateshead Bridges Festival on Saturday 4th August. Read more about their salmon inspired performance and work here.


We are pretty excited that Kelly Richardson will be in residence with us this September as an artist/curator. At the moment Kelly is working on the fantastic Mariner 9, a giant video art installation inside Whitley Bay's historic Spanish City Dome. The 12m long panorama shows planet Mars set hundreds of years in the future. You can catch it from this Friday 3rd till Sunday 19th August. 

Sounds like a hot summer!


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Artists announced for 'Rights to a Future' screening programme

Article posted at 2012-07-23 10:43:22

Between 13th and 18th August 2012, ISIS Arts’ inflatable mobile exhibition space, ‘The Big M’ will be at Göteborg Culture Festival in Sweden to showcase a new programme of works by filmmakers from the UK and the Nordic countries.


The contemporary video programme is co-curated by ISIS Arts (Newcastle, UK) Göteborg Culture Festival (Sweden) and A Gallery (Göteborg, Sweden) on the theme of ‘Rights to a Future’.


Click here to view the selected artists and filmmakers in the 'Rights to a Future' screening programme. 

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Big M at Göteborg Culture Festival this summer

Article posted at 2012-07-18 13:11:46

Between Monday 13th – Saturday 18th August 2012, ISIS Arts’ (Newcastle, UK) inflatable mobile exhibition space, ‘The Big M’ will be at Göteborg Culture Festival in Sweden to showcase a brand new screening programme of filmmakers from the UK and the Nordic countries.


The selected video works we are taking to Sweden will be announced soon, read more about it here

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Homelands exhibition extended until 27th July

Article posted at 2012-07-10 12:43:20

Good news!  Our Homelands exhibition with Zuzana Hruskova and Marek Sulik will run for a further two weeks until Friday 27th July at the Settle Down Cafe in Thornton Street, Newcastle

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We need your help to write a ‘Radical Cheerleading’ chant!

Article posted at 2012-06-25 06:50:22

For her project "Radical Cheerleading" our artist in residence, Borjana Ventzislavova is collecting thoughts and ideas which consider a radical agenda, critique, realistic or utopian vision of either a personal, political or community matter. These responses will be edited together and used in a radical cheerleading chant. 


Express shortly (max. 2-3 sentences or just with keywords) your ideas about where and the way you live, and the available opportunities. What would you change if you had the chance? It can be as realistic or utopian as you like. 


Please email your quote, chant, sentence, complaint, musing to borjanaworks@gmail.com or if you have any questions or would like to be involved in the project in another ways please also email Borjana. 


Want to be a Radical Cheerleader?

Borjana is also looking for people to be involved in a ‘Radical Cheerleading’ routine. Are you a dancer, mover, cheerleader, or just dancing on a Saturday night? Any sex/age is very welcome. Come and learn the routine and participate in a promo video for radical cheerleading. No experience necessary. 


If you are interested or for more details please email Borjana on borjanaworks@gmail.com 


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Homelands exhibition now on at settle down cafe

Article posted at 2012-06-20 09:47:35

Homelands exhibition is now on at the settle down cafe, Newcastle.


See photography and video by Zuzana Lola Hruskova and Marek Šulík from the first year of our Homelands project. 


Monday 18 June - Thursday 12 July 

8am-6pm Monday-Friday

9am-6pm Saturday


Pop along to celebrate on Wednesday 11 July, 5-8pm for the closing party/Finisáž. 


To find out more about the Homelands project please click here.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR ARTISTS FILM AND VIDEO DEADLINE: 29th June 2012

Article posted at 2012-06-14 07:39:53


Check out our latest call for artist film and video to be screened in The Big M this summer in Sweden.

Deadline 29th June, see full details here.

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“Tyneside Novel: Exquisite Corpse 2.0 – 140 Characters at a Time”

Article posted at 2012-06-10 14:01:35

We welcome Jon Winet, Peter Likarish and Molly Gallentine to Newcastle.

