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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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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:
Sun 14:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Admission charges apply

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

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

Prospect Us

Prospect Us explores the social, emotional and political impact of land commodification, rapid urban development and studentification. Exhibition open: Tue-Thur, 11am-4pm; Sat 25 Sep & 30 Oct, 1-4pm.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, (open selected Saturdays 1pm - 4pm), Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Sep 14th 2021 - Nov 25th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Janine Burrows

A celebration of her Northumberland heritage, this is Janine Burrows' largest and most diverse exhibition to date, taking in painting, decorative sculpture and never-before exhibited pencil sketches.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Sep 3rd 2021 - Nov 14th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Juliet E P Gibbs

Winner of the Contemporary Young Artist Award 2019, fine artist Juliet returns to The Biscuit Factory for a solo show with a collection examining the contrast between the organic and the man-made.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Sep 25th 2021 - Nov 28th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Home: Revisited

Since exploring concepts of Home in their exhibition in March and April this year, Lizzie Lovejoy has come back to the question of what we can call home and is looking at it through the lens of movement. Is home truly in one place, or can home travel with you? Collaborating with a range of Northern creatives, this exhibition will share 15 different sketchbook journeys, as well as a range of wall art exploring our northern home as well as how that links to our Northern identities.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Oct 4th 2021 - Nov 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Mon 00:00 - 18:30 , Tue-Sat 00:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

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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

Photographing The Land Of Oak And Iron

Land of Oak & Iron are pleased to host this exhibition of stunning photographs which were submitted to their photograph competition. All the photographs were taken in the Land of Oak & Iron by local people and visitors to this beautiful area. The photographs cover the length of the Derwent Valley, from the Derwent Reservoir in the foothills of the North Pennines and Shotley Bridge in County Durham to Clockburn Lake here in Derwenthaugh Park and Prudhoe Castle in Northumberland.

Venue:
Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6RU
Date:
Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 31st 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 09:00 - 16:00 , Sat-Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Digging Deep: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage

A new exhibition uncovering the hidden histories of miners and engineers of colour in the North East and beyond. The exhibition includes personal stories and memories from miners, portraits, artworks and creative writing which draw attention to the diversity of the North East’s mining industry, contrasting with typical narratives surrounding mining communities.

Venue:
The Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE
Date:
Sep 25th 2021 - Nov 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:30
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. Entry to this exhibition is by a separate timed gallery ticket, which can be booked at no extra cost when booking your admission to the Museum.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Sep 16th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Adult: £15.50/Conc: £13.50/Family pass: £17.50/Student day: £6/Young people: £5/Carers & under 5’s free

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

Explore the latest ceramic works by this contemporary Cumbrian artist, featuring historical transferwares that have been updated for today’s audience, telling modern stories based on his trips around America. Visitors will be able to see the contrasts between the old and new shapes and forms, and think about decoration and what it means.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Sep 26th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Adult: £15.50/Conc: £13.50/Family pass: £17.50/Student day: £6/Young people: £5/Carers & under 5’s free

The Adventures of Clara

In 1738 Clara was the most famous rhinoceros in Europe. 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:
Sep 16th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Adult: £15.50/Conc: £13.50/Family pass: £17.50/Student day: £6/Young people: £5/Carers & under 5’s free

Nic Young: Ebb And Flow

"I draw and paint as a means of exploring the landscape, observing and using mark making to describe the things I see and feel. I paint the landscapes that surround me as the beautiful coastline and countryside of the North East have had such a major influence on me."

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Oct 3rd 2021 - Oct 26th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 00:00
Price:
Free

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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

Patrick Hough: The Black River of Herself

Patrick Hough’s new film ‘The Black River of Herself’ premieres at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Hough is an Irish artist and the title of this work is taken from a poem by Seamus Heaney. Heaney’s writing about the Irish landscape is playfully evoked in Hough’s work: Heaney famously described peat farming and ’bog bodies’: the intact corpse of an ancient ancestor whose skin and bones have been preserved for tens of thousands of years because of the PH levels of peat. Such bodies are like the river of our ancestral DNA, flowing submerged beneath visible surfaces. In Hough’s film, a female bog body is uncovered at the site of a dig that awakens her from her sleep. She talks to an archaeologist tasked with recovering her from the earth. She tells of her own fate, and her premonition for our environment. The race to save this bog body is also a story about the race to save ourselves from ecological collapse and inevitable extinction.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Oct 16th 2021 - Jan 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Stuart Whipps: The Carboniferous Epoch

