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Chad McCail: 'Liars of Earth'

Exhibition dates: 24 June - 8 October 2017

Long Gallery, National Glass Centre

NGCA presents the national premiere of Chad McCail's near 100-foot long drawing 'Liars of Earth'. McCail's parable has a political twist in the tale, presenting a world in which ordinary people are able to overturn the malign rule of monstrous giants.

Across a vast landscape that encompasses all of the institutions that shape us, McCail explores how we can combine forces to work together, and defeat those who would rule over us. His epic work asks how we might live together in the twenty-first century to share our resources more equally, and to create a new way of life. Liars of Earth is an allegory of the way we live now: and of things to come. On the one side of a great divide are masked, robotic figures which have been commanding the landscape, exploiting its produce, and manipulating our labour, for their own gain. On the other side are massive mythical characters including a minotaur, a snake, and a "man of men", a giant figure built of hundreds or thousands of individuals working together to defeat the robots and propose a new order. The story resembles an updated, modern version of the print accompanying Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, in which during a crisis the entirety of the 'body politic' has to act as one. Only by working together can we build a world in which we can act towards a common good, and shape a world in which freedoms are secure. McCail's work asks us to imagine other possible worlds in which we might unite to overcome the forces that remain aligned against us.

National Glass Centre is open daily: 10am - 5pm

This exhibition is part of the first International Drawing Biennale (August to December 2017.) The IDB will explore drawing through a series of exhibitions and events across the North East. It will engage, inspire and enable audiences to participate in drawing while supporting artists and organisations across all levels of practice in the presentation of drawing. For more information please contact


5* Review by the Morning Star

Review and interview with Chad McCail on Culture Matters