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Exhibition: How We Live Now

Exhibition: How We Live Now

Fri 6 May–Sat 23 July 2022, 12:00–17:00 (Thu–Sat)
Newcastle Contemporary Art, 39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EW

An exhibition exploring the work of 1980s feminist architecture co-operative Matrix alongside contemporary projects from the North East looking at gender, accessibility, equality and discrimination in the built environment.

Presented by the Farrell Centre and Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, in association with Newcastle Contemporary Art, the exhibition is based on How We Live Now, originally curated by Jon Astbury and Jos Boys for the Barbican Centre in London.

An installation, designed by the feminist design collective, Edit, features rare films, drawings, photos, architectural models, as well as posters, practice documents and press clippings, exploring Matrix’s use of radical methods across a range of projects.

At Newcastle Contemporary Art, the Matrix installation becomes a jumping off point for a display of contemporary projects from the North East of England, which engage with the spatial implications of questions around gender, accessibility, equality and discrimination.

Opening reception and book launch

Join us on Thu 5 May, 18:00–21:00 for the exhibition's opening reception and hear from ex-Matrix members Jos Boys, Anne Thorne and Fran Bradshaw. Then on Fri 6 May, 17:30–19:00 attend the launch of the reissue of Matrix's pioneering Making Space: Women and the Man-Made Environment (Verso, 2022).

Both events are free; no booking required.

The exhibition has been kindly supported by:

Newcastle University:
Institute for Creative Arts Practice
Institute for Humanities Research
Institute for Social Science

Catherine Cookson Foundation

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