Stuart Whipps’s 14 minute film ’The Carboniferous Epoch’ examines how the North East’s new towns – especially Peterlee – built during the optimism of post-war Britain – have become landscapes of either mass consumption or high unemployment in a single generation. The film is part of a series each examining different new towns. This was the first to be completed, based on archival documents and footage about Peterlee in County Durham. ’Necessary Amendments’ about Milton Keynes followed in 2019, and ’Homes for the People’ about Harlow, Basildon and Hatfield is the most recent film, completed in 2020.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Oct 16th 2021 - Jan 2nd 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

Taxila in Focus: 100 years since Marshall

The ancient cities and monuments of the Taxila Valley form a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Pakistan. The focus of excavations by the British archaeologist, Sir John Marshall in the early 20th century, these investigations were recorded in a detailed photographic archive. This exhibition focuses on the ancient site of Taxila, around 32 kilometres from Pakistan’s federal capital, Islamabad. Taxila, translated by many as ‘city of cut stone’, was a cosmopolitan settlement and a major trading hub. Mentioned in the ancient South Asian epic, the Ramayana, and early Buddhist and Jain traditions, Taxila was one of the ancient capitals of Gandhara, an important territory stretching between the Oxus and Indus Rivers. A revered place of education, it flourished for centuries, benefitting from the flow of goods, ideas and faiths that travelled along the famed Silk Roads.

Venue:
Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, (off South Road), Durham, DH1 3TH
Date:
Sep 24th 2021 - Jan 16th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Peter Quinn: Voyages

Attracted to the urban and the out-of-the-way, Peter Quinn's paintings offer a brightly-coloured, personal response. Often the subject presents itself: a busy boat yard, an elegant avenue, a jumble of pots and plants on a doorstep or a packed shop display. Peter's watercolours are produced back in his studio in Newcastle: pencil drawings followed by a haphazard, experimental painting technique.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Oct 15th 2021 - Nov 20th 2021
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Hidden Natural Histories by Eleanor Chaney

A project which explored the hidden or harder to see histories of the objects and their collectors in the Tullie House Nature Collection. Asking - Could digital interventions create a space to ask new questions and tell more stories? Eleanor is inspired by the stories of the female naturalists who contributed to the Tullie House collection. Using paper sculpture, animation and film making she explores their work, and through it discusses the social barriers faced at the time.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Jul 17th 2021 - Dec 31st 2021
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £10, under 18s Free

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Gemma Burditt: Future Landscapes

The agricultural landscape of Britain shapes our soils, waters, biodiversity and is part of the nation’s emotional identity. In the light of our exit from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the impending climate crisis, how we use and value land is likely to change dramatically in the next decade. Illustrator and animator Gemma Burditt has worked with 6 land-based businesses in Northumberland over a two year period to create a portrait of this changing landscape. How will these communities adapt to these pressing events and how will this affect both their relationship with the landscape and the physical nature of the land itself?

Venue:
The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Barracks, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DG
Date:
Sep 18th 2021 - Oct 24th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Jonathan Chapman: Placed

"My camera is my dog, it changes me from sad loner to purposeful flaneur. When I returned to this region, like a dog, I wanted to be outside exploring this new familiar place. I didn’t want to be in my studio sniffing oil paint, stuck inside the genre of still life. I wanted to move across landscapes, cut across genres; photography let me do this."

Venue:
Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough Railway Station, Zetland Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1EG
Date:
Sep 18th 2021 - Oct 30th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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

Take a Closer Look

There are over 600 artefacts on display in Segedunum's Museum, many of them small, every-day items. This exhibition features photographs that look at some of the finer decoration or texture of 20 of these objects to reveal details perhaps easily overlooked on a first viewing. The images sometimes also show the damage or decay that has affected the objects after being in the ground for 1800 years.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Sep 30th 2021 - Dec 4th 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4.95/conc £2.95/under 16s Free

Jose Snook : In Memoriam

In Memoriam responds to the unfolding ecological catastrophe of the 6th Extinction. The exhibition includes two series of work: Resurrection and Imposters. Resurrection focuses upon endangered mammals and takes inspiration from animal bio-banks or frozen zoos. Imposters explores the replacement of lost species of plants and animals with synthetic replicas, and uses techniques that mimic vintage photographs.

