Art What’s On
Laing Art Gallery: Apr 1st 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
This exhibition of clothed portraits draws from the collections of the Laing Art Gallery and Hatton Gallery. Highlights include key works by leading artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Allan Ramsay, William Orpen, George Clausen and Chris Ofili, Thomas Lawrence, Augustus John, Sir John Lavery, Beryl Fowler and Christina Robertson.
Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour
Laing Art Gallery: Jun 29th 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
Featuring works being displayed for the first time, this exhibition showcases Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's cherished watercolour collection, revealing the royal couple’s private passion for documenting their public and private lives together. This touring exhibition features more than 60 works and marks the bicentenary of the births of both Victoria and Albert.
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre presents Fantastic Fairground Factory
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: Jun 29th 2019 - Oct 6th 2019
Discover the secrets of the fairground with exhibits designed to baffle, bemuse and bewilder. The Fantastic Fairground Factory exhibition allows visitors to peek behind the scenes at the mechanical marvels, games, automata and hands on activities of the funfair. Experience all the fun of the fair (and the science behind it!) with marble runs, zoetrope, optical illusions, buzzwire races and highly humorous automata in a magical vibrant setting for all ages to enjoy.
Inspired by… Children
Queen's Hall Arts Centre: Jul 20th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
This summer’s exhibition will focus on art inspired by children’s books and theatre. With something interesting for all the family just drop in to take a look and be inspired to make your own art. A mini-cini will feature family-friendly animation created by digital artists – so bring your mini-superhero along to see something new and exciting.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre: Jun 1st 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
An exhibition of Art 'n Evryfink.
Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home
Discovery Museum: Jun 22nd 2019 - Nov 3rd 2019
In tribute to Tyneside’s diverse population, this powerful series of portraits by photographer Jeremy Abrahams documents the experience of people who have migrated to the region from overseas. The exhibition captures the stories of 40 individuals who settled here between 1939 and 2018 and explores why they left their country of origin and provides an insight into how they feel about their adopted home. The debate around immigration has long been an ongoing one. Jeremy’s documentary style focuses on positive representations of migration and related issues, and invites visitors to consider their own attitudes towards immigration.
Turner: Northern Exposure
Granary Gallery: May 25th 2019 - Oct 13th 2019
Features original works by JMW Turner, one of the most renowned of English Romantic artists and explores how the landscape of the North of England transformed him from an architectural draughtsman to a poet of the landscape sublime. Focusing on his 1797 Northern Tour, the exhibition traces Turner’s journey as he left London and travelled up the country visiting many of the great castles and abbeys of Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland, before reaching Berwick and turning west to Cumbria and the Lakes. The journey is illustrated by 13 colour studies on loan from the Turner bequest at Tate with further works focusing specifically on Northumberland from the V&A and Manchester Art Gallery.
Northern Festival of Illustration
Hartlepool Art Gallery: Jun 1st 2019 - Sep 15th 2019
The exhibition element of the festival will be showing work by the likes of Axel Scheffle, Drew Millward, Dwayne Bell, Victorian Turnbull and many more. The award winning biennial returns to Hartlepool this summer. The exhibition element of the festival will be showing work by the likes of Axel Scheffle, Drew Millward, Dwayne Bell, Victorian Turnbull and many more. You can view the full list of participating artists at festivalofillustration.com
The Secret Garden
Bishop Auckland Town Hall: Jul 8th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019
An immersive installation for children and their families that allows interaction with sounds and visuals through movement play. In this part of the gallery, children experience a virtual garden, with each area offering open ended, playful and creative movement activities.
Work & Workers
Side Gallery: Jun 22nd 2019 - Sep 8th 2019
Following on from last year’s hugely successful exhibition About the North: Imagined Dialogues (their most visited exhibition ever!), Dean Chapman curates a new collection of photographs exploring the central theme of work. These photographs are sourced from the Amber archive, one of the largest and most important collections of social documentary photography in the world.
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 Origins of British Landscape
Auckland Castle: Jun 1st 2019 - Sep 8th 2019
The inaugural exhibition in the Bishop Trevor Gallery, a space which has never previously been open to the public. This exhibition explores the inception and development of the British landscape tradition in the second half of the 18th century, when landscape painting emerged as a genre in its own right. It includes masterpieces by Gainsborough, Lorrain and Stubbs.
Game On 2.0
Life Science Centre: May 25th 2019 - Sep 4th 2019
From Space Invaders to Sonic, Minecraft to Mario, Game On 2.0 is an exhibition on the past five decades of computer gaming. Explore the vibrant history, culture and future of gaming, entertainment and technology through more than 150 playable games. Retro aficionados can play on consoles from the 1970s with a dedicated arcade games section, including Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong. Grab your friends, family and dance partners to have a go on multiplayer games such as Just Dance and Wii Sports Resorts. In the ‘Futures’ section, you can learn about the continuing development of gaming, including how virtual reality is making ever-more immersive experiences.