The team of new media artists and writers are busy in full-tilt pre-production on “Tyneside Novel,” a Twitter-based fiction work to be created over a three-day period, June 13-15, 2012 by a soon-to-be-formed worldwide community of writers.

“Tyneside Novel” will launch at 10 a.m. [BST] with characters traveling by train from Edinburgh to Newcastle. This plot line, expected to be one of many, is inspired in part by Mike Hodges’ brilliant 1971 film noir “Get Carter.” Like the film, Newcastle’s compelling social and physical cityscapes are projected to play starring roles in the narrative.Writers working locally and across the Twitterverse are invited to contribute to the project, using the hashtag #TyneNovel. Twitter allows for video and photography, so multimedia is expected to be an integral element of the work. The team anticipates with relish the surprises and plot turns Tyneside Novel promises to deliver.

The project is part of ongoing experimental creative writing, and research on the evolution of text and community in electronic space.Based in Iowa City and New York in the United States, the team have traveled to  Newcastle to work on site where New Writing North and ISIS Arts, are helping produce the project. Tyneside Cinema in the heart of Newcastle will provide hang-out|work space for participants wishing to work in close proximity and/or collaboratively. Details on work sessions, and related project updates will be available on the project’s website.

The team will present a short paper focusing their 2011 project, “Novel Iowa City,” at the June 13-15, 2012 Designing Interactive Systems Conference in Newcastle. Tyneside Novel work will be produced over the length of the conference.

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Check out the Nomadic Village Blog and also listen on Basic FM

Article posted at 2012-05-27 13:17:59

For up to date info on what the artists are up to at the Nomadic Village, check out the artist blog. You can also listen to shows broadcast from the Nomadic Village on Basic FM.

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The Nomadic Village has just finished, and the artists are making their ways home

Article posted at 2012-05-15 10:27:39

Klaus Mähring (founder of The Nomadic Village)  arrived in the UK, and was joined by over 30 artists from as far as South Korea, Australia and The Philippines to embark on The Nomadic Village UK in Wolsingham, County Durham.


From 21 May to 3 June 2012, County Durham is housesd a village within a town, when a 'Nomadic Village' of over 30 international artists made its temporary home in Wolsingham. The artists lived and workied in camper vans, caravans, marquees, a converted police bus and even an adapted milk float based at the Desmesne Mill Picnic Area in Wolsingham. The 10-day project provided space for professional artists working in a variety of mediums to live and work, engage and interact with the local community and produce work that responds to the location and situation. At the end of the Village, on Friday 1 June, there was a public exhibition, and during the Village there were open afternoons for the local residents to visit the artists at work.


Read all about it here

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'Radical Cheerleading' with Borjana Ventzislavova, hear all about it on 20th June

Article posted at 2012-05-15 10:19:43

Come to meet and hear about the work of ISIS Arts latest artist in residence, Borjana Ventzislavova. Borjana will be joining ISIS for an International research residency through June 2012. Borjana was born in Sofia and currently splits her time between Sofia and Vienna.


While in residence Borjana will concentrate on research for a new video project called 'Radical Cheerleading' - want to hear more about it join us on 20th June for her artist talk

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The Big M in Sweden this summer

Article posted at 2012-05-06 12:19:47

ISIS is delighted to announce a new summer tour in partnership with the A Gallery Gothenburg, and the Gothenburg Culture Festival.  Look out for a new UK:Nordic call for artist film and video submissions coming soon.

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Artist talk by South African duo The Trinity Session aka Hobbs/ Neustetter Thursday 29th March 6-8pm

Article posted at 2012-03-27 06:52:48

ISIS Arts & The Swallows Partnership invite you to an artist talk event with:

The Trinity Session: Marcus Neustetter / Stephen Hobbs

Thursday 29th March 2012
18:00 - 20:00

@ ISIS Arts Studio

First Floor

5 Charlotte Square

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 4XF


The Trinity Session’s visit to the North East is supported by The Swallows Partnership and ISIS Arts to explore possible collaborations between the UK and South Africa.

