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Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe and Jennifer Douglas (March – May 2017)

UHGalleries are delighted to invite artists Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe and Jennifer Douglas to develop a group exhibition to explore the connections between their individual practices. In and Out of Sight is a dynamic and evolving exhibition encompassing drawing, sculpture, film, installation and live works by the artists. Performance is the starting point for the work and while none of the artists would describe themselves as performers, increasingly they are realizing the role of performance inherent in the research, making or presentation of each artist’s work.


Catherine Bertola creates installations, objects and drawings that respond to particular sites, collections or historical contexts. Underpinning her work is a desire to look beyond the surfaces of objects and buildings, to uncover forgotten and invisible histories of places and people as a way of reframing and reconsidering the past.  In her new work she will use different processes to re-animate photographs of empty domestic interiors through the inclusion of her own presence.

Bertola studied Fine Art at Newcastle University. She has worked on a number of temporary and permanent commissions including; Innsbruck International (Austria), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA), V&A (London, UK), National Museum Wales (Cardiff, UK), Government Art Collection (UK), The National Trust and National Trust for Scotland (UK), Leeds City Art Gallery Collection (Leeds, UK) and Bronte Parsonage Museum (Haworth, UK). She lives and works in Gateshead, has work in several public and private collections and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead and M+R Fricke, Berlin.

Image: Catherine Bertola, Sad Bones (Unknown Interior #3), 2013, Book plate mounted on paper. Image courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery. – Catherine Bertola


Cath Campbell‘s work encompasses drawing, photography, sculpture, digital printmaking, installation and large-scale architectural interventions. She has a particular interest in the socio-political meaning invested in an object or image when dislocated from its original surroundings and placed in a new context.  Campbell appropriates found images and materials and, through a process of manipulation, re-presents them to question the disconnect between reality, desire and experience. For UHGalleries she will develop a series of performances that explore ideas of the troubadour and traditional folk song using found film footage to provide the narrative.

Cath Campbell studied Fine Art at Newcastle University. Solo shows include, There will always be cowboys, (2016) York College Gallery, York, UK, My mum was a beatnik/canary yellow with royal blue, (2016) Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK, Canary yellow with royal blue, (2016) DLI and Durham Art Gallery, Durham, UK, Everything we do corrects the space, (2014) Workplace Gateshead; Ideal Mexico, (2012) Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK , Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, (2009); Open Space, Cologne, Germany. Public and architectural commissions include; Untitled (Trellis), Trinity Hall, (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK), 21 Arches instead of a gate, Waltham Forest Borough Council (London, UK) and Marathon, Yards Park (Washington DC, USA). She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.

Image: Cath Campbell, My Mum was a beatnik/Canary yellow with royal blue, 2016, Poetry readings – exhibition installation view. Image courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery. – Cath Campbell


Jo Coupe‘s work is rooted in a fascination with impermanence. From photography to installation, video, objects and sound, she takes research as the starting point for works that investigate transience, precariousness and unpredictability.  Her most recent work explores electromagnetism as an agent of change, movement and thought.  For In and Out of Sight Coupe continues her research in electromagnetism, taking the human voice as the focus for an immersive sound installation.

Jo Coupe studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and Goldsmiths College, London. Exhibitions include: Object Relations, Baltic39, Newcastle, UK; A Foreign Encounter, Gallerie FOE, Munich, Germany; The Ashes of Other Elements, Workplace Gateshead, UK; Building Dreams, Cragside House, Northumberland, UK; Pertaining to things Natural, Chelsea Physic Garden, London, UK. Her most recent work was Vital Signs, a commissioned performance for Durham Castle, UK. She lives and works in Gateshead, has work in several public and private collections and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.

Image: Jo Coupe, After the Rain (installation view), 2014, Handmade parabolic microphones, surround sound audio. Image courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery. – Jo Coupe


Jennifer Douglas creates large-scale paintings, sculptures and installations using a register of purposely codified materials to explore relationships between inherent function and renewed significance, twisting interpretation.  Her current work references the working environments of heavy and light industry and their painterly equivalents within the history of modern and contemporary art. Douglas will explore the physicality of painting, mapping the outcomes of the actions used to make marks in a series of large scale paintings.

Jennifer Douglas studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and Glasgow School of Art. Exhibitions include: Object Relations, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, Identify Your Limitations, Acknowledge the Periphery, Vitrine, London, So, Workplace Gallery, London, Confusion in her eyes says it all, Maria Stenfors Gallery, London, Satellite Satellite Workplace London, Jennifer Douglas Workplace Gallery Gateshead, Surface The Civic, Barnsley, BCN Collection, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Douglas was the winner of Salon Art Prize 2012, and Northern Futures 2010. She lives and works in Gateshead, has work in several public and private collections and is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.

