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The Society of Wood Engravers - 86th Annual Exhibition

The Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) represents an international group of artists who produce prints using the relief printing technique known as wood engraving. This popular exhibition showcases the best contemporary work from the United Kingdom and overseas and all works are for sale.

Venue:
Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP
Date:
Mar 9th 2024 - Apr 26th 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Wish You Were Here

An exhibition of work created by members of the weekly Watercolour classes. Including a retrospective of work created by David Hannington a longstanding member of the group who sadly left us last year.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Mar 12th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Bronia Gardner

Women of a certain age shine new light on old photos through digital art.

Venue:
Wild & Free Gallery, 3A Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3ND
Date:
Mar 10th 2024 - Mar 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Close But No Varz // Lucy Turner

A project exploring how the pressure of being a working class artist can turn passion into obsession. What happens when a vase no longer works as a vase? What happens when an artist no longer works as an “artist”?

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Mar 13th 2024 - Mar 27th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Laura Lancaster: My Echo, My Shadow

My Echo, My Shadow is the largest solo show to date of British painter Laura Lancaster. Presenting new paintings and drawings made over the last few years My Echo, My Shadow delves into the current practice of one of the North East’s most celebrated and accomplished painters. The source of Lancaster’s paintings and drawings are found photographs, slides and cine films of strangers, purchased from online auction sites, flea markets and junk shops. She translates the lost and discarded memories into paintings which sit ambiguously between abstraction and figuration. The highly gestural, visceral and expressive application of paint allows the everyday and mundane to become surreal, grotesque and poignantly melancholic.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Jun 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Baltic Open Submission 2024

An exhibition of 100 artworks showcasing painting, sculpture, photography, video and more by artists, makers, self-taught creatives and hobbyists based in North East England, alongside several works by established artists. Works will be selected by a panel including North East musician and lead singer with Maxïmo Park, Paul Smith; artist Jasmina Cibic; Leo Fenwick, Strategic Partnerships Director, Fenwick; Niomi Fairweather, Baltic Curator; and Rose McMurray, Baltic Curatorial Assistant.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Spring Open Studios

Meet the makers, commission and buy art and objects of functional beauty! Piano recitals from Steve Luck, art workshops and a children's treasure hunt as well as perusing the fantastic exhibitions and demos in each studio space. Painting, print, furniture, books, jewellery, glass, textiles and more. Prize raffle where the tickets are prints - tickets only £3!

Venue:
36 Lime Street, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Mar 17th 2024
Opening Times:
16th - 17th Mar 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Spring Open Studios

This unique event offers you an exclusive opportunity to step inside the creative sanctuaries of some of the region's most talented artists and makers. Experience the buzz of inspiration as you wander through their studios and workspaces, getting an up-close view of where the magic happens. It's a rare chance to meet the artists in person, learn about their processes, and discover the stories behind their work. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a curious visitor, or looking for that perfect piece to add to your collection, the Spring Open Studios is an eye-opening journey into the heart of creativity. Don't miss this chance to meet some of the regions finest artists and maker and see what makes these remarkable creators tick!

Venue:
Mushroom Works, St Lawrence Road, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 1AR
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Mar 17th 2024
Opening Times:
16th - 17th Mar 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Spirit of Invention: A world of creativity from Victorian Britain to the present day

This new family friendly exhibition was inspired by some of the thousands of creative designs registered with the Board of Trade from 1839 onwards which are housed at The National Archives. See contemporary technology alongside eye-catching inventions from the Victorian era – including a ventilating top hat and a typewriter for visually impaired people. With hands-on interactive activities, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing and inventing.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Mar 16th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Outside our View

Artists of all levels of experience are invited to contribute to an upcoming exhibition, Outside Our View. This exhibition is dedicated to raising awareness and support for the people enduring the ongoing catastrophic warfare in Gaza, and the people of Palestine. The exhibition, supported by Newcastle Contemporary Art and to be held in the reception area of High Bridge Works, aims to serve as a platform for artistic expression, emphasising the importance of continued attention and compassion for those at the centre of this crisis, creating a space where diverse voices come together to amplify the call for solidarity.

