Mary Webb: Journeys in Colour

07 Dec 12 - 13 Feb 13

Mary Webb 2011 UTAH

Mary Webb 2011 UTAH

Mary Webb has been exploring colour and form through bold abstract paintings and prints for almost five decades.

Webb studied under Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore at Newcastle University in the late 50s/early 60s before embarking on a career as an artist and teacher.

Inspired by travel and landscape, Webb formed a close artistic relationship with Sonia Delaunay, who she began to visit in Paris in the late 60s. This retrospective exhibition examines Webb’s work in relation to the modernist tradition through painting, print and collage, as well as material from the artist’s archive.

Organised in association with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.

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As part of the celebration of the final week of the International Print Biennale 2014, on Friday 8 August, 11am-4pm, the Hatton Gallery will be making available to view and handle a large selection of prints from its Permanent Collection, take this rare opportunity to come and view at close hand works from Whistler to Tapies, from 16th century woodcuts to 20th century pop art screenprints.

8:34am 24 Jul 2014

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The Secret Bunker

Kitty Brightwell, a former plotter in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, tells the fascinating history of Newcastle's Secret Bunker. Find out how this RAF Fighter Command Headquarters in Kenton played a hugely significant role in the Battle of Britain. The film can be used alongside a Box of Delight (our free artefact loan service for schools) from Discovery Museum, and ends with Kitty setting a Secret Bunker Challenge to participants using the artefact box.

Matthew Darbyshire: Oak Effect

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