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Dressing Room No.1

Born and raised in Bishop Auckland, photographer Sophie Teasdale has been delving behind the scenes into a world that we rarely get to see…backstage in theatres. For over a decade Sophie has photographed actors and musicians in the safe haven of their dressing rooms, from local North East venues to London’s West End, with the aim to capture that golden moment somewhere between real life and the bright lights of the stage.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Mar 2nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

SCRAN! A history of Food & Drink in South Tyneside

Food and drink is the mouth-watering theme for South Shields Museum’s latest exhibition. The exhibition charts the story of food and drink across South Tyneside and celebrates the traditional cuisine of the North East, from regional favourites such as stottie cakes and leek pudding, to singing hinnies and panaculty. In this exhibition, visitors can discover South Tyneside’s evolving food and drink story, from Roman times up to the present day, and learn of the origins of some of the borough’s most iconic eateries, including Colmans fish and chips, Dicksons pork butchers and Minchella & Co’s ice cream.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Jul 18th 2023 - Jan 25th 2025
Opening Times:
Sat 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Ushaw Editions

In collaboration with Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, a display of new work in response to residencies at Ushaw by contemporary artists Maite Cascón, Natasha Michaels and Lindsey Moran.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £10/child £6/under 5s Free

Murmuration

Immerse yourself in the world of birds, exploring avian symbolism in art and trace its significance across time and cultures. Murmuration presents a wide selection of work from artists and makers from various generations, backgrounds and contexts whose work ranges across drawing, sculpture, film and installation. Delve into the pivotal role birds play as indicators to the health of the environment, reflecting the urgent climate crisis and, through the work of artists and makers, ponder the metaphor of birds as messengers of home and belonging. Examine the complexity and nuance around the collecting of taxidermy, from its role as a teaching resource to its connections to scientific racism and colonial exploitation, and consider the ethical and cultural implications of preserving animals for study and display. Through this show, discover the profound relationships we share with birds; transcending species barriers and fostering kinship. Murmuration is a reminder of the common spaces we inhabit and the interconnectedness that binds us.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Jan 27th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£17.50/under 18s Free

Sonia Burn: Solo Exhibition

An exhibition of new work by County Durham-based artist and art group leader Sonia Burn.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Aug 26th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10 / Children £6 / under 5s free

Glass World

In recent years National Glass Centre has developed a permanent collection of international Studio Glass that includes work by artists from or based in thirty different countries, from Sweden to New Zealand and the United States to Japan. This exhibition presents a wide selection of the works held in our collection and creates an opportunity to celebrate the international reach of artists working in glass.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Oct 14th 2023 - May 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Seb Trend: XTRALIFE

Central to XTRALIFE is a series of ‘melted photographs’ in artist made frames produced specifically for the exhibition. This marks the first time the photographs have been exhibited together as a solo show and builds on Trend’s ongoing investigations into states of ‘in-between’: molten and solid, representation and abstraction, permanence and momentary.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 9th 2024 - Jun 9th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Laura Lancaster: My Echo, My Shadow

My Echo, My Shadow is the largest solo show to date of British painter Laura Lancaster. Presenting new paintings and drawings made over the last few years My Echo, My Shadow delves into the current practice of one of the North East’s most celebrated and accomplished painters. The source of Lancaster’s paintings and drawings are found photographs, slides and cine films of strangers, purchased from online auction sites, flea markets and junk shops. She translates the lost and discarded memories into paintings which sit ambiguously between abstraction and figuration. The highly gestural, visceral and expressive application of paint allows the everyday and mundane to become surreal, grotesque and poignantly melancholic.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Jun 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Feline-Thropic

Kicking off the summer in feline style at Redcar Palace, Feline-Thropic explores the human cat relationship through time. Alongside invited artists Feline-Thropic will feature newly commissioned tributes to Teesside cats past and present. The “Open Calls not Cat Calls” wall will invite anyone who has created a picture of a cat to bring it along and install it for the duration of the exhibition whilst the “Cat Tat” space will explore the material culture of our cat obsession in collaboration with Blooming Youth Collective and local animal charities.