Hobbs/Neustetter are visual artists who have worked collaboratively for 10 years under the guise of The Trinity Session. The Trinity Session is an arts production team who maintain a strong artist-led approach to producing contemporary multi-disciplinary works. The Trinity Session are currently celebrating 10 years of collaborative working with a retrospective exhibition in Johannesburg.

The event is free and everyone interested is welcome although space is limited, so please RSVP: isis@isisarts.org.uk or ring 0191 261 4407.

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Join us at Vane Thursday 22 March 5:30-7:30pm to celebrate Marina Zurkow's exhibition

Article posted at 2012-03-19 13:28:18

Vane and ISIS Arts invite you for drinks on Thursday 22 March to celebrate Marina Zurkow's animation Mesocosm (Northumberland UK) part of AV Festival 12: As Slow as Possible and 'Apropos the Kissing of a Hand' a new exhibition feature work by Holly Antrum, Becky Beasley, Billy Childish, Robert Ellis, Catrin Huber, Sophie Macpherson, Jeremy Millar, Arnaud Moinet, Francesco Pedraglio, Roman Signer and Sylvia Vogel.


Thursday 22 March

17:30 - 19:30 


@ Vane

Commercial Union House / 39 Pilgrim Street / Newcastle upon Tyne / NE1 6QE

 

Hope you can make it. 





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Dane Watkins Artist Talk : Wednesday 7 March : Come along and join at 6pm

Article posted at 2012-03-05 06:42:57

Come along and join us on Wednesday 7th March at 6pm to meet our current artist in residence, Dane Watkins. 


Hear about his new project 'Iconkit', an identikit approach for users to create iconic profiles of how they'd like to be seen on the web. 


We will provide wine and nibbles. Hope to see you there.

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Join the ISIS Arts team: We are looking for a Communications Coordinator

Article posted at 2012-02-22 07:57:50

Communications Coordinator


Term of contract: April-July 2012

Fee: £4,125

Deadline for applications: Monday 12th March 5pm


ISIS Arts is seeking to appoint a freelance coordinator with communications and marketing expertise to assist in the implementation of our marketing and communications at what is an exciting time in ISIS future development. This supports ISIS Arts’ business development process and web based marketing solutions.


The Communications Coordinator will work closely with the ISIS directors and stakeholders to support our programme of regional and international work and to help raise our organisations profile. They will be based in the ISIS Arts office.


This opportunity is now closed.

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Deadline: Fri 17th Feb Culture Lab and ISIS Arts residency programme APPLY NOW

Article posted at 2012-01-23 11:17:21

Culture Lab and ISIS Arts Residency Programme

Call for Applications
Deadline: 17.02.2012

Culture Lab and ISIS Arts are excited to be launching  their second joint, open call 
for a Resident in 2012.  Proposals are invited from practitioners and researchers from across the 
spectrum of creative art, design and technology to undertake research in Culture 
Lab for a minimum of 3 weeks between 1 April – 14 December 2012. 

This opportunity is now closed.

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Announcing our new research residency artists: Dane Watkins and Borjana Ventzislavova

Article posted at 2012-01-09 12:28:39

Well done to Dane Watkins and Borjana Ventzislavova who will be joining us this year for our research residency programme. 


Read all about their practice and what they will be working on while they are at ISIS. 


Borjana Ventzislavova

Dane Watkins

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Please support culture in Europe and sign the 'We are More - Act for Culture in Europe' manifesto

Article posted at 2012-01-04 08:21:56

Act for culture in Europe: Help collect 100.000 signatures!


2012 is a key decision-making year during which the EU budget 2014-2020 will be voted upon by Members of the European Parliament and Ministers from the Member States. EU support to culture over the next seven years is at stake and the negotiations over the first four months of the year will be crucial. The campaign 'we are more - act for culture in Europe' calls for vital support for culture in the next EU budget and wants to collect 100.000 signatures and present them to the Culture Ministers of all EU Member States when they gather in Brussels for the EU Council of Culture Ministers in May 2012. To make this task more achievable, the campaign has set national targets for signatures per country, based on the size of each country. 


