6 October – 26 November 2017

A mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something.

Humans have always sought to leave their mark in time and have marked transitions between life and death. We were interested in both the temporary and permanent physical traces humans leave as they build up over our lives and that live on after our death. This project opened up conversation about how we respond to death, engage with life as a result of death, and the spiritual and faith dialogues connected to it.

The exhibition commenced with two installed works: Matt Antoniak’s charcoal drawings and Jade Mallabone’s interactive drawing device. The exhibition was added to over its duration as a series of events took place. This was a slow development over the two months of the project’s duration as we think about and reflect upon these themes.

During the project there was a series of events and workshops to allow visitors to be involved in, including: discussion evenings about how we process loss; two drawing workshops led by artist Theresa Poulton; a floral tributes workshop; a Day of the Dead celebration led by Erika Servin; a Death Cafe and a Traces project Funeral and Wake to close.

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Tuesday 26th September, 6.30 – 8.30pm | Pre-exhibition Discussion Grief – as part of Mixing Bowl | [Holy Biscuit] | How does our culture grieve? How would you draw grief? An evening thinking about how our culture grieves and reflecting on our own experiences.

Wednesday 4th and 11th October, 1 – 3pm | Drawing Workshop with artist Theresa Poulton | [4th – Forum Cafe][11th – Holy Biscuit] | Bring a pair of shoes along that hold significant memories. Theresa will lead us in discussions and drawing activities about these memories. You can attend one or both of the workshops, but booking is required due to limited numbers. Forum Cafe is a 2 minute walk from HB, located on 26 Wretham Place, NE2 1XU

Friday 6th October – Sunday 26th November | Tue-Fri 11am – 4pm, Sat 1-4pm | [Holy Biscuit] | Matt Antoniak’s striking charcoal drawings of roadside flower tributes and Jade Mallabone’s interactive investigations of sounds as traces. Other interactive elements, including a memorial activity and the results of the drawing workshops with Theresa Poulton, will also be on display.

Wednesday 18th October, drop in anytime between 10am – 1pm | Floral Tributes Workshop | [Forum Cafe] | How would you personally like to be commemorated and remembered? A drop-in workshop to discuss how we commemorate a life and would like our own personalised floral tributes to look. Designs based on some of these conversations will then be made by various Newcastle churches. Forum Cafe is a 2 minute walk from HB, located on 26 Wretham Place, NE2 1XU Refreshments can be purchased at the cafe.

Tuesday 24th October, 6.30 – 8.30pm | Experiencing Grief – as part of Mixing Bowl | [Holy Biscuit] | Huw Evans, a friend of the Holy Biscuit and creative writer, will share with us a work-in-progress piece of theatre reflecting on his recent experiences of being diagnosed with terminal cancer, as we explore together what it means to confront our own mortality. Led by Becky Allon-Smith (one of the Mixing Bowl team)

Tuesday 31st October, 6 – 8pm | Day of the Dead / Dia de Muertos | [Holy Biscuit] | Erika Servin, who is originally from Mexico, will lead us in an evening fiesta to celebrate those who have died. This is an occasion based on Mexican traditions to pass on the legacy of those you’ve loved and to remember that those dead are always with you as long as you remember them. Erika asks that you bring a photograph of your lost loved ones. There will be Mexican food, music and plenty of reminiscing.

Friday 10th November, 7 – 9pm | Death Cafe | [Holy Biscuit] | At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.  Death Cafe is an international movement (see with an aim to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Booking required as numbers limited.

14th – 28th November, | Floral Tributes | [Holy Biscuit] | How would you personally like to be commemorated and remembered? An exhibition of floral tributes created by local churches, inspired by the conversations that took place at our previous floral tributes workshop.

26 – 27th November, 11am – 4pm | Ouseburn Open Studios | [Holy Biscuit] | Extended opening hours of the exhibition to coincide with the Ouseburn Open Studios weekend.

Tuesday 28th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm | Traces Funeral and Wake – as part of Mixing Bowl | [Holy Biscuit] | How do we live in the light of the inevitability of our own mortality? Come along to commemorate the life of Traces and think about how we can go forward to live in the light of the conversations had during this project. Led by Andii Bowsher (co-ordinating faith advisor and Anglican Chaplain, Northumbria University).

All events are free. Donations are welcome for food.

Specific events require booking, to book your place please email or call 0191 447 6811

Please note the Traces exhibition will be closed on Saturday 21st October & 18th November for a private event.

If you have found any of the topics in this exhibition difficult there will be someone to talk with in the gallery every Wednesday from 2-4pm. There may be occasions when this day and time will be different so please check our website for updates.

This project is presented in association with DRAWING. DRAWING is a programme of exhibitions and events asking the question ‘Does Drawing Matter?’ Running from 1 November – 31 December 2017 the programme will engage, inspire and enable audiences to participate in drawing while supporting artists and organisations across all levels of practice in the presentation of drawing. For more information please contact