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An alternative art tour of Newcastle upon Tyne

Matt Stokes

Artwork format:

Video / audio / photo / text / live event

Launch artwork:


Laing Art Gallery
In front of 'The Destruction of Sodom and Gomarrah' by John Martin, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

In front of 'The Destruction of Sodom and Gomarrah' by John Martin, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Over the duration of the series Matt will be investigating alternative 'cultural' aspects and activities of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, by focusing on places that have been adopted by informal communities. Through research and talks, which will be disseminated across YouTube, Myspace and Flickr, diverse local networks from young 'Goth Metallers' to museum curators will be brought together as a way of exploring some of the city's treasures and overlooked social spaces.

The City is Ours?
The urban and cultural fabric of Newcastle upon Tyne. A discussion about the 'public-ness' of our surroundings and how they help shape the identity of both the place and it's people.
Wednesday 22nd November, 7-8pm
George Scotts Barber Shop, The Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PR
(See Blog for further details)

A 1000 Days In Sodom
Metal music culture and the paintings of John Martin
Wednesday 29th November, 7-8pm
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8AG

The High Seas
Maritime heritage and surfing the Northeast coast
Thursday 14th December, 7-8pm
Trinity House, Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, NE1 3DQ

To reserve a place or find out more please email:


Matt Stokes' practice is marked by anthropological enquiry and an interest in events or movements that bind people together.

Music scenes and the people that drive them have been central to the development of his recent projects, which have often focused on the ability of music to shape lifestyle, beliefs and create collectivity.

Winner of Beck's Futures 2006 he works across a variety of mediums including film, installation and events. He has exhibited widely across the UK and beyond, most recently with a solo show at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh and group shows at East international 06 in Norwich, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Witte de With in Rotterdam, and PS1in New York.

Commissions include a Grizedale Arts research residency in 2002/3 to initiate his ongoing project Real Arcadia, and Long After Tonight, a film installation commissioned by Dundee Contemporary Arts (2005).

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