1- Motorcity Exhibition Space


This was the second of redniles major projects and took place in Sunniside, Sunderland in 2005. The purpose of the project was to give an opportunity to three emerging North East artists, to develop their individual skills and artistic practice, whilst strengthening relationships between culture and business in Sunniside.

The collaboration involved artists Jock Mooney, Julie Oxenforth and Jessica Watts each occupying a space for three weeks in Darke Cycles, (bicycle retailer) Eastern Dreams (Holistic Spa and Yoga Centre) and The Sunniside Partnership (Regeneration Trust), respectively. The artists were selected from an ‘open call.’

A curated group exhibition of the work produced in response to their given ‘spaces’ took place at a fourth business site, Motor City. The exhibition space was an ex-car showroom, which was subsequently planned for demolition as part of the major regeneration strategy in Sunniside.

The event was open to the public throughout.

Residency: Sept 26 – Oct 14

Space exhibition: Oct 21 – Nov 3

Artists Talk: Oct 22

Exhibition and residency spaces

Jock Mooney – Sunniside Partnership

“My sculptures and installations feature handmade objects, the subject matter of which spans mythology occurrence, religious icons, popular culture and mundane reality…. The work encourages individual interpretation, as no one views such a bombardment of data in the same way.”

Jessica Watts – Eastern Dreams

“I mainly work from the female form in isolation, and work quickly and intensively with the medium.…I am most interested in working with watercolour and its variants and limitations as a medium.”

Julie Oxenforth – Darke Cycles

“I create environments which are formally constructed and then play with the emerging narratives and metaphors that are abundant in the use of found objects… I work from both standpoints of bringing ideas to site and developing them there or responding directly and solely to the conditions of site.”