Now That’s What I Call Art 2

06 April 2023

Now That’s What I Call Art 2 is the second collaboration with System Gallery and Spaghetti Factory  hosted by NCA. This is a group exhibition, featuring 74 artists at all stages who were invited to display one artwork or set of artworks. This is not an open call’, it’s an ‘open invitation’. There has been no selection process, instead artists were welcomed on a first-come first-serve basis.

The exhibition has transformed the gallery from an empty white box to a shifting gathering of artworks, ideas and processes. Now That’s What I Call Art 2 aims to foster collaboration between artists. This is in the understanding that collaboration makes everybody a novice as it requires working within each other’s discipline / practice. As such, collaboration enables us to act with resourcefulness and generosity.

The show will run from April 6th until April 29th 2023.


Group Crits Saturday 15th April 2pm – 4pm

An opportunity for artist and the public to discuss the works on show and offer feedback. All welcome to attend! Opening celebration to follow from 4pm


Opening Celebration Saturday 15th April 4pm – 7pm

Share a drink with the artists and curators to celebrate this fantastically multi-faceted exhibition. Gallery open from 12pm


Conversation 1: The First Dance Thursday 20th April 6pm – 8pm

The First Dance invites both visible and invisible artists in the North East to come together and discuss how, why and when they make and show work. As a catalyst for the evening’s discussion, we will screen a short film about the artist Phyllida Barlow and ask participants to respond to the questions as listed on the NCA website.


How Do Artist Value Their Labour? Thursday 27th April 6pm – 8pm

In this workshop, we will discuss the pay and conditions of artists working in the UK and reflect on how these can be improved. It will include advice on pricing your labour and selling your artwork. Click here to book your free ticket