Art What’s On
Discovery Museum: Oct 22nd 2016 - Apr 1st 2018
See a rare Enigma machine, used to code secret messages during WW2. Find out how people from the North-East played a vital role in helping the codebreakers at Bletchley Park.
The Shipley Centenary
Shipley Art Gallery: Jan 1st 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
2017 marks 100 years of the Shipley Art Gallery. To celebrate this milestone, visitors can enjoy a special exhibition presenting major works from the collection. A series of events throughout the year provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to join in the celebrations and look back over the last 100 years of the gallery.
Shipley Art Gallery: Feb 18th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
To celebrate 100 years since the Gallery doors opened to the public to present the Shipley’s bequest collection, and 40 years since the first items were purchased to build the now nationally important contemporary craft collection, the Shipley Art Gallery presents a new showcase exhibition. Companion Pieces brings together different parts of the collection based upon themes to show the range of techniques and ideas used to explore subjects. Works are presented in relation to various themes including Adam and Eve, the Body Beautiful, Visions of Gateshead, the Japanese Connection and Morals and Politics
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.
Mima: Feb 16th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
The Middlesbrough Collection, housed by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, encompasses art and craft from the mid-1800s to the present day. Its strengths are post–Second World War British painting, American contemporary drawing, twentieth-century British ceramics, European contemporary jewellery, and international contemporary installation. The basis of the Middlesbrough Collection are works inherited from the Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the Cleveland Gallery and the Cleveland Craft Centre, and works added by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art since its opening in 2007.
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.
All the Fun of the Fair: 135 Years of The Hoppings
Discovery Museum: Jun 3rd 2017 - Mar 4th 2018
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.
Tokyo to the Tees: 1877 - 1939
Dorman Museum: Jun 3rd 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
A new exhibition commemorating the 140th anniversary of Christopher Dresser's visit to Japan and the now forgotten links between Teesside and Japan.
Laing Art Gallery: Sep 9th 2017 - Jan 14th 2018
An exhibition spanning the lifework of one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century. Includes a fascinating array of photographs and surreal objects. The exhibition concludes with the evocative landscape paintings that Nash produced in the last decade of his life.
Little Bear goes North
Life Science Centre: Jul 23rd 2017 - Jan 5th 2018
Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s. In her latest adventure, Little Bear encounters a lost polar bear and using her knowledge of the stars, guides her new friend home.
Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Jul 21st 2017 - Jun 30th 2018
Love The Beano? Can’t get enough of superheroes? Read The Phoenix? Always wanted to have a go at making your own comic? Seven Stories has gathered together an eclectic mix of original comic art to impress and inspire all comics’ fans. See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as they were drawn in the 1940s and 50s; find old friends like Oor Wullie, Minnie the Minx and Roy of the Rovers; imagine yourself on an adventure with Dan Dare from The Eagle. The exhibition will feature Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and Hulk as drawn by British artist Ian Churchill. Ian works for Marvel and DC Comics, America’s largest comic corporations.
Percy Kelly - Line Of Beauty: A Retrospective
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: Sep 23rd 2017 - Jan 28th 2018
This major retrospective celebrates the extraordinary talent of Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly (1918-1993). For the first time Kelly’s entire artistic output is brought together in a rich display of over 100 works, many of which have not been exhibited before. Spanning over 65 years from 1928 aged 9 up to his death aged 74 in 1993.