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The arts scene in the North East seems to grow richer with each passing year; little treasures and pockets of creativity popping up regularly, with chances to see unique works dotted all around our region. Baltic 39 is a hub of vibrant artists, and in a very ambitious showcase, they’ve announced 15 artists, showing 10 exhibitions over 5 weeks, starting on Wednesday 20th January and ending on Sunday 21st February.

It’s an interesting concept, acting as a platform for artists to test works and ideas, across various forms of artistic expression, or simply utilising the public context to develop works-in-progress. Now in its third iteration, the selection of artists on show in such a short space of time is highly impressive.

Week one, between Wednesday 20th and Sunday 24th January, welcomes Kate V Robertson, an artist who works across mediums and was recently commissioned to create an audio artwork as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. There’s also Da Thirst, an artist conglomerate and expanded form magazine. Between Wednesday 27th and Sunday 31st January, it’s week two, and Jasleen Kaur displaying refashioned objects which reflect a hybrid of national custom while reconsidering the realities of everyday routine. Also on show are the ever evolving paintings of Sarah Kate Wilson.

Daniel Clark presents new works-in-progress exploring the propulsion and phonation of sound cavities in week three, from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th February. Over the same five days, five artists, Tany Axford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Joe Coupe and Jennifer Douglas will showcase previously un-shown or in-progress work through a process of shared dialogue, observation, discussion and making.

The penultimate week four from Wednesday 10th until Sunday 14th February features Martin John Callanan, recently awarded the triennial Philip Leverhulme Prize In Visual Art 2014-2017. While work encompassing photography, drawing, sculpture, film, installation, and large-scale architectural inventions comes courtesy of Cath Campbell. From Wednesday 17th until Sunday 21st February you can see a multifarious approach from Luke McCreadie basing itself in sculpture alongside conceptual visual artist Mohammad Namaz, as the last week of the exhibition draws it all to a close.

With such variety on show, across myriad methods of creating, this is a rare chance to see works in various points of creation and take in work from some very talented and well respected artists.

Figure Three takes place at Baltic 39, Newcastle from Wednesday 20th January until Sunday 21st February.

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