Image by Matt Wilkinson
M I L K are a collection of practicing artists based in Newcastle whose new collaborative exhibition at Gateshead’s Workplace Gallery looks to be a real artistic experience. An alliance of artists set up in 2015, M I L K perceived a lack of opportunities and spaces for young, emerging artists in the North East, and their collective exhibition at Workplace looks to address these issues.
The exhibition as a whole takes over the gallery until mid-January, with the first, entitled This Is It, Isn’t It?, running until Saturday 3rd December and dealing with self-awareness, self-doubt and self-reflexivity as core themes in artistic practice, with artwork on display by Philip Coyne, Grace Denton, Joe Fletcher Orr, Luke Mullen, Matthew Parkin, The White Pube and more. Worried Mother, taking place from Saturday 10th until Wednesday 21st December, deals with concerns and reservations most parents have at the concept of children pursuing a career in the arts thanks to works by Paola Ciarska, Juliet Fleming, Liv Fontaine and Alfie Strong among others.
These first two exhibitions not only deal with issues of doubt that affect all artists, but also speak specifically of obstacles that affect young artists starting out in 2016. The final exhibition, untitled as of yet, will run from Tuesday 3rd January, with more details to follow.
An array of talks by the artists, featuring M I L K members as well as invited artists from further afield, will also complement the programme.