Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk

1st April - 4th June

Our current artist in residence, filmmaker and animator Gemma Burditt has spent the past six months researching and exploring the current state of dairy farming in Northumberland, through interviews with dairy farmers and with researchers at the Centre for Rural Economy and Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University.

The resulting work, a four metre long animation spanning the width of the Gymnasium Gallery, traces the history of dairy farming in the County, exploring how businesses have evolved, responded to changing markers and advances in technology, informing how we value milk and it’s production today.

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Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland

11th February - 14th May

Since the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Scotland has faced an ongoing intense period of scrutiny. Political shifts in the 2015 general election and the 2016 European referendum ensure Scotland remains in the spotlight of national, and indeed international, politics. As the country continues to go through a period of reflection, change and re-evaluation, Beyond the Border by photography collective Document Scotland, is a timely examination of Scottish identity aiming to challenge clichés and explore the land its people and identity. 

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Blackfaced ewes at Patricia Glennie’s farm, Lauder, the Scottish Borders, 2013  © Sophie Gerrard / courtesy Impressions Gallery