Art What’s On
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens: Apr 26th 2016 - Sep 30th 2017
Hidden amongst the lush vegetation of our indoor garden a whole series of amazing dinosaur models are waiting to be discovered. See a baby T Rex as it hatches from its giant egg, watch a stegosaurus and a triceratops grazing on the greenery and spot some pteranodons flying over-head. Hunt down a veloicraptor before it finds you and try not to disturb the sleepy crocodile as it lurks by the pool. Our collection now also includes an impressive 3 metre high utahraptor, a baby camarasaurus and a huge pterodactyl with a 2 metre wingspan.
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Oct 22nd 2016 - Sep 16th 2018
Celebrates ‘lost words of the North East Dialect’ – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. Language and words evolve however this exhibition looks to reignite an interest and use of words that were long used in local shipyards, mines and in street games and social gatherings and risk being lost forever. It features a jukebox of North East songs performed by Benny Graham, accompanied by Chuck Fleming, and an interactive quiz to test your knowledge and understanding of the North East Dialect. You can also donate your favourite ‘lost words’.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Feb 18th 2017 - Feb 18th 2018
Visitors are invited to bring in their teddy bears from home and take them on a journey through the exhibition. With Otto, the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson as your guide, visitors will be able to introduce their bears to children’s book bears old and new, encouraging an innovative way of looking at artwork and manuscripts in a museum. The Bears! exhibition includes a bear trail to help you on your adventure to find out more about bears in books. There will be plenty of opportunities for you and your bear to cosy up with a great bear-y book, as well as photo opportunities for you and your bear.
Jewellery: Wearable Glass
National Glass Centre: Mar 25th 2017 - Oct 1st 2017
National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery, made through exciting new collaborations between four glass artists and eight jewellers. Through the exhibition Jewellery: Wearable Glass National Glass Centre aims to re-introduce glass as a material to be used by leading jewellers based in Britain. National Glass Centre works closely with a number of artists who have a high level of expertise in different techniques used for glass production. James Maskrey works in hot glass, Angela Thwaites in cast glass, Ayako Tani in lamp worked glass and Joanne Mitchell works in fused and waterjet cut glass. These four artist have worked with eight jewellers lending their expertise and guidance to jewellers who have had ten days each to create experimental new work in glass.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Chase over Atlantis
Life Science Centre: Apr 3rd 2017 - Sep 30th 2017
The star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne – inspired voyage! While looking for his long lost grandfather, Sean (played by Josh Hutcherson), decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding his grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the back of giant bees! Hitch a ride with the gang in this immersive 3-D/4-D experience as you become a passenger in a real “flight of the bumblebee!”.
Shiver Me Timbers – Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: May 25th 2017 - Jan 31st 2018
This immersive exhibition will not only celebrate pirates and their iconic seafaring adventures, but will transport budding crew mates back into the golden ages of pirates. It will showcase a huge array of pirate stories as well as authors and actors responsible for their enduring appeal. This swashbuckling exhibition will capture pirates through the years from the first author to popularise them in print right up to their modern day stage and screen appearances.
Life Science Centre: May 27th 2017 - Jan 7th 2018
An amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex! Explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food; from the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon. In this exhibition you can also explore intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits and scientific insights that reveal everything we know about what and how dinosaurs ate.
BALTIC Artists Award Group Exhibition
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jun 30th 2017 - Oct 1st 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is delighted to announce the four recipients of the BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017: Jose Dávila, Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin. Four of the most celebrated international contemporary artists - Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Lorna Simpson - have each selected an emerging artist whose work they strongly believe in. The four winning artists, working across a diverse range of media The exhibition will provide a vital opportunity for those selected to have their work seen by tens of thousands of visitors, to work with BALTIC’s curators and be supported by a high-profile artist. Public visitors to this seminal exhibition of new works will be able to vote for the artists’ presentation they have the greatest connection to. This will inform an additional legacy commission project enabling a deeper engagement between one of the artists and local communities in Gateshead to be announced in autumn 2018.
Chad McCail: 'Liars of Earth'
National Glass Centre: Jun 24th 2017 - Oct 8th 2017
NGCA presents the national premiere of Chad McCail's near 100-foot long drawing 'Liars of Earth'. McCail's parable has a political twist in the tale, presenting a world in which ordinary people are able to overturn the malign rule of monstrous giants.
Paul Leith: Technicolour Carlisle
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: May 27th 2017 - Oct 1st 2017
New exhibition of Carlisle based illustrator and artist Paul Leith’s work, Technicolour Carlisle displays Paul's felt works for the first time, alongside a retrospective, exploring Paul's journey from creating illustrations for a brief to making art.
All the Fun of the Fair: 135 Years of The Hoppings
Discovery Museum: Jun 3rd 2017 - Oct 29th 2017
All the Fun of the Fair charts the history of Newcastle’s much-loved Hoppings fair, first held on the Town Moor in 1882. Play with their unique collection of 50 vintage coin-operated amusement machines, perfect your pinball skills, and even find out your fortune. As well as the hands-on vintage amusement machines the exhibtion will explore the history and development of The Hoppings in a colourful, fun setting.
Sub-marine the Great Leviathan By Stephen Livingston
The Old Low Light: May 27th 2017 - Oct 1st 2017
A poetic mash up between submarines and whales! Stephen’s exhibition was inspired by the fact that around the time that we stopped hunting the whale for its oil we copied its anatomy to be able to explore and fight under the sea. This exhibition will invite visitors to explore aspects of the Tyne’s often overlooked, whaling and submarine industrial heritage.
The Bowes Museum: Jul 29th 2017 - Nov 5th 2017
Follow the trail of tulips through the Museum this summer for an enlightening insight into our relationship with Europe and the Middle East brought to you through the eyes of over 30 contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake. The familiar tulip becomes un-familiar, as its role in history chronicles a greater play. When the world stage gets confusing we need a simple tale to talk us through it. Thus does our floral court jester guide us through our past and helps us to understand how to navigate our future.