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We all have our relationships with intimacy, for some it’s key in all they do, for others it’s something that’s kept at arm’s length. A new exhibition which uses art to explore issues of intimacy opens on at TESTT Space in Durham from Friday 20th April until Saturday 12th May.

Close to You brings together bodies of work by six emerging North East-based artists, with the work pulling on inspiration from a wide range of personal lessons from readings of intimacy and familiarity. Curator Oliver Doe has an exhibition that spans through family, sexuality, space and time

Jenny Alderson, Oliver Doe, James Ellis Clark, Juliet Fleming, Joy Labinjo and Ellen Welsh provide the work, with a diverse range of artists and practices, including painting, installation, digital media and interactive sculpture, unfamiliarity and distance. There’s no singular viewpoint and the artist’s different backgrounds and influences lead to something very interesting.

These are some of our region’s best young artists, tackling a tough topic with guile, craft and passion across mediums. Close To You could well lead to you examining your relationship with intimacy as this is an exhibition that could very much get under your skin.

Close to You is at TESTT Space, Durham from Friday 20th April until Saturday 12th May.

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