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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.

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

Mounira Al Solh: A day is as long as a year

Mounira Al Solh’s paintings, works on paper, embroideries and films explore migration, memory, trauma and loss. Drawing from the artist’s personal conversations and encounters with those who have been affected by conflict in Syria, Lebanon and the Middle East region, Al Solh’s works tell stories of displacement and uncertainty, often reflecting on the struggles of women in the Arab world. Moving, intimate, and sometimes humorous, they consider the continued impact of war and oppression on people living in the Middle East and the importance of oral history as a record of lived experience.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Sep 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
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.

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

An Exhibition of Paintings by Sarah Dowd

Venue:
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, NE64 6DB
Date:
Jul 1st 2022 - Oct 31st 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The Vasseur BALTIC Artists’ Award 2022: Ima-Abasi Okon / Laleh Khorramian / Fernando García-Dory

BALTIC's biennial award was established to recognise artists deserving of an international platform and offers a step-change moment in their career, each receiving an exhibition at BALTIC, 25,000 GBP to realise new work and a 5,000 GBP artist fee. Three established international artists are invited to nominate an artist in the early stages of their career. For the 2022 iteration, Otobong Nkanga has nominated Ima-Abasi Okon, Mika Rottenberg has nominated Laleh Khorramian and Hito Steyerl has nominated Fernando García-Dory.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Oct 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Caroline Caycedo: Land of Friends

Carolina Caycedo makes work that addresses the commons, environmental justice, just energy transition and cultural and environmental biodiversity. Through her studio practice and fieldwork with communities impacted by large-scale infrastructure and other extraction projects, she invites viewers to consider the unsustainable pace of growth under capitalism and how we might embrace resistance and solidarity. For Caycedo’s first survey exhibition in Europe, BALTIC presents an overview of her artistic practice over the past twenty years, alongside a new commission inspired by the River Tyne, which expands her ongoing River Book series.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
May 28th 2022 - Jan 29th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

The Lost Fort

There is tantalising evidence of a Hadrianic period fort in South Shields that predates the Antonine fort of Arbeia. This small exhibition will explore what we know and don’t know about this ‘lost’ fort that controlled sea and river access to the Roman frontier. Part of Hadrian’s Wall 1900 festival, celebrating 1900 years since building of Hadrian’s Wall.

Venue:
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
Date:
Mar 28th 2022 - Oct 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Sat 11:00 - 16:00 , Sun 13:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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 - Oct 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4.95/£2.95/under 16s Free

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WASSA - A feast of folklore, fiction and fact

The Great Hall is the site of a new art installation bringing together a cast of historical and mythical characters associated with the building and its local area, including George Washington, the first president of the United States. Named after the Anglo-Saxon family of Wass, it was created by artists Lindsey Mendick and Dominic Watson. Made mainly of papier-mâché and ceramics it takes the form of a fantasy medieval feast attended by guests plucked from local folklore fiction and fact…

Venue:
Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, District 4, Washington, NE38 7LE
Date:
May 21st 2022 - Oct 14th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£5.50 adults/£2.50 child.

Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival - Wall in Motion

A spectacular and immersive digital projection mapping experience on a monumental scale. Responding to the geographical and cultural narratives resonating from the Roman collections in the museum, this site-specific work will explore a variety of themes celebrating the movement and motion of people, objects and stories associated with this grand frontier.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Jun 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Colonial Ghost by Pascale Marthine Tayou

This artwork, titled ‘Colonial Ghost’, is by Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou and features 25 crosses each made up of five human figures held in place by prominent nails. Through Colonial Ghost, Pascale aims to invite the viewer to consider connections between colonization and the growth of Christianity in African countries.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 26th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Pyrex100: Joblings 1930s Art Glass

