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Echoes of Abstraction II and The Bottomless Pit of Outros

22 July 2017 - 20 August 2017


Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG


Echoes of Abstraction II and The Bottomless Pit of Outros brought together newly commissioned work by artists Jamie Cook, Adam Goodwin, James Pickering and Paul Trickett, alongside highlights from the Laing Art Gallery’s modern and contemporary painting collection. The exhibition explores and is inspired by the legacy of abstract art, and has been organised in partnership with The Laing Art Gallery.


Collection works featured in the exhibition charted the gradual shift from representation to abstraction, arguably one of the most influential artistic developments of the twentieth century. More recent works illustrate how, to this day, abstraction is used to various degrees, from relatively minor formal alterations in otherwise realistic works, to completely abstract compositions in which the painting bears no resemblance to the real world. Highlight works include paintings by Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, Patrick Heron, Chris Ofili, Prunella Clough, Ben Nicholson, Mark Gertler and Frank Auerbach.


Contemporary artists Cook, Goodwin, Pickering and Trickett joined forces as The Occasion Collective to experiment with notions of reality and the natural and artificial worlds, bringing together art and technology. In response to the Laing’s collection works and the theme of abstraction’s long legacy they make a new interactive installation of sound, image, object and digital experience entitled The Bottomless Pit of Outros. This will be completed by a virtual reality rendering of the Laing’s grand Edwardian gallery suites, in which works from the collection can be reimagined in an ever-changing virtual display.


The partnership between the Laing Art Gallery and The NewBridge Project has been devised with the dual aim of supporting emerging artists from the region, as well as creating a new platform for The NewBridge Project at a time of both flux and renewed ambition as they relocate to new premises at Carliol House, Market Street. The exhibition will be accompanied by events as part of Practice Makes Practice, an artist’s development programme initiated by The NewBridge Project and run by artists for artists.

Opening Times

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm / Sunday – 2pm – 5pm / Closed Monday(except Bank Holidays)
Tel: 0191 278 1611


About the Laing Collection

The Laing Art Gallery‘s exceptional art collection focuses on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. The collection has Designated status in recognition of its national and international significance. Twentieth century artists represented in the collection include Laura Knight, Ben Nicholson, David Bomberg, and Gillian Ayres, and there is a continued emphasis on contemporary collecting, recently resulting in gifts of works by Fiona Tan and Glenn Brown.

About the artists

The Occasion Collective are based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Their work generally explores multi-media collaboration and time-based practice such as interactive installations and performance. This exhibition features collective members Jamie Cook, Adam Goodwin, James Pickering and Paul Trickett whose practice span the fields of curation, music, animation, set design, sculpture, photography and video. Recent exhibitions include Waterchimes and the Bottomless Pit of Outros at Lime Street Studios, 26th May – 4th June 2017. Goodwin, Pickering and Cook are graduates of Newcastle University, and Trickett is a graduate of Northumbria University.

About the NewBridge Project

The NewBridge Project is a triple award winning artist-led community supporting the development of artists and curators through the provision of space for creative practice, curatorial opportunities and an ambitious artist-led programme of exhibitions, commissions and events. It was established in 2010 to provide exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of artists. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

About the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice

The Newcastle University Institute for Creative Practice supports creative arts research in a world-class University. We encourage our staff and students to collaborate and create work that has global significance. We offer a supportive environment where collaborative and interdisciplinary creative projects can thrive.


This project has been made possible with the support of the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.




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