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Sutapa Biswas: Lumen

This major solo exhibition by Sutapa Biswas will span the artist’s extensive career. Biswas was a vital contributor to the Black Arts Movement in Britain and to shifting understanding of post-war British art. Biswas' works visually disrupt, challenge and reimagine our present time. Visual theorist Griselda Pollock said that it was Biswas who ‘forced us all to acknowledge the Eurocentric limits of the discourses within which we practise’. Since the early 1980s, Biswas’ works have explored themes of time and space, particularly in relationship to gender, identity and desire. The exhibition will demonstrate the artist’s acute commitment to addressing questions of identity and ideas of dislocation and belonging, through the display of drawing, photography and the moving image. Several works included in the exhibition address recurring themes of motherhood and colonial histories.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Jun 26th 2021 - Mar 20th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Ad Minoliti

Ad Minoliti’s exhibition at BALTIC will be their first institutional presentation in the UK and their largest exhibition to date in Europe. Minoliti uses feminist and queer theory to generate alternative interpretations of painting, design, architecture, art history and visual language. Minoliti’s work has been influenced by the work of the Argentinian constructivist avant-garde groups Arte Madí – founded in 1944 to express the reality of modern life through non-figurative concrete art and a playful approach to painting – and the Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención, also initiated in 1944, they embraced purist modernist aesthetics whilst creating paintings on irregular shaped canvases.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Jul 24th 2021 - May 8th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. North Country quilts have been made throughout the region for over 200 years, with characteristics including patterns being stitched through the layers, subtly creating softly sculptured surfaces. Contemporary textile artists now reference this tradition within their work, which will be reflected in the exhibition. Other examples will include a 19th century strippy quilt made by Hannah Hauxwell’s grandmother, wholecloth, pieced and chintz quilts as well as coverlets and much more.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Sep 19th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

The Adventures of Clara

In 1738 Clara was the most famous rhinoceros in Europe. She travelled the world inspiring people and creating a sensation; letters, poems, songs, paintings, books and sculptures like our very own were produced. This exhibition will tour the globe so you can see, hear, smell and learn how Clara lived and what she did. You can also find out how to help save rhinos for the future.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Jul 17th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

Flesh on the Bones

This mini exhibition will look at the animal skulls and other bones excavated on the site, and consider what they reveal about life in the Roman fort.

Venue:
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Sep 30th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk

Imagination is in all of us. You just have to find the spark. The art of Gateshead design studio Atomhawk will take you to other worlds in this new exhibition for everyone. Enter the fantasy universe of The Realm and experience Tyneside like never before as you delve into the process of a digital artist to see what makes them tick. Atomhawk’s designers have contributed to films and video games like Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires and Minecraft Earth. Will they inspire you to begin your creative journey?

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Expanded Interiors Re-Staged

Three years after it was first displayed among the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, Catrin Huber’s Expanded Interiors is being reimagined in a remarkable new multimedia exhibition here at Hatton Gallery. Seen by more than 600k visitors in 2018/19, the show’s original contemporary art installations focused on two Roman houses: the House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii. These houses literally formed the backdrops for a fresh dialogue between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Jul 3rd 2021 - Aug 10th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Challenging Convention

The 20th century was a time of great change for women in Britain. Those born, raised and educated in the 19th century, then forming relationships and working in the 20th century saw extraordinary progress. But against that backdrop was their struggle to challenge the conventions imposed upon them by a patriarchal society. Challenging Convention explores four women artists – Vanessa Bell (1879-1961), Laura Knight (1877-1970), Gwen John (1876-1939) and Dod Procter (1890-1972) - through their lives and work in a climate of modernism, transformation and increasing emancipation. Each of them was embedded within a web of fellow artists and intellectuals; and made a significant impact on the profile of women artists within traditional institutions and in the public eye.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021
Opening Times:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£12/£9/12 and under Free

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WOW: Women Only Works on Paper

Running concurrently with Challenging Convention, the Laing is also exhibiting WOW: Women Only Works on Paper, a display of over 50 watercolours and pastels complemented by etchings and screenprints. The artists Winifred Knights, Ithell Colquhoun, Annie French, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Thérèse Lessore, Hilda Carline and Paule Vézelay are all represented, as well as other accomplished but lesser-known female artists working in the first part of the 20th century. The exhibition has been brought together by the renowned art dealers Liss Llewellyn and includes some works from private collections as well as pictures from the Laing collection.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Dec 4th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow

