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.
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.
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.
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.
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Jun 29th 2019 - Feb 23rd 2020
July 2019 marks 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon and Amazing Space! will celebrate this momentous event. Their exciting new exhibition will explore Space fact and fiction, taking visitors on a journey from planet Earth through the Solar System and beyond. Discover the stories inspired by Space and watch clips from classic science fiction movies old and new. A short film created especially for the exhibition will entertain and educate visitors about life as an astronaut: the good, the bad, and the occasionally unpleasant! Step inside our astronaut’s spacesuit and replicate the photograph taken on the first Moon landing! Children can try to solve our Space-scene jigsaw and listen to a selection of Space-themed music. See costumes from Star Trek and Star Wars and marvel at an original Washington Post newspaper dated the day after the 1969 Moon landing, which has been signed by legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre: Nov 1st 2019 - Jan 31st 2020
An exhibition of paintings and mixed media.
Mikhail Karikis Survey Exhibition
Mima: Oct 12th 2019 - Feb 2nd 2020
The first survey exhibition of artist Mikhail Karikis amplifies the voices of those who may be unheard, unseen and structurally neglected. It includes work made across ten years, including two pieces commissioned by MIMA. The exhibition is an arena for listening in a time of change. Karikis makes videos, sound pieces, performance, images and structures. Karikis develops extensive collaborations with communities who may be pushed into economic and socio-geographic fringes. He employs listening as a form of activism, tuning into voices that operate beyond mainstream frequencies. In the past decade, he has shifted how he works, from creating a space in which others participate in the work to one in which they become co-producers. The resulting projects highlight alternative modes of solidarity and action, while nurturing attention, dignity and tenderness.
The Power and the Virtue: Guido’s Reni’s Death of Lucretia
The Bowes Museum: Oct 26th 2019 - Jan 20th 2020
This is the first exhibition outside London dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, presenting the artist and his relevance in Western art history. This exclusive exhibition will feature works by the master from prestigious public and private collections that will allow you to experience the mastery and aesthetic quality of Guido Reni’s masterpieces.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Book: Jul 16th 2019 - Feb 1st 2020
The exhibition brings together some of the most exciting children's book illustration to come out of the UK in recent years. While Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh are universally recognised and demonstrate the rich history of children’s book illustration in the UK, Drawing Words looks to the future. The ten illustrators showcased here have been selected for their distinctly personal and unique work, to offer a snapshot of the vibrant work being produced today. Alongside finished work from the illustrators, additional archive material selected by Seven Stories is also on display to explore the creative process and practice leading to the final illustrations, including favourite items drawn from the Seven Stories archive by Lauren Child.
End of the Caliphate - Ivor Prickett
Side Gallery: Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 15th 2019
Documenting the fight to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria – 2016 -2018. By mid-July 2017, it seemed incomprehensible that anyone could be left alive after weeks of clashes in Mosul’s Old City, the last major redoubt of the Islamic State in Iraq. Yet pockets of fanatical fighters continued to resist. At the same time — horribly and amazingly — civilians continued to emerge from the battle zone.