IT’S a case of the show must go on at Newcastle-based Isis Arts – and in style.
The organisation lost its Arts Council revenue funding 12 months ago and stands to lose its funding from Newcastle City Council too. But it has secured Arts Council project funding for a new programme of touring work called On the Precipice.
Aimed at young people, it’s a series of film installations which will tour the region this year in The Big M, Isis Arts’ mobile exhibition venue.
The custom-made inflatable venue will show work by internationally- renowned artists who have created environments of moving images which will pitch us into various landscapes.
The idea is that, with our environment, society, economy, culture and politics in a continual state of flux in cities around the world, we’re all on the precipice of unprecedented change with many questions lying ahead.
Visitors to The Big M will be immersed in beautiful scenes and imagined new worlds offering post-apocalyptic endings, raising issues about man’s effect on the world and what our future might be.
On the Precipice was curated during an Isis Arts research residency by Canadian digital artist Kelly Richardson who now lives in Whitley Bay and whose extraordinary recreation of a future Mars landscape, Mariner 9, was shown at the town’s Spanish City last year.
Alongside her video excerpt The Erudition, will be a piece entitled We Are The Crisis, by German artist Brigitte Zieger, who now lives in Paris, while others taking part are Alexandra Crouwers from Belgium, Jenn E Norton of Canada, Jillian Mcdonald representing Canada and the US, and Gordon Cheung of the UK. On the Precipice will tour to the Alnwick Garden, Berwick Media Arts Festival, Gateshead, Whitley Bay Links and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art as part of the Festival of the North East programme.
Charlotte Gregory, project coordinator of Isis Arts, said: “We are thrilled to be working closely with Kelly Richardson to bring outstanding international artists to our region and also challenge ideas on a particularly prevalent issue, our natural environment.
“We hope On the Precipice will get lots of young people passionate about moving image art and the digital technologies used to create it.
“We are working on a programme of activities for young people that will run alongside the tour.”
The programme will include workshops run by Culture Lab, based at Newcastle University, which will explore cutting-age interactive technologies using The Big M as a virtual playground.
Further workshops about film and digital technologies for young people will run in each location with the work produced exhibited in the inflatable venue.
Visit www.isisarts.org.uk for more information.