Sheila Graber’s major retrospective exhibition marking her 80th birthday, which was originally scheduled for May 2020, is now set to be unveiled when the museum reopens. During the Covid 19 pandemic Graber has reflected further on her artistic journey and re-shaped the themes and content of the exhibition to heighten their relevance for today. This family-friendly exhibition brings together the full range of Graber’s engaging and passionate work, including landscapes, portraits and delightful animations. Her playful and humorous cartoon cat companion features throughout. The South Shields artist is also a great champion of the creativity that exists in us all and has encouraged and inspired countless others. As well as celebrating Graber’s own work, the exhibition will capture her wider impact and offer the opportunity for everyone to try their hand at creating an artwork.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
May 17th 2021 - Oct 16th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

TAN 2021

Showcasing the diverse creative talent of TAN artists working in Teesdale, this is the 4th collaborative annual exhibition from TeesdaleArtNet. Including textiles, ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture and collage, this show introduces exciting new original work. Admission is free and most of the work is for sale. Some of the artists will be opening their studios while the exhibition is running. Teesdale Artists Network members are all visual artists living or working in Teesdale, at different stages in their creative careers, who aim to support each other through joint exhibitions, training and professional development opportunities. New members are always welcome.

Venue:
The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8YL
Date:
Aug 4th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Pakui Hardware: Virtual Care

For their first solo exhibition in the UK, Pakui Hardware (artists Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) will present a newly devised commission created specially for BALTIC’s level 2 gallery space, exploring the subject of robotic and virtual care at a particularly significant moment when we find ourselves more concerned than ever with the quality and accessibility of healthcare.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
May 19th 2021 - Oct 3rd 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

BALTIC Open Submission

BALTIC received over 540 submissions through an open-call application process announced in the summer whilst the gallery was closed during lockdown. All entries were selected by a panel of three artists based in the North East: Richard Bliss, Lady Kitt and Padma Rao, and Katie Hickman, Curator (Performance and Public Programme) at BALTIC.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
May 19th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

No Strings: Beads in a Modern Context

The first glass beads were made one at a time by winding hot glass around a metal rod. To support a faster and greater production process, molten glass was blown and drawn out to form long, hollow tubes, which were cooled and cut into small, even beads (rocaille). In the 15th century, this technique was refined by the master glassmakers on Murano in Italy to make tiny beads for embroidery, an industry which continued well into the 20th century in Italy, Czechoslovakia, Germany and France. Today, glass beads are primarily made in countries including India, the Czech Republic, Japan, China and Taiwan. ‘No Strings’ features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways. The exhibition will include a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi, an evening dress made using beads and safety pins by Shige Fujishiro and a beaded chicken showing his gymnastic prowess on the rings by Felieke van der Leest.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 21st 2021 - Sep 12th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Museum of Archaeology Gallery

The Museum of Archaeology will reopen in mid-July 2021 enjoy our new special exhibition exploring the rich prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Durham. Come to the family-friendly gallery, and discover the rich archaeological history of Durham from prehistoric times until the 21st century. For nearly 50 years the Museum of Archaeology has collected evidence of past life in historic Durham. Their collection includes the everyday and the rare and beautiful. From everyday clay pipes and coins to gold rings, silver Anglo-Saxon sword mounts and the first complete Roman Navy Diploma found in the country.

Venue:
Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN
Date:
Jun 18th 2021 - Jun 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 17:00 , Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Hidden Stories from the River Wear: Exploring 1000 years of Durham history

This exciting new online exhibition explores the collection of Gary Bankhead, an underwater archaeologist. Since 2007, Gary has been diving under Elvet Bridge in Durham, gathering over 13,500 objects dating from as early as the 12th century! In 2008, Gary created the ‘Dive into Durham’ project, which aimed to research and catalogue the River Wear collection. Explore a small selection of Gary’s objects up close alongside interviews with Gary himself and beautiful illustrations which help to bring the collection and their stories to life. Ranging from from Medieval pilgrim badges to Victorian dentures, the objects found in the River Wear bring to light the stories of romance, religion, toys lost through time and artefacts that are weird and wonderful.