Venue:
The Redcar Palace, Palace 28, 28-29 Esplanade, Redcar, TS10 3AE
Date:
May 11th 2024 - Jun 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia

Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839), on loan from the National Gallery, will be the centrepiece of the exhibition, which explores the rise of steam power and industry in Britain. Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia will include over 20 works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), one of Britain’s greatest and most prolific painters. The Fighting Temeraire, one of the artist’s best-known works, is a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire, which played a distinguished role in The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting shows the final journey of the ship as it is towed along the river Thames by a modern paddle-wheel steam tug in 1838, towards its final berth in Rotherhithe to be broken up for scrap.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
May 10th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
£5/£4/under 21s Free

New Perspectives: L-INKing Communities

We are all part of a community. Some communities we choose; some are chosen for us. We find community where we live, learn, socialise and practise our beliefs. Our communities include the families we are born into, the families we select, our friends, colleagues, and the society we are all part of. Our communities offer us space and support to share interests, ideas and values. Community means different things to different people. This display, curated by L-INK, brings together artworks that explore the architecture and activity that communities share. To us, community offers comfort, it means home, it means belonging.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Nov 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Vince Rea

This new exhibition charts the life of Vincent Rea, a local artist and gallery-owner who was best-known for transforming a disused Cold War bunker in Springwell Park, Jarrow, into the nationally recognised Bede Gallery. The exhibition showcases a wide variety of Rea’s creative works, including ceramics, abstract artworks, line drawings and photographs.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Nov 20th 2023 - Jun 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Sat 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

A Century of Wedding Gowns

Over 70 wedding dresses, including replicas of well-known royal wedding gowns, stunningly displayed throughout Ushaw’s magnificent and architecturally significant Chapels.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £10/child £6/under 5s Free

Colourwheel 2024

An exhibition of new work by the flourishing art group based at Ushaw.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Apr 27th 2024 - Jun 16th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10 / Children £6 / under 5s free

Jacqueline Poncelet: In the Making

MIMA presents a solo exhibition surveying 50 years of work by acclaimed artist Jacqueline Poncelet. Poncelet’s work is characterised by a restless exploration of materials and making that is evident throughout her practice. As an artist she is fascinated by how tastes and fashions play out in the ways that humans dress, decorate living spaces, shape architecture and build infrastructures. Working across diverse media, Poncelet gathers and transforms patterns found in our cityscapes and rural landscapes.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Feb 1st 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

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People’s Art

This exhibition will celebrate art created by unnamed artists. Objects referred to as Popular Art or Folk Art were often beautiful, functional and part of daily life. They reflect our economic and social history and were often remarkably well made, evidenced by their survival for decades or more through constant use. Despite the historic and aesthetic importance of these objects we rarely ask ‘who was the artist?’, or consider their importance within the history of art and design. People’s Art will aim to elevate the profile of popular art by commissioning five contemporary artists to respond to selected objects loaned from Compton Verney’s Folk Art collection and from a private collection. The newly commissioned works will be shown alongside the loans, encouraging the visitor to think about the principles we apply when considering the value of art.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Sep 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Flora: Plants in Roman Life

The Romans not only used plants for food, medicine, and dyeing, but also in religious ceremonies and as decoration. They wore wreaths of flowers and leaves during dinner parties, and decorated buildings and military standards during annual Rose Festivals. This exhibition explores the importance and everyday use of plants in Roman life.

Venue:
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
Date:
Mar 25th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024
Opening Times:
Sat 11:00 - 16:00 , Sun 13:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Space Investigators North East

This immersive exhibition takes you on a multi-sensory journey into the hidden worlds of the Universe. There's so much to learn about how advances in technology are constantly unveiling new areas of the universe for us to investigate. With every advance, we learn more and more about how our beautiful planet sits amongst the endless beauty and wonder of space. Whilst on your 'galactic voyage' through this exhibition you can discover some of the objects of astronomical importance that were designed and made right here in the North East, as well as learning about the cutting-edge astronomy research that still takes place in the region today. This exhibition has been designed and curated in collaboration with a team of Astrophysicists at Newcastle University.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Mar 30th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Rome Transformed

