Child’s drawing inspires artist’s exhibition in South Shields’ Customs House

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"
Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

The latest exhibition at a South Tyneside art gallery has taken inspiration from the young.

Sally Madge was inspired by a child’s drawing of a house to create her exhibition, How Can I Tell What I Think ‘Til I See What I Say?

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

The artwork is on display at the Port of Tyne Gallery at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields.

Sally said: “The title for this exhibition is taken from Aspects of the Novel, which was published in 1927, a treatise on writing by the English novelist EM Forster.

“I came across it when reading Marion Milner’s 1950s classic study of the nature of creativity and the forces which prevent its expression, On Not Being Able To Paint. The quotation has been used as part of a discussion of Milner’s ideas about the interplay of inner and outer reality in art and everyday life.

“Taking my inspiration from a child’s drawing of a house, my aim is to weave a series of visual narratives through the space of the gallery, and so this is less an exhibition of my drawings or an exercise in drawing virtuosity than an installation about drawing.

Taking my inspiration from a child’s drawing of a house, my aim is to weave a series of visual narratives through the space of the gallery, and so this is less an exhibition of my drawings or an exercise in drawing virtuosity than an installation about drawing.

Sally Madge

“The intention is to explore the nature and potential of the medium, the way being able to do it or not being able to do it is indicative of received cultural norms and practices, as well as how the defining principles of drawing might be reformulated to fit a range of creative needs and aims.”

She added: “So, the main gallery becomes the site for an experiment in interior design, and the walls are marked, papered and hung with a selection of artist-produced, found and collected drawings.

“A large, sculptural piece which takes centre stage engages with the child’s drawing and references various art historical precedents. ‘How To Draw’ manuals spanning several decades are laid out for reference, and the small anteroom off the gallery operates as a more intimate and informal ‘studio’ space.

“The installation might thus be interpreted as part museum, part personal archive and part ‘design for living’.”

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

The exhibition is on display until Sunday, October 4.

The gallery is open from 10am to 8.30pm on performance days and 10am to 6pm on non-performance days, Sundays and bank holidays. Entry is free.

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"

Sally Madge exhibition at the Customs House,'"How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say"