Pyrex100 opens by highlighting the art glass Jobling’s Wear Glass Works made in the 1930s. The range was an experiment by the firm at a time when their highly lucrative licence to produce Pyrex was under review. Designers were recruited from France to produce modern glass in up-to-date colours. They imitated the more expensive French products of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Lalique. It was much cheaper than glass made by the French firms, aiming at stylish though not rich customers. The range was only made for a few years. Although not a profitable line in its time, Jobling’s art glass is now popular with collectors.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Mar 19th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival - Wall in Motion

A spectacular and immersive digital projection mapping experience on a monumental scale. Responding to the geographical and cultural narratives resonating from the Roman collections in the museum, this site-specific work will explore a variety of themes celebrating the movement and motion of people, objects and stories associated with this grand frontier.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Jun 1st 2022 - Sep 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Beside The Seaside: 150 Years of Northumbrian Beach Holidays

On display will be a fascinating collection of cameras, photographs and postcards, showcasing how families from different social classes have enjoyed Northumbrian seaside resorts from the Victorian era up till the present day. There will be the opportunity to play traditional seaside games such as pin the tail on the donkey and Aunt Sally, and visitors will have the chance to dress up in traditional beach attire. This interactive exhibition is perfect for families and young children looking to immerse themselves in local seaside culture. Coinciding with the exhibition will be the opportunity to view seaside paintings from internationally recognised and Alnwick Born artist Stella Vine.

Venue:
Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX
Date:
Apr 2nd 2022 - Aug 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £5/conc £4/children £1

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 - Oct 15th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£4/under 16s Free

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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 - Sep 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£4/under 16s Free

Anya Paintsil

Anya Paintsil is a Welsh Ghanaian artist working mainly in textiles. She combines her own hair, synthetic braids and yarns in her pieces, to represent complex debates around race, gender and identity through the very fabric of her work. Her two rugs ‘I am the predator, not the prey’ I and II, are powerful self-portraits. Tullie House has recently acquired both pieces with support of the Contemporary Art Society and they are now on display for the first time in Old Tullie House alongside other textile items from the collection.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Mar 31st 2022 - Sep 22nd 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10/under 18s Free

Bees, Bees, Hark to the Bees: A Northumberland Menagerie

At Woodhorn Museum, the historic colliery Cage Shop has been transformed into a giant temple to the worker bee. Exploring collective working, community, and the environment ‘Bees, Bees, Hark to Your Bees!’ symbolically connects the miners who toiled together underground with the collective workers of the beehive. Based on the folkloric tradition of ‘telling the bees’ important news, visitors are immersed in community stories and invited to share their own.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7/£6/under 16s Free

Bottled Ocean

Imagine: it's the year 2121 and the world has changed. Due to the effects of global warming and climate change, the polar ice caps have melted and Earth has flooded. Plastic is everywhere. It's in the water, the sand and coursing through the bloodstream of every lifeform. In this thought-provoking exhibition, artist George Nuku explores what the world could look like a century from now if we don't change our relationship with the world and our use of plastic.

Venue:
Captain Cook's Birthplace Museum, Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AT
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 09:30 - 16:30 , Sun and Tue-Sat 00:00 - 16:00
Price:
£4/£2.50

Glass Exchange: The Life of St Bede by Monster Chetwynd and The Moment by Katie Paterson

Monster Chetwynd’s The Life of St. Bede consists of four scenes: two scenes depict moments from The Venerable Bede’s life and two depict moments from St. Cuthbert’s life as described in Bede’s writings. Katie Paterson’s series of hourglasses, titled The Moment, will be displayed at Durham Cathedral, Sunderland Minster and the National Glass Centre. This poetic and conceptual project considers our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change.

Venue:
Durham Cathedral, Chapter Office, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH
Date:
Mar 26th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun 12:30 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Price:
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 - Aug 14th 2022
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Over Familiars: A Northumberland Menagerie

Sharing animal stories connected to witch craft, trials and incarceration in Northumberland. Plunge into the depths of the oldest gaol in England to discover shadowy creatures lurking within the dungeon. Upstairs in the museum, a curious collection of elevated spinning wooden plates – inspired by the story of the Witch of Seaton Sluice – will invite visitors to consider gender and class inequality within the historic witch trials and within the walls of the Old Gaol itself.

