Douglas Gordon at The Gymnasium Gallery

Berwick Barracks welcomes a Turner Prize-winning artist to The Gymnasium Gallery this summer, in the form of Douglas Gordon. Born in Glasgow, but now living and working in Belgium, Gordon also counts the prestigious Venice Biennale’s Premio 2000 award as one of his accolades. 

Much of Gordon’s work is about memory, and how he uses repetition and material from the public realm to overturn traditional uses of video by playing with time elements and employing multiple monitors.

In this FREE solo exhibition, two of Gordon’s works will be presented within the context of the Northumberland border town’s former military gymnasium. Rather aptly, Gordon’s major 1994 installation, 10ms-1, will be shown; taken from Tate’s own collection, 10ms-1contains footage of a medical film from the First World War and documents the attempts of a psychologically injured man to stand up and walk. The installation showcases the real symptoms of war trauma and is gripping to watch.

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Showing alongside this is 2008’s Looking Down With His Black, Black, ‘ee, which takes its title from a popular Scottish poem about a bird sitting atop a tree, while looking down on a group of children, suggesting foreboding menace.

Described by artnet as a British contemporary artist known for his ability to disrupt preconceived ideas about reality, Gordon uses performance, installation, photography and video to make bold statements. The artist has said of his practice that “the drive for me has always been to push it a little bit more.”

Gordon’s solo exhibition is part of the ARTIST ROOMS touring programme, which has been delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in partnership with Ferens Art Gallery, with support from the National Lottery and the Art Fund.


The works of Douglas Gordon will be available to view from Saturday 2 June through to Sunday 2 September, Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Please note that the gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 


The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Barracks, The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DF