Art What’s On
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.
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.
Hearts at Peace
Segedunum Roman Fort: Oct 6th 2018 - May 19th 2019
The First World War had an enormous impact on society and the individual. North Tyneside had played its part in the victory, not just through the troops fighting on the front lines but by the dedication of the men and women who supported the war effort in shipyards and armaments factories. The years following the war would not be easy. This exhibition explores the end of the war and the years that followed, the social change that took place and how individual people in North Tyneside were affected.
Skills and Techniques
National Glass Centre: Sep 15th 2018 - Aug 31st 2019
Artists and designers often develop and master specific skills and techniques. This exhibition presents the work of world-leading practitioners specialising in a range of glass and ceramic techniques. Each approach is represented by works of art created in recent years, and approximately one hundred years ago, to show the changes in approach, that occur over time.
Kirill Sokolov: A Russian Painter in Northumberland
Granary Gallery: Feb 2nd 2019 - May 5th 2019
Kirill Sokolov (1930 - 2004) was a celebrated Russian painter and one of the former Soviet Union’s most dedicated professional artists, studying at the prestigious Surikov Institute in Moscow between 1950 and 1957. In 1960 he met and later married a British research student, one of the first foreign marriages allowed in post-Stalinist Russia. In 1974 Sokolov left Russia with his family and drove across Europe ending up in Berwick-upon-Tweed which for aperiod became his artistic refuge and the family’s home. A prolific artist with an insatiable appetite for methods and materials, this exhibition explores Sokolov’s work from his time in the town and the influence of Northumberland on his work.
SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story
The Bowes Museum: Jan 26th 2019 - May 5th 2019
The first time the history of antique dealing has been the subject of an exhibition, with an in-depth look at dealers, their eye for objects, some which have not previously been on public display before, their shops, and practices.
Digital Citizen - The Precarious Subject
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jan 25th 2019 - Jun 16th 2019
This exhibition draws on the imagination of contemporary artists to inspire a conversation on ideas of citizenship in the digital age. We are said to live in the era of ‘fake news’ – online propaganda which significantly endangers democracy. Sophisticated AI and CGI technologies have irreversibly blurred the distinction between reality and simulation. We voluntarily subject ourselves to constant surveillance of our online presence, while enjoying the apparent anonymity which grants us the illusion of freedom and encourages the upsurge of internet trolling. In the time of unprecedented speed of information circulation which has weakened the importance and integrity of the public space, have we lost the ability for informed political action? Are we still able to form a community or has the fragmentation of the present moment deprived us of the capacity of being active enabled citizens? Digital Citizen - The Precarious Subject investigates new possibilities of digital tools and networks for rethinking historical forms of nationalisms and citizenship. Artists include: James Bridle / Alan Butler / Laura Grace Ford / Peter Hanmer / Daniela Ortiz / Jonas Staal / Kate Stonehill / Petra Szemán / They Are Here / Alan Warburton
BALTIC Artist' Award 2019: Aaron Hughes / Kang Jungsuck / Ingrid Pollard
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Feb 15th 2019 - Jun 16th 2019
BALTIC is delighted to present the second BALTIC Artists’ Award, a worldwide biennial art award judged solely by artists. Three internationally renowned artist-judges, Lubaina Himid, Michael Rakowitz and Haegue Yang, have each selected an artist who has the opportunity to realise new work which will be seen in this four-month exhibition. Aaron Hughes (born 1982, Waukegan, IL, USA) is an artist, activist, organiser, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago. Kang Jungsuck (born 1984, Seoul, South Korea) makes videos, sculptures, installations and self-published books which explore the intersection of the real and the virtual. Ingrid Pollard (born 1953, Guyana) uses photographs, prints, moving image and audio to uncover the layered histories of representation.
Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Feb 23rd 2019 - May 5th 2019
Barby Asante’s work creates situations and spaces for conversation, collective thinking, ritual and re-enactment. Her projects are centred in performative actions, research and togetherness to think about contemporary geographies, race, gender and social justice; to articulate perspectives that critically reflect on the legacies of slavery and colonialism and to discuss how histories also inform the present. The Declaration of Independence is a performative forum mirroring conference and assembly spaces used to negotiate treaties of independence, coalitions, trade deals, manifestos and policies.
Homelands: Documenting Centuries of Cham Migration
Oriental Museum: Feb 1st 2019 - Sep 16th 2019
Historically, the Cham people enjoyed a rich culture, their territory including several kingdoms in what is today Central and Southern Vietnam. However, the Champa Kingdoms began disintegrating following decisive defeats by the Vietnamese in the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, starting a pattern of migration and flux that is still going on today. In 2016, photographer James Sebright travelled around the South China Sea region, meeting Cham communities in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. This exhibition reveals the outcomes of his work documenting the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora.
The Art Studio presents: Behind the Mask
Oriental Museum: Feb 1st 2019 - Jun 2nd 2019
The Art Studio is a Sunderland-based mental health charity that provides support to improve the lives of members through art. Members of the Art Studio have taken part in a series of workshops at the Oriental Museum focused on the museum’s Ancient Egyptian collections. Members discovered and learnt about the Ancient Egyptian collections at the museum and created art inspired by these visits and the museum artefacts. The art displayed reflects the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles.
Tina Webb: Mischievous Typographies
National Glass Centre: Feb 2nd 2019 - Jun 2nd 2019
Tina Webb is a North East based artist currently studying for a Master of Philosophy qualification at the University of Sunderland. Tina uses a specific technique she has developed to print on glass in order to explore the potential of typography and the meanings of historical text.