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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: Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush

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

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

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 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Regeneration by Martin Kinnear

The 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

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:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Museum of Archaeology Gallery

Enjoy this 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

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:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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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

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:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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

Behind the Seams

This exhibition will be showcasing a whole new range of iconic costumes from well-loved film and TV shows, as well as welcoming back some fan-favourite pieces. Behind the Seams, which attracted record crowds back in 2018, will explore the stories behind some of TV and film’s most recognisable outfits and their creators, Angels Costumes. Visitors can expect to see a largely new collection of costumes, while the popular dress and shoes from The Red Shoes and the Queen’s Coronation from The Crown will be making a return. The exhibition will be showcasing original costumes worn by the stars on screen, as well as replicas of the original designs, from some of the most well-known and much-loved shows on TV and film. These include The Crown, Fantastic Beasts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, It’s a Sin, Judy, Rocket Man, Shakespeare in Love and James Bond.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Oct 12th 2021 - Feb 19th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

Re-Purpose

Taking an item that has already served one purpose and using it to create something new can add depth, history and human connection to the new object being made. This approach is not only positive in environmental terms, but it can also alter how we consider re-purposed objects, often elevating them above the value they held in their original life. This exhibition presents work by a number of artists who work with items made in glass and ceramics. In different ways they each re-purpose objects that have been broken, used, discarded or previously seen as a waste product.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jun 19th 2021 - Apr 3rd 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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. Jericho: An Ancient City Revealed has been developed with a group of MA students from Durham University’s Department of Archaeology. The exhibition centres on the Oriental Museum’s collection of objects sent to Durham from Kenyon’s excavations at Jericho, which range from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

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

Portrait of an Artist

A new exhibition from renowned art dealers, Liss Llewellyn. Comprising over 85 oil paintings, drawings and prints, the exhibition offers audiences an opportunity to step into the inner world of the artist, shedding light on their personal lives and creative processes. The exhibition explores five themes: The Artist’s Studio, Self-Portraits, The Artist’s Entourage, Portraits of Artists by Artists, and Allegories of Creation. Over 50 artists from the late 19th century to the 1940s are represented, including Evelyn Dunbar, Albert de Belleroche, Winifred Knights, Alan Sorrell and William Strang. They are complemented by popular works from the Laing’s collection, such as those by Sir William Orpen and Ralph Hedley.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Sep 30th 2021 - Feb 26th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
£7/conc £6/under 12s Free

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Tyne & Tide: John Peace - selected North East paintings 

This November a major exhibition of the art works of the late John Peace, a leading artist in the North East, will open at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. Peace studied at the South Shields School of Art from 1949-51, then at Leeds before gaining a place at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He had a lifelong career in painting, as well as teaching art, and produced hundreds of paintings, many of which captured the landscape and aspects of social life in the changing region around him. It was a career deeply influenced and shaped by his time in South Shields.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Nov 13th 2021 - May 7th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Eruptions: A Decade Of Creation

Eruptions is Indian transmedia artist and activist Poulomi Basu’s (b.1983, Calcutta) first major international solo exhibition. The immersive installation of VR, film and photography will showcase the development of Basu’s participatory practice between 2009 and 2021. Shown together for the first time, the gallery and cinema will showcase her acclaimed projects: Blood Speaks: A Ritual Of Exile, Centralia and To Conquer Her Land; which engage with issues of gender, caste and class to expose both the marginalisation and the strength of women and indigenous communities in South Asia. Expanding the possibilities of traditional documentary photography through multi-layered narratives, Basu illuminates contentious complex realities, challenges injustices and advocates for urgent political, social and environmental change.