Immerse yourself in a series of epic 3D visualisations and embark on a time-travelling journey alongside experts at Newcastle University. Follow the journey as archaeologists delved deep into the Ancient City of Rome, uncovering the grand tapestry of history, marked by seismic shifts in politics, armies, and religion using cutting edge technology. Their quest posed critical questions about investigating ancient cities, exploring suburban mysteries, and discerning the ripple effects of Rome's transformations on a broader scale from 1st to 8th centuries CE. This is the story of Rome Transformed, where history comes to life through the lens of innovation and exploration.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Collecting the Past

The aim of many of the local museums set up in the nineteenth century was to have ‘the world under one roof’, so they collected a wide range of objects from around the world, including archaeological pieces. This exhibition looks at some of these objects and explores what we know – or don’t know – about them now.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£6.95/£4.95/u-21s Free

Streets Above

Housing built for ship-workers in the late nineteenth-century once covered the whole site of the Roman fort and the surrounding areas. Most of these streets were demolished in the 1970s and 1980s, and the area was transformed. These photographs are records of those streets, and how this area once looked very different.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£6.95/£4.95/u-21s Free

Long Exposures Along the North East Coast: A photography exhibition by Bill Simpson

"As an amateur photographer I embarked on a project to photograph various locations along the north east using the particular photographic technique of long exposure. I used this technique because of the interesting visual effects it can produce on moving water. These can range from showing the power and beauty of water flowing back to the sea; to making a moving sea look quite still."

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
May 7th 2024 - Jun 7th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

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Felting Connections: An exhibition by Lena Archbold

An exhibition by Ukrainian-born textile artist Len Archbold, based in the North East of England. It is inspired by her artistic journey to address her personal traumas and process of recovery and well-being through her creative practice. Lena uses felt as a canvas to intertwine textures and colours and tell stories of her passion and resilience. The exhibition will showcase her works, a vessel through which she teaches and shares felting techniques and skills. These works symbolise the boundless possibilities that unfold fostering a worldwide community of feltmakers. The exhibition showcases the boundless possibilities that unfold through participatory creativity, fostering a global community of feltmakers.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00 , Mon 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Collection Display

On display across National Glass Centre are a selection of photographic works taken from Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art’s Collection (NGCA). The photographic works were originally exhibited as part of exhibitions held at NGCA during its existence at Fawcett Street, Sunderland and now National Glass Centre. They delve into extraordinary worlds, mapping the contours of Alpine glaciers, a 3D model of a tree surrounded by a blanket of millions of individual crystals and document the lives of stage entertainers across the world from Las Vegas to India to Blackpool. Artworks on display by Michelle Allen, Alice Hawkins, Dan Holdsworth, John Kippin, Tim Mitchell, Kelly Richardson and Simon Roberts.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jan 16th 2024 - Dec 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Laura Pedley

Inspired by big skies and open spaces Laura paints beautiful abstract landscapes. This - her first large scale solo exhibition at the gallery - is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a broader selection of these ethereal works presented in her signature dreamlike soft pastel colour palette.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
May 17th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Drawing attention: emerging artists in dialogue

Experience some of the most compelling artists in the field of contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from the British Museum collection. Works using make-up on face wipes by Sin Wai Kin, to a drawing made with chalk collected from the White Cliffs of Dover by Josephine Baker are paired with artists such as Andy Warhol and Barbara Hepworth. Newly created artistic responses from Northern School of Art students, along with a range of pieces from Hartlepool’s own fine art collection chosen and reinterpreted by the Hartlepool Young Producers, complete the line-up.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
May 18th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

On The Map: Treasures from Ushaw’s Library Collection

An exhibition highlighting some of the significant maps and atlases in Ushaw’s Library collection. Following digitisation by Palace Green Library, a number of rare and interesting maps will be reproduced and shown on the Gallery walls. Original maps – including the first ever maritime atlas and an early road map of Britain – will be shown in display cases. A companion exhibition exploring the mapping of the north and north east will be shown in the Outdoor Art Gallery.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £10/child £6/under 5s Free

Spirit of Invention: A world of creativity from Victorian Britain to the present day

This new family friendly exhibition was inspired by some of the thousands of creative designs registered with the Board of Trade from 1839 onwards which are housed at The National Archives. See contemporary technology alongside eye-catching inventions from the Victorian era – including a ventilating top hat and a typewriter for visually impaired people. With hands-on interactive activities, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing and inventing.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Oceans of Kindness