Venue:
Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN
Date:
Jun 18th 2021 - Jun 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 17:00 , Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Gibbo Is God

The keenly anticipated solo exhibition from Tees-based artist Bobby Benjamin. The collection comprises a series of new, previously unseen works reflecting on themes of class and place. Working in found paint and video, Benjamin will present a body of work that addresses concerns of class appropriation and that explores poverty as a cultural currency. This collection of paintings – his largest to date – represents an idiosyncratic response to his lived experiences while paying homage to some of the artist’s favourite pieces of graffiti from his home region. GIBBO IS GOD is co-curated by award-winning artist John James Perangie.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Jul 9th 2021 - Aug 7th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon 00:00 - 18:30 , Tue-Sat 00:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Lu Xun's Legacy: Print Making in Modern China

Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the pen name of the revolutionary Chinese writer Zhou Shuren. Arguably one of the most important cultural figures of 20th century China, Lu Xun was a leading left-wing writer and print-maker and a passionate critic of the cultural and political conditions in early 20th century China. Lu Xun transformed the neglected art of woodblock printing, invented in China more than 1000 years earlier, making the woodblock print a weapon for social change and national resistance. This retrospective includes fifty-three prints drawn from the collections of the Muban Educational Trust, chosen from every decade since Lu Xun founded the Modern Woodcut Movement in the 1930s. The exhibition explores artistic trends, political conflict and technical innovations. Its four sections aim to connect history with the contemporary and message with style and technique.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
May 19th 2021 - Aug 22nd 2021
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Silla Collection 100 Project

Silla Collection 100 Project brings ancient Korean jewellery into the 21st century. The Silla Collection 100 Project consists of 100 brooches inspired by traditional jewellery and accessories from the Korean Silla dynasty (57 BCE-935 CE). The Silla dynasty saw the art of metalworking reach its height with craftspeople manufacturing elaborate jewellery and crowns made from incredibly thin sheets of gold and studded with expensive imported gems. These historic examples inspired the artist and crafts woman, Seeun Kim to create her own, modern take on the tradition.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
May 19th 2021 - Aug 22nd 2021
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Uterine Dreams: Sculptor, Heal Thyself

An installation by sculptor and photographer Sarah Danays. Danays is an internationally exhibited artist whose work is inspired by gesture and antiquities - notably broken ones. Her practice involves extensive research into an object’s history and context to develop new interpretations for significant museum pieces, and to inform the treatment of broken objects from her own collection: a practice she describes as her metaphysical surgery. Uterine Dreams has been inspired by two small objects from the Oriental Museum’s collections: an Egyptian New Kingdom pottery piece showing a postpartum mother and her child, and a Greco-Roman travertine fragment of a female torso. These ancient objects, conduits across millennia, lose none of their meaning or sentiment between the time of their manufacture and their twenty-first century re-viewing. The universal, timeless poignancy of the lone woman on her bed, hand on heart/breast, with her child beside her; the potent sexuality of the fragmented, female lower abdomen. Invested in these sculptures are the desires, hopes, prayers - dreams and memories - of love, sex and birth. And the fear and sorrow of infertility.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Jun 3rd 2021 - Dec 18th 2021
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Driggsby, A Whale's Tale

An exciting new immersive, interactive and inspiring exhibition from the imagination of over 150 children from schools on Cumbria’s west coast, telling the story of Driggsby the fin whale. Discover Driggsby’s underwater world, meet the amazing creatures she shares the oceans with and follow her journey through dark tunnels, to the Mermaid's house, on to the North Pole and beyond. Driggsby was a 12-metre-long, juvenile fin whale who washed up on Drigg beach and is now on display as part of the Tullie House collection. But how did she get here? Why did a young whale end up on a west Cumbrian beach?

