Art What’s On
The Globe Gallery: Feb 19th 2016 - Apr 1st 2020
This is the second of three works in Gareth Hudson's show: Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt. Work II, a video installation filmed across Asia and Europe, is an attempt to find a dialogue that speaks of universals in scenes of Buddhists in prayer, sprawling Japanese Metropolises, makeshift cosmos and German airports.
Lanchester Diploma: Britain’s first complete fleet diploma
Museum of Archaeology: Oct 16th 2017 - Sep 30th 2018
Visit the Museum of Archaeology Durham University to view a new and important addition to the display. Found in 2016 by metal detectorist Mark Houston near Lanchester, Co. Durham, this is the first complete Fleet Diploma to be discovered in the country and reveals the identity of one of Britain’s first named sailors. The diploma is made of a copper alloy and is now broken into 8 fragments, although it would have originally consisted of 2 rectangular bronze plates which were attached together with metal wires. Roman Military Diplomas were the physical proof of rights granted to non-citizen soldiers to mark their honourable discharge on retirement after 26 years of service. This diploma was issued by the emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) to Tigernos (Velvotigernus), a native of Lanchester, Co. Durham, in around AD 150. The diploma granted him and his descendants Roman citizenship and the legal right of marriage. To earn the diploma he had served in the Classis Germanica -the Roman fleet in Germany, most likely for 26 years, before being honourably discharged on his retirement. The diploma contains a wealth of information which is still being translated and researched. Mark brought the diploma to the attention of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who were instrumental in the reporting, recording, identification and final acquisition by the Museum of Archaeology. The diploma not only provides information on governors, consuls, and commanders, such as the then Prefect of the German Fleet, Marcus Ulpius Ulpianus, but we are hoping that it will also allow researchers to map the career of Tigernos.
Middlesbrough: Jan 23rd 2018 - Feb 28th 2019
An exhibition of printed portraits celebrating people who have welcomed refugees and asylum seekers to the Tees Valley. Local artist Suzie Devey and over 100 refugees and asylum seekers created these large scale "philatelist urban portraits". The giant postage stamps are located in the underground subway at Middlesbrough Rail Station. Thousands of people will see them but will they be taken at Face Value or more?
Ryan Gander: To Give Light (Northern Aspirational Charms) 2018
Baltic Square: Jun 22nd 2018 - Aug 28th 2018
Gander’s new commission for the Great Exhibition of the North consists of pared down sculptures depicting various objects, originally designed to emit or to shine light, each with a historical link to the North of England. The objects are linked together by a maritime mooring chain, referencing the dark depths of the river Tyne. These large, concrete sculptures are displayed in the form of a charm bracelet, outsized as if belonging to the child of a giant.
System: Jul 12th 2018 - Jul 17th 2018
In SEMBLANCE, Mani Kambo explores the inner spirit; by drawing from her upbringing which was filled with superstition, prayer and religious ceremony.
Your Sweetest Empire is to Please by Fiona Curran
Gibside 18th Century Landscape Garden: Jun 19th 2018 - Sep 30th 2018
Delve into Gibside's past through a new and exciting installation by mixed media artist Fiona Curran and visit her architectural folly by the Orangery. You can discover Fiona's Your Sweetest Empire is to Please, sitting alongside Mary Eleanor's original orangery within the gardens. Fiona's artwork reflects her interest in historical landscape, ownership and gender politics, and has created a folly that explores Mary Eleanor's love for botany during a time when women enjoying hobbies was slightly taboo.
The Orangery Urns by Andrew Burton
Gibside 18th Century Landscape Garden: Jun 19th 2018 - Sep 30th 2018
Located within the walled garden and alongside the avenue, Andrew has created a series of large vessels that symbolise confinement desperate bids for freedom and the outpourings of anger and loss. Using the vessel form as a metaphor for the relationship between Mary Eleanor and Andrew "Stoney", and each urn aims to be a creative response to different aspects of Mary Eleanor's experiences. Andrew has inscribed extracts from contemporary 18th century texts into the surface of the clay.
Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich: The Worker’s Maypole
Grey's Monument: Jun 19th 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
For the Great Exhibition of the North, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich have transormed Grey’s Monument into The Worker’s Maypole in an act of celebration that brings focus to the collective values at the heart of the north of England. It pays tribute to and affirms the north’s achievements and feats for equality.
The Core: Jun 22nd 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
Imagine a home that alters as you age. What if internal walls could move to make space for a growing family and high-tech additions could be simply bolted on to make life easier when your physical needs change? Explore these ideas and many more in this fully immersive exhibition, which showcases new ways to build, power and tailor our homes to make them more sustainable and desirable. Step inside a virtual reality home and pay a visit to the demonstration space to see how technologies of today could transform our lifestyles tomorrow.
Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine
Urban Sciences Building: Jun 22nd 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
Feel and hear what it’s like to work 110 metres above the waves at the very top of one of the world’s most advanced offshore wind turbines. Your mission is to seek out the faults that could stop the power flowing in this super structure. Wearing an Immersive Hybrid Reality (iHR) headset, you’ll explore the towering turbine from its foundations to the top, where its enormous blades rotate in front of your very eyes.
Horse to Hyperloop: the Evolution of Design
Cooper's Studio: Jun 22nd 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
Never heard of a horse and carriage repository? That’s because you’re used to multi-story parking for your car, not your horse. Only a few of these 19th Century buildings remain in the world but you’ll get to explore one of them on this journey into the world of transport, technology and design. Have a go at designing an imaginary bridge over the Tyne or a carriage for Northern Arc – the revolutionary Hyperloop travel system that could propel you between Newcastle and Manchester in just 20 minutes. Become a city architect for the day, try out the interactive wall and 3D model your own structure to take home.
intu’s Little Black Graphene Dress
intu Eldon Square: Jun 22nd 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
Witness a fashion and science breakthrough – the world’s smartest and toughest little black dress. Made from a ‘miracle material’ discovered by scientists in Manchester, this unique dress changes colour and design in response to the wearer’s breathing, using tiny LED lights. At just one atom thick, graphene is a million times thinner than human hair, is stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than anything else known to humankind.
Get North Water Sculpture
Newcastle Quayside: Jun 22nd 2018 - Sep 9th 2018
The UK’s largest water sculpture will perform hourly (10am-11pm) every day of the Exhibition. 80m long and reaching the height of the Tyne Bridge, with three specially commissioned soundtracks available to download. After dark the performance will include a stunning light display.