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Teesside University and mima in February: Art, animation and ambition are on the menu

Exhibitions from David Lynch and Stephen McKenna and the Animex Festival are set to attract the crowds to Teesside


In February, Teesside University’s partner gallery, mima will host a special exhibition from visual artist, Stephen McKenna. The exhibition will be Stephen’s largest solo presentation of its kind in more than 10 years and will draw together a number of works from private collections.

Curator of the exhibition, Alix Collingwood, said: “In our selection of drawings for this exhibition we have introduced new subject matter not seen in the paintings, presenting a unique insight into this less familiar part of McKenna’s practice.”

Stephen is best known for his post-modern figurative paintings and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1986. The artist, who has lived in Belgium, Germany and Italy, has been based in Ireland since 1998.

Featuring work from throughout his career, the exhibition will focus on Stephen’s response to his European travels and reflects the people, landscapes, histories and artefacts of Europe’s cities.

Stephen McKenna’s exhibition will be at mima from February 6 to June 7, 2015.

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David Lynch’s hugely popular Naming exhibition comes to a close at mima next month. Originally shown in Los Angeles, mima is the first UK gallery to host the acclaimed work by Lynch, who recently confirmed that Twin Peaks, his seminal TV work with Mark Frost will return in 2016 after a 25-year hiatus.

The striking collection explores how Lynch uses ‘naming’ in film, photography, watercolours, drawings, prints and paintings from 1968 to the present. Adding a participatory element to the work, mima has invited those who have been inspired by the exhibition to share their responses as part of the David Lynch Intervention Adventure.

Participants will present their views in their own style, whether this is dance, mime or the spoken word. See visitmima.com for more information.

mima director, Alistair Hudson said: “David Lynch is an artist who understands how the world is shaped through images, sound, words and the senses. As well as creating some of the most arresting films and television of the last few decades, he has also very clearly shaped our day-to-day culture.’

And then there’s Animex

Animex is the largest festival dedicated to animation and computer games in the UK and is back on Teesside for its 16th year.

During one week, (from February 9-13), speakers and representatives from the global animation, games, comics and film community will converge on Teesside to educate, inspire and entertain a diverse audience of students, professionals and enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe.

Festival director Gabrielle Kent says Animex 2015 will be the best yet.

“In addition to talks, workshops and film screenings we’ve introduced Animex Indie. It will focus purely on the UK’s vibrant independent games developers,” she says. “You will get a behind-the-scenes look at a number of indie hits as well as advice on publishing your game and getting it noticed.”

Tickets for Animex are on sale now. Go to animex.tees.ac.uk for details.

And finally...

A suite of new degrees for 2015 has been launched at Teesside University and will include study options in fashion, design, magazine journalism and digital storytelling. Students will also get the chance to learn in mima, the University’s PlusTATE international gallery. New undergraduate students heading to Teesside University in 2015 will receive a £500 award to kick start their first year. Find out more at tees.ac.uk/newcourses.


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