Heritage Open Days – The Assembly House
We are opening the doors of The Assembly House on Westgate Road for three days this September to exhibit work by Andy Farr and Jenny Purrett.
Jenny Purrett Assembled
Created in the faded grandeur of Westgate Road’s old Assembly House, Jenny Purrett uses found objects, discarded porcelain and glass as well as handcrafting pieces made from scrap materials.
‘Assembled’ alludes to the past history of the Assembly House, of meetings, dances and dinners. The tiny carefully arranged works are made in response to the crumbling, ornate fabric of the interior.
Andy Farr Lost Generation
Andy Farr is a Midlands based artist and father. The inspiration for the Lost Generation project came from the thought that 100 years ago his two sons would have been part of the generation of men and boys sent to war.
Farr’s painting, The Response, was inspired by the war memorial which stands near the Civic Centre. It was purchased by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Hazel Stephenson, to be displayed at Newcastle City Library.
Described as a ‘moving and timely twist on one of Newcastle’s most celebrated landmarks’ in The Chronicle, we are grateful to Newcastle City Library and the Lord Mayor for allowing The Response to be installed in The Assembly House for the duration of this exhibition.
This showing of Lost Generation will coincide with the opening of an exhibition of Paul Nash’s work at the Laing Gallery. One of Farr’s paintings Teenage Wasteland is a modern take on Nash’s iconic Menin Road (1919).