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
May 18th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10, under 18s Free

Portrait of a Town

The Photo Centre collection encapsulates almost every aspect of life in Berwick between 1951, when the David Smith founded his photojournalism business in the town, until 2012 when his son Ian retired. The exhibition will offer a glimpse into the lives of townspeople of Berwick over the last 60 years. Aspects of everyday life such industries which once thrived in the town, shops, leisure time activities ranging from darts teams to leek shows with sit alongside the images the Smiths captured of news events and life events.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
May 29th 2021 - Oct 10th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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New Light Prize Exhibition

Established in 2010, New Light celebrates and promotes Northern art, supporting both well-known and emerging artists by offering some of the region's best awards and opportunities with the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition, featuring over 100 works. Most works are for available for sale, but please note that as this is a prize exhibition the organisers have asked that any sold work is retained for the duration of the exhibition.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Jun 4th 2021 - Aug 29th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Maria Laffey: A Year in South West Northumberland

Maria Laffey’s paintings encompass her experience of a year spent close to home in the countryside of the South Tyne. Partly joyful and partly cathartic, the product is a series of paintings which reflect her wanderings in the Northumbrian landscape. The visual details of the environment became important to her; the emergence of a flower, the shape of a hedgerow, the colour of the sky – gin clear cerulean skies on some days and magnificently pink and orange on others.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Jul 23rd 2021 - Sep 4th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00 , Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Emma Bennett: Above Ground

Above Ground is an exhibition of bold minimalist paintings which reflect the design of Modernist and Post-War Architecture by Middlesbrough based artist Emma Bennett.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Jul 23rd 2021 - Sep 4th 2021
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Northumberland Folk

Northumberland Folk shines a light on the stories and intriguing characters that make up Northumberland’s past and modern history; all told through illustrator Jonny Hannah’s paintings, prints, publications and cut-outs. Northumberland Folk, which takes place across Museums Northumberland’s four sites - Woodhorn Museum, Hexham Old Gaol, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum – draws inspiration from the Museum Northumberland collections, the heritage buildings themselves, and hundreds of tales and contributions from the local community.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
May 19th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£0 - £7 (depending on venue)

Sabina Sallis: Multispecies Visionary Institute

The Multispecies Visionary Institute (MVI) welcomes you to an immersive body of artworks that is informed by sustainable land practices and spans a diverse range of media and disciplines. Within the exhibition is an Apparatus for Resurgence in Trophallaxis (ART), a storytelling and healing device that uses herbs, hives and other magical, healing substances and actions to engage all senses with images, smells and sounds. The project is accompanied by a series of evolving exhibitions with a structure called (S)Low Disturbance Exhibition Model, and a programme of online and gallery events gives training for Becoming an Indigenous Organism Mystic (BIOM), both facilitated by the Multispecies Visionary Institute.

Venue:
The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Barracks, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DG
Date:
Jul 10th 2021 - Sep 5th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

In Times of Emergency

In times of national emergency or crisis the Ministry of Defence can provide British Army assistance to support the civil authorities. This exhibition looks at how The Light Dragoons - and its antecedent regiments - have been deployed in this way and how that role has changed overtime. Using a mixture of imagery, objects and quotes from serving soldiers, the exhibition covers emergencies like the Fire Brigade Union Strikes of 2002, the flooding in 2015 and 2019 and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Jun 1st 2021 - Feb 28th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

THUNK It – Art in Action

A THUNK is a philosophical question with no right or wrong answer. With community friends and artist group Foundation Press MIMA have developed a series of THUNKS during lockdown as part of their digital programme. MIMA works with artists and communities to encourage curiosity and generate new ideas.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jun 11th 2021 - Sep 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

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Together Now, MIMA Graduates Exhibition

Together Now is an exhibition and events programme developed on the theme of creative solidarity. It has been created and directed by a group of graduates from the MIMA School of Art & Design. The professional presentation, selected and curated by the graduates and MIMA’s curatorial team, shows the work of 25 alumni.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jul 22nd 2021 - Sep 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

Love Nature More

It has been a strange and extraordinary eighteen months for all of us during which time nature and our relationship with the natural world has been in sharp focus. The enforced hiatus of lockdown created a space of uncertainty, observation, and reflection on our place in the world and our green spaces have become an invaluable resource for our mental health and well-being, both inspiring us and giving us comfort. Daily walks have drawn attention to hitherto overlooked aspects of flora and fauna, birdsong, seasons and changing weather. We may have sought solace in actual, remembered or imagined landscapes; found new ways of living and working that are kinder to nature or struggled to maintain contact with cherished places. Many of us will have found some aspect of nature that has been of personal importance over the last year. This exhibition of over 60 original prints using a variety of media has been created by Northern Print's studio artists based on their unique experiences of the natural world since March 2020.

