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Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed

Pioneering archaeologist Dame Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978) excavated at the site of Ancient Jericho and established it as one of the oldest cities in the world. Kenyon was influential in the field of archaeology as a result of her skill and innovation, setting a new standard of practice through her work at Jericho. This exhibition explores the significance of Kenyon’s work, life and death in Ancient Jericho and the importance of the site in archaeological history.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Jun 10th 2021 - Jun 10th 2023
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

The first ever exhibition dedicated to the author-illustrator behind some of the most popular and influential children’s books and graphic novels ever published. This long-awaited retrospective shows never-before-seen material from Briggs’ personal archive, revealing the origins of iconic titles that have become household favourites, literary classics and international phenomena. With original artwork from publications including his poignant picture book The Snowman (1980) and pioneering graphic novel Ethel & Ernest (1998), the exhibition celebrates Briggs as an exceptional draughtsman, typographer, storyteller and innovator.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Nov 12th 2022 - Feb 26th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

Building the Wall: Celebrating Hadrian's Wall 1900

This exhibition will explore who built Hadrian’s Wall and how, and consider the substantial practical and logistical challenges involved. It will also focus on the revealing evidence from the impressive 80 metre stretch of Wall remains at Segedunum.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Apr 2nd 2022 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£4.95/£2.95/under 16s Free

Folk Who Shaped Shields

A new exhibition which focuses on the contributions of four inspirational people whose names remain significant today and whose legacies have far outlived their own lifetimes: John Dobson, John Foster Spence, Richard Irvin and Sir James Knott.

Venue:
The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1JA
Date:
Apr 19th 2022 - Mar 31st 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4/under 16s Free

Deeds Not Words

In honour of North Tyneside suffragette and community activist, Norah Balls, a special display about her life and many achievements will be added to the heritage gallery.

Venue:
The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1JA
Date:
Mar 8th 2022 - Feb 28th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4/under 16s Free

Stories of Service: Tyneside’s home front during the Second World War

Discovery Museum has been working with the Imperial War Museums (IWM) to deepen the knowledge of the lesser known stories of people in Tyneside from the Second World War, before they are lost forever. These freshly discovered stories of women and other minoritised local people will be shared in this new exhibition.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Feb 26th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

These Are Our Treasures: What Are Yours?

This project by artist Ruth Ewan will feature a display of precious personal objects belonging to the people of Tyne and Wear. From the historical to the handmade, spiritual and sentimental, family heirlooms or accidental finds, the objects and more importantly their stories will be sourced through a series of workshops run in libraries across the region, from Middlesbrough to Northumberland, as well as a public open call throughout the spring.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Aug 1st 2022 - Feb 11th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

The Lost Spells: Listening to a Landscape of Voices

Inspired by the beautiful new book, The Lost Spells, which features artwork and words by the beloved creators of The Lost Words – artist Jackie Morris and writer Robert Macfarlane - The Lost Spells: Listening to a Landscape of Voices is an immersive exhibition that features original artwork, soundscapes and interactive experiences.

Venue:
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN
Date:
Jul 23rd 2022 - Jun 4th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Open Art Exhibition

A collection of artworks by local and regional artist in multiple artforms celebrating creativity across County Durham.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Dec 5th 2022 - Feb 8th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

The Untold Stories and the Tides of Change to Come

This display is curated by L-INK. L-INK are a group of young people who work with the Laing Art Gallery to make exhibitions, produce events, work with artists and create artworks. L-INK were invited to create an exhibition inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels. L-INK 2022 participants are: Rea Gkarouli, Remy Harkensee, Andrew Parr, Abigail Durr, Sara Gkarouli, Naomi Harrison, Katie Carr, Sidney Parker-Fuller and Beth Driscoll, with support from Ella Nixon and Dale Glenister

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Sep 1st 2022 - Jul 6th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

The Pre-Raphaelites: Women in the Picture

Women were the heartbeat of the Pre-Raphaelite movements. Through Tullie House’s superb collections they explore how women were the objects of the artists’ gaze often becoming a symbol for morality. Featuring favourite works by Gabriel Dante Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Edward Burne-Jones, Phoebe Anna Traquair and Arthur Hughes, they look at the pioneering nature of the Pre Raphaelites, asking the question: when before had gender been so central to art?

