2020 feels like it has been the longest year on record, and has brought challenges to us all in many different ways. However, despite the pandemic, here at Thorn we want to continue to create spaces in which we can share art and express ourselves creatively. And as we’re soon heading into the New Year and (might) have regained some hope for positive change coming in 2021, we are holding an online charity cross-arts exhibition this Christmas themed REVIVAL.
Through the exhibition, we aim to raise money for Durham Foodbank, a life-saving charity organization that helps families from the Durham community who live below the poverty line by providing emergency food and support. All money raised will go directly to Durham Food Bank.
Help make a difference this Christmas for those who need it.
"This song is basically just saying that everything will always look different in the morning; every new day is a small kind of revival. You’re not the final version of yourself yet, no one is, and I think that’s comforting."
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Here's a snippet from Lottya's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Angharad Edwards from Monday 21st December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
"When I submitted these two poems for an exhibition on the theme of ‘Revival’, I was worried the conclusions that they came to were too negative. After all, my inversion of the Lazarus myth undermines its sort of victory, and my poem Entropy seems intent on proclaiming that all things will come to an end. But I guess the conclusion both poems share is that there is a beauty in the finite nature of human life. The fact we are only lucky enough to get one spin of the wheel before me must give way is, above all else, a gracious act. And our power to renew ourselves throughout our one life is nearly limitless."
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Here's a snippet from Solomon's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Angharad Edwards from Tuesday 22nd December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
'From the Heat of the Fire'
"The style is influenced by William Blake and Lucian Freud and features three women dancing around a campfire. It’s meant to flip the demonization of women from ‘witches’ being burnt at the stake to life and animation being born ‘from the heat of the fire.’ I felt it fit well with the theme of revival as it references phoenix like images of rebirth and focuses the perspective that non-conforming women (symbolic comparison to witches) are not to be feared but celebrated."
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Here's a snippet from Amber's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Angharad Edwards from Monday 21st December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
PHOTOS TAKEN IN GREAT LUMLEY, COUNTY DURHAM.
"Pastoral Rest is a series based around the feeling of serenity and calm. Through the soft yet vibrant colour pallet, this image shows what once was George Pit in Great Lumley now is a beautiful countryside walk which locals and walkers consistently visit. The northern landscape is one that can be often overlooked and forgotten about, yet tranquil and enchanting which I wanted to highlight through this work.”
Find more of Niamh's work here: @niamh.whisker
Don't forget to check out Niamh's instagram live interview! 6pm on Wednesday 23rd December. A snippet will be uploaded here afterwards, and the entire video will be saved to our instagram. Find it here.
"The Chemical Beach" in Seaham, County Durham.
“For the best part of 50 years chemical waste was dumped onto this beach, ending in 1888. Only now has the colour of the water cleared, and fish have returned to the shore, reviving the habitat.”
“When the Cathedral was built, the North East & County Durham saw a huge explosion of culture & commerce that hadn’t been seen since the Roman times. I think the cathedral is the best representation of this.”
“Perennial flowers always amaze me. They’ve developed themselves to die off and succumb to winter, and to have a vibrant rebirth come spring.”
Find more of Jack's photographs here: @_jacklinesonfilm
"The first piece depicts somber looking man struggling with his mental health. However, he is showing his feelings, rather than burying them, demonstrating his revival and path to recovery by taking the first step of accepting these feelings and normalising them.
The second piece depicts a wave. Although waves come and pass quickly, behind it follows and new wave which I see as a never ending cycle of revival. A way of nature continually renewing itself."
"Journey, Breathe, Diversity, Community are some of the words that I would describe these photo's and with this year of Covid-19, I feel like we have missed those words and how to use those words too. 'I heard a quote, which said "Revival starts with fulfilling a need". Let's try this."
"This year, it appears, we have all taken touch for granted. And so, I have been finding new ways to appreciate the revitalising experience of holding things. Every morning, my hands revive me. This is for them."
"This piece explores thoughts of how technology is changing our lives, how it could save or revive us, and the contrast of this ideal with the monotony and quiet desperation it has instead brought to our lives. It explores the digital video medium by exploiting video compression algorithms to create distortions, helping to create a metaphorical link to the video's message."
Find more of James' work on instagram: @bullofdionysus
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Here's a snippet from James's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Asa Williams from Tuesday 22nd December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
"Applying the concept of ‘renaissance’ (translated in English to mean rebirth) to fit the theme of revival, the chosen images characterise the artistic movement of the predominantly the 15th, 16th & 17th centuries: the former and latter images are taken from the Vatican, Rome, whilst the centerpiece is a depiction of St. Nicholas’ church, Prague. "
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"This mini-series documents the lying-in-wait of the pandemic– like right before spring, when buds aren’t quite out but you know new life is coming. To me, this is what Revival is about in these photos: the staying still, biding our time, with the knowledge that the world will bloom again and more beautifully than ever."
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Here's a snippet from Amandine's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Asa Williams from Wednesday 23rd December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
"Revival; perhaps we can love each other again, or catch each others' gaze across a crowded room."
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20" x 16" acrylics on canvas panel
"Revival, to me, represents the concept of making new what was once old and giving purpose to what has been discarded. Seagulls play a part in nature's revival as they take food that may otherwise be wasted and help to break it down so it can be decomposed and reused by the earth. Food banks have a similar role in society, repurposing food that would otherwise be thrown away and sharing it with those that need it the most."
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Here's a snippet from Grace's Instagram live interview with Thorn member Asa Williams from Wednesday 23rd December. The full interview is available on our instagram here.
"'The Girl with the Reddest Hat' is a revival of Vermeer's original, a modern interpretation of 'The Girl with the Red Hat'. "
ASA WILLIAMS & ABDUL AZIZ
WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT
"This performance represents revival to both artists in multiple facets. Firstly, and most obviously, it is a display of two friends who had spent some time apart enjoying each others’ company and rekindling a strong relationship. For Abdul Aziz, this music represents a revival of him playing the instrument which he enjoyed as a child. for Asa, his reshaping of self and multitude of feelings after a relationship ending and his attempts to adapt to the ever political changing flux which has been 2020."
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21ST DECEMBER 2020