An exploration of the cumulative power of words, creativity and kindness sparked by children’s imagination. Children from Christchurch Primary, Hotspur Primary and Shieldfield Youth Programme have written their own collection of ‘poems of kindness’ and then delicately adorned these onto majestic large-scale willow fish lanterns. The final gathered shoal of fish will feature in a twilight community parade and exhibition at Shieldfield Art Works, before migrating to Ouseburn Festival to become part of a kindness trail. Come and walk among the ocean of kindness, experience this symphony of benevolence and ‘swim’ among the shoals of fish, as we stand for kindness as a community together. You can also make your own fridge haiku poems and share your own stories of kindness.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
May 4th 2024 - Jun 13th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

She Shall Be Called Woman

A body of work which celebrates women, by women. The images, by photographer Elaine Vizor, span a decade showing contemporary and environmental portraiture of females in different roles and landscapes, and in the accompanying soundscape, by writer and broadcaster Marie Gardiner, you hear the voices of some of those featured in the images and the authentic sounds of the Durham Dales.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Mar 2nd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

There is Light in the Fissures

There is Light in the Fissures is a new exhibition at Belsay Hall. Created by Turner Prize nominee Ingrid Pollard MBE, the works explore the landscape and natural materials which Belsay is made of and aim to bring the outside in. Discover pieces in the dramatic Pillar Hall and jurassic feeling Quarry Gardens.

Venue:
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland, NE20 0DX
Date:
Feb 10th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024
Opening Times:
10th Feb - 14th Jul 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
From £11.30

Sonia Strong

Sonia Strong is an artist from the North East of England, she has been painting and sketching for many years. Mainly oil on canvas and pencil drawings. She trained in Las Vegas in 2002 as an airbrush artist and educated for an American art company. She now produces custom made canvases for businesses & individuals. Sonia is excited to showcase her artwork at the Washington Arts Centre, especially her new Northern Lights collection.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Apr 30th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Shells, shores and beyond: A global collection of a Georgian lady

See an extraordinary 18th century shell collection on display at Chesters Roman Fort. It was believed to be lost, but was returned to English Heritage after being saved from a skip. There are spectacular shells on display, including an extinct species and several shells believed to have been sent back from Captain Cook’s ill-fated third voyage.

Venue:
Chesters Fort and Museum, on B6318 nr. Chollerford, nr. Chollerford, Northumberland, NE46 4EU
Date:
Mar 12th 2024 - Nov 3rd 2024
Opening Times:
12th Mar - 3rd Nov 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
From £8.60

Bobby Chainbridge and Margarita Frančeska Ieva Loze

Bobby Chainbridge (some say the he’s the alter ego of artist Andrew Mitchell, but who really knows?) catalogues the People, Places and Pints of the North East's greatest clubs; both past & present. His work captures the “alone, but together” conviviality that made and makes social clubs a staple of Northern life. Margarita Frančeska Ieva Loze's work is an exploration of the subtle beauty of life’s moments and a celebration of the poetics of the ordinary. Her recent work combines textile production with the use of found objects. Through her experimental narrative approach, Margarita makes a dreamlike ontology, to capture the nuances of spatial, temporal and poetic navigation.

Venue:
OWTSIDE Gallery, No More Nowt, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP
Date:
Dec 12th 2023 - Oct 31st 2024
Opening Times:
12th Dec 2023 - 31st Oct 2024 TBC
Price:
Free

Kirsty Adams Ceramics Showcase

Kirsty Adams is an award-winning ceramicist, making wheel-thrown pieces for the home for over twenty years. She originally trained at Brighton Art College, and then on the potters’ wheel in Japan. This showcase presents limited edition, one-off and upscaled pieces from three of her prestigious collections taking influence from Iceland, Japan and Northumberland.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 16th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Mushroom Sculpt By Threads in the Ground

Threads in the Ground is a climate hope organisation. Their latest project is a collaboration with The Biscuit Factory and Forum Books, taking recycled cardboard and adding a mycelium spore to create a new product - one that has the potential to replace polystyrene or be kiln baked to become weatherproof. Using this material they are creating a pop-up bookshop - designed by Architects at Heatherwick Studio - which launches at THE LATE SHOWS on the 17 May. This pop-up structure will become a venue for a month-long programme of talks and curated book selection.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
May 17th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The World of Childhood

An exhibition for all ages providing fun and thought provoking childhood experiences. It will provide the visitor with an insight into how experiences have changed over time, by using images, literature, activities and information. The exhibition has been locally curated drawing inspiration from playful histories. Come along and gain a new perspective on childhood through this exciting exhibition, providing visitors with an opportunity to engage in childhood games and a range of activities. Leave your mark on the exhibition, by creating your own artefact that can be added to the visitor display wall.