Venue:
Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JE
Date:
Oct 30th 2021 - Feb 6th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Chemical City

Chemical City looks at the legacies of chemical production in the Tees Valley. Starting with a focus on plastics manufacture in the area and in particular the development of synthetic fabrics and dyes, the exhibition travels through broader social, economic, material and ecological themes. The impact of synthetic materials on human lives and the health of the planet has been extensive. This exhibition explores this impact and presents contemporary innovations in more sustainable fashion. Newly-commissioned artworks by Annie O’Donnell, Onya McCausland and Katarina Zdjelar trace associations and connections with the materials and memories of the chemical works. Through painting, sculpture and film, the artists takes us into imaginative realms relating to memory, conflict and industrial harm.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Nov 25th 2021 - Apr 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu 10:00 - 19:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Gaia

It’s wowed audiences across the globe and now you too can marvel at Gaia - a stunning, seven-metre recreation of Planet Earth, and one of only five permanent exhibits in the world. Created by British artist, Luke Jerram, the exhibition uses detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface to provide a unique opportunity to view our planet floating in three dimensions. The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, described by astronauts as a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

Venue:
Life Science Centre, Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
Date:
Oct 20th 2021 - Oct 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Sun 11:00 - 18:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
£15/£11 concessions/child aged 5-17 £8/under 4s Free/family £34

NGC Glass Prize

NGC Glass Prize is a European glass prize delivered by the National Glass Centre which features the work of over 40 artists who work in Europe. Supported by the Weston Culture Fund, the exhibition includes work by artists from England, Scotland, Wales, France, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Romania, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Estonia and Belgium. It showcases techniques and approaches including using found and mixed media, casting, hot glass, kiln forming, engraving, neon, pâte de verre, and video. The exhibition includes artists working at all career stages from internationally acknowledged masters to relative newcomers.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Oct 16th 2021 - Mar 13th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Durham Art Group – A Display of Works

Members of the Durham Art Group have combined to create an engaging exhibition of their talented work. Many of the artworks on show are up for sale, if you would like to make a purchase, please enquire at the reception desk.

Venue:
Ushaw Historic House, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Oct 20th 2021 - Feb 22nd 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community

The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) has a special place in the story of County Durham. From its beginning in 1758 as John Lambton’s 68th Regiment of Foot, the DLI has been present at some of the most important events in world history. From fighting the armies of Napoleon to helping defeat Hitler, the actions of the regiment’s soldiers have helped shape the world we know today. The DLI Collection Gallery tells the history of the regiment through the stories of the soldiers who made it.

Venue:
Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN
Date:
Oct 14th 2021 - Mar 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 17:00 , Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Two Women: One Story

This exhibition will feature the works of Marion Hinchley and Angela Mavin, two textile artists from Northumberland who met on a Fashion and Textiles course at Northumberland College in 2017. Their first exhibition, Two Women: One Story explores a diverse range of themes including the notions of personal identity, memories and heritage. A culmination of self-analysis and soul searching (a process which Angela states to have been incredibly cathartic) the body of work presents a wide variety of creative techniques using recycled materials. Their creative processes are also set to be on show with sketchbooks, mood boards and samples being displayed as part of the exhibition. The pair hope that their work will in turn inspire other locals to take up new artistic challenges of their own.

Venue:
Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX
Date:
Nov 30th 2021 - Jan 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£4/£3 conc/5-16 £1/under 5s Free

Coal Town: Mik Critchlow

A new exhibition of work made over several decades by social documentary photographer Mik Critchlow (b. 1955). ‘Coal Town’ is a remarkable long form project, through which Mik continues to document his home town of Ashington. Mik began photographing Ashington in 1977, after seeing an exhibition by The Ashington Group of artists (also known as the Pitman Painters). The Ashington Group were a group of working men who came together to make art in the 1930’s through an adult education programme.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Nov 19th 2021 - Mar 6th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7/£6/Under 16s Free

Under the Vapour Trails – Simon Bartram

This exhibition features paintings and drawings of post industrial men who, somewhat stereotypically, find their identities in the clothes they wear, the haircuts they sport and the football team they follow. They live in real and imaginary towns and cities that are intersected by rivers that flow east into the North Sea. Above them, the skies are intersected by the vapour trails of aeroplanes leaving for places far away. The painted men, however, always stay and, going forward, it is Simon’s ambition to look beyond their haircuts and hoodies and explore who they really are and how they fit into their changing environment.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Jan 29th 2022 - Apr 23rd 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Jarrow & Hebburn: Photographs from the Bede Gallery Collection

This exhibition features photographs of people and places in Jarrow and Hebburn. The majority of the photos were acquired by the museum in 2016, along with many other artworks, artefacts and ephemera which had formerly resided at Jarrow’s Bede Gallery.