Venue:
Hexham Old Gaol, Hall Gate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XD
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£4/under 16s Free

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Of the Sea and Of the Sky: A Northumberland Menagerie

This exhibition will shine a spotlight on the rich diversity of Berwick’s borderland coast and explore connected themes of migration, national identity, and natural resources. Follow the journeys of migratory birds through an evolving installation of national flags and discover the ‘oddest consignment from Berwick Quayside’. A spectacular, spot-lit centerpiece will encircle visitors within a swirling mass of birds, fish and mammals that underpin Berwick’s fishing and tourism industries.

Venue:
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, The Barracks Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DG
Date:
Apr 9th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£4/under 16s Free

Truth and Beauty – The 20th Century British Art of pioneering art collector Helen Sutherland

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable life of the British art patron and collector, Helen Sutherland and explores the importance of her early patronage of artists – such as Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, and David Jones – within the context of the development of modern British art in the early 1930s. Truth and Beauty features a number of seldom displayed loans drawn from private collections that span the entire duration of the time Sutherland collected art, with works by Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, David Jones, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Alfred Wallis, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and The Ashington Group.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
May 21st 2022 - Oct 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Lubna Chowdhary, Erratics

Erratics includes Chowdhary’s recent paintings, sculptures and installations made from ceramic, wood and industrial materials. Lubna Chowdhary gathers ideas and techniques from manufacturing, design and architecture. Her works combine personal memories with references to art and material culture from around the globe, questioning what is valued and what is overlooked. This is her first large-scale museum exhibition.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jun 25th 2022 - Oct 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu 10:00 - 19:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Island

This exhibition brings together a broad selection of artists to explore the notion of ‘Island’ life in Britain since 1945. The artworks in the exhibition are predominately loaned from the Arts Council Collection as part of Sunderland Culture’s three-year National Partners Programme. ‘Island’ includes work by renowned modern British photographers including Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Ingrid Pollard, Tacita Dean and Tony Ray-Jones, alongside a major new commission by John Kippin & Nicola Neate and artist-led community projects.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
May 21st 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Tradition and transformation: contemporary Indian miniature painting from Rajasthan

This exhibition highlights the work of a group of contemporary miniature painters working in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Miniature painting was introduced to India by the Mughal emperors in the 16th century CE. Master painters were brought from Persia to teach the art form to Indian artists, and the resulting fusion of Persian and Indian styles developed into the many different regional schools which flourished across the Mughal Empire.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
May 27th 2022 - Sep 18th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Once Upon A Planet

The story of our planet is at a crucial chapter. This brand-new exhibition uses Tullie House’s nationally significant Natural Science collections to explore the impact of climate change on the animals, plants and habitats around us. Creativity and science collide to make an exciting, fun and hopeful exhibition for families and young people. Discover the state of the world around us and consider how we can help make it better.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Jun 25th 2022 - Sep 10th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10/under 18s Free

Still Point: Suki Chan

A film installation by artist Suki Chan that engages with sacred spaces and places of pilgrimage. It transports the audience from the site of the humble wooden structures offering refuge along Pilgrims’ Way to Holy Island in Northumberland, to contested sacred sites in Jerusalem, and the interior spaces of abandoned Syrian villages in the Golan Heights.