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Sep 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2025
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£10/under 18s Free

From Petticoats to the Front Line

Today the proportion of women serving in the Army today has never been higher, with women now being able to serve in all combat roles. However, this hasn’t always been the case. This exhibition tells that story, from the first woman to join the regiment in the 1780s to the more recent recruits of The Light Dragoons.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Sep 1st 2022 - Feb 24th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Harvest: Fruit Gathering

This exhibition features the work of two of Britain’s leading artists working in hot glass. Rachael Woodman and Neil Wilkin have worked collaboratively for almost 40 years, however, Harvest: Fruit Gathering is their first opportunity to present their work together. This exhibition has allowed both artists to express their mastery of glass as a medium, through the creation of beautiful new work inspired by the natural and spiritual world.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Sep 24th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

National Glass Centre Collection

A chance to see a selection of works from the National Glass Centre’s collection of international Studio Glass.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Sep 24th 2022 - Sep 3rd 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

40 Years of Glass and Ceramics

2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics department. This exhibition features the work of some of the most influential students and teaching staff to have worked in the department.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Sep 24th 2022 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Catherine Forsyth & Helen Pailing

Catherine Forsyth and Helen Pailing were awarded bursaries to develop new work as part of the NGC Glass Prize. This exhibition presents their research to date.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Sep 24th 2022 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Seshepenmehyt: Into the Afterlife

This temporary display focuses on the inner coffin of an Ancient Egyptian Lady known as Seshepenmehyt, on loan from the British Museum. This wonderfully preserved coffin provides a fascinating insight into Ancient Egyptian beliefs surrounding the afterlife and helps us explore some of the themes, gods and goddesses involved with Seshepenmehyt’s journey after her death.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Sep 15th 2022 - Feb 19th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Guardians of the Silk Road's Heritage: women of the mountains of central Asia

This exhibition showcases the work of the professional artists and craftswomen who do so much to preserve and transfer traditional knowledge and skills, adapting them for new audiences and popularising Central Asian folk art. Alongside photographs of the women practicing a variety of traditional craft techniques will be examples of their textile work.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Oct 1st 2022 - May 21st 2023
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

'There was light': Amunhotep III and his Dazzling Age

The ancient Egyptian king Amunhotep III was the grandfather of the famous boy king Tutankhamun. Using the collections of the Oriental Museum, this exhibition focuses on Tutankhamun’s family, particularly his father and grandfather, together with the courtiers who surrounded them, exploring the dazzling age of the boy king. Using the collections of the Oriental Museum, this exhibition focuses on Tutankhamun’s family, particularly his father and grandfather, together with the courtiers who surrounded them, exploring the dazzling age of the boy king.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Oct 1st 2022 - May 21st 2023
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Nature Inspires

A redisplay of the panelled room in Old Tullie House, showcasing Sheila Fell and Percy Kelly’s different approaches to the varied Cumbrian landscape, which inspired much of their work. alongside, contemporary artist Lynn Dennison incorporates natural motifs in her costume sculptures. Her pieces have recently been acquired through the Contemporary Art Society and are on display in the museum for the first time.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Oct 7th 2022 - May 31st 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£10/under 18s Free

Laughter Line

An exhibition of cartoons produced by visitors in response to the Borderline Funny exhibition shown in 2019.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Nov 1st 2022 - Mar 31st 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Adult £5.95/conc £3.95/under 16s Free

Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery

Lucie Rie (1902–1995) was a ceramicist with immense technical knowledge and an inventive, experimental approach. Rie created thousands of beautiful and original pieces which transformed how ceramics were made and viewed in the UK and beyond. Rie is among the most celebrated potters of the twentieth century and she carved out her career as an independent female potter in a male-dominated industry. This new exhibition brings together more than 100 of her works from public and private collections, offering a rare opportunity to experience her ground-breaking practice across six decades.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Nov 11th 2022 - Feb 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

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Jhanee Wilkins: Black Britain

Jhanee Wilkins is an artist-photographer and filmmaker born and living in the West Midlands. Wilkins works digitally, using still and moving images, with audio and text to explore political and often autobiographical subjects that relate to feminism, immigration, racism and identity. Wilkins first solo exhibition coming two years after she graduated in MA Photography from the University of Sunderland presents two new photographic series, Black Britain and Likkle Paradise.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Apr 16th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Mark Pinder: Macromancy – Britain and the North East of England 1986-2022

Mark Pinder (b. 1966, Cumbria) is a documentary and editorial photographer based in the North East of England. ‘Macromancy’ is a retrospective drawing on over 35 years of Pinder’s photographic archives covering British social and political life since 1986. The exhibition tells the story of the overwhelming transformation in Britain since 1979 when Margaret Thatcher came to power.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Feb 4th 2023 - Apr 16th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Exploring the Mind of Bede: museum exhibition

One of the best known medieval scholars, Bede has been called the ‘Father of English History’ and ‘Teacher of the whole Middle Ages’. Find out about him and his work in this new exhibition. See rare manuscripts and early printed books, learn about the subjects he explored and discover how he continues to influence us today.

