Art What’s On
Python Gallery: Sep 20th 2019 - Nov 8th 2019
Connor Shields’ work fully embraces the role of the artist as a respondent to the fractious nature of current times. Drawing from personal experience, Connor pertinently illuminates tensions between social, emotional, political and queer agendas. Through an amalgation of found and created materials, the work develops as a sculptural response to the everyday forces that shape our sense of the ‘individual’. An investigation of industrial materials and craft techniques realises a visually powerful dynamic in which the artist explores ideas and experiences of working-class masculinity.
Beetlejuice Film Screening
Newcastle Castle: Sep 20th 2019
A recently deceased couple attempt to drive out the new owners of their home .
Heather Ross: All the Better to Hear You With
Hatton Gallery: Sep 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020
This installation emerged from Ross's 2014-17 project entitled On Being Out of Touch which explored the gaps between information, knowledge and experience, specifically considered in relation to learning about the birds. In All The Better To Hear You With Ross combines these concerns with her research into Kurt Schwitters' experimental approaches to the written and spoken word, exploring the discrepancies between how words are read, perceived, stored in memory and processed internally and orally. Literary works by Schwitters which include: the Ursonata, Anna Blume, Consistent Poetry, Language and typography and orthography: small letters, affirm the agency of the individual to critique conventional linguistic structures and to explore letters, words and sounds as audio-visual material to be re-thought. The discrepancies between how sound is written, perceived or committed to memory are particularly pertinent when processing bird call, where written accounts act as placeholders of experience, awaiting activation.
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.
Judy Hurst – Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity
The Bowes Museum: Sep 21st 2019 - Feb 23rd 2020
udy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another exhibition of intricate illustrative works. She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.
The Warriors Film Screening
Newcastle Castle: Sep 21st 2019
The Warriors must find their way home after the death of a powerful gang leader.
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.
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.
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead: Sep 27th 2019 - Nov 1st 2019
The NewBridge Project and the Solidarity Economy Association have been collaborating to create a useful tool that can make visible and strengthen all of the organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals in the region who are offering an alternative to the extractive and oppressive mainstream economic system. In short, they are creating a map of everything that is helping people to meet their material and social needs in ways that don’t harm people or the planet, and in ways that are contributing to building a more just and sustainable world. Around the world, this type of activity is known as the solidarity economy.
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.
ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein
Hatton Gallery: Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 4th 2020
Hatton Gallery presents works by renowned American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997). The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see such a large grouping of Lichtenstein’s work in the North East of England. It presents a group of 16 screen prints, a ceramic sculpture and loans from Tate and National Galleries of Scotland by the artist known for his paintings based on comic strips, advertising imagery, and overt adaptations of works of art by others. Focusing on the arresting, emotionally charged and/or ambiguous imagery typically found in romance and war comics, Lichtenstein believed the world of images could be reduced to abstract patterning while retaining their original intent as recognisable symbols of reality. The display examines how the artist’s work draws on art history while also responding to cultural and political change from the 1960s onwards.
Celebrating 25 years of The Customs House Pantomime
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Sep 28th 2019 - Jan 5th 2020
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Customs House pantomime and to celebrate, The Word will be opening a FREE exhibition dedicated to ‘The Little Panto with The Big Heart’. Discover the history of the panto and where it began, the traditions and the writing of the script. Find out about the panto performers, the designing of the costumes and set, plus so much more! You can also post a joke that may get read out during this year’s panto - Snow White.