ISIS Arts supports the Europe-wide campaign 'We are more - act for culture in Europe'. To read more about national targets and sign the manifesto please follow the link. 









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Nomadic Village: Coming Soon

Article posted at 2011-12-06 09:13:36

The Nomadic Village 2012 is COMING MAY 2012. 


To read more details please visit.


Or to find out how you can get involved please email charlotte@isisarts.org.uk

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Over 250 applications from 42 countries for our 2 latest research residency opportunities

Article posted at 2011-12-06 09:08:39

We received an overwhelming response for our latest research residency call for applications. We have 2 upcoming positions available, to take place between January - April 2012 for a 3 week period. We received over 250 applications from 42 different countries, we are amazed by the high volume and high quality of the applications.


Our 2 selected residency artists will be announced early next year. 


To see the research residencies that took place over 2011 click here.

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Check out Peter Merrington's article on ISIS residency artist Christian Bermudez

Article posted at 2011-11-21 16:34:13

Peter Merrington takes a walk with Christian Bermudez through the Ouseburn Valley to the Ballast Hill Park to find out about the area that inspired much of Christian's research during his ISIS residency. The article is featured on NABROAD | News.

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Upcoming Deadline: Thursday 10th Nov Research Residency Applications Jan-April 2012

Article posted at 2011-11-09 12:27:49

ISIS Arts Research Residencies Jan-April 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


Deadline: Thursday 10th November 2011 5pm


Visual and Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), to take place between January and April 2012.
The residencies are open to regional, national and international artists working in the field of visual and media art with a particular interest (but not limited to) the use of technologies and digital media in the creation of artworks. There are 2 residency opportunities available with each successful artist awarded a bursary of £1500.


This opportunity is now closed. 

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APPLY NOW: The Nomadic Village 2012

Article posted at 2011-11-09 12:23:07

Nomadic Village UK 2012

County Durham, North East England, May 21st - June 3rd 2012

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline for Applications: Monday 28th November 2011


The Nomadic Village is a temporary 10-day settlement set up on a vacant lot in County Durham, UK. The nomadic artists’ mobile homes/ateliers will form the structure of the Village, with On The Road Productions’ (ORP) Steyr-Ikarus bus acting as its townhall. Artists will come together to work in this autonomous environment to stimulate creativity and exchange, and attract local people to observe and participate in the process. At the end of the Village there will be a public exhibition/show that will invite a wider audience to appreciate the works produced during the Village. The project is run by Klaus Maehring (Lead Artist and founder) from ORP/Austria.


This opportunity is now closed.

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Artist in Residence, Christian Bermudez has gone home but left Newcastle a little present

Article posted at 2011-11-09 11:29:30

We wish Christian Bermudez a fond farewell as he finishes his research residency here at ISIS. Join this facebook page to find out the traces he left round the city. 

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Christian Bermudez is in residence at ISIS

Article posted at 2011-10-19 05:34:39

Current: Christian Bermudez

Christian Bermudez will be joining ISIS for an international research residency in November 2011, Christian was born in Costa Rica and is currently based in Oslo, Norway Read more

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Jen Southern is now in residence at ISIS!

Article posted at 2011-10-03 09:37:44

Jen Southern is currently at ISIS undertaking one of our research residencies, Jen will be in our studio till Friday 21st Oct. 


Read more about what Jen will be up to here.


Check out Jen's artist talk here.


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Tues 4th Oct Artist Talk: Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews, Jen Southern

Article posted at 2011-10-03 09:33:17

Tuesday 4th October

6-8pm @ISIS Arts


Come to meet and hear about the work of ISIS Arts artists' in residence, Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern. Laura and Kaffe will be joining ISIS for a joint residency in September to develop their collaborative audio visual multi-channel musical, 'Where are the Wild Ones? - the opera'. Jen Southern will then join us in October to look at different ways of exploring the data produced through her locative media application 'comob', through visualizations, drawings, walks and animations. 