Venue:
Durham Cathedral, Chapter Office, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH
Date:
Nov 7th 2022 - Feb 26th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7.50/under 16s and carers Free

Shieldfield Home Part 2

A celebration of art made in Shieldfield by local artists, makers and NewBridge‘s own artist community! All kinds of art, craft and creativity will be exhibited – from drawings and paintings to photography, films and books to craft, design & digital art, floral, textiles, fashion, music & sound. Artworks will be displayed in their custom-designed showroom in our gallery. Some of the art will be for sale and there will be full programme of events for anyone to get involved in.

Venue:
The NewBridge Project, Shieldfield Centre 4 - 8, Clarence Walk, off Stoddart St, Newcastle, NE2 1AL
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Feb 25th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Rare Bird by Helen Paling

Sculptures made from assembled, scavenged and found objects, influenced by the location of the gallery in the port of Blyth. Helen Pailing is an artist maker who seeks to redefine the possibilities of materials for sculpture and to transform salvaged and ‘waste’ materials into objects, installations and interventions. Opening event on Saturday 14th January 3 – 8, meet the artist and enjoy some prosecco and nibbles.

Venue:
rePUBlic Gallery, Access Through The King's Head Cafe, 85 Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 3AE
Date:
Jan 14th 2023 - Feb 18th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Alison Smith & Matt Collins 'Valkyrie'

Valkyrie is a new light sculpture created by artist Alison Smith and technologist Matt Collins. A thousand LEDs within a large glowing orb create ethereal lightscapes triggered by a voice, sending ripples of light across the highly textured floating sculpture. Named after the Viking legend associated with the Aurora Borealis, Valkyrie explores the meanings humans have attributed to these natural phenomena for thousands of years. The Valkyries were female warriors in Norse mythology, said to create the Northern Lights with reflections of their armour as they rode to Valhalla. On display in the MIMA garden.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Feb 2nd 2023 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Football Art Prize

To coincide with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, The Football Art Prize celebrates arguably the world’s most popular sport. Artists from around the world were invited to submit their work to be included in the exhibition. A wide selection ranging from painting, photography, film and collage, represents the spectrum of experiences of the beautiful game. From the riches and idolatry of the upper echelons of the sport, to the muddy grit of grassroots clubs, the works to be found at The Football Art Prize show how football has come to reflect the entirety of the human experience. Visual tales of glory and defeat live alongside deeply personal pieces and recognisable scenes of wintery night matches and foggy fields.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Nov 19th 2022 - Mar 11th 2023
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Hidden Histories

Over the past year, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM), Groundwork, South Tyneside Council’s Cultural Development service and The Word have been exploring the hidden treasure and histories that can be found in South Tyneside’s Roman and Anglo-Saxon heritage and in the fantastic museum collections at Jarrow Hall and Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort. Local artists Alizon Bennet and Rachel Eleanor Brook have been working with community groups to inspire creativity, curiosity and enquiry, exploring stories and ideas as part of our heritage. The exhibition captures the project and features a film created by Wycombe 89 Media. It encourages you to ask questions, find out more and visit the sites with wonder and imagination.

Venue:
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
Date:
Nov 24th 2022 - Apr 23rd 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Thu 09:00 - 19:00 , Fri 09:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Ancient Egyptians: secrets of the afterlife

Exploring themes of living forever and the importance of family in both this life and the next, Ancient Egyptians: secrets of the afterlife in partnership with the British Museum will take visitors on a captivating journey that covers everything from the process of mummification and ancient canopic jars used to store the different organs of the body, to mummy masks created only for the wealthiest, that helped a person’s soul find their way back to their body in the afterlife.

Venue:
Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6LA
Date:
Oct 7th 2022 - Feb 26th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Shalom!