Venue:
Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP
Date:
Jul 14th 2021 - Sep 11th 2021
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Antony Gormley: Earth Drawings

To coincide with Antony Gormley’s installation Field for the British Isles (1993) on display at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) at National Glass Centre (24 July – 25 September 2021), Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens are hosting an exhibition of twelve drawings made by Gormley between 1986 – 1992. The twelve drawings, selected by Antony Gormley are made from red-coloured earth mixed with rabbit skin glue and water, black pigment and blood. The drawings recall the artist’s first encounter with the desert interior of Australia in 1989 and relate to the very first Field work, Field for the Art Gallery of New South Wales made in the same year. Field for the British Isles is on display in the North East for the first time in 25 years.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Jul 24th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Anthony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

‘Field for the British Isles’ by Sir Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North, will be coming to Sunderland on display in Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art at National Glass Centre from July until September this year! The Turner Prize-winning artwork comprises of 40,000 unique clay figures and hasn’t been on view in the north east of England since 1996.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jul 24th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

New Perspectives: Outside In

Since January 2021, the Laing Art Gallery’s young people’s group L-INK, have come together online to engage in a process of creative collaboration with the aim of co-curating a new display. The resultant exhibition here reflects the varied discussions had between the group as they explored issues surrounding identity in relation to domestic spaces within the confines of their own homes. Two new acquisitions by the artist Mike Silva provide the central inspiration for the exhibition. They represent alternative perspectives of intimacy, both to people and familiar spaces. Members of the group bring their individual perspectives to respond to Silva’s works through an exploration of the Laing collection. Significant pieces included within the exhibition include those by Linder Sterling, Eduardo Paolozzi, and a curious work by an unknown artist long held within the archives and never-before displayed in the gallery. This exhibition invites you to think about the similarities and differences in the perceptions of interior spaces presented here, and how you occupy and present your own interior spaces.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Jul 24th 2021 - May 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Virginia Bodman: Furious

Furious is a small selection of work from three groups of paintings made by Virginia Bodman between 2015 and 2019. It includes works from the introspective StudioStudioStudio series and from the more outward looking Heaps and Proposition series. Bodman has worked in the same large studio in Sunderland for over 30 years. The studio, both as a space and a subject, enables private meditation on a wealth of connected / disconnected ideas and possibilities. The StudioStudioStudio paintings were initially based on objects made from leftover bits of work (paintings, prints, photographs, photocopies) and studio rubbish, stuff of no value. They were informal, unstable and not made to last. Excited by the process of using image as a construction material Bodman became most interested in objects that weren’t a nameable ‘thing’. These became part of an expanding studio installation that she examined through drawings, photographs, prints, and small paintings. During this time of ‘looking’, ideas and responses started to emerge, be named and in pictorial form, developed into all manner of things from impossible structures to exotic landscapes existing in improbable pictorial spaces. Bodman came to see this as a critical landscape of self that reflected personal aspirations, desires, failures and furies. The large paintings made from these sources provided opportunities to examine, re-stage and perhaps resolve previous events, narratives and conversations.

Venue:
The Globe Gallery, 47 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6SF
Date:
Jul 20th 2021 - Aug 7th 2021
Opening Times:
Wed-Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Price:
Free

Loose Time

What will we call the time from now? How will we refer to it, if indeed we will? Maybe as an absence, maybe as a monotonous void. Maybe as a time to reflect and radically change one’s outlook and priorities. Maybe all the above, or maybe none; but the past 16 months has certainly changed time(s) – reconfigured it. In this exhibition, a selection of Newcastle-based emerging artists grapple with what this time has meant for them in its hindrances and in its flourishing. For the majority of the artists in this exhibition, it’ll be the first time they have shown their work in a physical space since graduating, and many had their studies interrupted. What binds these disparate artists is a common isolation and with that comes a thematic commonality. Darkness, isolation, hope, politics, and the importance of connectivity are at the centre of this playful and experimental exhibition, ‘Loose Time’.

Venue:
Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE
Date:
Aug 4th 2021 - Aug 7th 2021
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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LOCALwifi

ARTHOUSES: LOCALwifi presents new artworks through a network of wifi hotspots hosted by people living in Whitley Bay from 20 -30 August 2021. The LOCAL wifi app guides you to the locations, marked on a map. When you arrive at each location, in pedestrianised streets and public gardens, you can connect to the LOCALwifi network in your phone settings, and view the artwork on the screen of your mobile phone. All info and download the app: www.arthouses.net Follow the project @arthouseswb .