Image: Jennifer Douglas, Untitled (Nimbus drawing 1), 2016, Carbon paper pigment and floor paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery. – Jennifer Douglas


Katy Gillam-Hull (October 2016)


During the twelve-month period as artist-in-residence at St Albans Museums, Katy Gillam-Hull was drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship within the Salaman Tool Collection; a vast collection of trade tools united by local resident Raphael Salaman, belonging to St Albans Museum Service. Katy saw the tools as treasured artworks in themselves and was intrigued by the evidence of wear-and-tear on handles and blades. She selected parts of the collection to share in public handling sessions at Verulamium Museum and Homebase, and invited visitors to handle these special artefacts – drawing connections between the historical collection and modern power tools.

A recent graduate from the Contemporary Design Craft programme at UH, Katy creates exquisite jewellery and objects that act as contemporary relics. She works in copper and often incorporates found objects into her work.


Permindar Kaur (September 2015-May 2016)

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Spanning three decades, Permindar Kaur’s artistic practice has consistently explored the human condition; who we are and where we belong. Her signature polar-fleece protagonists combine the innocence of cuddly toys with an underlying threat or vulnerability. During her residency in 2015-2016, the artist worked with researchers from the areas of Psychology and Creative Arts, and explored new concepts and theories as start-points for her sculptural works which examined notions of ‘fitting in’ and ‘belonging’. Permindar’s residency culminated in her evolving exhibition, Interlopers, for which black, faceless, fleece-teddies were released into the Art & Design Gallery, climbing, travelling, exploring and infesting, perhaps considering escape.

Permindar Kaur completed her MA at Glasgow School of Art, and has exhibited widely both in UK and internationally. She lives and works in the UK and Sweden.


Elizabeth Murton (June-October 2016)


Elizabeth Murton’s twelve-month period as artist-in-residence culminated in her first major solo exhibition and symposium, Between Materials and Mechanisms, at UH Galleries in September 2016. During her residency, Elizabeth engaged in dialogue with specialists and participants, explored cross-disciplinary ideas, processes and materials and used the gallery as her studio to test and fabricate her ambitious and evolving sculptural installation. Expanding traditional textile processes such stitching, basketry and weaving to work on a vast scale, the artist used the pillars and structures of the gallery as a ‘backbone’ – whereas the yarn, resin and hand-made mesh suggested the softer components of muscle fibre and fascia.

Elizabeth Murton studied Textiles, Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College and is currently a resident of Bow Arts, London. She has exhibited widely within the UK and was awarded a_n The Artists Information Company Re:View Bursary in 2013. Elizabeth was the co-founder and chair of cross-disciplinary discussion forum Ideas-Matter-Sphere (2011-12) and since 2007 she has facilitated peer critique Engine ChatChat in Bow Arts, London.  and

Watch the short film for Between Materials and Mechanisms, created by R&A Collaborations.



Lyndall Phelps (2015-2018)


UHGalleries, in partnership with St Albans Museums, are delighted to be hosting Lyndall Phelps as artist-in-residence over a three-year period. She is charting the closure of St Albans Museum on Hatfield Road through the construction of the New Museum and Gallery in the Town Hall to the grand opening at the end of 2017. Stage One of the three-part project was formed by Lyndall’s exhibition Abundance (September 2015) which celebrated the Museum of St Albans’ building and objects with a quietly ambitious installation that transformed the collection display on the top floor. Lyndall is currently developing Stage Two of the project – while the collection is homeless, she proposes designing a mobile or pop-up museum that will tour around St Albans and the University campuses, taking selected objects and their histories to people that may not otherwise come into contact with them. Finally, Stage Three will conclude in late 2017 with Lyndall creating a permanent legacy artwork for the new museum.

Lyndall Phelps studied Fine Art at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She moved to the UK in 1999 and since then has exhibited widely in London and across the country and undertaken many high profile commissions, notably ‘Superposition’, an installation in an underground ice well, for the UK Institute of Physics (2014).


Abi Spendlove (from April 2017)


Following our series of projects that explore the collections of the St Albans Museum during its period of closure, UHGalleries has commissioned artist Abi Spendlove to engage with the artefacts during spring/summer 2017. Abi works in a variety of mediums exploring themes of temporality, memory, process and exchange – often inspired by the natural landscape. Responding in her own way to the museum collection, Abi is currently developing two key ideas; working with fragmented stained glass, and exploring broken objects that people keep and why they hold on to them.

Abi Spendlove graduated from Central St Martins in 2008 and is currently doing her Master Degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Her work has been exhibited in and acquired by several collections such as the Zabludowicz Collection and the Franks-Suss Collection.