11 Jan 2018

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The six artist involved in the Latest Editions project and the lovely ladies from Navigator North met this morning for an early start, collecting all the work in preparation for the first of three exhibitions following on from the success of the Pavilion exhibition at the Festival of Thrift back in September 2017.

Once the van was packed with all the work it was a quick trip over to Palace Arts in Redcar to set up the show.  It’s was a typical grey overcast January day but the fresh beach air and a quick cup of coffee provided by the lovely Gallery owner Mark Hickson set us all up for a day of decision making and show preparation.

The bright and spacious Gallery is situated on Redcar seafront and has a wonderful view over the sea, and despite the cloudy start we did spot one brave surfer!

After the quick coffee and new year catch up the artists soon set to work allocating spaces and organising work that needed to be done to get this first exhibition ready for Saturdays opening and preview...

20 Nov 2017

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​Becki’s work explores narrative strongly blended with curiosity and nostalgia, whilst drawing inspiration from nature and science. More can be found out about Becki's beautiful illustration work through her website www.beckiharper.com.

Becki has produced a triptych for her limited edition. An edition of 50 gold foil print, Becki describes them a a 'call to arms to help the plight of bees'. Linked to the work Becki has created for the Latest Edition touring exhibition, she has explored new techniques for making work. She has created a colony of bees no less! These can be seen in the projects touring exhibition. Further information can be found on our exhibitions page.

Becki Harper, Limited Edition

Price £75.00

Size: paper size – 420cm x 296cm, print size (each plate) 105cm x 148cm

Medium: Gold foil print printed onto 100% recycled cardstock

Edition size: 50

Purchase your very own Becki Harper original via our Latest Edition project shop here. Free delivery on all items.

14 Nov 2017

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This giclee print reflects Teesside, its varied beauty and stark contrasts from country to town through to the industry. This work was produced exclusively through freehand embroidery, replicating the process of a hand drawn illustration. It incorporates stitch and reclaimed fabric samples. This pylon is sited close to the home of the artist, with a momentary glance it could be forgotten, an important element of the Industrial landscape in Teesside.

Size: paper size - 30.5cm x 41cm, image size -  23cm x 30.5cm

Medium: Giclee print printed on fine art paper

Edition size: 20

Price £65.00

This edition is available to buy from all of the exhibiting venues and in the Latest Edition project shop.

Carol Devey-Haughton is a textile artist living and working in Teesside. Carol creates textile pieces using freehand embroidery techniques on her trusty sewing machine in her studio. Her creations embrace the freedom of drawing and capture moments inspired by animals and landscapes mostly. As pa...

10 Nov 2017

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As part of the Latest Edition project artist Alex Sickling has created a one-off limited edition ceramic planter. Each ceramic planter is hand built and decorated, featuring illustrations inspired by plants and vegetation. They are perfect for small succulents or plants.

Alex's ceramic installation as part of the Latest Edition exhibition

at The Pavilion, Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds as part of Festival of Thrift 2017  

Alex's work with ceramics has a naive and playful quality, whilst using a variety of techniques. Based in Newcastle, Alex's work is featured in a number of galleries across the uk such as Anthropologie, The Hepworth and has recently exhibited at The New Craftsmen, London. If you'd like to find out more about Alex's approach to Latest Edition, you can watch part of the project film here. Alex has taken inspiration from our initial exhibition venue at Kirkleatham Museum and Gardens, which also features in the canvas bag Alex designed for our project gift range.


9 Oct 2017

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We visited The Witham at Barnard Castle, which will be the third venue for our touring exhibition of the Latest Edition project. The building itself is made up of two historic buildings which have been joined together to create a light and spacious development. There is a striking combination of beautiful heritage features displayed alongside more contemporary, usable spaces, which highlight how the building has evolved through the ages.

The Witham today is a not-for-profit organisation, and is largely supported by a team of committed volunteers. It is at the heart of the town, and plays host to a wide variety of events such as exhibitions, gigs, artist talks, supper clubs, children's theatre, and wedding receptions, as well as providing tourist information and acting as a important community asset attracting many loyal regulars.

The Dispensary Cafe Bar, so named because of its former use as a healthcare facility, houses a beautiful ceramic installation by Judy Caplin which explores the...

27 Sep 2017

The final day of the festival was brilliant from start to finish.

I was generally feeling a bit more relaxed about the whole thing and my confidence had grown after receiving some really positive feedback from the day before. This was my first ever exhibition so I really didn't know what to expect, however people were just lovely and wanted to know all about everything! 

We moved around the exhibition talking to the public, explaining what the Latest Edition Project is all about, their were a lot of people who were genuinely interested in our reasons for the exhibition and the messages we were trying to get across. 

The feedback forms we were asking visitors to fill in gave an intriguing insight into their thoughts on the exhibition and all of the artists were getting amazing, well thought out responses from the public.

It was interesting to see how visitors were drawn to different sections of the room, showing how diverse each artists work is, yet all still managing to complement one anot...

25 Sep 2017

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Navigator North are hosting Prince’s Trust for a four-day professional development opportunity – Explore Enterprise, as part of our professional development for artists.

Please Note : Further dates in to be announced in 2018

There are 8 FREE places available to emerging artists between the ages of 18 to 30 years old, who work less than 16 hours per week. As well as being able to attend all four days participants should be able to attend a one hour introductory session.

The four days will include - 

Day one: Inspirational talk, personal goals and skills, personal money, legal structures

Day two: Marketing and selling

Day three: HMRC, pricing, managing money in a business

Day four: Business plans, mentoring and next steps

These sessions, led by staff and volunteers are designed to be practical, interactive, visual and based around discussions and activities.

For further information visit The Prince’s Trust website www.princes-trust.org.uk

23 Sep 2017

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Today was the first day of the 2017 edition of the Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham and so also the first exhibition day (of many) for the Latest Edition project.

It has been a great project to be involved with, as one of the mentor artists and I was really pleased to see the reaction from visitors to the work of all six artists involved. The group has worked closely together over the last two months, sharing our research and ideas for the exhibition during studio visits and site visits to the various exhibition venues and it so it is really gratifying to see how well the exhibition has come together.

It is a diverse range of works on show, including ceramics, printmaking, wall drawing, sculpture and performance and it tackles a broad range of subject matter to offer a broad and provocative view of issues relevant to the region and beyond.

Diane Watson's new work raises questions about the growing global problem we have with plastic, through a local lens. Throughout the weekend Diane is...

20 Sep 2017

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We write this at the end of a week long install at The Pavilion, Kirkleatham Museum & Grounds - in preparation for the coming weekend and the launch of Festival of Thrift 2017. It seems like only yesterday that we were here at the museum, prepping the STABLE project exhibition space in the Grade II listed buildings on the site. 

This week has mostly been full of conversations about tones of blue (paint), how to show a colony of bees and a full on collaborative effort to work in the space and make it work for the group exhibition. This is the largest space the work will be shown in throughout the touring exhibition, so it is a great opportunity to showcase the work to it's max. We'd love for you to come along and join us at Festival of Thrift this weekend (23rd & 24th September). All of the artists and Navigator North will be present throughout the weekend. Come and find us in the Pavilion (in the purple zone), ask questions, make a purchase or two from our artist gift range and selectio...

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