Venue:
Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX
Date:
Apr 25th 2024 - Sep 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £5/conc £4/children £1

North East Emerging Artist Award

A collaboration between curator, Matthew Jarratt and Seaton Delaval Hall, the NE Emerging Artist Award takes inspiration from the hall’s long-standing history of supporting and encouraging emerging creative talent. The award aims to showcase site specific contemporary art in an historic context. See 2022/23 winners Rachel Blackwell’s Flight of the Pipistrelles, inspired by the bats that live in the hall; Jacob Goff’s Many Hands, exploring the contributions made by volunteers and Wambui Hardcastle’s Time Flies in the Blink of an Eye, which encourages you to think about Seaton Delaval Hall in the future.

Venue:
Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, NE26 4QR
Date:
May 15th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Sun-Wed and Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
£13/£6.50 child

Rob Rez

Artist Rob Rez has been working with local arts promotion charity Northern Roots over the past four years, and during that time he’s produced a number of portraits of the region’s rising music stars, including local R&B/rap artist Kay Greyson, rapper Kema Kay as well as the founders of the Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir Mathapelo Imarhiagbe and Chinyere Igun. Rez has also painted the likes of Sting (who proclaimed his work “beautiful”) and Martin Luther King (with emphasis on King’s connection with Newcastle).

Venue:
Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle, NE3 3HD
Date:
Apr 22nd 2024 - Jun 30th 2024
Opening Times:
22nd Apr - 30th Jun 2024 TBC
Price:
Free

Working Lives

Working Lives brings together artworks dating from the 1880s to 2024 held in the Middlesbrough Collection and are shown alongside loaned pieces by contemporary artists connected with Cleveland Art Society. The exhibition examines the creative lives of artists working in the Tees Valley and highlights the importance of artist groups and the support structures that have been built by artists in the region. A new film made using Artificial Intelligence (AI) asks questions about what collections mean to different people.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Apr 25th 2024 - Aug 18th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Dry Run Exhibition 2024

Dry Run Exhibition 2024: University of Sunderland's 25th annual showcase at Shipley Art Gallery introduces the works of 16 emerging glass and ceramics artists. Despite early career stages, their pieces reflect professionalism and originality. Hosted at the prestigious Shipley Art Gallery, the event underscores the university's esteemed reputation in arts education and research, with alumni making significant contributions globally.

Venue:
Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Fri 10:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Queen’s Hall Photo Open

Welcome to the Queen’s Hall Photo Open, an exhibition that celebrates the creativity and diversity of photographers and artists across the North East. This showcase is dedicated to the square-format photograph - a unique and challenging medium that encourages artists to think differently about composition and storytelling.

Venue:
Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Date:
May 3rd 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Mike Pinkney

Mike Pinkney lives in Hexham and enjoys trying to capture the beautiful buildings and atmosphere of the place in his prints. He also loves exploring the hills, coastline, towns and cities of the North East which provide endless inspiration. This exhibition showcases a selection of Mike’s work depicting Hexham, the Northumberland coast and the wider region. All of the prints in the show have been screen printed in the printmaking studio. Screen printing is an exciting and dynamic way of working which always produces unexpected results in the ways colours and shapes combine.

Venue:
Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Date:
Apr 24th 2024 - Oct 24th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Bus Stop Goths

A multidisciplinary arts project that celebrates goths and alternative youth from the Teesside, and the sacred outdoor spaces that they’ve claimed for themselves. We all know these spots as pillars in our towns, maybe it’s a bus stop, a park, a set of steps, a bench, a field, a fountain, even a particular table in a local Mcdonalds. The project’s outcomes have culminated as a theatre show and an exhibition, supported by community arts events held by alternative youth and adult goths and ex goths alike.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Apr 25th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 16:00 , Wed-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 , Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

100 Years of Fashion from the History Wardrobe Collection

From the opulent and structured styles of the early 1900s to the more casual and laid-back looks of the 1990s, this collection looks at how fashion has continuously evolved throughout the decades.

