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Image: Matt Stokes. Prelude to Cantata Profana: Paroxysm’s rehearsal room, Kassel, 2010. Light-jet Print, Diasec Mounted. 171.4 x 120 cm. Edition 1 of 5 plus 1 AP. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace

Gateshead art gallery Workplace is set to host an online exhibition from Thursday 18th February in support of the Music Venues Trust. Come Together will see work by eleven artists displayed online, with part of the proceeds from the sale of works donated to the music charity.

Each of the artists comes to the exhibition with an innate connection to music and the industry. Working in a variety of media and with different approaches to their practices, artists taking part include Laura Lancaster, whose found imagery paintings are collected from anonymous analogue photographs and film; Joel Kyack, whose work takes a dysfunctional and chaotic social context; painter, performer and sculptor Susie Green; animator and painter Rhys Coren; James Bartolacci, whose compositions draw from personal experiences of queer nightlife in New York and other cities; Matt Stokes’ often context specific work stems from inquiry into musical subcultures; photographer, designer and filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj; artistic duo Sophie Hastings and Hannah Quinlain, whose work centres around film, drawing, installation and performance; Hardeep Pandhal, whose cartoonish work unpicks identity and empire; moving image maker, writer and sound artist David Steans; and Glasgow-based visual and sound artist Sue Tompkins.

Workplace as a gallery is no stranger to collaboration and showing solidarity across art forms; they previously ran an alternative exhibition space from 2009-2012 in iconic Newcastle record store Alt Vinyl, and they’ve hosted events at TUSK alternative music festival as well as occasional gigs and events in the gallery space. Come Together further shows what it is the North East’s creative communities need to do in order to succeed in this most challenging of years.

Come Together is at Workplace Online from Thursday 18th February

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