Venue:
Various Venues in Whitley Bay,
Date:
Aug 20th 2021 - Aug 30th 2021
Opening Times:
20th - 30th Aug 2021 10:00 - 22:00
Price:
Free

Where We Are Now

Where We Are Now explores the experiences of the last year through artwork, community response and Sunderland resident’s photography. The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Sunderland based community groups, the Art Champions, Creative Age, Older Womxn Artists’ Collective, the Pharmacy School at the University of Sunderland and Young Carers. These community groups, have worked alongside the team at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to select and interpret artworks from the Arts Council Collection, opening discussion on themes including, isolation, community, family, nature, systems of care, self care, illness and loss. Artists in the exhibition include: Vanley Burke, Patrick Caulfield, Elizabeth Frink, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, David Shrigley and Barbara Walker.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Aug 21st 2021 - Nov 14th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

SYNTAX

SYNTAX is a collection of works from Teesside based artist DYAD. Produced during lockdown these pieces represent the distillation of the artists witnessed experiences of the last 17 months as they navigate a once in a century global event. DYAD is a Teesside based artist working with text, installation and mixed media. Their work is grounded in a social consciousness that puts the act of questioning the power structures we inhabit to the forefront of our minds. Work is often cross media and includes text art, collage, audio, installation and illustrative guerrilla aspects such as temporary street art on breeze blocks and stickers.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Aug 21st 2021 - Sep 25th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon 00:00 - 18:30 , Tue-Sat 00:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Put the Flags out! An Exhibition of paintings by Mary Ann Rogers

Its time to dig out the bunting and celebrate some of the positives - summer, normal things happening again, a gallery full of new paintings and prints by award winning artist, Mary Ann Rogers. So, they’re throwing open the doors and welcoming visitors to ‘Put the Flags out’ an exhibition of paintings which follow the rural year, from the first snowdrops of spring, lambing time and autumn skies to the bare, frozen views of the depths of winter, with all the colour and life inbetween. Loads of space to browse over 40 original painting, also a print gallery with stationery, cards, tableware and gifts including the new ‘Bunting card’ range- a card and a gift in one. Linden Craven silver jewellery will also be for sale during this exhibition. Exhibition preview- Sat 14th & Sun 15th August, 3-6pm.

Venue:
Mary Ann Rogers Gallery, Leam Cottage, West Woodburn, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2SE
Date:
Aug 16th 2021 - Aug 29th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Women Artists of the North East Library at MIMA

Women Artists of the North East Library are in residence at MIMA, with monthly Open Library events introducing artworks from its growing collection. The project represents and supports artists through a physical library, research and new opportunities.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Aug 27th 2021
Opening Times:
27th Aug 2021 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Lynn Ward – A Year in Yorkshire

Having always lived in Wensleydale, Lynn’s artwork can’t help but be inspired by her stunning surroundings. Lynn began her career working on murals and sculptures for The Forbidden Corner, putting her in good stead for being self employed undertaking commissions ranging from scenery and murals to illustrations. Lynn has had a studio in Leyburn for over 5 years now, allowing her to build on her own body of work alongside her commissions. Her paintings are primarily landscapes but not always the traditional ’view’, contrasting skies or maybe a gate or stonewall of which the dales provide in abundance.

Venue:
The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8YL
Date:
Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Grace

A film installation exploring Grace Darling and her historic rescue of nine stranded survivors onboard the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire in 1838 opens at the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in September.

Venue:
Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7AE
Date:
Sep 7th 2021 - Oct 1st 2021
Opening Times:
7th Sep - 1st Oct 2021 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Animating Hexham

This event will see our historic town centre animated by artists and local families, inspired by the town’s heritage. Animations will be projected onto shopfronts and landmarks throughout the main shopping streets, helping to define why Hexham’s heritage is important to the community and what value the town centre will have in the future. Six professional artists have been commissioned via an open call to create animations based on stories and memories about the High Street collected by Northumberland Archives and Hexham Libraries: Ed Merlin Murray, Erin McGrath, Jason Kerley, Petra Szemán, Ronan Devlin and Rozi Fuller. Animator and filmmaker Sheryl Jenkins is also working with families to create a series of animations to be showcased online and projected in Hexham town centre.

