Art What’s On
18th and 19th Century Collection
Laing Art Gallery: Jan 1st 2007 - Dec 31st 2020
The gallery’s most important works are displayed in this beautiful gallery. Highlights include Gauguin’s The Breton Shepherdess, William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil and John’s Martin’s The Bard and The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Northern Spirit: 300 Years of Art from the North East
Laing Art Gallery: Oct 23rd 2010 - Dec 31st 2040
This major new permanent display will showcase nationally and internationally-important work by artists and makers from the North East. It includes work by Thomas Bewick, John Martin, the Beilby family and many more.
Mackenzie Thorpe Originals Exhibition
ArtsBank: Jan 29th 2011 - Mar 1st 2020
Thorpe was born in Middlesbrough in 1956. He studied at Middlesbrough College of Art and later at Byam Shaw School of Art in London. His quirky, colourful paintings featuring square animals, children at play and people with large heads and smiling faces are instantly recognisable, but his work also captures the landscape of industrial Teesside.
Nele/Nellie by Fiona Tan
Laing Art Gallery: Jan 21st 2018 - Dec 31st 2050
An elegant video work by contemporary artist Fiona Tan joins the Laing's 18th and 19th century display, having been acquired through a partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, with the support of the Sfumato Foundation and the Art Fund, with the generous assistance of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. The work entitled Nele/Nellie is inspired by a true story of the forgotten daughter of famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn, who relocated to start a new life after her father's death. Like many of the paintings in the collection display, Nele/Nellie presents a beautiful but forlorn woman, seemingly imprisoned in her ornate domestic surroundings.
Where Your Wings Were… Journeys with David Almond
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Jun 21st 2018 - Jun 30th 2019
Embark on a journey through Tyneside like never before, discovering how its landscapes, language and people inspired the magical stories of David Almond. Delve into the writer’s dreamlike world where tales such as Skellig and My Dad’s a Birdman took root. Bringing to life Almond’s archive, the exhibition at Seven Stories explores themes of love, loss and hope though characters real and imagined. Meet angels and devils, question what it means to be human and experience the North East through the eyes of one of its most creative sons. This exhibition is part of the Winged Tails of the North trail; both trail and exhibition are delivered as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.
Carrie Fertig: Forgiveness
National Glass Centre: Sep 29th 2018 - Mar 24th 2019
Forgive and forget. Easy? Not for many of us. Carrying resentment, anger and shame can be so normal we don’t notice how the lack of forgiving darkens our outlook. Sound, moving image, and installation guide visitors on an exploration of the process and theme of forgiveness. In her research, Carrie Fertig has engaged with diverse groups and collected their stories that sometimes end with forgiveness and sometimes don’t. These collected personal stories form parts of interactive artworks. Visitors are invited to share their stories to become part of the exhibition, which will continue to change and evolve, based on visitors interaction. Fertig works in film, sound, performance, installation and sculpture, often incorporating flameworked glass.
Heather Phillipson: The Age of Love
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Oct 19th 2018 - Mar 31st 2019
Produced as a major new commission that responds to BALTIC’s vast Level 4 gallery, Heather Phillipson presents a series of videos, sounds and objects that operate as landmarks in a remixed geology. Somewhere between agricultural vista and lunar wasteland, BALTIC’s galleries become a spatio-temporal ‘field’, punctuated by functioning farm equipment, holding pens and the noise of circling gulls.
The Loud and the Soft Speakers
Hatton Gallery: Sep 29th 2018 - May 11th 2019
Programmed to coincide with Exploding Collage, artist Heather Ross presents The Loud and the Soft Speakers, a contemporary iteration of a performance work - The Silence Poem or Leise - by the avant-garde German artist, Kurt Schwitters. Taking the form of an immersive two channel video, Ross’ work examines The Silence Poem as a work of creation and destruction, which Schwitters repeated across multiple sites, incorporating newfound material and environmental influences to generate something new each time. The Loud and the Soft Speakers is the outcome of Ross’ practice-based research excavating the varied meanings of a largely unstudied collage artwork – the ‘Pointless’ collage, also known as Untitled with Porcelain Shard – which Schwitters made a year before he commenced work on the Merz Barn.
Coal Forest art-trail
Woodhorn Museum : Oct 27th 2018 - Apr 22nd 2019
Coal Forest will see the site transformed through a series of magical and thought-provoking art installations in themuseum and colliery heritage buildings. Neon lungs glow in the heart of the colliery ventilation system. A plainsong chant leads to a kaleidoscopic vision of coal; past, present and future. A curious, tree-like figure has taken root in front of the blacksmith’s forge. An unearthly stag is disturbed as it grazes in the depths of the mine. Extraordinary and ancient insects creep through the colliery site.
Circus! Show of Shows
Discovery Museum: Oct 20th 2018 - Jun 2nd 2019
This exhibition will feature the fabulous Arthur Fenwick Collection of circus art and memorabilia, a collection of national importance spanning the 1770s up to the 1950s. A spotlight will also be shone on the fascinating life and career of Tyneside’s nineteenth century clown and entertainer extraordinaire Billy Purvis, as well as exploring the history and development of clowns in the circus ring.
Exposed: The Naked Portrait
Laing Art Gallery: Oct 27th 2018 - Mar 3rd 2019
This exhibition of unclothed portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection invites questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits of exposed sitters from Nell Gwyn to Naomi Campbell, Gilbert & George to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Featured artists include Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Sam Taylor-Johnson, David Hockney, Annie Leibovitz, Linda McCartney, Tracy Emin, David Bailey, Mario Testino and Dorothy Wilding.
Capturing a Star: Dame Flora Robson and other works by Dame Ethel Walker
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: Sep 22nd 2018 - Mar 2nd 2019
This exhibition features works by the artist Ethel Walker RA on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts collection as part of the Royal Academy of Arts 250th anniversary celebrations. An exhibition highlight is a portrait of Dame Flora Robson, feted actor of stage and screen, born in South Shields. Also includes artworks and ephemera on loan from the Laing Art Gallery.
Breaking Ground – Women of the Northern Coalfields
Mining Art Gallery: Oct 13th 2018 - Mar 24th 2019
This exhibition explores the previously untold stories of women in Victorian mining communities across the region. Artworks, archive images and personal histories from the local area will highlight the tenacious spirit of these women whether fighting to keep their jobs at the colliery or working all hours to keep a roof over their families’ heads.