RSVP

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Research Residencies Call for Applications NOW!

Article posted at 2011-09-20 11:12:27

Research Residencies Jan-April 2012


VISUAL AND MEDIA ARTISTS APPLY NOW


Deadline: Thursday 10th November 2011 5pm

Awarded Bursary: £1500

2 Opportunities available 


Visual and Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), to take place between January and April 2012.
The residencies are open to regional, national and international artists working in the field of visual and media art with a particular interest (but not limited to) the use of technologies and digital media in the creation of artworks. There are 2 residency opportunities available with each successful artist awarded a bursary of £1500.


This is opportunity is now closed.

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Tin Arts and ISIS Arts are seeking a regional audio artist for a new dance piece

Article posted at 2011-09-15 06:26:59

Opportunity for an Audio Artist


Fee:  £2,000

Timescale:  October- February 2012

Deadline for applications:  Monday 26th September

Interview/meeting date for shortlisted artists will be Thursday 6th October


TIN Arts and ISIS Arts are seeking an audio artist to join the production team for Shake the Tree, a new dance piece by The Flex Dance Company premiering in January 2012. 


This opportunity is now closed.

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Artist Talk coming up: Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern

Article posted at 2011-09-05 05:11:17

Tuesday 4th October
6-8pm @ISIS Arts

Come to meet and hear about the work of ISIS Arts artists' in residence, Laura Harrington, Kaffe Matthews and Jen Southern. Laura and Kaffe will be joining ISIS for a joint residency in September to develop their collaborative audio visual multi-channel musical, 'Where are the Wild Ones? - the opera'. Jen Southern will then join us in October to look at different ways of exploring the data produced through her locative media application 'comob', through visualizations, drawings, walks and animations. 

RSVP

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Look at these beautiful photos from Klaus Mähring's recent visit to the North East

Article posted at 2011-08-23 10:18:47

Photos from Klaus's recent trip to the North East. Klaus spent time around County Durham, traveling along the coast in search of a place to host the Nomadic Village, May 2012. See Klaus Mähring's photos.

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Join us on the 'UK Border Walk' along the English - Scottish border 6-7th Aug

Article posted at 2011-07-20 09:59:23

UK Border Walk is a 77k walk along the English/Scottish border by Artist Rocca Gutteridge and Curator Claudia Zeiske. A public Artachat discussion will take place in the Romany town of Kirk Yetholm halfway along the way. Both walk and talk aim to highlight and discuss the effect the Points Based System (PBS) has on arts and cultural activities across our communities in the UK.


UK Border Talk: Sat 6th August, 6pm Wauchope Hall, Yetholm. An open debate on the consequences of the Home Office's Points Based System on UK cultural life. Hospitality by Sophie’s Sunshine Catering.


UK Border Walk - 5k for 5tier policy: Sunday 7 August, start 9am. Or join Claudia and Rocca for all of the walk; contact claudia@deveron-arts.com for more details.

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Klaus Mähring Artist talk on Thursday 28th July @ISIS, come and see

Article posted at 2011-07-20 09:18:24

Come to meet and hear about the exciting work of ISIS Arts artist in residence, Klaus Mähring. Klaus is a nomadic artist, he will travel to and tour the North East in his converted 1970's bus, which acts as his home, studio and means of transport as well as hosting a cinema, residency space, darkroom and rooftop terrace. 

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Recommendations from the Artists' Mobility Lab now available

Article posted at 2011-07-14 09:35:57

Read the recommendations from the Artists' Mobility Lab published this month. Download the recommendations and the comprehensive Lab Primer including up to date UK and International documents and guidance. Click here for more information.

