I’m excited to be collaborating with the wonderful Dawn Felicia Knox on this project. I’ll be working with the selected artists to help them represent their work online.
1793. The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Birds shot, plants grown, fossils found, a mummy unearthed and creatures not yet defined – all were placed on a table to be studied and discussed. Each around that table had different interests; some wanted to map the structures of flora and fauna, others worked to understand the volatility of ‘damps’ and more searched for the age of the Earth but all were called Natural Philosophers.
This in the environment that fueled the flames of the Industrial Revolution, brought the first light bulb and birthed many of the institutions which define the North East.
2013. Dawn Felicia Knox will recreate this environment in Returning to the Philosophers’ Table, an integrated arts project that will be presented at the Festival of the North East in June. It will feature art exhibitions at the Lit & Phil and the Gallery of Wonder: Great North Museum along with cross-disciplinary collaborations and events.
Artists working in any medium are invited to apply to participate.