Art What’s On
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.
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 - Feb 23rd 2020
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.
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants – The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt
The Bowes Museum: Jul 20th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Immerse yourself in Nick Sharratt's world, find out about his childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.
Simeon Barclay: Bus2move
Workplace Gallery: Sep 20th 2019 - Nov 2nd 2019
In his first institutional solo exhibition in the North East of England, Simeon Barclay presents a new body of work informed by research into dance. From the visual spectacle of contemporary dance theatre to the communal experience of the night club dance floor, the exhibition Bus2move combines costume, film and video, photography, lighting and sound. Barclay's interest in dance and its many facets centres on the construction of masculinity, with particular focus on the way popular perceptions and stereotypes become defined, contested and encoded upon the male body.
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 - Jan 5th 2020
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.
Middlesbrough Collection, Why Are We Here? With Black Artists & Modernism
Mima: Mar 23rd 2019 - Mar 29th 2020
In 1987, the Cleveland Gallery acquired a self-portrait by the artist Sonia Boyce (then 25 years old) She Ain’t Holdin’ Them Up, She’s Holdin’ On: Some English Rose (1986). This significant work has become a cornerstone of what is now the Middlesbrough Collection, held at MIMA. 32 years later, they follow up on the conversation with Boyce, now a leading figure in British contemporary art, via the project Black Artists & Modernism. The display is structured around questions that are key for any collection, explored through the perspective of the artwork: Where am I? Why am I here? Who am I? What am I doing? What’s next?.
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.
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.
Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home
Discovery Museum: Jun 22nd 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
In tribute to Tyneside’s diverse population, this powerful series of portraits by photographer Jeremy Abrahams documents the experience of people who have migrated to the region from overseas. The exhibition captures the stories of 40 individuals who settled here between 1939 and 2018 and explores why they left their country of origin and provides an insight into how they feel about their adopted home. The debate around immigration has long been an ongoing one. Jeremy’s documentary style focuses on positive representations of migration and related issues, and invites visitors to consider their own attitudes towards immigration.