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After almost four months at mima, the exhibition of Teesside-born painter Basil Beattie When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades, which looks at his work from the mid-1980s to present, will come to an end on Sunday 12th June.

Beattie’s work focuses on abstract impressionism and is known for its emotive and gestural form. He has also produced pieces that are part of the Tate’s permanent collection. To mark the closure of the exhibition throughout the ground floor galleries there will be a performance from experimental, multi-instrumentalist Merz (real name Conrad Lambert) during the afternoon. He will pick songs from his repertoire, ranging from electronic psychedelia to acoustic pop, that allude to Beattie’s paintings from a visual and spiritual perspective. His performances all over the world include festivals as diverse as UK’s Green Man Festival, Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland and SXSW in Austin, Texas. He has released five critically acclaimed albums since famously walking away from a major record deal in 1999 and has co-written and appeared as a vocalist on albums by Leo Abrahams, Dive Index, Dan Le Sac.

Merz has a reputation as a peerless contemporary balladeer, with heartfelt tunes, intricate production and enigmatic displays of musical talent. He’ll also appear at Newcastle’s Cumberland Arms on Sunday 19th June.

Merz plays mima, Middlesbrough on Sunday 12th  and The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Sunday 19th June.


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