Image: Darren Cullen
It’s been well over 300 years since the end of the English Civil War and, while we may not be battling each other in the streets, recent current events have exposed deep divides in public opinion that suggest we’re in a conflict of a different kind. In an attempt to understand these divisions and examine current British society, NewBridge Project are hosting a month-long series of events that present evidence of a Hidden Civil War happening today.
The specially curated programme of over 30 events and exhibitions will encompass a wide range of artworks, performances, talks and film screenings that take different approaches to exposing Britain’s concealed struggle. Some will be quiet, considered and contemplative musings, while others take a louder approach and call for dissent.
Richard DeDomenici will be leading the public on to the streets armed with balloons in an irreverent emphasising of the country’s ingrained issues; Nina Ayach is set to use participatory theatre and puppetry to design and reveal the public’s ‘perfect leader’; while Darren Cullen’s Pocketmoney Loans will see him selling his 2000% APR loans to children on the streets, and Ruth Ewan’s new installation is a CD jukebox of protest songs curated by both her and the public.
At the more incendiary end of the scale, former military photographer Craig Ames presents a blunt video installation which displays emotive words such as ‘swarm’ and ‘besieged’ in isolation, highlighting their callous nature, and photojournalism collective Dysturb will be using the city as a gallery space, blowing up images not used in mainstream media to billboard size.
With even more events and installations embedded all across Newcastle, the series will shed light on the battles we’re unknowingly fighting every day, while also asking us to think about how these conflicts can be resolved.