Art What’s On
Thought Foundation: Feb 6th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020
The word "craft" has historically been more closely related to domestic chores than fine art practice. Regarded as women's work embroidery, sewing or knitting were practical skills for the home and family; excluded from the sphere of art history. This exhibition explores the past and present of craft-based contemporary art; considering how we can rewrite women's stories in art history by re-evaluating the significance of craft-based artworks and celebrating the contemporary engagement with craft techniques. The programme will also include opportunities for audiences to learn traditional and contemporary applications of craft.
Sharing Northumberland Stories
Woodhorn Museum : Feb 15th 2020 - Apr 19th 2020
A new exhibition exploring the stories of Northumberland through objects from across all four of our sites. Discover hidden histories of Northumberland and learn about Northumbrian identity.
Pieces of My Jigsaw
Woodhorn Museum : Feb 15th 2020 - Feb 23rd 2020
Rosie and Chris Anderson are passionate about enabling people living with dementia to continue telling their stories. ‘Pieces of My Jigsaw’ is a project which does just that, through conversations, illustrations and songs. It seeks to encourage families who have a loved one living with dementia to record their memories creatively in order to continue sharing them for as long as possible. Displaying the story of the project, which includes information about the participants and their fascinating lives, the original artist’s books that were made as a result of their conversations and a shortened version of the Arts Council funded film about the whole process, with its soundtrack of original songs written by Rosie.
Landscapes and Manscapes: A Theatre of Activity
Newcastle Arts Centre: Feb 1st 2020 - Mar 14th 2020
Exhibition by Michelle Hobby and Johnny Jetstream. Both artists have been practising and exhibiting art since 1999. In sharing an interest in the built and natural environment; they’ve travelled, studied and produced art exploring different themes throughout their creative output. In this exhibition they unite to present a tale of two environments with an overlap in the narrative. Both bring drama through ‘interventions’ using fact and fiction. It’s undeniable that current anxieties echo in the images, along with the story of time. In Johnny’s ‘Manscapes’ to the ancient formations and erosions in Michelle’s landscapes. Both produce provocative images..., and time... humans unique knowledge and concept, ultimately begs the question, where will the future go? Both artists will continue to explore changing landscapes...
The Crystal Gaze by Ursula Mayer
Laing Art Gallery: Dec 1st 2019 - Feb 22nd 2020
It follows three actors – each impeccably dressed in 1920s costume – as they languorously move through the Art Deco splendour of London’s Eltham Palace in a dreamlike exploration of the relationship between living inhabitants and their built environment. This film forms part of The Enchanted Interior.
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead: Jan 25th 2020 - Feb 28th 2020
A war cry akin to the Ancient Greek battle cry Alalazo! or Hip Hip Hurray! A clarion call to join collective action, an invitation to be part of something bigger than yourselves. Eleven artists have been brought together and initiated into the mythos of Newcastle/Sheffield based collective TOTALLER. Their initiation took place over several months and included a field-trip, experimental guided meditations and the injunction to produce artworks/weapons to be absorbed into the arsenal of TOTALLER.
Backshift: Bob Olley at 80
Mining Art Gallery: Feb 15th 2020 - May 10th 2020
One of the North East’s best-loved artists, a special exhibition to celebrate his 80th birthday, Bob looks back on his artistic career and reveals how the heart and humour of the people of the North East have inspired his work. It will feature more than 30 of Bob’s works, offering a window into his perspective on the reality of the mining world and community life surrounding it in the North East of England.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Trail
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens: Jan 18th 2020 - Feb 23rd 2020
2020 is the Year of the Rat, but can you find the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac hiding in the Museum? Find all the clues and answer the questions to claim a themed prize.
Black and White
The Exchange: Feb 6th 2020 - Mar 4th 2020
Preview: 6th February, 7.30pm. Art exhibition by local, abstract artist JohnE showing a reaction to the techniques of Jackson Pollock with the reintroduction of form.
Hancock Gallery: Jan 1st 2020 - Apr 1st 2020
The Hancock Gallery showcases rare and wonderful art by renowned national and international artists, in an iconic Georgian building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They have an exciting new art collection plus a new range of stunning books available from the gallery.
Kara Chin: Sentient-Mecha-Furniture
BALTIC 39: Jan 26th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020
Kara Chin presents manifestations of fictional future household appliances gone rogue, a modern retelling of tsukumogami (in Japanese folklore these are tools that have acquired a spirit) where our smart household appliances transform into sentient home devices, sprouting limbs and morphing into bizarre hybrid contraptions.
Excess and the Everyday
Shipley Art Gallery: Feb 1st 2020 - Sep 30th 2020
Looking at Still life from the 17th century to the present. Still life has proved a popular subject in Western art since the 17th century. Historic still life paintings frequently pictured luxury items of the day in order to celebrate material pleasures such as food and wine, as well as to warn of the temporality of these pleasures and the brevity of human life. Since the late 19th century, artists and makers have generally used simpler still life arrangements as a way of demonstrating skill or for formal experimentation. Some examples of still life from the Shipley’s painting and craft collections are on display in this gallery.
Gala Gallery: Feb 1st 2020 - Mar 28th 2020
This year’s Gala Gallery Open Exhibition Commission 2020 was awarded to North East artists Alice Highet and Chris Plant for their collaborative vision celebrating Durham as a place of sanctuary. Wonder:wander will take you on a multi-sensory, audio-visual pilgrimage, with an immersive installation that will give people space to step outside the fast pace of everyday life, slow down and find their own space.