Venue:
The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Barracks, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DG
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Sep 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Story of Place

Exhibition exploring how we gather and share stories. Organised by Helix Arts in collaboration with local primary school children and artist-in-residence Sue Loughlin.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Jun 8th 2022 - Sep 7th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4.95/£2.95/under 16s Free

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Contemporary artist Alan O’Cain brings his trademark dark humour and provocativeness to an installation in the Thacker Gallery, incorporating Ancient Egyptian artefacts from the museum stores into two startling visual explorations of historic and modern responses to death and the symbolic and emotional power of exhibited objects.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
May 27th 2022 - Sep 18th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

University of Sunderland Art and Design Degree Show

Each year, the University of Sunderland’s School of Art and Design holds degree shows for the graduating BA(Hons) students. The degree show is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of their students into the final year of their course, where they build their professional practice, skills and experience. It is also a celebration of their creativity and the beginning of their exciting new journey as creative professionals.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Aug 31st 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Work, Rest and Play: A Northumberland Menagerie

This exhibition is inspired by the pit ponies that worked in coal mines including here at Woodhorn Colliery. Pit ponies spent most of their lives underground, working and living in underground stables. The artwork explores three key parts of pit pony life; hard work down the pit, being brought to the surface for heydays and holidays, and being put to pasture at the end of their working life. The wooden structures are inspired by woodworking ‘horses’- simple wooden structures used for making and manual work.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
May 28th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7/£6/under 16s Free

Bridget Riley: Art in Motion exhibition

Bridget Riley’s style is like no other; mind-bending, captivating and bold. The exhibition celebrates Riley’s successful career, which has spanned an amazing 70 years. It features 13 dazzling pieces, some of which have never been seen before in the region, including pieces from the museum’s own collection and loans from around the UK.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Sep 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

One Story, Many Voices

An immersive binaural sound installation that reflects understanding of the Second World War and Holocaust today, created by Imperial War Museums. It is a unique experience featuring eight sound stories representing a digital anthology of how we feel, remember and represent the Second World War and Holocaust across the UK today.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Aug 14th 2022
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 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:
Jul 30th 2022 - Feb 11th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Rhea Storr: The Image That Spits, The Eye That Accumulates

Rhea Storr is an artist filmmaker who explores the representation of Black and mixed-race cultures. In this film, a mixed race body explores a Norfolk landscape whose future is uncertain due to coastal erosion. The physical erosion of the landscape mirrors the now obsolete expired Kodachrome film once hailed as the new archival film for its vibrant colours but no longer able to be processed.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jul 16th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Alison Macleod

Inspired by childhood memories of discovering her mother's jewellery box, and imagining the stories behind the pieces therein, Alison's beautifully crafted jewellery is designed to be worn and loved, and passed on to future generations. Each piece is crafted from fairtrade gold and precious stones with Victorian influences.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

James Fortheringhame

A painter, lecturer and garden-designer, James' work is led by a curiosity for nature and found objects. His work is a diverse mixture of formal, lucid and mixed mark making, creating interesting compositions through watercolour, acrylic and oil which depict nature and wildlife.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 18th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The Story of the Middlesbrough Collection

The story of the Middlesbrough Collection is told through a new display that charts the many phases of the collection and acknowledges those who have been involved in assembling it over 100 years.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jun 25th 2022 - Oct 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

Journey in Colour

This exhibition is inspired by the vivid colours of The Bowes Museum’s extensive art collection. The collection originates from many different parts of the world and was loved, admired and enjoyed by Museum founder Joséphine Bowes and her husband John. Here you will discover the colours of 80 objects because they have been diligently analysed by a team of designers and artists from the UK and China. These designers and artists have created new works of art, vases and lights entirely inspired by the colours they found in the art works here at The Bowes Museum.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Jun 18th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

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 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Darque Art by Brian Foster

Brian is known as an accomplished amateur Photographer taking inspiration from the ‘usual’ and ‘not the norm’. Having branched into using acrylics, he applied his own, “futuristic”, Style on canvas and is now venturing into the medium of Charcoal creating drawings in his unique style.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Aug 4th 2022 - Aug 31st 2022
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 14:00 - 22:30 , Mon-Fri 16:00 - 22:30
Price:
Free