This new display introduces two new Jewish heritage partnerships projects in the North East, the Lahav Jewish Heritage Project and Unlocking North East Jewish Heritage. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are working with members of the Jewish community and Newcastle Libraries to preserve and celebrate the rich history of the Jewish community, and increase access to records and archival collections.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Jan 26th 2023 - Oct 1st 2023
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Challenging Legacies: The Kingdom of Iraq and Gertrude Bell

This exhibition will examine the events that led to the creation of the Kingdom of Iraq in 1921 and the role played by archaeologist and colonial administrator, Gertrude Bell. Using original material and newly digitised photography from Bell’s UNESCO International Memory of the World archive, held at Newcastle University, the exhibition will reflect upon the impact of this historically significant period on the rich and diverse landscape of Iraq and the Middle East.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Jan 16th 2023 - Mar 5th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Visions of Ancient Egypt

This exhibition examines the enduring appeal of ancient Egypt in art and design, exploring how ancient Egypt has been re-imagined across time to suit different ambitions and to construct changing identities. It uses two important historic events as a point of departure – Jean-François Champollion’s 1822 decipherment of hieroglyphs and Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Including paintings, sculpture, photography, fashion and jewellery, this wide-ranging exhibition traces how processes of re-invention, appropriation and subversion have generated multiple visions of Egypt since the Roman period. The Western fascination with ancient Egypt is explored side-by-side with Egypt’s own engagement with its ancient past.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
£10/£9/under 12s Free

In Pursuit of Pleasure: Lucy May Schofield & Japanese Woodblock Prints

Gallagher & Turner present a highly collectable exhibition of ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the printmakers of the Edo, Meiji and Shin-Hanga eras of Japanese art, alongside woodblocks from contemporary artist Lucy May Schofield.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Jan 27th 2023 - Mar 4th 2023
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Valkyrie

A new light sculpture created by artist Alison Smith and technologist Matt Collins. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis, and named after the Viking legend associated with them, Valkyrie is a large glowing orb hand-crafted from recycled plastics. A thousand LEDs within the sculpture create ethereal lightscapes when triggered by a voice, sending ripples of light across the floating sphere.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Feb 2nd 2023 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

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Pam Morton Art Exhibition: Nostalgia

Pam is a local artist who creates realism with a dose of illustration. Pam trained at Newcastle College of Art in the 70s and worked as a display artist for a large studio in Newcastle. Working mainly with acrylics, Pam creates bold pieces that evoke memories and emotions.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Feb 2nd 2023 - Mar 1st 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 14:00 - 21:00 , Mon-Fri 16:00 - 22:30 , Sat 14:00 - 23:00
Price:
Free

The Northern Art Gala: Souvenir Part 1

‘The Northern Art Gala’, which features artworks and installations by The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers, is a five-venue exhibition of work by 65 artists on the theme of ‘Souvenir’ being held in a range of venues across the Tees Valley from January to March 2023. A stunning range of work from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers currently studying on the School’s Hartlepool campus-based MA Arts Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Design History will be on show. Part 1 features illustration works by postgraduate illustration and graphic design professionals.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Jan 17th 2023 - Mar 15th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

The Northern Art Gala: Souvenir

‘The Northern Art Gala’, which features artworks and installations by The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers, is a five-venue exhibition of work by 65 artists on the theme of ‘Souvenir’ being held in a range of venues across the Tees Valley from January to March 2023. A stunning range of work from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers currently studying on the School’s Hartlepool campus-based MA Arts Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Design History will be on show.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Mar 25th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Contemporary Wood-carved Netsuke

As kimono culture flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1868), netsuke, small carvings, were created as toggles to hold pouches and cases containing tobacco and medicine in place on the obi sash worn with the kimono. What began as functional pieces to prevent those little suspended containers from falling to the ground evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim as remarkably detailed carvings. Contemporary netsuke incorporating new subject matter and approaches have also been attracting attention.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Jan 20th 2023 - May 14th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The Legend of King Arthur

Cumbria is a land steeped in myth, legend, and folklore; perhaps none more iconic than that of King Arthur. The stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round table, Guinevere, Merlin, The Lady of Shalott and Lancelot conjure up images of castles rising from the mist, sweeping landscapes and caves shrouded in mystery. After falling out of fashion in the late Middle Ages, the 19th century saw a renewed interest in the Arthurian legend. This exhibition explores the legend of King Arthur within the Victorian imagination, presenting national myths and legends through the eyes of Pre-Raphaelite artists. This ‘swoon of a show’ (as it was hailed by The Times, no less!), will feature paintings, drawings, tapestries and more by an incredible line up of Pre-Raphaelite artists, including:

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Feb 4th 2023 - Jun 3rd 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£10/under 18s Free

Boot

Nine artists celebrate the working process and through a wide range of practices share an obsession with materials. Whilst leaning towards abstraction, other subordinate narratives drift in and at times overlap. Featuring Suzy Babington, Tony Charles, Adam Gillam, Clive Hodgson, Kathy MacCarthy, Ida Nissen, Fabian Peake, Giulia Ricci, Neil Zakiewicz.

