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.
Monsters! The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Mar 17th 2018 - Jan 6th 2019
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes and you can find out about them all at this monster-tastic new exhibition here at The Word. Whatever ‘monster’ means to you, from those written about in early mythology to the creatures digitally created by Pixar and Disney, you will be amazed by their ability to capture our imagination throughout the ages. Meet Boris Karloff’s classic movie monster in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, see what it feels like to be held by King Kong and take a selfie with Sulley from Monsters Inc. You can read about children’s favourites such as the Gruffalo and Shrek and be reminded of the monsters from Hollywood’s golden age: Dracula, Wolf Man and the Mummy. There are clips from monster movies and monster-themed interactive games. Prepare to be enthralled and surprised.
Time To Get Up
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Mar 29th 2018 - Jan 31st 2019
Seven Stories allows children to explore their feelings and experiences through their favourite books and the world they create in their brand new interactive and sensory exhibition! Young explorers can see, touch, smell and hear their way through a variety of sensory activities-all linked to the exciting new experiences and routines that every young child experiences. Their newest Sensory explorer Backpacks will cover two featured books from the exhibition- ‘Snug’ by Carol Thompson and ‘Me and My Dad’ by Robin Shaw.
Carel Weight RA: Artist, Advisor, Collector and Benefactor
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: Apr 14th 2018 - Jan 8th 2019
Discover the collection of prominent artist, collector and Senior Royal Academican Carel Weight. This display showcases works by a range of Royal Academicans including L.S. Lowry, Sheila Fell and Peter Blake. It also offers a fascinating insight into the varied interests and tastes of Weight himself, and their lasting effect on Tullie House's own art collection.
Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore
The Bowes Museum: Jul 7th 2018 - Jan 6th 2019
This summer’s latest major fashion exhibition is by the undisputed king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore. Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades, capturing the key moments at legendary fashion shows such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Comme des Garҫons, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. Accompanying the iconic photographs will be a stunning selection of original catwalk outfits, lent to the Museum by the world’s leading fashion houses in a unique collaboration. Offering a rare insight into the fashion world, the exhibition charts the startling evolution of fashion during that period, demonstrating the impact that new designers had on fashion, the rebirth of haute couture, and the rise of the supermodel.
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.
Armistice: living with the peace
Durham Cathedral: Sep 25th 2018 - Feb 2nd 2019
On 11 November 1918 an armistice ended the war in Western Europe, although peace would not fully return for many more months. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of this momentous event, this exhibition explores what it meant for the people of Durham and the north east as World War I ended, soldiers came home, and peace was gradually restored.
Scaling the Heights
Oriental Museum: Sep 21st 2018 - Dec 21st 2018
An exhibition by artists Stephen, Margaret and Kate Livingstone working with Dr. Abbie Garrington of Durham University to recreate heroic Himalayan mountain climbs in miniature. Based on accounts of pioneering expeditions the artists are re-staging famous summit climbs using a pair of vintage Action Men figures who scale the heights of prestigious mountaineering libraries. The resulting handmade books will be exhibited alongside images and objects from the collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust.
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.
Laura Carlin: Ceramics
Shipley Art Gallery: Sep 8th 2018 - Jan 9th 2019
Ceramics have been used since the earliest human civilisations to record stories and cultural beliefs for coming generations. The most well-known examples come from the ancient Greeks, who developed a distinctive artistic style to show military achievements, mythical stories, and religious scenes on vases and jugs. Internationally acclaimed book illustrator Laura Carlin explores this link between ceramics and narrative by taking her illustration from paper to pottery. Using familiar forms such as figurines, plates and tiles, she shows that ceramics can, like books, be a powerful storytelling medium.