Venue:
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Date:
Nov 27th 2021 - Apr 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

An Exhibition of Paintings by Bernie Clarkson

Venue:
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, NE64 6DB
Date:
Nov 1st 2021 - Feb 28th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Graham Dolphin: Come Together

The two-channel video work examines the phenomenon of pop fandom allowing us to simultaneously observe the exertions and emotions of the performer and the ecstatic response of their audience. In summer 2013, Dolphin undertook an unusual artist residency: one at a large-scale North East music festival featuring celebrated bands who have accrued devoted fans. At the festival Dolphin was given unprecedented access to bands such as Primal Scream and Spiritualized, whose lead singers we encounter close-up. We are able to scrutinize their smallest gesture and every expression. Dolphin also captures the audience, who, seen from a distance, are caught unaware in a state of adulation. The resulting videos are presented side by side, slowed down, and in silence

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Dec 15th 2021 - Feb 27th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Vinca Petersen: Gather Social Honey – A Collective Search for JOY

Gather Social Honey presents new and existing work by internationally renowned photographer, installation, multimedia and performance artist Vinca Petersen. Her work emerges from a deep understanding and commitment to social and political engagement with underrepresented communities in order to give them a voice and recognition. For over 30 years Petersen has created an important body of work that shines a light on Britain’s politically divided society through her unique position organising and documenting the emerging rave scene across Britain and Europe in the 1990s.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jan 29th 2022 - May 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Claire A. Baker: The Red Thread

Claire A. Baker’s practice-led research is concerned with place and non-place memory, displacement and the lost. She has a deep interest in the everyday life of the other. She explores transcultural parallels and differences and her practice contemporises traditional textile craft to continue its legacy. Specilising in textiles, Claire has based her research within the Chernobyl exclusion zone since 2015, making connections and nurturing relationships with the ageing, obsolescent community of self-settlers still living on land deemed uninhabitable.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Oct 11th 2021 - Jan 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu 10:00 - 19:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Middlesbrough Collection

The display includes artwork from the Middlesbrough Collection that featured in MIMA’s digital programme over 2020–21, accompanied by recent acquisitions. The Collection holds 2,350 works of art and craft made by artists based in the Tees Valley and internationally from the mid-1800s to today. The works represent a cross-section of themes, expressed in various media and styles by artists and makers from a range of eras and places. Many of the works were shared through MIMAZINA, a digital community journal launched in April 2020 in response to the pandemic.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Oct 12th 2021 - Jan 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu 10:00 - 19:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

The Female Gaze Re-visited by Alice Hawkins

Established artist-photographer Alice Hawkins presents an extraordinary panoramic portrait of women around the world, taken across the last 20 years. Hawkins works between the worlds of fine art and fashion, and is known for having brought new subjects and situations into fashion photography, and fine art alike. Often, she captures people who embody what fellow photographer Nick Knight calls “the everyday burlesque” – the theatrical, the outrageous or the larger-than-life. The Female Gaze: Revisited will examine the changing perceptions of femininity, fashion and gender over the past two decades and will screen for the first time Hawkins’ ethereal fashion films which take the themes of her photography work and elevates them into entrancing dreamscapes from which the viewer will not wish to wake. The exhibition also includes portraits of larger-than-life female musicians including Beth Ditto, and Hawkins’s long-term collaborator Paloma Faith, seen in an entirely unexpected guise.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Jan 29th 2022 - Apr 23rd 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Not a Life Saving Device

An exhibition by international artist SJ Fuerst. Known for surrealism and hyperrealism, Fuerst’s paintings stop us in our tracks, the women featured feel so real you'd expect them to wink at you.

Venue:
Hancock Gallery, 2 Jesmond Road West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PQ
Date:
Nov 18th 2021 - Jan 31st 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 18:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Newcastle in Watercolour

The watercolours and drawings on display open a window on the changing character of Newcastle over the centuries and the lives of people in the past. A keelman, a pitman, shipbuilders, street sellers and builders’ labourers all feature. Entertainments include skating on the frozen Tyne, a rowing race and a 1930s’ football match at St James’ Park. Panoramic views and street scenes show how Newcastle changed from a small, medieval walled town to an important industrial 19th-century city. The town centre of grand Neo-Classical buildings, created by the developer Richard Grainger in 1830 to ’50, is revealed in views of Grey Street, Grainger Street and Central Station.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Dec 18th 2021 - Dec 31st 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Obscurum - Lux: See Segedunum in a different light

