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Feminist School of Painting workshops

17 November 2021 and 12 March 2022

The Feminist School of Painting by artist Ad Minoliti is part of their solo exhibition at BALTIC Gallery in Gateshead 24th July 2021 – 8 May 2022 (more information here).

During their exhibition Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush, a section of the gallery space is transformed into an active classroom hosting classes. The school’s aim is to explore traditional painting genres, seeking to reconsider historical narratives from feminist, intersectional and queer perspectives, as well as critically reimagine the structure and teaching practices of art schools. 

At BALTIC, the school is exploring the genre of landscape painting, approached in its expanded sense – beyond the white male hetero-normative gaze – from urban design to outer space landscapes, digital landscapes or as the construction of a human paradigm. All classes are free for participants with all materials provided.

For the Feminist School of Painting at BALTIC Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Women Artists of the North East Library is sharing ways artists in the library have approached ideas of landscape in their work; from responding to and drawing from the region’s distinguishable landscapes, mapping the local environment, and exploring ideas of performance in the landscape.

In collaboration with two north-east based artists, each workshop has dedicated time to thinking and talking together, and participants are invited to take part in a practical painting session.




Shifting Dimensions (installation view), Rosie Morris, Amiens, France, 2014 (Image courtesy of the artist)

17 November 2021, 13:00 – 15:00

Reflections on a Landscape: Holly Argent of Women Artists of the North East Library with artist Rosie Morris

This session will be the first of three run by Holly Argent of the Women Artists of the North East Library in collaboration with north-east based artists. The workshops will share ways artists featured in the library have approached the idea of landscape; from responding to recognisable places in the region, mapping topographies, and exploring performance in the local environment.

Holly Argent will be joined by artist Rosie Morris for this session, which will begin with dedicated time thinking and talking together, and followed by a practical painting session.


Rachael Clewlow Longitudinal Geometry, 129.53 Miles Walked, Newcastle (Key) (Image courtesy of the artist)

12 March 2022, 13:00 – 15:00

Maps of ours: Holly Argent of Women Artists of the North East Library and artist Rachael Clewlow, for the Feminist School of Painting

For their second workshop for the Feminist School of Painting, the Women Artists of the North East Library collaborates with Rachael Clewlow on Saturday 12th March 2022.

Join us to look at how our own personal orientations build a bigger, more various, picture of the local environment. Through painting and collage we will look at ways mapping can bring the small and unnoticed markers of our everyday to the fore to create our own collective painting in Ad Minoliti’s exhibition.