Venue:
Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough Railway Station, Zetland Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1EG
Date:
Jan 19th 2023 - Mar 2nd 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Moonlight Dance on Warm Cement by Ellen Ranson

Ellen Ranson is an abstract painter who lives and works in the North East of England. She received a degree in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 2018, and is finishing up her MA at MIMA School of Art (2022). The physically powerful, expressive works capture the artist’s hunger and desire for greater recognition and a rebalancing of female representation and voices within abstract painting, art itself, and the wider world. Imagery taken from ancient patriarchal powerhouses is manipulated and abstracted, through a seemingly digital process, resulting in a hand made abstraction. The abstraction and composition is carefully considered and the use of colours, layering, motifs, pattern and paint application follow a systematic approach to trick the viewer’s eye.

Venue:
Gala Gallery, Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Date:
Jan 13th 2023 - Apr 2nd 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 14:30 - 20:30 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 20:30
Price:
Free

The Red Dress Project Exhibition

The Red Dress embroidery project, conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are vulnerable and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery. This stunning dress will be on display for all our visitors to see and has been embroidered onto by hundreds of women from around the world. Millions of symbolic stitches celebrate identity and highlight personal stories.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Feb 4th 2023 - Mar 9th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

Soundpit

This new, interactive, installation invites audiences to create sounds and visuals by playing with sand. Soundpit opens up the art of music-making to all ages and abilities. It allows you to explore your individual sense of vision, sound, touch and play and become the composer of your own masterpiece. Artist Di Mainstone and her team have created three different sandpits, each with their own name and a unique, visual and sonic personality and character. Soundpit is great for those interested in art and music, as well as those who simply enjoy sensory play and a fun, interactive experience.

Venue:
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
Date:
Nov 24th 2022 - Apr 23rd 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Thu 09:00 - 19:00 , Fri 09:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

You Echo Through Time

In ancient Greece and throughout history, the bodies of women have been silenced and controlled through legislation, medicine and religion. This exhibition shines a light on and gives voice to women in antiquity. The object histories have been informed by scientific, archaeological and creative research and reimagined through lived experience. The creative interventions in this exhibition are the result of four Making Histories workshops. The fragments of writing were composed by the Writing Histories Workshop participants and combined with the poetry of Sappho (630-570 BC, translated by Josephine Balmer); one of the few female voices we have from Antiquity.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Jan 20th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Sara Sallam: You Died Again on Screen

Sara Sallam is a contemporary Egyptian artist based in the Netherlands. Through her work, she reflects on growing up in Egypt, criticising the colonial attitudes embedded in tourism, archaeology, museum practices, and photographic archives that prevent Egyptians from relating to their past. Her work focuses on the retelling of history and reclaiming her ancient Egyptian heritage. In this film, she examines modern myths of the mummy. Two hundred years of theatre and cinema have cemented mummies as figures of horror and evil in Western popular culture. To Sallam, however, the mummies are her ancient ancestors. She directly addresses them as they watch their successive portrayals, highlighting their fictional vilification and problematising their continuous dehumanisation.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

From the Painter’s Soul

The Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh said that ‘Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ Here South Shields Museum & Art Gallery present a selection of some of the art works from the collection that demonstrate, through a variety of subjects and styles, something of this power and poetry of art. They have included some of the popular favourites, such as Harold C Harvey’s Blackberrying and John Wilson Carmichael’s Westoe Village, as well as some lesser-known works that have not been shown recently, or are new to display, such as Frank Thomas Carter’s The Head of the Lake (Derwentwater), and the sketchbook and book of Instructions on Sketching and Painting by James Miller Brown, who painted many of his works from a studio in South Shields.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Jan 20th 2023 - Apr 13th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Looking to the Light

Experience over 200 captivating photographic images on display, ranging from landscape and wildlife to architecture, fashion and personal portraits. Brought to the museum by South Shields Photographic Society and South Shields Digital Group.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Jan 20th 2023 - Jun 3rd 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Lionel Playford: Revering Ancient Woodland

Step into the ancient woodland of North East England, as captured by renowned artist Lionel Playford. Best known for his depictions of the unique landscapes of northern Britain, Lionel’s artistic residency at Castle Eden Dene thirty years ago began a fascination with the remaining wildwoods which once covered much of these isles.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Jun 3rd 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free