26 March – 02 April 2011
Made in Newcastle and Intercultural Arts presents an exhibition by Mehrangiz Modaress Tabatabaei, a new show by one of the region's most talented female artists whose works reveals influences from her Iranian heritage and follows her artistic training from Shanghai, Persia and China, to sunny Newcastle. Opening on Sat 26 March, 10am – 6pm, the exhibition held at Newcastle's volunteer-run Made in Newcastle, a centre for art, craft and creativity, incorporates new works and works not yet seen in the region. These include oil paintings, calligraphy and banner pieces which utilise traditional techniques learned from master artists around the world and presented in a modern context. Common motifs in Mehrangiz's work range from Persian and Arabic calligraphy, through to botanical floral imagery.
Workshops: In addition to her week long exhibition, the artist will be holding Persian and Chinese painting and calligraphy workshops on Sunday 27 March, 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm, and on Saturday 2 April, 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 4pm. Workshop participants will be assisted by a Made in Newcastle artist and a volunteer. Workshop costs are adults: £3, Children: £2, and there will be refreshments available to attendees.
MEHRANGIZ MODARESS TABATABAEI BIOGRAPHY
MEHRANGIZ MODARESS TABATABAEI was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has exhibited throughout Tehran and has worked with Zendeh Theatre Company, Intercultural Arts, Pakistan Cultural Society and as delivered workshops for Hatton gallery in collaboration with the British Museum.
Mehrengiz is interested in the strong inter-relation between Persian art and literature
and has studied under Chinese master artists for two years in Shanghi, learning two methods of Chinese painting known as “Gong bi” and “xie yi”.
The two core inspirations in Mehrangiz's work are the Iranian revolution, and the subsequent eight years of war, and travelling around the world for the last 18 years to understand the diversity of cultures and arts.
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