Art What’s On
Gateshead’s Historic Quayside
St Mary's Heritage Centre: Sep 13th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019
Gateshead began life as a small settlement on the south bank of the River Tyne. Over the centuries the riverside area of the town developed into a bustling commercial, residential and industrial area. This display brings together historic photographs of streets, buildings and other interesting features that once defined the riverside.
Open Exhibition 2019
Gallagher & Turner: Aug 22nd 2019 - Oct 5th 2019
Gallagher & Turner present an exhibition of North Eastern artists selected from an open call, featuring a wide range of works.
Thoughtful Planet 3
Thought Foundation: Sep 4th 2019 - Nov 13th 2019
Environmental art exhibition exploring environmental issues.
Pills, Skills and Thrills
The Witham: Sep 12th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019
The Witham today is a thriving centre for the arts, creativity and business. Based on research in the archives and displaying a wealth of photographs and documentary material, this exhibition traces the Witham’s history from its foundation in the 1840s as a Dispensary, Mechanics’ Institute and Library serving the working poor of Teesdale. Beginning with the remarkable philanthropy of the founders, Henry Witham and a group of local gentry, we follow its vigorous growth and expansion through the 1800s and 1900s, to its eventual flowering as the region’s main venue for cultural and social events.
Framing the Land Photography Exhibition
The Witham: Jul 18th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019
The rocks beneath our feet shape the landscape around us, and in the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark they tell a story spanning 500 million years. See the work of the latest photographers to be inspired by this landscape. This is an exhibition of the top entries into the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2019 Framing the Land photography competition.
Music of the Spheres
Hartlepool Art Gallery: Sep 21st 2019 - Nov 9th 2019
Collaboration between UK artist Charlotte Jarvis, scientist Dr. Nick Goldman and classical musicians The Kreutzer Quartet. Music of the Spheres used bioinformatics technology developed Nick at the European Bioinformatics Institute in 2012 to encode a musical recording onto DNA for the first time. The DNA has been suspended in soap solution and used by Charlotte to create performances and installations filled with bubbles. The ‘recording’ fills the air, pops on visitors’ skin and literally bathes the audience in music.
Community not Commodities
Shieldfield Art Works: Sep 17th 2019 - Nov 19th 2019
An exhibition, events, workshops and discussions using printmaking to explore the emotional value of home and communities, in an age when financial value is often placed before community value.
Execution of Justice
Ushaw College: Jul 5th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Mat Collishaw has created a site-specific installation at Ushaw that explores themes of martyrdom, treason, worship and heresy. It features one of the real treasures at Ushaw: an eagle designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, the Gothic Revival architect best known for designing the interior of the Houses of Parliament. He also designed some of the buildings and many interior features at Ushaw and the renowned British artist Mat Collishaw was inspired by his work to create ‘Execution of Justice’, which will be installed in the ornate ante-chapel of the Chapel of St Cuthbert. This will feature a large animatronic eagle that will ‘face off’ with Pugin’s bird. Collishaw’s will be able to look around and twitch, raise its wings to full span, while also teasing and torturing a mechanical mouse. The eagles tensely represent both victim and aggressor, provoking thoughts of two opposing viewpoints of Christianity: Protestant and Catholic, martyr and heretic.
Kirsty Harris: A Foul and Awesome Display
Vane: Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019
Harris’s paintings depicting nuclear bomb tests are vast and confrontational, depicting moments of manufactured violence that radically disrupt the landscape. “I’m interested in the decisive moment, a meditation on a split second. That split second iconically represents our race to self-destruction. The beauty and awe of the landscape, the dust, the glow, the force of the explosion. The myths surrounding the characters in this master-plan to kill ourselves off. The fight for survival. We’ve shown ourselves THE END.”
George Clark: Double Ghosts
The Gymnasium Gallery: Sep 25th 2019 - Oct 27th 2019
A multi-part exhibition which traverses the Pacific drawing on historical fragments, traces and ghosts from the coasts of Chile to a mountain cemetery in Taiwan. Exploring the status and potential of unrealised and fragmented histories, the exhibition draws together 35mm film, sound recordings, script fragments, photography and archival material filmed and gathered in Chile, France and Taiwan.
Black & White
No. 42: Sep 4th 2019 - Nov 2nd 2019
This exhibition, themed around the absence of colour, is making a comeback to the gallery space as local artists prove limited colour does not limit creativity.
Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'
Oriental Museum: Sep 26th 2019 - Dec 15th 2019
This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections. Interface members explored Durham University’s Western Art collection, which includes prints, drawing and sculpture. The themes of this collection include Pop Art, British Modernism, the St Ives Group, and the Pitmen Painters.
Women: a Cartography
Arts Centre Washington: Sep 27th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019
Artists Rachel Cochrane and Maggie Hickman Smith bring together arts and science in this creative response to the cellular pathology from their hysterectomy and mastectomy operations. The exhibition is further inspired by the recent tour to Sunderland of the work of polymath Leonardo da Vinci who died in 1519. Rachel and Maggie use a variety of creative techniques old and new: from drawing with gall wood ink to digital photography and film. The artists also explore five hundred years of development in our understanding of the human body – from da Vinci’s anatomical drawings to the latest digital imaging of microscopic cellular pathology.