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.
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.
Shiver Me Timbers – Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: May 25th 2017 - Feb 18th 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.
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.
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.
Resilience within the Rubble
Oriental Museum: Sep 29th 2017 - Jan 28th 2018
Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. The 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, not only caused human devastation, but was also a cultural catastrophe. It damaged and destroyed much of Nepal’s unique cultural heritage, including monuments within the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site. In 2015 a Durham University led team, in partnership with UNESCO and the Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal, undertook a season of post-disaster archaeological assessment of earthquake damaged monuments within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the nationally important and symbolic Kasthamandap. This photographic exhibition will tell the story of the Kasthamandap, from its origins to its collapse to its renewal.
Joséphine Bowes – The Woman of Fashion Celebrating 125 years of Her Museum
The Bowes Museum: Aug 26th 2017 - Jun 10th 2018
The Museum’s 125th anniversary celebrations continue with a new in-focus display in the award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery. The display pays tribute to founder Joséphine Bowes, who was a driving force behind the creation of The Bowes Museum, highlighting her influence as a socialite and devotee of fashion.
Edgar Arceneaux: Until, Until, Until…
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Oct 20th 2017 - Jan 21st 2018
A look back at Broadway legend Ben Vereen’s controversial performance at Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration in 1981. At this event, Vereen staged a musical number in homage to the trailblasing vaudeville performer Bert Williams who, because of racist laws dictating who could appear on stage, always performed in ‘blackface’ makeup. For his performance, Vereen also donned ‘blackface’ to access the vulnerability and reality of Williams’ legacy. Until Until Until… re-stages Vereen’s original performance in its entirety. Both a celebration of Vereen’s performance and a powerful re-visitation of an important historical event, the work reflects on the power of the media, its ability to manipulate reality, and the devastating consequences for the public. .
Susan Philipsz: A Single Voice
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Oct 20th 2017 - Mar 4th 2018
Over the course of two decades, Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz has experimented with the relationship between sound and architecture. Often choosing the human voice as her primary medium, Philipsz is especially interested in the emotive and psychological properties of sound and how it can alter individual consciousness. For BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery Phillipsz will stage the presentation of new work, A Single Voice 2017. An adaptation of Karl-Birger Blomdahl’s opera Aniara 1959, the narrative follows a group of colonists who leave a doomed planet Earth behind to set up a new life on Mars. An accident occurs during their journey and the passengers of the craft are left to float eternally in space. In Phillipsz' installation, a large film projection combined with the sculptural arrangement of 12 speakers act as an intimate carrier of the memories, hopes and the longings of the passengers, and thus humanity.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Oct 20th 2017 - Jan 21st 2018
In the impromptu acceptance speech Dr Martin Luther King gave for his honorary degree from Newcastle University he spoke of three urgent problems throughout the world: ‘the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’ Despite the advancements of civil rights since this speech, his words still ring true today and are set against a backdrop of political populism, post-truth and so-called ‘fake news’. This major group exhibition, presented within BALTIC’s Level 3 gallery, will bring together leading international artists whose work, in very different ways, each sheds light upon this contemporary condition within a framework of the important legacies of Dr. King. Some new work will also be commissioned especially for the exhibition. Participating artists include Barby Asante, Louis Cameron, Season Butler, Karon Davis, Charles Gaines, Micol Hebron, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ashley Holmes and Cauleen Smith.
NADFAS Young Silversmith's Chosen Collection
The Bowes Museum: Sep 14th 2017 - Jan 21st 2018
Since 2003 the North east Area of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies (NADFAS) and Sheffield Decorative and Fine Art Society have sponsored a Sheffield Millennium Silversmiths' Bursery for students. This year this prestigious display will travel to the Museum, showing the winning contemporary pieces of drinking and pouring vessels.
Kurt Schwitters: Collage & Assemblage
Hatton Gallery: Oct 7th 2017 - May 12th 2018
Kurt Schwitters: Collage & Assemblage focuses on Schwitters’ pioneering career long use of collage, a significant development in 20th century art practice. Fascinating dialogues exist between these works and those of the Independent Group and early pop artists on display in Pioneers of Pop and Schwitters' Merz Barn Wall, permanently displayed in the Hatton Gallery.