Berwick Gymnasium Gallery
By The Barracks
Off the Parade
+44 01289 330999
Berwick Visual Arts has teamed up with American artist Doug Fishbone to host a crazy 9-hole golf course designed by some of the UK’s most celebrated artists including Jake and Dinos Chapman, David Shrigley, Gary Webb, Brian Griffiths, Jonathan Allen, Pete Fowler, Ian Monroe, Zatorski and Zatorski, and Doug Fishbone himself. The nine artist-designed holes range from statements on politics and life and death, to cheeky and fun challenges, making this very much a golf course with a difference.
James Lowther, Head of Visual Art for Berwick Visual Arts said, “We are delighted to re-open the Berwick Gymnasium after a year-long negotiation process. We are indebted to the support of English Heritage and Berwick Town Council in enabling us to continue a dynamic contemporary visual arts programme in the Gymnasium for the people of Berwick and visitors to the town.
The first exhibition features work by some of the UK’s best known artists and draws connections with Berwick’s location as a seaside and holiday resort”.
The course begins with David Shrigley’s handwritten statements that offer cheeky advice on golf etiquette such as “Respect Your Opponent”, “You Might Be Stupid” and “Golf Isn’t Boring”.
Gary Webb’s builder’s bum, Pete Fowler’s green monster, and Brian Griffiths’s desert island each contain something of the essence of the British seaside.
Jonathan Allen’s boarded up library highlights the irreplaceable loss of cultural services across the country due to current austerity measures. Ian Monroe explores a similar vein as he highlights the uncertainty of European economies.
Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Doug Fishbone, make fun of two infamous political dictators: By placing a saluting Adolf Hitler within the context of holiday fun, Jake and Dinos Chapman pays homage to the British wartime spirit at the Fuehrer’s expense. Similarly, Doug Fishbone has recreated the moment the massive statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Paradise Square, Baghdad in 2003.
The course concludes with Zatorski and Zatorski’s black mausoleum-like slabs. Once the player succeeds in getting the ball in the hole, it is irretrievable and the game is well and truly over.
If you are looking for a new golf challenge, or want to engage personally in an art exhibition, Berwick Visual Arts encourages people of all ages to come and take part in a round. Fun, irreverent and thought provoking, this exhibition is guaranteed to get people talking.
Doug Fishbone and Friends Adventureland Golf is open at The Gymnasium Gallery from April 24 to June 9; every Wednesday to Sunday between 11am-5pm. Admission is free. There is a £1 donation to play the golf course with donations supporting future visual arts programmes at the gallery.
|Doug Fishbone and Friends Adventureland Golf takes place at...|
|Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Museums and galleries)|
|Gymnasium Gallery open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.|