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Gail Henderson: Tees Valley Response Award Self-portrait, Periskepsi

Gail Henderson makes abstract self-portraits that visualise her psychological reality. Her works Sibilla 2012 and Salmacis 2012 were acquired for the Middlesbrough Collection through the Tees Valley Response Collecting scheme. This commission was created in situ by Henderson. Each line is a performance and expression of her inner state at the time of making.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jun 1st 2022 - Oct 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 10:00 - 16:30 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Price:
Free

Unity is Strength: Durham Miners' Gala

This landmark exhibition captures the community spirit, pride, solidarity and identity celebrated through Durham Miners’ Gala, also known as the Big Meeting. The exhibition features mining art from lenders across the region as well as pieces from the renowned Gemini Collection, including artwork by mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. Together these artworks embody the spirit of the Big Meeting and demonstrate its significance for the people of County Durham.

Venue:
Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Date:
Jun 22nd 2022 - Dec 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7 adult/£3 child

Nature and the Ideal: Pioneers of British Landscape

Nature and the Ideal explores the development of landscape painting in the second half of the eighteenth century. The exhibition focuses on some of the most influential artists of the period, whose work has come to define an enduring image of the British countryside. Featuring masterpieces by Richard Wilson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to consider the value of green space and the natural environment in our world today.

Venue:
Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR
Date:
Jul 2nd 2022 - Oct 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Sun-Mon and Wed-Sat 10:30 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £14/Child £7

Graham Dolphin: Gnossiennes

Erik Satie’s six works, Gnossienne, written in the late 19th century, are composed in free time, with no time signatures given, just descriptions for the musician to interpret. The name ‘Gnossienne’ was coined by Satie to describe this new form of tempo and freedom for the performer. These hugely influential works have become commonplace through their use in film, television and telephone on-hold music and often sited as the first ambient musical works. Dolphin’s film depicts an elongated piano keyboard across two monitors with each of the six Satie compositions playing at once. As with much of Dolphin’s previous work, the presentation of the familiar repeated or layered allows the work to be seen and heard anew.

Venue:
Gala Gallery, Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Date:
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun 14:30 - 20:30 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 20:30
Price:
Free

Elmer and Friends Exhibition

Step into David McKee’s colourful world in this playful exhibition by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books. Take a walk through Elmer’s jungle and discover your favourite stories along the way; Get dressed up as your favourite character; Can you complete the giant Elmer jigsaw? Relax on one of the comfy sofas in the reading area; Visit the colouring station; See original artwork from the Elmer series, Not Now Bernard and Mr Benn; Explore the interactive sensory boxes.

Venue:
Preston Park Museum, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH
Date:
Jul 23rd 2022 - Sep 11th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£5/£3

Young Railway Photographer of the Year

See a selection of images from the 2022 competition on the theme of 'the Railway Seen'. The railway is a thread that connects people and places across the world. Ever-changing and in perpetual motion, a chance to pause and capture a moment in time is incredibly valuable. This exhibition will display the winning selection of images from the competition, inspiring the next generation of railway enthusiasts and photographers among our world-class collection of railway heritage objects.

Venue:
Locomotion, (previously Shildon Locomotion Museum), Dale Road Industrial Estate, Dale Road, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE
Date:
Jun 8th 2022 - Sep 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

South Tyneside Scribe by Laur Fitton

This exhibition uses reportage drawing to document life in South Tyneside from late 2019 through to 2022. This documentation allows for us to stop and reflect on everyday moments we can often take for granted. Reportage drawing is a method of illustration where artists create a drawing on location to tell stories and showcase moments going on around them. Like a private detective or journalist, the artist is sent out to follow their nose, exploring an area through making work. The exhibition also includes an activity where you can create your own reportage drawing describing life in South Tyneside.

Venue:
The Word, The National Centre for the Written Word, 45 Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF
Date:
Jul 20th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Thu 09:00 - 19:00 , Fri 09:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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