Gala Gallery is located within the Gala Theatre, next to the box office. It shows changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by regional, national and international artists which make associations with the context of the theatre programme.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm-8.30pm.
Beneath This Mask – Another Mask: a response to the work of Claude Cahun
Saturday 19 January – Sunday 17 March 2019
A collaboration exhibition between Humankind’s LGBT North East Youth Group, artists Nicola Singh and Phyllis Christopher and Durham County Council.
The inspiration for the work was the exhibition ‘Beneath This Mask’ – a series of photographic prints by French Artist Claude Cahun (1894 – 1954), that were on display at Gala Gallery from 19 October – 11 November 2018. Cahun’s work investigates gender and identity in the photographic image, using a diverse range of personas as a means to challenge these concepts as static or fixed.
Over four workshop sessions the group explored these ideas in relation to their own sense of identity – reflecting on Cahun’s photographic work and poetry from their enigmatic memoir ‘Disavowals’ (first published as ‘Aveux non avenus’ in 1930) to produce a series of self-portraits and exercises in writing and mark-making.
This exhibition offers an insight into the group’s thinking and experimentation.
‘Beneath This Mask – Another Mask: a response to the work of Claude Cahun’ was devised and led by Nicola Singh, supported by Phyllis Christopher. Photography by Phyllis Christopher.