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Happiness is a New Idea: Mackem Geordie Magick: Sophie Lisa Beresford

Exhibition dates: 3 July - 10 September 2016

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Sophie Lisa Beresford's work intertwines pantheism, mysticism, and localism as part of a highly personal vision of how to make the world a better place through the power of art.

Her pair of new exhibitions (at Sunderland City Library and previously at Arts Centre Washington) reveal a brand new series of seven monumental photographs. Each is a tableau showing her in a shamanistic persona in a location connected to her place of birth, and spiritual rebirth. The series spans places that are beautiful and brutal, with each treated equally as a space of potential transformation and becoming. Each exhibition is also framed by a series of wall paintings of cloudscapes that lull us into a sense of serenity - at least momentarily.

Beresford has exhibited internationally including at VeSch, Vienna; Abrons Art Center, New York; NADA Art Fair Miami; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, and the Laing Art Gallery where she is also represented in the permanent collection. She was awarded 'Artist Newcomer of the Year' in The Journal Culture Awards 2010.