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5th - 16th August

Finnisage 6pm-8pm 15th August

open by appointment for duration of project:

please contact 07903078396


Three artists Helen Edling, Katrin Auld and Sarah Tulloch who have been working together as part of artists’ collective Once upon a Space present a 14 day residency in the gallery inviting you to contribute as the installation develops and evolves.


The aim is to find new ways of conducting the creation of an exhibition by reacting to the space, each others' different processes and inviting studio holders and staff who use the space regularly, members of the public and invited workshops to engage and contribute. Participation might include touching, re-arranging and commenting on the work. We want to create a dialogue with the audience during the creative process. The artists will look at how this engagement shapes the final show with a focus on rhizomic forms including plant roots, 3D pen technologies and the idea that using these forms in our work reflects the process we employ to evolve and grow an exhibition in any given space.


All three artists work with found, ephemeral and contingent materials and are following passions for everyday and unexpected playful juxtapositions of material. The photographic and the sculptural are preoccupations of all three as are the ‘drawn’ line whether that be explored through 3d pens, ink or the scalpel knife.  Auld works with ephemeral projects and photography, Edling with sculpture and drawing and Tulloch with collage and video. The artists want to blur the boundary between artist and audience, to encourage participation but also to allow unexpected things to happen and work in a way that is open to that chance element.


As a collaboration we are already engaging with a focus more on collective rather than individual processes creating a final outcome or ‘piece'. This project is pushing that idea towards the audience and we see it as a test bed for establishing ways to enable participation and material touch to come into the experience of an artwork and 'art-working' for the viewer.

Background of Artists Collective


Tulloch and Edling collaborated on a commission for Berwick Film and Media Festival, at Bergby Konstcenter Sweden and Once upon a Space, Newcastle and Norrtälje Sweden; when work began with Auld.


Tulloch's recently completed her first photo book Object Image with Daylight books and works regularly with artists Katy Cole and Annie O’Donnell with projects at Platform A, Middlesbrough and The New Bridge Project, Gateshead. Future shows include Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough to coincide with MAW. ObjectImage has featured in Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic,  Musee Magazine and L’Oeil de Photographie.


Auld is a freelance artist working in both UK and Sweden. She has experience in both exhibiting her own work as well as managing events for other artists within a range of creative practices. Most recently she was involved in delivering Nordic Voices festival, a festival celebrating the culture that connects Sweden and the North East of England. Her exhibition history includes Platform00000010 (Newcastle), Gransland Teckning (Norrtalje) and Foreign Object (Kirkby Stephen).


Edlings' recent exhibitions include Rånäs Sculpturepark, Sweden 2019, Once Upon a Space- Norrtälje (supported by Artscouncil Swe); Waterfront museum, Wales; Saltwater, The Tall Ship, Glasgow International and Draw! Network UK . She also engages in curatorial projects and initiatives, she is the Founder and director of Bergby Konstcenter, the lead artist in Project Mellanrum as well as the chairwoman of Studio Rabalder Norrtälje.

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