The Roman Gallery at Segedunum is divided into a number of rooms looking at different buildings within the fort. This art installation is an interpretation in light of these buildings. So while there is the chance to see how some finds might have looked by the light of a candle, or to see the barrack by the light of an open fire, there is also the opportunity to see light and colour used in different ways to illustrate the roles of the headquarters, the hospital and the commanding officer’s house. The installation looks at the gold stored in the strong-room, the red flames of fires burning on altars, the white light of the stars and the use of purple as a symbol of power.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Jan 22nd 2022 - Jan 29th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£5.95/£3.95/under 16s Free/NE28 residents Free

Family: Revisited

Family: Revisited is the penultimate exhibition of the Change of Perspective series by artist Lizzie Lovejoy. In reaction to the first Family themed exhibition, Revisited looks at family in a less abstract and more literal way, based on our closeness and connection to people. Nine conversations with nine people around the North East have culminated in nine illustrations and three poems which aim to capture the definition of family within this region. Joined again by five Tees Valley creatives, a range of perspectives on what family is are visually shared throughout this exhibition.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Dec 6th 2021 - Jun 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 , Mon 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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Where There’s Space to Grow

An exhibition curated by Celebrate Different Collective, a group of young people living in Sunderland, which creatively reflects on the industrial decline of the 1980s in North East England, while looking ahead to a shared progressive future. Arts Council Collection artworks sit alongside new works created by local Sunderland residents which reveal stories that encourage us to dig deep. Championing diversity in a shifting cultural and physical landscape, this exhibition asks: how can we create space for all of us to grow?

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Jan 15th 2022 - Mar 12th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Gordon Dalton: Abandon All Hope

The subject matter of Gordon Dalton's colourful painting spans industrial and natural landscapes. His paintings have a quiet melancholy that questions their intentions. An anxious contradiction is on show, with the work being self-conscious of what it is and its possible failings. Gordon’s work asks the viewer to look longer at what painting is, and why it continues to fascinate.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Jan 28th 2022 - Mar 5th 2022
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Mark Bletcher, Abi Hampsey, Oliver Hoffmeisiter: Three’s a Crowd

Three’s a Crowd is an exhibition of recent work by Mark Bletcher, Abi Hampsey and Oliver Hoffmeister. Artists and friends who met at Newcastle University on the Fine Art course. In 2020 the group founded a project called Minutes on Painting as a platform to create conversations between artists about painting and to raise funds for charity. This new group show at Gallagher and Turner continues to explore their joint interest into figurative painting from individual perspectives.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Jan 28th 2022 - Mar 5th 2022
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Sense of Place: Carolyn Earlam and Adrian Swales

Carolyn and Adrian both work directly from the landscape, both urban and rural, aiming to re-create a sense of the particularities of place. Their individual styles are distinct but complimentary, providing a colourful and stimulating response to the visual environment.

Venue:
The Foyer Gallery, Open only on performance nights, People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF
Date:
Jan 18th 2022 - Mar 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 18:30 - 21:00
Price:
Free

Monogatari: the art of storytelling in Japanese woodblock prints

An exhibition, created in partnership with the National Museum of Japanese History, exploring how images of famous tales of samurai, travellers and heroes during the 18th and 19th centuries in Japan inspired art created during the real life conflicts at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Jan 28th 2022 - May 15th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Fr

Paddington: The Story of a Bear

A brand new family-friendly touring exhibition developed by the British Library featuring books, documents, film clips, original artwork and interactive areas. Lose yourself in your own Paddington adventures and stories. His heart-warming exploits and kind and caring nature have made Paddington one of the world's most loved bears since his first appearance on the pages of A Bear Called Paddington. More than 60 years on his stories still delight people of all ages around the world. Now fans, both big and small, can join Paddington as he sets off on a new adventure.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Nov 20th 2021 - Feb 20th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10, under 18s Free

