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The Uncanny

 Unusual Objects, Places and Stories


Open Dates - 10am - 6pm 

Oct: 3rd 4th 5th - 9th, 10th 11th - 17th 18th 19th - 23rd 14th 25th 

Nov: 1st 2nd - 6th 7th 8th 

The Uncanny is the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. This exhibition showcases three emerging artists from our studio holders aligning their work to this theme. Kate Clarke, Jamie Allison and Chris Sykes each have responded in their own unique way. 

Chris Sykes’s work ‘Lucent’ fits in with ‘The Uncanny with the unusual objects’ as the work itself is an imprint left over from the dying flowers which is unnatural. At the same time of being unnatural it lends itself to curiosity searching for life and its forces by looking at death or the dying of things.

Jamie Allison’s work explore the notions of ‘ The Uncanny’ through portraiture. Jamie’s work removes the subject of people from the images which leads the viewer to an uncomfortable feeling of ‘uncanny’, everyone wears a mask and a lie but rarely is the lie presented in such an exposed manner.  

Kate Clarke’s work explores ‘The Uncanny’ both in terms of the architecture of her chosen places and the stories they tell us about Sunderland. Kate responds to social history through architectural detail of the buildings, to present an artistic response to the histories and heritage of Sunderland. The body of work is linked through a museological approach, drawing on experience from her Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies, and a background in museums and archaeology. 

MBC & Apextra Heritage book collaboration – 

This book is funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund. This project has explored the history of 31 Norfolk Street and the wider Sunniside area uncovering the buildings rich heritage chartings centuries from the Georgian period until now. Join us to celebrate the official launch of the book at a tea party on the 16th of October 2019 at 12.30pm. 

Norfolk Street Arts CIC projects are supported through funding from the Arts Council. This exhibition is supported through the Unlock the City strand of Sunderland Culture's Great Place programme, which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland, and is funded by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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