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Durham’s Empty Shop HQ continue their commitment to showcasing intriguing new artists at their experimental TESTT Space this month. The gallery space, located at 25 North Road in the city (directly above the city’s gloriously scenic bus station), will play host to a new artist in residence, London-based artist Andrea Arnold, throughout August.

Currently studying for her Masters in Fine Art in London and exhibiting at several high-profile galleries in the capital, the artist describes her practice as having at its core an “obsession with embodied experience, as a sense of inhabiting the body and as a sense of engagement with the external”. Key modes of practice include both “the visual and the kinaesthetic, the awareness of the body in space, combined with touch both literal and imagined”.

Arnold’s previous work has explored a number of themes and ideas, including the monotony of repeated activity in her Eye Vs Eye video trilogy; intriguing pencil sketches of a human skull in her Pencil And Paper works; a series of exported stills depicting facial expressions during speech; and, finally, the absorbing practice of ‘blind touch’ drawings, which is depicted in her work Drawing In The Mind. It’s certain that her residency in Durham will provide some interesting and thought-provoking work.

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