A giant weather vane, a cup suspended in mid-pour and large melancholic photographs are just some of the fascinating works visitors will encounter when 'The Narrators' opens to the public on Friday 11 October.
Around 21 pieces from the Arts Council Collection explore the relationship between objects, architectural space and language. Displayed as 'interventions' around the gallery's permanent collection they form intriguing relationships with their surroundings, creating a 'dialogue' between artworks separated by centuries.
The exhibition features an international group of artists from the Arts Council Collection, including Turner Prize nominee (2009) Lucy Skaer, Northern Art Prize nominees (2013) Tatham and O'Sullivan, John Cage, Becky Beasley and Aiko Miyawaki. It has also provided us with the opportunity to bring some treasures out of storage: two Rodin sculptures of Greek mythological figures and elaborate medieval manuscripts.
'The Narrators' is an opportunity to not only discover new artists and their works but also to rediscover those you thought you already knew. As the exhibition weaves a new context around the permanent collection expect to see some old friends in a new light.
Launching at the same time, local artist-led gallery The Royal Standard will present film, video and audio works selected from the Arts Council Collection. These will be presented alongside a programme of events, talks and an art-writing residency.
The Royal Standard exhibition runs until 17th November ( Saturday and Sunday or by appointment).