blimey! is a female led Darlington based artist collective who work across a diverse range of creative practices. Artists include Carol Sommer, Amanda Marshall, Nicola Golightly and Vicky Holbrough. The collective is a catalyst for artist led activity, using an adaptive and responsive approach in bringing individual voices together to celebrate contemporary visual arts practice in the region.
For 2019, “blimey! Lucretia” responds to the centrepiece of The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition at The Bowes Museum, opening to the public on Saturday 26th October.
“blimey! Lucretia” will collaborate with a contemporary dance project by Eliot Smith, a themed life drawing session with Lust for Life Drawing, a North East based feminist group, local FE Colleges including Queen Elizabeth 6th form College and Northern School of Art, regional artist networks and more.
This programme will take place in various venues, including The Bowes Museum and Crown Street Gallery in Darlington.
Participants will be invited to make new work with the blimey! collective, by sewing directly onto a miniature textile image of Lucretia. How will we interpret Lucretia in the post #metoo era, considering gender, memes, myth, power, villainy and virtue? This new work will be shown alongside The Death of Lucretia, in a “blimey! Lucretia” exhibition at The Bowes Museum in March 2020.
‘blimey! Lucretia’ adaptation of the original painting ‘The Death of Lucretia’ Guido Reni. blimey! Collective 2019