Behind the scenes

Newcastle Herald
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Jill Stowell

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The annual exhibition of work by the practising artists on the staff of the Newcastle Art School usually takes place at the start of the academic year to introduce the new students to their coming mentors.

On this occasion the exhibition at the Front Room Gallery until August 6 marks the start of the second semester, so that its teaching role builds on increased experience. The didactic nature of the exhibition is enhanced by including sketchbooks and working drawings that provide often fascinating insights into the practice often fascinating insights into the practice of widely exhibited and successful artists.

This is particularly interesting for those on the cusp of new ideas. The exhibition has no greater surprise than the move John Morris is making from twilit landscape into faintly cheeky abstraction. Notebooks too, document in tiny precise details Lezlie Tilley's new striped assemblage. Matthew Tome's orange sketch is as compelling as his purple photo-map.

Other fine works from this galaxy of talent include the dramatic photographs of Liane Audrins's commemoration of a different Berlin wall, Vera Zulumovski's savage portrait and John Turier's new writing machines.

What lucky students they are to be studying ceramics with teachers whose skills include Sue Stewart's elaborate figure groups, Jane Barrow's traditional throwing and glazing and the monumental clay sculpture of Paul Davis. Recently arrived in Newcastle this pre-eminent ceramic artist is showing his new work for the first time in his new home.

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