How Do I Look? Bodies and the Theotic Gaze
5th September 2017

How do I look? We’re very concerned about how we look to others. Not least because we don’t know whether how they look – at us – will be kind. Every culture, every age, of course, has had its “standards” of beauty, many or all of which have caused suffering, especially to women. We might […]

At the end of April we held our “Conjunctions” study day, a collaboration between the Holy Biscuit, Sputnik (the arts initiative within Catalyst network) and St Dominic’s Priory (Catholic church in the Ouseburn). Three weeks on, it’s time to reflect on the day and share those reflections. Around 40 people, all involved in some kind of […]

Can we believe what we see? What we read? Is everything ultimately a “truthie”, just one among many alternative facts? What immediately speaks truth to me in Dave Tweedy’s work is its distinctiveness. This is not a rip-off, a take-off, an ironic commentary on X or Y, or propaganda. It is original, not derivative. And […]

For three Friday mornings in March HB2, our workshop, social and project space at the Holy Biscuit was a hive of activity and filled with enthusiastic artists clad in aprons or boiler suits. Seven people (including myself) who have been involved in the Painting for Fun group that takes place here on Tuesdays had signed […]

Revelation in Disguise*
26th April 2017

In Present : Past Dave Tweedy has developed an increasingly pictorial language within his paintings. Drawing — literally painting — from personal and common memory, Tweedy interweaves and overlays historical and contemporary signifiers to create new-found (dis-)orderings of reality. At these intersections of people and paint, abstract and figurative languages conflate; familiar imagery is altered, […]

Mixing Bowl 14th March 2017
26th March 2017

It was great to see some new faces at the meeting and a good challenge that we felt it would be better to do some discussion in two different groups which worked well. After some lovely food, Alison Merritt-Smith opened up a topic for us to discuss. It really centred around a quote saying “Artists […]

Present : Past – New Paintings by Dave Tweedy
23rd March 2017

Holy Biscuit is pleased to host Present : Past, the first major solo exhibition of new paintings by Newcastle-based artist Dave Tweedy since he graduated from Newcastle University, and a major exhibition in The Holy Biscuit 2017 gallery programme. Tweedy’s large-scale oil paintings combine autobiographical references with responses to historic and current events from which […]

Mixing Bowl: ‘Come Closer’ by Anis Mojgani
14th February 2017

Come closer. Come into this. You are quite the beauty. If no one has ever told you that before, know that right now: you are quite the beauty. There is joy in how your mouth dances with your teeth Your smiles are simply signs of how sacred your life actually is. He made you and […]

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