Venue:
Kirkleatham Museum, Kirkleatham Village, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NW
Date:
Mar 29th 2024 - Sep 22nd 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Let Not The Deep Swallow Me Up

A photography exhibition by Michael Sreenan in partnership with Kirkleatham Museum, A visual portrayal of the stories shared from the past and present. The work explores the history of the service in Redcar, and how we are connected to the sea as a community.

Venue:
Kirkleatham Museum, Kirkleatham Village, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NW
Date:
May 9th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Threads in the Ground & The Bound Installation

Threads in the Ground are a climate hope organisation who have been experimenting with an emerging eco-material made from fungus to create an award-winning architect-designed structure that will house a temporary bookshop in the gallery, and that will play host to a programme of activities across its four week pop up.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
May 17th 2024 - Jun 16th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Donna-Lisa Healy: North East Heroes

A celebration of local heroes whose philanthropy and enthusiasm for the region reflects the spirit and heart of the North-East. Curated by the internationally bestselling local author LJ Ross, this selection of inspirational North Easterners has been photographed by Donna-Lisa Healy.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
May 17th 2024 - Jun 16th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Vincent Kamp: High Stakes

Hancock Gallery is proud to unveil the enigmatic work of one of the country's most notable figurative oil painters, Vincent Kamp. Rooted in high-stake scenarios, Vincent's work thrives on tension and drama, reflecting his fascination with the unpredictable. His paintings transport viewers into worlds filled with adrenaline-pumping excitement, offering an escape from the ordinary into the realm of imagination and intrigue.

Venue:
Hancock Gallery, 2 Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PQ
Date:
Apr 26th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 18:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Thirty People in Thirty Years: Celebrating 30 Years of the Customs House

This installation celebrates thirty inspiring and talented people whose skills originated and were developed at The Customs House. The Customs House is celebrating 30 years of being South Tyneside’s favourite Arts Centre; where creativity knows no bounds! For three decades, they have given the opportunity for thousands of talented children, young people and creatives to shine bright on the stage and beyond. From treading the boards to gaining invaluable life skills, their work has been defined by a commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent. Come along and hear thirty stories, as told by those they have inspired.

Venue:
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
Date:
May 21st 2024 - Jul 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 10:00 - 16:00 , Fri 09:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

Emerald Explorers: Songs of Place and Time - An exhibition by Mike Collier

The work in this exhibition resulted from a series of walks artist Mike Collier made through a Northumberland Dawn Chorus. Working collaboratively with a sound recordist Geoff Sample, poets and musicians in a variety of media, Mike attempts to show how individual bird species interact through song in the dawn chorus and re-imagine ways of visually and musically re-presenting these patterns of cultural interaction.

Venue:
Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Date:
Apr 6th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Sat 09:00 - 13:00 , Tue-Wed and Fri 09:00 - 17:00 , Mon and Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

PSYCHE: Where does the soul go?

PSYCHE: Where does the soul go? explores Ancient Greek ideas about life after death. Does the soul spend eternity in the murky underworld? Will it be reborn as something new? Or does it just… disappear? This exhibition reveals some of the ancient answers to these unknowable questions through storytelling and artefacts, as our short paper animation brings the figures of Ancient Greek pottery to life.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
May 14th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Newcastle University BA Fine Art Degree Show 2024

The Newcastle University Fine Art BA Degree Show brings together the work of emerging artists at the culmination of four-years of study on the BA in Fine Art. The exhibition displays a diverse set of contemporary voices, practices and media including painting, new media, film, video, sculpture, photography, print, sound and installation.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Routes and Roots: British Bangladeshi Stories of South Tyneside

This exhibition celebrates the year-long meetings of the Shared Stories of South Tyneside group. Supported by the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, members of the local British Bangladesh community have woven their rich history, objects and photographs into this exciting exhibition, titled Routes and Roots: British Bangladeshi Stories of South Tyneside. In a collaborative effort, the Shared Stories group engaged with the local community, inviting them to lend their beloved objects and nostalgic photographs for the exhibition.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Sep 25th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free