Newcastle exhibition featuring David Hockney and two local artists to retell Brothers Grimm and Shakespeare

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Newcastle exhibition featuring David Hockney and two local artists to reimagine Brothers Grimm and Shakespeare

Three artists, including world-renowned artist David Hockney, will reimagine and retell the popular stories from Brothers Grimm and Shakespeare through their drawing, printmaking and sculpture at Newcastle gallery Gallagher & Turner.

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David Hockney, Old Rinkrank Threatens the Princess, David Hockney | David Hockney

Spin me a yarn presents a series of etchings and aquatints by Hockney from his series of prints Six Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published in 1969.

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Responding directly to the illustrations, Sunderland-based artist, Ellie Clewlow, who trained as an archivist and historian, explores the development of fairy tales over time by using recycled books to sculpt layered palimpsests. From the oral tradition of female storytellers, to the female roles shaped by the Grimms, and modern-day feminist retelling of tales by writers like Angela Carter.

Newcastle artist Deborah Snell, who makes drawings, prints, illustrations, installations, and music videos, has also created new work to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Folio’s first publication.

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Palimpsest XII, Ellie Clewlow | Ellie Clewlow

Working in lithography, drawing and puppetry, Snell focuses on the macabre side of the moral tales of As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream with magic realism.

The exhibition opens on 1st September at Gallagher & Turner and will run until 7th October.

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