Shortlisted Artists present proposals for Hatton Offsite Commission

Hatton Showcase: Designs for a Touring Pavilion, 2016. Installation view, Laing Art Gallery. Catrin Huber, Toby Paterson, Harriet Sutcliffe & Jack Mutton. Photo: Colin Davison.

Hatton Showcase: Designs for a Touring Pavilion, 2016. Installation view, Laing Art Gallery. Catrin Huber, Toby Paterson, Harriet Sutcliffe & Jack Mutton. Photo: Colin Davison.

The Hatton has shortlisted artists for a unique commission to create a touring pavilion inspired by the collection and history of the Hatton Gallery. Following an open call, Catrin Huber, Toby Paterson, and collaborating duo Harriet Sutcliffe & Jack Mutton have been selected to develop designs with architectural firm Harper Perry for a pavilion, touring outdoor public spaces in Newcastle and Gateshead from spring - summer 2017. The shortlisted artists present their proposals in the exhibition, Showcase: Designs for a Touring Pavilion at the Laing Art Gallery until 23 October.

Toby Paterson is a Glasgow-based artist whose paintings, reliefs, and sculptural installations reflect on the visual experience offered over time by art and architecture of post-war Britain. Previous work has responded directly to the work of Victor Pasmore, for instance Apollo (2001) superimposes the sculptural form of Pasmore’s concrete Apollo Pavilion (1969) in County Durham, over a vast wall painting.

Paterson’s proposal for the touring pavilion echoes the principles of display Pasmore used alongside the likes of Richard Hamilton in seminal works such as An Exhibit (1957) and Man Machine and Motion (1955). Consequently, Paterson’s designs offer a sculptural installation through which individuals can pass as they go about their lives in the city. Paterson is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow.

Catrin Huber is a German-born artist now based in Newcastle, investigating representations of architectural, fictional and imagined space. Previous projects include As Above So Below (2013) at the Hatton, in which she created an abstract wall painting in response to, and surrounding, Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn Wall.

Huber’s design for the touring pavilion reflects her growing interest in collage and develops from synthesizing images of iconic exhibition projects at the Hatton during the 1950s and 1960s with imagery of major international exhibitions such as Marcel Duchamp’s First Papers of Surrealism (1942), which embodied the same spirit of experimentation. Huber is a senior lecturer at Newcastle University. 

Collaborating duo Harriet Sutcliffe and Jack Mutton, based between Newcastle and London, work across the disciplines of fine art and architecture. Sutcliffe’s work in particular is informed by archival material pertaining to the experimental exhibition practice of Richard Hamilton. Sutcliffe’s An Exhibit III (2013) aimed to recreate the physical experience of Hamilton’s structures now only known through two-dimensional archival material.

Sutcliffe and Mutton’s design for the touring pavilion combines sculptural and architectural approaches to create an immersive environment capable of adjusting to a number of different scenarios, within which they will offer a contemporary perspective on displaying a collection of works as a whole, rather than focusing on the singularity of each work.

Showcase: Designs for a Touring Pavilion, continues at Laing Art Gallery until 23 October 2016. Visitors are invited to comment on the designs ahead of a judging panel who are to select the winning proposal in September 2016. Showcase: Designs for a Touring Pavilion is part of the offsite programme which aims to maintain the profile of the Hatton Gallery whilst it is closed for a £3.8million refurbishment, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.