Art What’s On
Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection
The Bowes Museum: Aug 1st 2020 - Jan 17th 2021
Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed artist Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.
A British Museum touring exhibition: New Discoveries in Ancient Iraq
Discovery Museum: Sep 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020
In this family-friendly exhibition, fascinating stories of ancient Iraq come to life through over 80 amazing items from the British Museum. Learn how 4,000-year-old cities like Girsu shaped today’s urban way of life, from laws and transport to writing and how we measure time. Stand face to face with the historical king Gudea. Discover the Epic of Gilgamesh – one of the earliest great works of literature – and explore how current archaeologists are continuing to reveal the secrets of Iraq’s ancient empires.
Hatton Gallery: Sep 26th 2020 - Jan 23rd 2021
A solo exhibition of work by Linder Sterling. Most well known for her photomontage, this exhibition explores the diverse range of Linder’s practice. It explores Linder as performance artist, zine-maker, musician, documentary-photographer, collaborator, muse, guru, medium and body-builder. Linder was born in Liverpool in 1954 and was an active figure in the punk and post-punk music scenes. Probably best known for the album covers which she created, her photomontages often combine everyday images taken from fashion or home magazines with images from pornography.
William and Evelyn De Morgan: ‘Two of the rarest spirits of the age’
Laing Art Gallery: May 1st 2020 - Sep 26th 2020
Sir Edward Poynter, President of the Royal Academy, described William De Morgan and his wife Evelyn, also an artist, as ‘two of the rarest spirits of the age’. William De Morgan was undoubtedly the most intriguing and inventive ceramic designer of the late Victorian period. He was life-long friends with William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and created stunning arts and crafts tiles and ceramics to complement their fashionable designs for interiors. William was the son of a mathematician and had a classical art training at the Royal Academy School. As a result, he always underpinned his elaborate designs with geometric structures, borrowed from medieval design and Islamic art. These complex influences on his art are explored in this exhibition.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Mar 14th 2020 - Nov 8th 2020
Abel Rodríguez (Mogaje Guihu) is an elder from the Nonuya ethnic group, native to the Cahuinarí river in the Colombian Amazon. Rodríguez’s work is grounded in his ancestral knowledge of the indigenous plants of the region, which was passed to him by his uncle. In the 1990s, the Colombian armed conflict and the exploitation of natural resources in the rainforest displaced Rodríguez and his family from his native land and they moved to Bogota, the country’s capital. As a way to preserve his knowledge and memory of his region, Rodríguez creates detailed paintings and drawings that depict the ecosystem of the rainforest in the Nonuya region with intricate details of the flora and fauna. His knowledge is highly valued by western botanists, and has gained international recognition over the past five years within the visual arts.
The Bowes Museum: Mar 7th 2020 - Oct 11th 2020
This exhibition is based on a collective response to Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia painting. Showcasing the patches that people have sewn with their interpretation of what the painting represents.
Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk
Great North Museum: Hancock: Sep 1st 2020 - Nov 1st 2020
Imagination is in all of us. You just have to find the spark. The art of Gateshead design studio Atomhawk will take you to other worlds in this new exhibition for everyone. Enter the fantasy universe of The Realm and experience Tyneside like never before as you delve into the process of a digital artist to see what makes them tick. Atomhawk’s designers have contributed to films and video games like Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires and Minecraft Earth. Will they inspire you to begin your creative journey?
Excess and the Everyday
Shipley Art Gallery: Aug 25th 2020 - Sep 30th 2020
Looking at Still life from the 17th century to the present. Still life has proved a popular subject in Western art since the 17th century. Historic still life paintings frequently pictured luxury items of the day in order to celebrate material pleasures such as food and wine, as well as to warn of the temporality of these pleasures and the brevity of human life. Since the late 19th century, artists and makers have generally used simpler still life arrangements as a way of demonstrating skill or for formal experimentation. Some examples of still life from the Shipley’s painting and craft collections are on display in this gallery.
Pre-Raphaelite Knights Reinventing the Medieval World
The Bowes Museum: Aug 1st 2020 - Nov 8th 2020
Come and see how the Victorian's imagined a world of fairy tales, fantasy, myths and legends. This exhibition will include paintings from prestigious UK collections including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery featuring maidens in distress, knights in armour, saints and chivalry with romance and whimsy in galore. The Pre-Raphaelite movement was a secret brotherhood of painters, writers and poets who rebelled against the promotion of painters like Raphael, whose work they thought looked unreal. Along with paintings by Rossetti, Millais, and Holman Hunt among others, there will also be suits of armour, illustrated editions of books by William Morris and Alfred Tennyson and interactive displays.
Arts Council Collection Print Display
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens: Aug 5th 2020 - Nov 1st 2020
The Arts Council Collection is primarily a collection of modern and contemporary British art, but early on in its history it also acquired prints by major 20th-century European artists alongside British artists, forming an outstanding collection of more than 1,500 printed works by over 500 artists. This is the first in a series of three print displays selected by local community groups from the Arts Council Collection. The display has been chosen by our Art Champions, a fantastic group of people from Sunderland who have been exploring this vast and extraordinary collection. Featuring artworks by Robert Colquhoun, Jeffery Edwards, Patrick Hayman, Tom McGuinness and Chris Ofili.
Huma Bhabha: Against Time
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Sep 19th 2020 - Jan 21st 2021
For her first major survey exhibition in Europe, Bhabha will present a selection of sculptures, comprising found and discarded materials alongside drawings mainly focusing on the human figure.
The Glasgow Boys & Girls
Granary Gallery: Sep 5th 2020 - Nov 15th 2020
The Glasgow Boys and Girls represent the beginnings of modern Scottish painting in the early 1880s, united by their disillusionment with the academic painting of the time, they began to paint contemporary rural subjects, working outdoors and painting directly in front of their subject. The exhibition brings together nearly forty paintings and watercolours, including works from every significant member of the group, and focuses on the period between 1880-1895, when the Glasgow Boys and Girls were at the height of their creativity. Developed in partnership with the renowned Fleming Collection the exhibition features standout works from their collection including paintings by Sir John Lavery’s, The Blue Hungarians (1888); Joseph Crawhall‘s The Bull Ring, Algeciras/Bullfight (1891) and Girl Reading (1896) by George Henry. These are accompanied by a group of rarely seen works from private collections by Edward Arthur Walton, Bessie MacNicol and John Lavery. Many of the rural subjects in the exhibition where painted at Cockburnspath, the Berwickshire village, up the coast from the Granary Gallery, which became an artists’ colony, frequented by all the main members of the Glasgow school, during the early 1880s. The Glasgow Boys & Girls seeks to bring new and greater appreciation for the talents of several female artists, including Flora Macdonald Reid, whose work Fieldworkers (1883), which was painted when she was just 23 years old, is included in the exhibition. It has since come to be recognised as one of the Fleming Collection’s most important works and deemed to be the finest example of Reid's works outside public institutions.
THE MAKING OF HUSBANDS: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Sep 19th 2020 - Feb 21st 2021
A major exhibition that brings together works by Christina Ramberg, her contemporaries and younger artists to explore the urgency her work speaks to contemporary debate around gender and identity.