Art What’s On
More Than A Game: Football in South Tyneside
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: Jun 29th 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.
Things from Home
Oriental Museum: Mar 22nd 2019 - Oct 27th 2019
An installation of contemporary ceramics inspired by the objects, landscapes and food that international students miss when they are away from home, created by award winning ceramic artist, Katrin Moye. The artist worked with international students at the University of Nottingham on an Arts Council funded project to test ideas about how objects that are missing from our lives assume a great importance in our memories. Katrin hand-built a collection of ceramic objects to recreate the missing things for their owners. The artworks are displayed throughout the Oriental Museum galleries.
Norman Cornish – A Slice of Life
Mining Art Gallery: Apr 6th 2019 - Oct 12th 2019
Part of a countywide centenary celebration of the artist’s birth, this temporary exhibition at the Mining Art Gallery is co-curated by the local community and members of Norman’s family. The Auckland Project has worked with residents of Norman’s hometown to explore the themes of his artwork. Groups including the Spennymoor Settlement Sketching Club, where Norman developed his distinctive style, have chosen their favourite pieces. From life underground to bar scenes and domestic settings, their selections reveal how his work resonates with the community that lives on today. The artist’s son, John, and daughter, Ann, have also chosen paintings that mean something special to them. The result is a warm and refreshing perspective on one of the most enduringly popular mining artists. The exhibition sits alongside the gallery’s permanent collection featuring work by other chroniclers of 20th century industrial and working class life such as Tom McGuinness, Josef Herman and Bob Olley.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jul 6th 2019 - Oct 13th 2019
Since the early 1980s, Akomfrah’s moving image works have offered some of the most rigorous and expansive reflections on the culture of the black diaspora, both in the UK and around the world. Akomfrah’s work initially came to prominence in the early 1980s as part of Black Audio Film Collective, a group of seven artists founded in 1982 in response to the 1981 Brixton riots. Throughout the 1990s, Akomfrah’s subject matter expanded beyond the social fractures of contemporary British society to focus on a wider historical context, from the persistent legacy of colonialism to the roots of the contemporary in classical literature. Moving into the early 2000s, Akomfrah also produced a series of atmospheric works addressing personal and historical memory. At BALTIC , Akomfrah will present three film works including the UK premiere of Precarity 2017 alongside The Unfinished Conversation 2012 and Peripeteia 2012.
Wild: A celebration of the natural history of the British Isles
Palace Green Library: May 18th 2019 - Oct 6th 2019
From high peaks and valleys to meandering rivers and powerful seas – see how animals have adapted to live and thrive in the varied environments of the British Isles. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of Britain’s most elusive animals close up and personal in this family friendly exhibition. As well as the chance to see species such as the red fox, red squirrel, barn owl and great crested newt up close, the gallery will be packed with family friendly games and activities, including a free gallery trail to complete.
Workplace Gallery: Jun 22nd 2019 - Jul 27th 2019
Dorsett's work takes inspiration from notes and casual, seemingly insignificant things. 'Small things become big and big things small, both in terms of their size and feeling. I paint and draw, and I like to keep the works open, with an emphasis on drawing. Ideas come from day to day drawing, note taking, captured moments and visual journals which are revisited at a time when I can be more objective about what still feels important. The hope is that I am able to tap into something seen, thought or felt that others can bring their own narrative to, without the work being too specific to myself. An obsession with objects and sculpture and their concrete existence informs the physical presence and play of the work, as well as the imagery; and as a friend once said "You don't make pictures though do you?".'
Hand in Hand: The artistic and spiritual life of Dame Werburg Welch
Ushaw College: Apr 6th 2019 - Sep 3rd 2019
A fascinating exhibition which details the life and work of a Benedictine nun who was in thrall to the modernist strand of the Arts and Crafts movement. A profoundly talented individual, the work of Dame Werburg (1894-1990) was largely unknown among devotees of the Arts and Crafts movement. She never sought fame or recognition for her art and often exhibited work anonymously. She deserves full billing, however, for this stunning retrospective which shines a light onto someone who, in life, was content to work in the shadows.
Kirkleatham Museum: Apr 5th 2019 - Mar 31st 2020
A powerful celebration of our region’s steel and industrial heritage. This interactive exhibition is the culmination of 12 months of community engagement and research, showcasing stories, artefacts and pictures from real people who worked and lived in the steel industry and community. Using a variety of display techniques, different stories of steel will come to life throughout the museum and grounds: walk through a locker room, listen to stories told by real people, see the historic timeline and look to the future as the stories of steel move from the past to the present.
Story of the Durham Miners’ Gala Mural
Bob Abley Gallery: Apr 6th 2019 - Feb 23rd 2020
Celebrating the centenary of Norman Cornish, this exhibition tells the fascinating story of a mural depicting the Durham Miners’ Gala, painted by the artist in 1963. Featuring a range of preparatory paintings, drawings and sketches, the exhibition plots the artist’s journey, and highlights the challenges he faced, from commission of the mural painting by Durham County Council to its completion. Large compositional pieces, images and a range of correspondence, many of which have never before been on public view, also tell the story of the nine-metre mural which remains on display in Durham’s County Hall building at Aykley Heads.
Putting on the Ritz! - 100 Years of Fashion
Bailiffgate Museum: Apr 6th 2019 - Sep 8th 2019
Stella Tennant, international super model, will formally open this stunning new Bailiffgate summer 2019 exhibition, 100 Years of Fashion. Stella has most generously loaned us some exquisite gowns from her own collection of world famous designers. In addition, Jane, Duchess of Northumberland, and many others have also brought out some of their very best evening gowns for us to display.
Now You See Me
Lindisfarne Castle: Apr 3rd 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
A castle that’s not a castle, on an island that’s not an island; these compelling contradictions form the idea behind our new exhibition ‘Now You See Me...’. With surprises around every corner, this family-friendly exhibition is yours to discover. A contemporary, exciting and thought-provoking experience, this exhibition has been inspired by reminiscences and stories that are being brought to life through a broad selection of media. A collection of multiple truths, mistruths, hear-say, rumours and anecdotes, we invite you to wade through the multiple stories and decide how you view Lindisfarne Castle.
The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award
The Biscuit Factory: May 17th 2019 - Aug 25th 2019
Shining a spotlight on some of the UK's most inspiring, dynamic and interesting new artwork from young up and coming artists - explore our 2019 shortlist and cast your vote for your favourite. The overall winner, Juliet Gibbs, was chosen by the selection panel and receives £1000, plus a solo exhibition at The Biscuit Factory.