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It’s a match made in visual arts heaven: the NewBridge Project and Laing Art Gallery have teamed up to create an extraordinary new exhibition, bringing together newly commissioned work by NewBridge artists Jamie Cook, Adam Goodwin, James Pickering and Paul Trickett to be shown alongside highlights from the Laing’s modern and contemporary painting collection. The interdisciplinary exhibition will pay tribute the sizeable legacy of abstract art, charting the shift from representation to abstraction and exploring how abstraction is used today to various degrees.

Highlights from the Laing Art Gallery’s painting collection will also be present, including works by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili, Irish-born British figurative painter Francis Bacon and prominent 20th-Century painter Prunella Clough.

At the contemporary end, Cook, Goodwin, Pickering and Trickett join forces as The Occasion Collective, experimenting with artificiality and reality through the medium of new technology. This  interactive installation, dubbed the Bottomless Pit of Outros will combine sound, image, object and digital experience as a direct response to the Laing’s collection. It’s pièce de résistance is a virtual reality rendering of the Laing’s grand Edwardian gallery suite, where audiences can experience the work in an ever-changing virtual environment. The Bottomless Pit of Outros is a development of The Occasion Collective’s previous exhibition, Waterchimes and the Bottomless Pit of Outros, which was held at 36 Lime Street earlier this year.

The exhibition will be accompanied by events as part of The NewBridge Project’s artist’s development programme, Practice Makes Practice, and will run until Sunday 20th August at the Laing Art Gallery.


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