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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

Flesh on the Bones

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

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

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

Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow

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

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

Pakui Hardware: Virtual Care

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

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

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

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

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

Venue:
Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RN
Date:
Jun 18th 2021 - Jun 4th 2022
Opening Times:
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

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

Antony Gormley: Earth Drawings

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

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

Anthony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

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

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

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Where We Are Now

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

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

SYNTAX

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

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

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

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

Consett Steel Remembered

Consett steelworks dominated the skyline for 140 years, until its closure in September 1980. As the largest single employer in the town and surrounding district, it provided a livelihood for many families and influenced the economic and social life of the area for decades. This selection of photographs from the archives of the Consett & District Heritage Initiative provide a visual reminder of the huge presence which “the works” as it was commonly referred to, had in the town of Consett and it’s communities.

Venue:
Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6RU
Date:
Sep 8th 2021 - Oct 8th 2021
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 09:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

This exhibition will celebrate the quilting traditions of northern England by showcasing historical and contemporary quilts that are among the finest examples of the craft acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years. 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

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

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WOW: Women Only Works on Paper

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

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

Lynn Ward – A Year in Yorkshire

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

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

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

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

Portrait of a Town

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

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

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)

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Empty Dreams

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

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

Hearing from Artists 3

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

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

Empty Dreams from Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College

An exhibition of Vaporwave Art by BTEC 540 Diploma in Art & Design Practice students from Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College (part of Tyne Coast College). Vaporwave emerged in the early 2010s, and is defined by its borrowing of 1980s and 1990s mood music and lounge music. Visually, it incorporates early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art and other 1990s visuals in its artwork and music videos. Its surrounding subculture is often associated with a satirical take on consumer capitalism and pop culture, and tends to be characterized by a nostalgic and ironic engagement. Preview on Thu Sep 23rd with a DJ set from $lick King, playing Vaporwave classics and other top tunes.

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

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

Albert Potrony: Equal Play

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

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

Print Goes Pop

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

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

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

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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

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

Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2021

The programme for this year’s Middlesbrough Art Weekender will feature a striking mix of unique art - including a dystopian model village, live smelting and lava sculptures, large-scale photography and the first-ever exhibition of American artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s work in the North East.

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

Women Artists of the North East Library at MIMA

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

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

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

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

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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Escape Velocity — The Human Spaceship

Escape Velocity is a solo art exhibition by artist Helen Schell. It confronts the viewer with expressive paintings of spacecraft, characterised by geometric optical illusions. The majority of the exhibited artworks were produced over the summer of 2021 during the artist’s participation in the Broadside Creatives Residency. This exhibition coincides with the reopening of The Moving Gallery in central Sunderland.

Venue:
The Athenaeum, 27 Fawcett St, Sun, SR1 1RE
Date:
Oct 7th 2021 - Oct 31st 2021
Opening Times:
7th - 31st Oct 2021 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Regeneration by Martin Kinnear

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

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

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

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

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

‘Arty Joe’ Joe Mulroy

“I am a fine artist living in Whitley Bay and working from my attic right here at home. I LOVE using vibrant colours and dynamic compositions to capture all that’s bold and beautiful about our wonderful North East coastline and beyond!"

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Dec 2nd 2021 - Jan 5th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 00:00
Price:
Free