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ISIS & MIMA back from Slovenia trip, now planning future collaborations

Article posted at 2011-07-07 10:17:06

ISIS & MIMA were one of five partnership awarded a research trip to Ljubljana for 5 days. Clymene Christoforou, ISIS Co-director and Alix Collingwood, MIMA Curator attended the trip organised by Contemporary Art Society's National Network and Visiting Arts. Very excited for the possible collaborations between MIMA and ISIS and some of the exciting artists and galleries they met while in Slovenia. Currently developing a project for Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012!



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Charlotte, our Project Coordinator returns from Malaysia trip as EU representative

Article posted at 2011-07-07 07:45:05

Charlotte has just spent 16 days at the 17th Asia Europe Foundation University in Penang, Malaysia. Charlotte was the sole UK representative attending the ASEF University, a 2 week programme to promote cross cultural exchanges among youth from the 46 Asian and European countries that make up the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) member states. Charlotte is now part of the network ASEFUAN to continue and develop new connections across Asia and Europe, Charlotte was elected as the European representative for the AU17 programme.

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Klaus Maehring and his Nomadic bus arrive in Newcastle on Wed 27th July, check out his artist talk

Article posted at 2011-07-07 07:20:32

Klaus will be joining us this summer to undertake a research and development residency for 'The Nomadic Village' project, taking place throughout the North East in 2012. Klaus will travel to Newcastle in his Nomadic bus, an old Russian police bus, which is his home and darkroom for half the year, from this traveling bus he sets up Galerie Nowhere exhibitions in remote rural locations. 

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Alex Davies, student of architecture, is at ISIS this month assisting Scott Hessels

Article posted at 2011-07-04 05:00:01

Alex Davies, student of architecture (Northumbria University) is assisting visiting Hong Kong based artist Scott Hesssels with the visualisation of new  kinetic sculptures which incorporate environmental forces.


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Scott Hessels Artist Talk at ISIS Wednesday 29th June 6-8pm

Article posted at 2011-06-27 07:12:33

Come to meet and hear about the exciting work of ISIS Arts Artist in Residence, Scott Hessels, who is joining us from Hong Kong and will be with us until mid July.

The talk event is free and everyone interested is welcome although space is limited, so please RSVP: isis@isisarts.org.uk or ring 0191 261 4407.   The space is not fully accessible so please let us know in advance if you have access needs.

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Scott Hessels in residence @ ISIS 22nd June - 18th July 2011

Article posted at 2011-06-06 15:58:28

We are preparing to welcome Scott Hessels who will be undertaking one of our international research residencies, joining us from Hong Kong on 22nd June until 18th July 2011. 

Scott is an internationally recognized filmmaker and media artist who merges cinema with new technologies to create innovative media experiences. Over 30 years, he has released artworks in several different media including film, video, web, music, broadcast, print, kinetic sculpture, and performance. 

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Charlotte Gregory, ISIS project co-ordinator represents the UK on a prestigious trip to Malaysia

Article posted at 2011-06-06 15:53:35

Charlotte Gregory, ISIS Arts project co-ordinator,  has been awarded a prestigious place at the 17th Asia Europe Foundation University in Penang, Malaysia from 20th June – 1st July 2011. Charlotte will be the sole UK representative attending the ASEF University, a 2 week programme that aims to promote cross cultural exchanges among youth from the 46 Asian and European countries that make up the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) member states. 

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Announcing upcoming Research Residency artists

Article posted at 2011-06-06 15:46:48

ISIS are please to announce their next round of research residency artists, who will be in residence throughout 2011. 

Scott Hessels

Laura Harrington & Kaffe Matthews

Jen Southern

Christian Bermudez

Congratulations to all! Please keep checking the website for updates on their residencies and artist talks.

