Art What’s On
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.
By the Sea – Brita Granstrom & Mick Manning
The Old School Gallery: May 24th 2019 - Jul 12th 2019
Both artists’ themes embrace the natural wonders of living beside and walking on this unspoilt coastline. Brita Granström has appeared on television and radio and her works on canvas are in private and public collections around the world such as The Ruth Borchard Collection. Her paintings capture the unique Northumbrian weather and light – but nevertheless also have a haunting quality that touch on something beyond the surface narrative. Originally from West Yorkshire, Mick Manning graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987 where his teachers included Sheila Robinson, Quentin Blake and John Norris Wood. Between 1990 and 1998 he devised and ran the Illustration course at The Glasgow School of Art where his alumni include Mark Hearld.
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.
Jim Moir - A Mountain of Turkish Delight
The Biscuit Factory: May 9th 2019 - May 27th 2019
Jim Moir, otherwise known as popular comedian, presenter and actor Vic Reeves, is north-bound this May for a special 10-day exhibition at The Biscuit Factory, in what will be his first-ever art show in Newcastle. The new collection will feature more than 100 original drawings and paintings of familiar northern faces and landmarks amongst his other quirky subject matter, rendered in his truly unique and characterful style. All work is signed by the artist and available to buy, with prices ranging from £250 to £5000.
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.
'Re-Fresh' - Teesdale Art Net Spring 2019
The Witham: Apr 25th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019
Featuring new members, this diverse selling exhibition showcases the talent of artists living and working in Teesdale.
Return of the Great Assassin
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead: May 10th 2019 - Jun 10th 2019
This exhibition takes as its starting point the Zodiac Killer, a never-identified serial murderer who operated in California in the 1960s and 1970s. Thanks to cryptic ciphers he sent to the police, the Zodiac was said to be obsessed with movies, and assumed to work in cinemas, lingering in the anonymous nightly gloom of the projection room. Responding to the fear, paranoia, obsessive media interest, and ongoing mystery around the Zodiac, Maughan uses painting to interrogate how such conditions affect the contemporary political landscape. From the poisoning of former Russian spies in Salisbury, to the island mentality driving Brexit, Maughan’s work addresses the sheer absurdity of current events. Drawing on histories of vanitas painting and monumental portraiture, Maughan invests the simple tropes of cinema, street, and summer holiday with surreal humour, through the ambiguous figure of the dark and hairy assassin.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre: May 1st 2019 - May 31st 2019
An exhibition of paintings.
No. 42: Apr 24th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019
As an artist, what does self expression mean to you? How do you create something that represents you? Is it through painting a portrait, drawing your favourite pair of wellies, writing a poem about your home or just snapping a ‘selfie’? The Selfie Exhibition gives artists an opportunity to create and showcase art that truly represents them. An insight into who they are and a display of their talent.
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations, George Cooper Abbes and Cleadon House
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: May 11th 2019 - Sep 14th 2019
The star of this exhibition is a portrait of the famous writer Charles Dickens on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. A regular visitor to the North East, it is said that Dickens was inspired by a stay at Cleadon House in South Shields while writing Great Expectations.
Jason & Victoria : Disability And Partnership – An Observation By Josefin Bengtsson
Side Gallery: May 11th 2019 - Jun 9th 2019
This project is a study of domesticity, disability and romantic partnership; three dimensions of life that are often portrayed in isolation, but rarely together. It is a reflection on what it means to live as and be a disabled person in 2019 as well as celebration of the love shared by the two subjects