Stevie Ronnie

Dear Angel

1st – 30th June 2013

Dear Angel was an emotionally charged, tactile and interactive artwork that captures how people feel and think about the North East of England. During May 2013, hundreds of participants collaborated with artist Stevie Ronnie, to handwrite, type, record, make or illustrate a letter home, addressing it to one of the region’s nationally recognised cultural icons: the Angel of the North.


Throughout June 2013, visitors to the gallery were welcome to add their own letters to this living record of our region.


Inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels, Dear Angel bridged the gap between the written letter as a physical, tactile object and communication technology in the digital age, and explored what the future holds for technology and literature in the wider framework of our evolving digital society.


Alongside Dear Angel, we were delighted to present newly commissioned work by four contemporary, internationally acclaimed artists; Victoria Bradbury, Theresa Easton, Russell Maurice and Tom Schofield, photographer Colin Davison and a UK premiere of work by Indian artist collective, Revue. This exhibition engaged us in a deeper conversation with some of the key concepts the Dear Angel commission touches upon.


Key themes included; online and offline communication tools and platforms, contemporary engagement with place and its histories, present and future, the impact and affect of urban transformation on place and its communities, and how artists are using opportunities for mass, global audience participation afforded by digital technologies in the production and experience of art.


Dear Angel was curated by Suzy O’Hara