Venue:
Hexham Town Centre,
Date:
Sep 9th 2021 - Sep 12th 2021
Opening Times:
9th - 12th Sep 2021 TBC
Price:
Free

Lindisfarne Gospels

The most spectacular surviving manuscript from Anglo-Saxon England will be at the heart of an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery exploring the meaning of the Lindisfarne Gospels in today’s world. The manuscript recounts the four gospels that tell the story of Jesus and his teachings. Created in Lindisfarne on Holy Island, sometime between the death of the Northumbrian monk St Cuthbert in 687, for whom it was written, and that of its original scribe Eadfrith in 722, the book represents the golden age of design and craftsmanship in Northumbria and has survived in almost perfect condition for over one thousand years. The exhibition will look at the ways in which the Gospel book can bring people together today by inspiring thinking about who we are and where we come from, about identity, creativity, learning and sense of place.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Sep 17th 2021 - Dec 3rd 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Admission charges apply

New Light Prize Exhibition

New Light was established in 2010 to celebrate and promote Northern art. This biennial Prize Exhibition is now one of the UK’s largest and most celebrated open exhibitions. The tour returns to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery this Autumn, before travelling on to Bankside in London where the tour concludes. The exhibition brings together over 125 pieces of contemporary art, showcasing well-known and emerging artists. The artworks range from printmaking to sculpture, from the hyperreal to the purely abstract.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Sep 18th 2021 - Nov 6th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10, under 18s Free

Artful Ways

A brand new Arts Council funded project bringing people together across Cumbria in an exciting celebration of creativity and connection as the county emerges from lockdown. The exhibition at Tullie House will showcase artwork created during a month of activity across the county. From June 25 to July 25, Artful Ways invites people from all across the cultural sector to meet up outside, to walk between studios, venues and other cultural landmarks, and to make a piece of work in response. Their tracks, recorded with an easy-to-use app, will be added to a new map celebrating Cumbria's creative richness. Pieces of creative work made by participants - from professional artists and budding creatives - will be shared on the website and a selection will be chosen to feature in the touring exhibition.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Sep 18th 2021 - Nov 6th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10, under 18s Free

Making Waves: Turning up the volume on Tyneside's hidden history

An exploration of sound including the science of sound, technology, social impact and design. Sounds featured in the exhibition tell a rich story of the diverse history of our region. Featuring recordings digitised as part of the British Library Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project – which has preserved sound recordings that were at risk of being lost forever.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Sep 19th 2021 - Mar 27th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Empty Dreams

A exhibition of Vaporwave Art by BTEC 540 Diploma in Art & Design Practice students from Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College (part of Tyne Coast College). Vaporwave emerged in the early 2010s, and is defined by its borrowing of 1980s and 1990s mood music and lounge music. Visually, it incorporates early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art and other 1990s visuals in its artwork and music videos. Its surrounding subculture is often associated with a satirical take on consumer capitalism and pop culture, and tends to be characterized by a nostalgic and ironic engagement with the technology and advertising of previous decades.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Sep 23rd 2021 - Oct 6th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 00:00
Price:
Free

Hearing from Artists 3

Join lively discussions with artists from the Tees Valley and across the UK as they share insights into their work shown in the exhibition In The Castle of My Skin. Featuring Saelia Aparicio, Kev Howard and others.

Venue:
Online,
Date:
Sep 23rd 2021
Opening Times:
23rd Sep 2021 18:00 - 19:30
Price:
Free

Albert Potrony: Equal Play

Exploring the principles of non-hierarchical play environments, EQUAL PLAY is a new commission by artist and educator Albert Potrony. The project explores themes of non-gendered and non-prescriptive play, and will take inspiration from Dutch architect, Aldo van Eyck, to specifically consider the role of men and childcare in relation to feminism. Between 1947 and 1978 Van Eyck designed hundreds of playgrounds, consciously designed the equipment in a decidedly minimalist way to stimulate the imagination of its users (in this case, children), leading to the appropriation of space through its openness and multitudinous creative interpretations. Though largely removed, defunct or forgotten today, these playgrounds represent architectural intervention at a pivotal time: the shift from top-down organisation of space by modern functionalist architects, towards a bottom-up architecture that literally aimed to give space for imagination. Potrony’s EQUAL PLAY will actively explore these beliefs at BALTIC; designing a number of fixed structural/sculptural elements derived from a small selection of Aldo van Eyck’s sculptural “alphabet”, to articulate, transform and activate the gallery through play.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Print Goes Pop

