Art What’s On
Skills and Techniques
National Glass Centre: Sep 15th 2018 - Sep 30th 2019
Artists and designers often develop and master specific skills and techniques. This exhibition presents the work of world-leading practitioners specialising in a range of glass and ceramic techniques. Each approach is represented by works of art created in recent years, and approximately one hundred years ago, to show the changes in approach, that occur over time.
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.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Jul 5th 2019 - Sep 29th 2019
A major new survey exhibition presenting new works by 15 early-career artists from across the UK. Survey is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood Visual Art’s 12 years of programming, spanning a breadth of disciplines. Exhibiting artists: Chris Alton, Simeon Barclay, Hazel Brill, Flo Brooks, Emma Cousin, Joe Fletcher Orr, Tom Goddard, Ashley Holmes, Lindsey Mendick, Nicole Morris, Milly Peck, Anna Raczynski, Will Sheridan Jr, Rae-Yen Song and Frank Wasser.
Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist Exhibition
BALTIC 39: Jul 19th 2019 - Nov 17th 2019
The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist Exhibition will feature work by the five artists shortlisted for Shape Art’s prestigious flagship award: Leah Clements, Laura Genevieve Jones, Amy Rosa McLachlan, Romily Alice Walden and the recipient of the 2019 bursary, Sophie Hoyle.
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.
Segedunum Roman Fort: May 25th 2019 - Sep 25th 2019
This exhibition explores the depiction of ancient Rome's great northern frontier of Hadrian’s Wall in cartoons. The exhibition will feature cartoons from the 19th to the 21st century, including some originally produced for Punch and the Illustrated London Evening News. Also featuring are works of the late Roger Oram, who produced the Arbeia Society magazine, and many other cartoon works imagining life on Hadrian’s Wall.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure
Great North Museum: Hancock: May 18th 2019 - Oct 6th 2019
Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's famous Diplodocus cast 'Dippy' is coming to the Great North Museum: Hancock in May 2019. Dippy lived in London for over 100 years but now he's on an adventure around the UK. The Diplodocus was unveiled to the British public in 1905 and was cast from the type specimen found in America. The full skeleton is 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high. Come and see Dippy and get inspired about the natural world!
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.