Art What’s On
Alexander Millar: A Retrospective
Hancock Gallery: Apr 27th 2019 - Dec 1st 2019
Opening show, delves into the prolific, heartwarming career of one of the UK’s most beloved artists. The show will feature paintings from Alexander Millar's personal collection, as well as sculptures and prints that are no longer available elsewhere in the world. On the gallery’s top floor, audiences will enjoy a separate collection of eclectic works by renowned national and international artists like Billy Childish, Maggi Hambling, Martin Creed, and many more.
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.
North Atlantic Drift: Migrations
The Old Low Light: Apr 30th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019
An exhibition installed in the Boat for the Old Low Light cultural and heritage centre on North Shields Fish Quay which hints at the migration of peoples, ideas and beliefs around the North Atlantic regions as mirrored in the migratory patterns of sea birds. The 36 pieces are made entirely from postage stamps, envelopes and postcards.
Brilliant Bricks: A LEGO Timeline of Northern Innovation
Discovery Museum: Jul 20th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Pioneering northerners have been transforming our world with their clever inventions for centuries. This exhibition, built by LEGO creator Steve Mayes, highlights what the North has done for the world through 45 intricate models, using 50,000 mini bricks. See how many of these northern innovations you recognise in this 3D timeline, which features everything from the Geordie Lamp, Stephenson's Rocket and Turbinia through to the futuristic Hyperloop. Don't forget to look for the real life Geordie inventions around the museum.
Elmer’s Great North Parade
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Aug 21st 2019 - Nov 1st 2019
The Word will be taking part in Elmer’s Great North Parade, which will run for 11 weeks from August to November 2019. In honour of their Amazing Space exhibition and the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, The Word will be welcoming Elmer Armstrong during the trail – a celebration of the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.
Chai & Chat
Gateshead Central Library: Jul 17th 2019 - Oct 26th 2019
GemArts have worked with GVEMSG Women’s Feel Good Group and artist Michelle Wood on a visual arts project, exploring family histories and the tradition of making ‘Chai’ Indian tea. Recipes are often individual, involving a unique combination of spices like fennel, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves amongst others and handed down through generations. This exhibition presents textile artwork inspired by each family’s unique chai recipe. Each piece includes a collection of handmade elements where stitching, crochet and fabric staining sits alongside family photographs, handwritten recipes and fragments of maps of South East Asia.
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.
Keap Creative Leftovers
Newbiggin Maritime Centre: Sep 1st 2019 - Oct 31st 2019
An exhibition of art.
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 Old School Gallery: Sep 6th 2019 - Oct 20th 2019
Over the past decade John has built up a strong following in the North for his evocative, loosely brushed watercolours which seem to capture effortlessly the quality of light and grandness of scale of Northumberland. Sketching and using water-based media John is inspired by shadow play and sudden dramatic changes in the quality of light on land and water.
Hockney and Hollywood
The Bowes Museum: Jul 13th 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
Welcoming Hollywood to The Bowes Museum in the form of a major photo montage by Britain's most famous living artist. The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by film director Nicolas Roeg (best known for directing amongst others The Witches) for the movie Insignificance that starred his wife Theresa Russell as Marilyn Monroe. Accompanying this are original photographs taken by Roeg observing Hockney at work on the picture.
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.
Writing On The Wall
City Library: Oct 11th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019
An exhibition of calligraphy from The Society of Northumbrian Scribes