Saturday 7 October – Saturday 25 November
Gallery One & Two: Open 10.00am-5.00pm Monday-Friday and 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday
(not including Bank Holidays and Public Holidays - please check before travelling on these days)
“The works shown at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre are based on the ideas of salmon migration and their environment, movement through water, colour change and the language of ornament. I have used new materials and produced works of a different scale and format to that of my previous pieces.” (Rachel Ramirez)
Leaping Salmon is a new body of work produced by artist Rachel Ramirez following a short research residency for Queen’s Hall Arts in 2016 to explore and celebrate the annual salmon migration along the River Tyne.
Since moving to Olhão, Portugal in 2005, the main subject matter of Rachel’s work has been the fauna and flora of the shorelines and coastal waters of the Ria Formosa and North Atlantic ocean.
The majority of her images are produced using gyotaku, a traditional Japanese printmaking technique which involves printing from real fish. Originally used to record a fisherman’s 'prize catch', gyotaku has developed into a unique contemporary art form practised by a diverse range of people across the world.
This exhibition features both gyotaku prints and screenprints developed from the residency research material, as well as site-specific installations in response to the life cycle of the salmon and their migratory route up river from Hexham to the Salmon Centre at Kielder.
A programme of workshops and activities will take place over the course of the exhibition showing period