Yvette Hawkins – November Sculpture 30 Artist of the Month

Well it’s nearly the end of November and I haven’t got round to tell you who our Gateshead Sculpture 30 artist of the month is….. Whilst I may have been quiet on this front, I can assure you, it’s because I’m busy working on a programme of activities for 2016 across Gateshead.

Well drum roll please….. Gateshead Culture Team Sculpture 30 artist of the month is…..Yvette Hawkins. Woohoo!


Yvette is a visual artist and maker of British-South Korean origin working across mediums like installation and sculpture. Yvette alongside her amazing talents has a long history of academic achievement; she studied Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and graduated from a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University in 2007. She is a fellow Northumbria University student, like myself and is studying for an MFA in Fine Art at in partnership with BALTIC39.


A Wishful Topography 2011

We welcomed Yvette as one of the artists at Shipley Lates – Wearable Art on 21st November, a partnership evening between Gateshead Culture Team and Shipley Art Gallery, as part of Gateshead Sculpture 30 Festival.


Shipley Lates 2015

Shipley Lates was a fantastic night of grown up crafting right here in Gateshead; attendees enjoyed a glass of wine (or may be a few glasses – but who was counting!?) served by The TeaShed and had a unique creative Saturday night out. If you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one! On the night, Yvette ran a fantastic workshop for attendees, in which they could have a go, at making personalised sculptural 3D jewellery with paper. That’s exactly what Shipley Lates is all about – relaxing, mingling and having a go at crafty things!

For this workshop Yvette had been inspired by her previous exhibition earlier in the year in Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham, which consisted of a lot of paper craft and paper folding. At Shipley Lates she re-visited this and attendees had the opportunity to make modular origami cuffs from a range of beautiful pearlescent metallic papers. Very 80s – we love chunky sculptural jewellery, the bigger the better!


Shipley Lates 2015

Getting to know Yvette’s work a little deeper, it often explores themes which encompass hybridity, tradition, migration and preservation which relate to ‘the cultural other’ and specifically about her mixed race heritage and nomadic upbringing of occupying forty five homes across two nations. This emotional connection, brings a real sense of Yvette’s reflective mind set into her work – It’s honest, it’s raw and it’s captivating – what real talent!

Craft also plays an important role in the making of work, often involving traditional skill centered techniques such as bookbinding, embroidery and printmaking.


No Land In Particular 2010 – Photo Credit: Colin Davison

​Yvette also works to commission and has work in collections in Scotland, Italy, Australia, Japan and USA.  Her work has been featured in books and magazines and was included in Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made From Books (2011).


York, St Mary’s 2014

A recent big celebratory change for Yvette has been the birth of her daughter in April 2015 and she has taken time out (rightly so) to enjoy motherhood and reflect on herself as an artist and the future. One of the brilliant things about taking time out every so often, is that it often enables a reconnection with self – you rediscover things you loved which you’d completely forgotten about! I’m like that with reading for pleasure!

Yvette has reconnected with her love of drawing and experimental expression on paper. As such her sketch book is full of ideas and works in progress.

It sounds like Yvette is embarking on a new chapter of her life and I can’t wait to see where it takes her artistically and I hope to see more of her work and her practice in Gateshead!

To find out more about Yvette visit her website!

To find out more about Shipley Lates from an attendees point of view, read this blog!

To keep up to date with all things Gateshead Sculpture 30 Festival, email CBSArtsTeam@gateshead.gov.uk and you’ll be added to the mailing list and of course, the first in the know, for the 2016 programme of events!