This exhibition will explore artists’ use of the screen-print technique during the Pop era and beyond. It will showcase collection works by artists including Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside important loans from national collections, including seven works from Warhol’s iconic Marilyn series, and extraordinary lesser-known prints by artists including Parviz Tanavoli.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Sep 25th 2021 - Jan 22nd 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2021

A cultural arts festival showcasing artists through a programme of events and exhibitions. MIMA hosts talks, screenings throughout. MIMA supports the North East Open Exhibition and the MAW21 Graduates Prize.

Venue:
Middlesbrough,
Date:
Sep 30th 2021 - Oct 3rd 2021
Opening Times:
30th Sep - 3rd Oct 2021 TBC
Price:
Free

Women Artists of the North East Library at MIMA

Library open 10.00 – 16.00; special events 14.00 – 16.00 Women Artists of the North East Library are in residence at MIMA, with monthly Open Library events introducing artworks from its growing collection. The project represents and supports artists through a physical library, research and new opportunities.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Oct 1st 2021
Opening Times:
1st Oct 2021 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Tonya Mitchell – Landscape of Lords and Bishops of the North East of England

Tonya Mitchell is a local artist who has a heart for Teesdale, Weardale, and Northumberland. This is a general collection of her work. This collection spans wide landscapes and intimate spaces. The oil paintings show real places in Teesdale, Weardale and Northumberland. If you live in these areas or holiday in them, you will recognise many. The artist aims for accuracy of place along with artistic choices that reflect the character of the place. You will see canvases large and small, there will be prints large and small framed, unframed and cards galore. Scenes from the Northumberland coast featuring Warkworth Castle, a painting of the Robinson Arch from Bishop Auckland and a dramatic evening painting of the Butter mart in Barnard Castle.

Venue:
The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8YL
Date:
Oct 5th 2021 - Oct 30th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Regeneration by Martin Kinnear

he International award-winning Northern artist Martin Kinnear has produced Regeneration in response to the COVID pandemic. It’s a powerful and moving take on the year the World came to a halt, about what happens when plans are cancelled, futures are placed in doubt and the life-affirming power of change. It’s about beauty and hope and the restorative power of contemplation and features a 16-foot high animation at its centre, inspired by High Force waterfall in Teesdale. It’s a humane and thoughtful artistic critique by the Wensley-based artist, who is nicknamed ‘Lefty’ after a stroke 15 years ago at the age of 35, which left him paralysed down his left side. He took Paris by storm in 2018, scooping the prestigious Medaille d’Argent at the Salon Des Beaux Art.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Oct 9th 2021 - Feb 27th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

Phyllis Christopher: Contacts

Contacts is an intimate glimpse at lesbian community in San Francisco in the ‘90s through the archive of photographer Phyllis Christopher. Belonging to a politicised tradition of documentary photography, Christopher’s handprinted and tinted images reflect how the camera participated in the performance of queer identities and feminist politics in the club and in the streets. Amid the connected crises of HIV/AIDS and gentrification, Christopher and her collaborators answered the historic absence of representations of lesbian life with an abundance of images showing acts of sexual intimacy and public protest – a community defiantly taking up space and taking care of their own. An ethic of consent frames Christopher’s images as photographer and subject negotiate what it means to be shown and seen as lesbian, both then and now.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Oct 23rd 2021 - Mar 20th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

QUILTS: Resurgence

The rich heritage of British and American quilts has been a huge inspiration and of great importance to the development and growth of the contemporary quilt, as we know it today. Resurgence explores the revival of quilt making, taking inspiration from historic practice and showcasing the wealth of contemporary work that has developed over the last four decades as it moves beyond the usual conventions and boundaries of its traditional roots and emerges as an expressive, communicative art form. All the quilts have been selected from the collection of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and co-curated by internationally renowned quilt artist Pauline Burbidge.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
Oct 23rd 2021 - Feb 6th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free