Art What’s On
Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham
Palace Green Library: Jan 1st 2015 - Dec 31st 2040
This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
Discovery Museum: Nov 22nd 2016 - Nov 1st 2020
Tyneside has a rich history of scientific invention and industrial activity which is told in Tyneside Challenge. Discover some of the most important and interesting inventions made on Tyneside from Stephenson's famous locomotives to the revoluntary Armstrong No.1 Gun and the Mauretania.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery: Nov 22nd 2016 - Nov 1st 2020
Take a journey through South Tyneside from the Bronze Age through to the 20th century in the Changing Faces gallery. See some of the highlights in the museum collection from the archaeological, natural and historical collections.
The Roman Gallery
Segedunum Roman Fort: Nov 22nd 2016 - Nov 1st 2040
Discover what life at the Fort was like for the soldiers who lived there and explore the methods that archaeologists have used to uncover Segedunum's secrets.
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Sep 1st 2016 - Jan 1st 2050
A collection of stories by acclaimed writer Michael Chaplin. The stories aren’t made up, they are all true, and their extraordinary events really happened, just as the equally extraordinary people in them lived and breathed the sea air.
All Our Stories: Our Railway in Years Gone By
Stephenson Railway Museum: Apr 1st 2017 - Oct 30th 2050
This display focuses on the history of the people whose lives were intertwined with the railway industry that ran from Backworth Collieries to the River Tyne from 1800 – 2014. Created by the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association with local residents who contributed their personal stories and memories.
Charge! - The Story of England's Northern Cavalry
Discovery Museum: Oct 21st 2017 - Dec 31st 2080
Discovery Museum is celebrating the launch of a new permanent exhibition which brings the 300 year history of England's Northern Cavalry regiments to life, through previously unseen military objects, historical artefacts and hands-on activities and displays.
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word: Jan 1st 2017 - Dec 30th 2050
This free exhibition celebrates ‘lost words of the North East Dialect’ – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. Language and words evolve, however, this exhibition looks to reignite an interest and use of words that were long used in local shipyards, mines and in street games and social gatherings and are at risk being lost forever. We’ve already celebrated ‘lost’ words linked to mining and the shipyards and we have now refreshed the exhibition to focus on the home and street games. Two new features on the interactive screens include a nod to the region’s food history, with a video recreating some of the North East’s most popular dishes and a second video showcasing the childhood game of skipping and the rhymes that young people in years gone by recited.
Stephenson Railway Museum: Jan 1st 2018 - Dec 31st 2030
Built in Newcastle around 1816 by Robert Stephenson & Company and before the more famous Rocket - is the third oldest locomotive in the world. It worked on the Springwell and Jarrow line, which brought coal to the Tyne from collieries south of Gateshead. Designed by George Stephenson, this was one of the most innovative transport systems of its day.
Chris Killip: The Last Ships
Laing Art Gallery: Sep 8th 2018 - May 24th 2040
Chris Killip’s photographs document the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit while at the same time recording the steady decline of industrial Britain. This exhibition, drawing from his archive, includes previously unpublished photographs of shipbuilding on Tyneside. Initially coming to the North East in 1975 as the Northern Arts Photography Fellow (a two-year photography project jointly financed by Northern Arts and Northern Gas), Chris Killip lived and worked on Tyneside until 1991 when he was recruited by Harvard University to teach photography in its Visual Studies Program.
Watercolour at War
Laing Art Gallery: Nov 17th 2018 - Nov 1st 2040
Stemmed from the Laing’s recent acquisition of Edward Burra’s Landscape with Red Wheels (1937-9), Watercolour at War is the first in a series of exhibitions that critically examine why artists have chosen to use watercolour. Due to suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and a debilitating blood disease, Burra struggled to work upright at a canvas and instead chose to work flat on a table in watercolour. During the First and Second World Wars, war artists used watercolour out of necessity. The medium is portable, adaptable and quicker-drying than oil paint meaning that they could work at speed to capture what was happening around them. The exhibition focuses on the Second World War and the interwar period in Britain. It also highlights wartime printmaking through the Artists International Association (AIA) Everyman Prints.
Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist Exhibition
BALTIC 39: Jul 19th 2019 - Nov 17th 2019
The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist Exhibition will feature work by the five artists shortlisted for Shape Art’s prestigious flagship award: Leah Clements, Laura Genevieve Jones, Amy Rosa McLachlan, Romily Alice Walden and the recipient of the 2019 bursary, Sophie Hoyle.
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.