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.
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.
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.
ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Feb 8th 2019 - Feb 29th 2020
Celebrating 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and is the first major retrospective of David McKee’s striking artwork. Elmer remains one of the most widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over eight million copies worldwide since it was first published by Andersen Press in 1989. Alongside artwork and manuscripts from the world famous Elmer series, some of which will be on display for the first time, the exhibition will also showcase artwork from David McKee’s other popular stories, including Not Now, Bernard.
Word Bank of Lost Dialects
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Feb 1st 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
A celebration of the thousands of North East dialect words donated during The Word’s original Lost Dialects exhibition, Word Bank of Lost Dialects is a new exhibition by artists Jane Glennie and Robert Good which invites you to experience the donated words. The Word Bank contains around 2,400 donations of ‘lost words’ from the North East. You will be able to view the full Word Bank and take a rubbing of some of your most-loved Geordie words. You will be able to find out about the history of some of the most popular words donated, discover some of the more obscure and vote for your favourites.
Ifeoma U. Anyaeji
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: May 24th 2019 - Sep 1st 2019
Ifeoma U. Anyaeji (born 1981, Benin City, Nigeria) makes sculptures and installations from discarded bottles and non-biodegradable plastic bags. Using a method which she terms ‘Plasto-art’, Anyaeji creates intricately-woven structures and reliefs with a traditional Nigerian hair-plaiting technique called ‘threading’. For her first solo presentation in the UK, Anyaeji will present new and recent work in BALTIC’s level 2 gallery.
Mick Peter: To Me, To You
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jun 21st 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Mick Peter (b.1974 in Berlin, Germany) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland and uses fictional cartoonish imagery to create playful installations. At BALTIC, Peter will present a new commission specifically for the level 4 gallery. Drawing on archetypes of ‘the artist’, Peter will create an installation that considers the production of an artwork using humour to uncover the obscurities around the making of sculpture, particularly within a gallery context.
LEGO: Building The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum: May 25th 2019 - Oct 13th 2019
Everyone of all ages, from children to the young at heart, can see the Museum in a new way – recreate the history and collections in LEGO Start with building some of the objects from the collection that tell the story of John and Joséphine before ending up in a makerspace that explains how the Museum was built.
National Glass Centre: Apr 6th 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
To celebrate National Glass Centre’s 21st birthday they will present an exhibition featuring the work of artists who have played a role in establishing Sunderland’s reputation as an international centre of excellence for glass. NGC 21 includes more individual artists than any other exhibition presented at National Glass Centre in recent times.
Segedunum Roman Fort: May 25th 2019 - Sep 25th 2019
This exhibition explores the depiction of ancient Rome's great northern frontier of Hadrian’s Wall in cartoons. The exhibition will feature cartoons from the 19th to the 21st century, including some originally produced for Punch and the Illustrated London Evening News. Also featuring are works of the late Roger Oram, who produced the Arbeia Society magazine, and many other cartoon works imagining life on Hadrian’s Wall.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure
Great North Museum: Hancock: May 18th 2019 - Oct 6th 2019
Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's famous Diplodocus cast 'Dippy' is coming to the Great North Museum: Hancock in May 2019. Dippy lived in London for over 100 years but now he's on an adventure around the UK. The Diplodocus was unveiled to the British public in 1905 and was cast from the type specimen found in America. The full skeleton is 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high. Come and see Dippy and get inspired about the natural world!
More Than A Game: Football in South Tyneside
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: Jun 15th 2019 - Oct 12th 2019
This exhibition will explore stories of players and fans from the early days and up to the present day, from the famous, to the local and unsung heroes of the game in South Tyneside. South Shields Football Club (SSFC) will feature prominently in the exhibition - 2019 is the club's centenary year of Football League membership – charting the Mariners’ evolution since its origins in 1888 through to the legendary FA Vase victory in 2017, and the club’s ongoing development and ambitions today. As well as SSFC, the many amateur teams of the Borough’s yesteryear will also be celebrated, from works’ teams including Reyrolle and Westoe Colliery, through to church and school teams.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: Feb 18th 2019 - Jan 26th 2020
Exploring links between Tullie House’s Japanese and Cumbrian Collections. As some of Tullie House’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings are currently on tour in Japan, they were inspired to explore the Japanese collections held here at Tullie House. While recognising that Japan and its traditional art is very different culturally and aesthetically to Cumbria’s, there are similarities in the artists’ inspiration and outlook, techniques and visual qualities. These qualities are explored in a display that features work by Thomas Bushby, Sheila Fell, Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, and Percy Kelly. Some of which have never, or infrequently been exhibited at Tullie House.