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Artist Talk at Culture Lab Wed 6th April 6-8pm - In the future everyone is an artist

Article posted at 2011-03-23 16:18:37

'In the future everyone is an artist: Personal Fabrication and the future of open culture'


Come to meet and hear about the work of 'Nortd' aka. Addie & Stefan, who are the first residents of ISIS Arts & Culture Lab joint research residency programme.
    •    What will happen when creation and design is no longer culturally inhibited?                
    •    And why should the knowledge behind art, science and technology be free?
As rapid fabrication technologies become cheaper and more readily available, society will re-invent their understanding of everyday objects and their relationship with a consumption based culture. The promise of rapid personal fabrication is that in time there will be no need for massive investments in tooling or outsourcing, this is very analogous to the way the laser printer removed the need for printing presses and movable type. We will explore methods of personal fabrication, what we are doing with it and ways it is being used by artist, hackers and researchers and what future might look like.

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Call for applications for ISIS Arts research residency deadline: 30.03.11

Article posted at 2011-03-23 16:08:53

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30/03/2011
Visual and Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), to take place between April to end of December 2011 (excluding August).
There are 4 residency opportunities:
- 2 for artists based outside the UK. 
- 2 for artists based in the greater North region, encompassing the North West including Cumbria, the North East and Yorkshire.


- This is an opportunity for artists to spend time in a self-contained city centre studio space to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work; the emphasis for this residency is on research not on finished art works. 
- Artists may apply individually or as part of a group (however the fee per residency will not change).
- All artists will have access to ISIS equipment, critical support and introductions to arts networks in the region.  
- Some technical assistance (2 days of training/technical support per residency) is also available but the artist is expected to be mostly self-reliant and familiar with the media they want to use.  
- All artists are expected to present their work at ISIS as part of an artist talk event.
- There is a fee of £1500 for the minimum of a three-week period (to include travel and accommodation costs).

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'Nortd' are coming to Newcastle for ISIS Arts & Culture Lab's first joint research residency

Article posted at 2011-03-23 16:05:26

Nortd aka Addie and Stefan is a research and development studio based in New York generating work in the field of art, architecture and system design. It is a studio-based incubator of creative thought engaging the overlap between science and design. 

While in residence at Culture Lab/ISIS Arts Nortd will be working on the Lasersaur, an open source laser cutter. Nortd are engaged in a marathon to push personal fabrication towards a mainstream movement that will eventually change how we design, produce, and consume our everyday objects.


“We create objects, interfaces and installations the same way we write software: engineer like architects and write like poets. Seemingly contradictory it makes sense when seeing software as a form of wizardry. The outcome is highly effective but the association with other areas of expertise is enigmatic. At its core, it is a language for describing actions much like the spells in fairytales. It is as if your entire childhood nobody told you there was software behind the curtain. The language of code has metalinguistic abstractions. These layers of interfaces are created on the fly, manifested by code. It's like any natural language that evolves- just magnitudes faster. Not only does this make software a way of comprehending, but it also has the ability to shift ideas beyond the realm of theoretical wizardry. Time to whip the magic out!

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Coming Soon: Artist Mobility Seminar @ Baltic

Article posted at 2011-03-23 16:01:33

ISIS Arts are working with Turning Point to developed a seminar on the mobility of artists and artworks. The seminar will be held over 2 days (9th-10th May) at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Judith Staines, a expert in european cultural mobility will facilitate the sessions in which regional, national and international guests will be invited to.  

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Participation Lab @ ISIS Arts on 15-16th February

Article posted at 2011-03-23 15:55:48

Participation Lab has been initiated by Jane Dudman, artist and digital media research student at Newcastle University, and has been developed through her collaboration with ISIS Arts.


On 15th and 16th February at ISIS Arts in Newcastle a group of artists and practitioners all experienced in and concerned with methods of public engagement as part of their work gathered to examine practice and explore issues related to the field of participatory art.


Participation as a term has been chosen over others such as 'socially engaged, collaborative, dialogical, there is a long list, for its generality. What we might mean by participation is open to discussion and interpretation. The dictionary definition is 'the action of taking part in something. Participation in this instance is also the participation of the people taking part in the lab.

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