17 July - 30 August 2021
This summer Fabrica will launch Kiosk, a new sculptural commission by German artist Wolfgang Weileder that integrates materials and iconography of different religious communities.
Constructed from redundant Christian church pews it consciously draws on the visual language of Islamic architecture to create a new kind of contemplative space, one that looks for ‘common cultural and spiritual ground’ in our diverse society.
Kiosk seeks to negotiate cultural difference as a tangible symbol of religious diversity and respect and by providing a focus for discussion and other events that lead to greater understanding and tolerance of each other, as well as a place where diverse communities will meet.
Best known for his site-specific installations in public spaces that create new, temporary buildings, Wolfgang Weileder explores how we engage with civic space and architecture, and how we negotiate it as a social space.
Monday - closed (except for Bank Holidays, 12 - 6pm)
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 12 - 6pm
Thursday 12 - 6pm
Friday 12 - 6pm
Saturday 12 - 6pm
Sunday - 12 - 6pm
Entrance on Ship Street
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Wolfgang Weileder is a visual artist and sculptor based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Following an apprenticeship as a wood carver and cabinet maker, Weileder studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally for over 30 years and previous solo exhibitions in the UK include: IKON Birmingham, Milton Keynes Gallery and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Across continental Europe, solo exhibitions and major commissions have taken place in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain, including the Lenbachhaus Munich and the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna. Recently his work was shown at the Riverside Art Museum in Beijing and the Western China International Art Biennale in Hohhot.
The artist is perhaps best known for his large-scale site-specific installations in public spaces, that create new, temporary buildings. His recent work is primarily concerned with re-reading how public space is occupied, inhabited, and used – and the types of interactions we are able to have with our urban environment. His practice and research are concerned with the exploration of how we engage with public space and architecture, and our negotiation of civic and social space. Wolfgang has been Professor of Contemporary Sculpture at Newcastle University since 2006. - www.wolfgangweileder.com