Venue:
Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX
Date:
Oct 12th 2021 - Nov 28th 2021
Opening Times:
Sun and Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£4/conc £3/5-16 year olds £1/under 5s Free

Northern Festival of Illustration: Graduate Alumni Exhibition and Monkey Trail

The Northern Festival of Illustration returns for a fourth time! As part of the festival, Hartlepool Art Gallery will be exhibiting a small display of works created by the Northern School of Art’s Class of 2020 illustration graduates. These are graduates who sadly never got to exhibit their work as their final degree show was cancelled. They will also be showcasing a small number of unique fibreglass monkey sculptures which have been decorated by the community with paint, collage, clothes or any other creative way people thought of! The monkeys are part of 35 sculptures which form the Monkey Trail around the town!!

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Sep 18th 2021 - Nov 28th 2021
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Exchange - Past, Present and Future

This exhibition will shine the spotlight on the buildings, people and activities of Exchange Square in Middlesbrough when it opens in September. Exchange - Past, Present and Future, organised by Navigator North, will feature archival material, images and artefacts that reveal the past, present and future of the unique area of the town. Exhibits will include: A focus on the former Royal Exchange building, which once stood in the heart of the town’s Victorian commercial and financial district; Commerce House, a banking institution dating back to 1872; The soon-to-be 140-year-old statute of Henry Bolckow, an industrialist who led the development of Middlesbrough as an ironmaking town and was its first mayor; An introduction to the newly appointed Exchange Artist in Residence, Layla Khoo. North Yorkshire-based Layla is a visual artist who works across a range of mediums with a specialism in ceramics. Her year-long residency will focus on researching, relating and exchanging the histories of the town that matter to the communities living and working within Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter; An outline of the new research to be carried out by Tees Valley Arts exploring the hidden heritage narratives of Exchange Square.

Venue:
The Masham, 27 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RL
Date:
Sep 11th 2021 - Nov 27th 2021
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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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

Exhibition 'Jed Buttress: Boy Detective'

Jed Buttress is an award-winning artist and talented creative who works with sculpture, installation and digital media. Explore peculiar objects and interesting facts from aliens to vampires!

Venue:
Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG
Date:
Oct 23rd 2021 - Nov 13th 2021
Opening Times:
Sat 09:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:30
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

Jack and Bill and the Fogrunt Amulet

Stuckist artist Doctor Colin Cameron returns with his new exhibition. ‘Jack and Bill and the Fogrunt Amulet’ is part of an attempt by The Brothers Grime to reinvigorate enthusiasm for epic poetry as a popular cultural art form. Set in faraway Cloudland during the reign of King Wobblyknobble, it tells of how the Fogrunt Amulet falls into the hands of the apparently insignificant Kitty Flaps and of the sordid events that transpire. The powers of the amulet, a treasured charm woven from the golden hairs of the long-departed Mother Feakle, must be destroyed before the terrible Black Sow wreaks havoc. Enter Jack and Bill, two oafs from Cobblerswood charged with the momentous task. Stuffed with crotchless pants, rubber vaginas, onanist apothecaries and dongers turned to stone, ‘the Fogrunt Amulet’ is a unique warning about the rot that pornography causes to the social imagination. The pictures in this exhibition are portraits by Dr Colin Cameron of some of the characters that populate Jack and Bill’s lurid world.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Nov 7th 2021 - Dec 1st 2021
Opening Times:
Daily 00:00
Price:
Free

Art by Post Exhibition

The Southbank Centre’s landmark Covid-19 initiative Art by Post celebrates the power of creativity in a touring exhibition of more than 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown. The exhibition – both physical and digital – showcases artworks from the Art by Post community of 4,500 participants from across the UK who were at risk from social isolation and digital exclusion during the pandemic, and highlights the positive impact of art and creativity on health and wellbeing. Although the exhibition has been shaped by the isolating experience of successive lockdowns, the artworks are a powerful celebration of creativity and resilience.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Nov 8th 2021 - Nov 27th 2021
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

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

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