IF Valentine’s Day has you in a thoroughly loved-up mood then you might want to indulge the senses even further by sharing some romantic memories.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is marking the special day – and the end of its Memory Folds exhibition – with an invitation to visitors to participate in a performance and enjoy cakes and Champagne. Memory Folds is the work of artist and teacher Christine Egan-Fowler, and it won her the Baltic Artist Teacher Award, made annually to a graduate of the fine art and education MA run by Northumbria University and the gallery.
Today is the last day of her show, which is all about memory and connects with her past in paintings, which make use of familiar materials such as washing powder, bleach and beeswax, whose smell provokes instant recall for her.
Christine, a teacher at Newcastle Royal Grammar School, also likes to include performance in her work and artist students from her school have been involved in Memory Folds.
Today, the public gets a chance to play a Valentine’s Day-themed part by sharing their own memories, or voicing words of love to their partner. Visitors will be handed a piece of paper to place on a table and whisper their thoughts into.
As part of the performance, the paper will then be folded and placed on the pile of memories in a display case.
Join in at 11am and 5pm today at Memory Folds in the Quay open area on Baltic’s Level 2.