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A residency by Grace Denton
07/12/2022 – 17/12/2022

rack of clothes with a red backdrop

Artist and PhD Student Grace Denton will be in residence at Gallery North in December 2022. 

‘I am a practice-based PhD student at Northumbria University. Whilst in residence at Gallery North, I will be bringing the different strands of my work together in one space. I am a neurodivergent artist interested in the languages of sovereignty and medical diagnosis, how they shape our understanding of ourselves, and allow (or prevent) self-actualisation. I am part of the Cultural Negotiation of Science research group along with my supervisor Christine Borland.

A patchworked oilcloth curtain and lighting design shape the gallery space, making it ready to host events, broadcasts and an expanded studio practice.

I co-founded The Wardrobe, a safe space at The Newbridge Project for trans, non-binary and genderqueer people to get dressed. I have a monthly show on Slack’s Radio called Holding My Nerve that tracks my research process. Alongside Jo Hauge I also run a weekly online session for neurodivergent artists and researchers called Making Time.’



Thursday 8th December, 3-6pm

Community Crit - All welcome!

followed by drinks til 8pm

in partnership with The NewBridge Project

Bring along a work-in-progress, or just bring yourself. All mediums welcome - you can test a performance, read a text, display a painting or drawing, or play a video or audio work. Then we will stick around to continue the conversation over drinks.


Friday 9th December, 12-6pm

Gender-Affirming Clothes Swap

in partnership with The Wardrobe

Bring along a bag of clothes you no longer wear, or just come to browse and claim anything you love. Friendly volunteers from The Wardrobe will be on hand to help, advise or empower. Everything must go! Bring your friends!


Monday 12th December, 10am-12noon

Making Time - online

in partnership with Jo Hauge

A virtual group for neurodivergent artists, writers and researchers in performance and visual arts. You do not have to have an official diagnosis to join.

Email for the Zoom link to join


Saturday 17th December, 12-6pm

Closing Party

On the final day of the residency, remnants of these varied activities will be on view. Join us for a celebratory drink to end my time here.


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The font used in my posters is Inconstant Regular - it was recently designed by Daniel Brokstad as an alternative to Comic Sans - the classic dyslexia-friendly easy-reader.

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