Nothing To Read Here, Yvette Hawkins

10th March 2010 to 4th April 2010

Unit 14, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Blyth, Northumberland

Following the hugely successful Their Silence, A Language show at Globe City gallery, we were proud to present Yvette Hawkins new installation Nothing to Read Here.  The exhibition was accompanied by a series of open workshops for local residents who got the chance to work with Yvette and devised their own book sculpture.

Reopening a retail premises as a temporary art installation redefines the rules, creating a different type of ‘public’ space focusing on engagement and interaction rather than consumption.

As the title alludes, Nothing to Read Here played with concepts of viewing and reading inherent in Hawkins’ work.  Whilst her beautiful book sculptures cannot be read, they were presented as objects to be viewed, interacted with and experienced.

Nothing to Read Here takes place in the empty Adams store in the middle of Keel Row shopping centre in the Northumbrian coastal port of Blyth.  Building upon the CRUNCH! Show at Monument Mall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the project is the next stage of Globe’s ongoing series of creating temporary contemporary art venues in empty shops and derelict spaces around the region.  We believe that truly accessible and engaging contemporary art can be taken out of the gallery into more familiar locations.  More shows and locations will be announced soon.

Yvette Hawkins is an artist and writer from Newcastle upon Tyne.  She makes tactile, engaging and textural sculptures and installations that transform everyday useable and familiar materials into objects that explore suggestion and secrecy.  Her socially engaging practice concerns physical acts, encouraging viewers to become conscious of their surroundings by subtly controlling and manipulating their senses.