Gary Carter x Rachel Brook

Vibrant colour, abstract shapes and complex geometry collide in this cross-disciplinary collaborative exhibition which will be held in the foyer of High Bridge Works. Gary Carter studied Fine Art at Newcastle Universities School of Fine Art and has been painting for many years in a studio space where he has been developing his creative practice further. Carter uses the visual language of abstraction, inspired by artists past and present. Carter explores the juxtaposition of space, through blocks of colour, oil paint and other mediums. Rachel (Eleanor) Brook produces abstract art, mixed media with illustration, artist film and digital art. Digitally and through illustration she considers complex geometric themes and uses bold colour and shape. Brook's artist film work presents a range of dream-like perspectives, combining surrealism with art documentary, and as a disabled person, explores the ambient perspectives of living with an “invisible” condition. Rachel has an MA in Film Studies and a BA in Film and Sociology from University of Northumbria and diplomas from London Academy of Media and Film in Video Editing and Documentary Filmmaking. As an arts freelancer Brook facilitates artistic creation with community groups, considering learner-led, collaborative approaches to idea development and is trained in mental health awareness, autism awareness and dementia awareness.

Venue:
High Bridge Works, 31-39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW
Date:
Jan 17th 2022 - Feb 17th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 12:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Close The Door On Past Dreariness

This exhibition is about the current homeless crisis in Newcastle upon Tyne – and it is one that reflects a national story. Damien Wootten started to photograph homeless people on Tyneside in 2017, and has continued ever since. His exhibition hopes to raise awareness of homelessness- and the positive ways in which we can respond.

Venue:
Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG
Date:
Jan 29th 2022 - Feb 26th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:30 , Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

It’s All in the Technique

In 2022, the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) celebrates 25 years since its foundation as the principal promoter and supporter of both glass artists and collectors of contemporary glass in the UK. In this show, CGS are presenting work from artists that demonstrate the very best in the wide range of techniques that they are working in. The artists exhibiting are: Scott Benefield, Katharine Coleman, Vanessa Cutler, Andrea da Ponte, Dominic Fonde, Katherine Huskie, Joshua Kerley, Jessie Lee, Verity Pulford, Cathryn Shilling, Dr Helen Slater Stokes, Nancy Sutcliffe, Ulrike Umlauf-Orrom and Muna Zuberi.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jan 13th 2022 - Mar 13th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Art Diamonds Exhibition

Over the last four years, Art Diamonds has supported retired people to improve their health and wellbeing through creative arts activities. Art Diamonds members have enjoyed workshops in animation, printmaking, textiles, drawing, painting, creative writing and photography. This exhibition showcases some of the wonderful artwork created by some of the 230+ members of Art Diamonds.

Venue:
Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Date:
Jan 21st 2022 - Mar 19th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri 09:00 - 19:00 , Wed 09:00 - 17:00 , Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Price:
Free

Gateshead in Winter: Local History Photograph Display

A selection of captivating images from the Gateshead Archive photograph collection showing Gateshead in winter.

Venue:
St Mary's Heritage Centre, St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Date:
Jan 25th 2022 - Mar 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Not What it Seams

Step inside Winpenny’s Wardrobe, where things are not quite as they seem. In here you can play dressing-up, create your own costume, and then perform on our stage! Don’t forget to visit Winpenny’s ticket booth where you can play make believe and sell popcorn for your show. Not What it Seams is an unsupervised play space which has been created to celebrate the costume exhibition Behind the Seams.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Jan 5th 2022 - Feb 27th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

Take Over 2022

Four exciting exhibitions Take Over the SAW gallery space; each artist inviting you to look at, experience and discuss their work. Part of SAW’s commitment to support talented emerging artists.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Feb 2nd 2022 - Mar 23rd 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

A Light Exchange by Dot Steel and Eileen A Saunders

Dot Steel is an amateur local artist, specializing in landscapes, seascapes and portraits, using soft pastels and oils. Inspired by moods in Nature and trying to capture the magical effects light induces, her portraits focus on representing the character of the subject. Eileen A Saunders is a local artist, born in North Shields and an established member of the Cullercoats Art Club. Eileen’s main interest is painting landscapes of wild and beautiful Northumberland. She works mainly in watercolour and Acrylic but loves working in other mediums creating different and beautiful art.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Feb 3rd 2022 - Mar 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 10:00 - 23:00 , Mon-Wed 10:00 - 22:30 , Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free