Venue:
Newcastle Contemporary Art, High Bridge Works, 31-39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW
Date:
Mar 21st 2024 - Apr 4th 2024
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

A Century of Wedding Gowns

A Century of Wedding Gowns, a display of around 70 wedding dresses, will be shown throughout the Ushaw Chapel Complex. Showcasing the exquisite craftsmanship and evolving trends that have defined one of the most memorable days in countless lives, experience a celebration of bridal fashion that spans several centuries.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - May 6th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £8/child £5/under 5s Free

People’s Art

This exhibition will celebrate art created by unnamed artists. Objects referred to as Popular Art or Folk Art were often beautiful, functional and part of daily life. They reflect our economic and social history and were often remarkably well made, evidenced by their survival for decades or more through constant use. Despite the historic and aesthetic importance of these objects we rarely ask ‘who was the artist?’, or consider their importance within the history of art and design. People’s Art will aim to elevate the profile of popular art by commissioning five contemporary artists to respond to selected objects loaned from Compton Verney’s Folk Art collection and from a private collection. The newly commissioned works will be shown alongside the loans, encouraging the visitor to think about the principles we apply when considering the value of art.

Venue:
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Sep 8th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Collecting the Past

The aim of many of the local museums set up in the nineteenth century was to have ‘the world under one roof’, so they collected a wide range of objects from around the world, including archaeological pieces. This exhibition looks at some of these objects and explores what we know – or don’t know – about them now.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£6.95/£4.95/u-21s Free

Streets Above

Housing built for ship-workers in the late nineteenth-century once covered the whole site of the Roman fort and the surrounding areas. Most of these streets were demolished in the 1970s and 1980s, and the area was transformed. These photographs are records of those streets, and how this area once looked very different.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00 , Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£6.95/£4.95/u-21s Free

Hilke MacIntyre: Layers of Colours

For the first time at The Biscuit Factory they bring together a solo show of ceramics, linocuts and paintings by artist Hilke MacIntrye. Born in GermanY, Hilke studied architecture at the College for Art & Design in Kiel, working in different architectural practices until she moved to Scotland in 1995. Since then, Hilke has focused on printmaking, ceramics and painting. Her simplified figurative work, with bold shapes, strong colours and abstract pattern reflects varied influences including ‘primitive’ and folk art styles, early 20th Century European art and contemporary design. Whichever medium Hilke works in, she builds layers of color and pattern searching for unpredictable and unexpected combinations.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - May 12th 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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On The Map: Treasures from Ushaw’s Library Collection

An exhibition highlighting some of the significant maps and atlases in Ushaw’s Library collection. Following digitisation by Palace Green Library, a number of rare and interesting maps will be reproduced and shown on the Gallery walls. Original maps – including the first ever maritime atlas and an early road map of Britain – will be shown in display cases. A companion exhibition exploring the mapping of the north and north east will be shown in the Outdoor Art Gallery.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £8/child £5/under 5s Free

Making Waves

Artists Alice Grey, Helen Gaunt and Glynis Johnson are pleased to present an Art Show to celebrate our rich local marine life. It is open at weekends between 12pm and 4pm.

Venue:
Saltburn Studios and Gallery, 30-32 Marske Road, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS12 1QG
Date:
Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 14th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitmen

A special collection of paintings made by Ashington Group artist Oliver Kilbourn. The collection forms a comprehensive record of Kilbourn’s 50 year career underground, offering valuable insight into the working environment of a Northumberland coal miner during the mid-20th Century. This collection will be on special display as part of the Ashington Group 90 programme so don’t miss your chance to view these unique artworks.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Mar 29th 2024 - Sep 15th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£9.50/£8.50/under 18s Free

Space Investigators North East

This immersive exhibition takes you on a multi-sensory journey into the hidden worlds of the Universe. There's so much to learn about how advances in technology are constantly unveiling new areas of the universe for us to investigate. With every advance, we learn more and more about how our beautiful planet sits amongst the endless beauty and wonder of space. Whilst on your 'galactic voyage' through this exhibition you can discover some of the objects of astronomical importance that were designed and made right here in the North East, as well as learning about the cutting-edge astronomy research that still takes place in the region today. This exhibition has been designed and curated in collaboration with a team of Astrophysicists at Newcastle University.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Mar 30th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Flora: Plants in Roman Life

The Romans not only used plants for food, medicine, and dyeing, but also in religious ceremonies and as decoration. They wore wreaths of flowers and leaves during dinner parties, and decorated buildings and military standards during annual Rose Festivals. This exhibition explores the importance and everyday use of plants in Roman life.

Venue:
Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
Date:
Mar 25th 2024 - Sep 29th 2024
Opening Times:
Sat 11:00 - 16:00 , Sun 13:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Graham Caffull: Picture on a map

Adding story and place to old maps.

Venue:
Wild & Free Gallery, 3A Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3ND
Date:
Mar 31st 2024 - Apr 21st 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

One Day You’ll be Older Too

Artist Andrew Tift has created a series of intricately drawn pencil portraits of residents living in Washington care homes. These sensitive images capture a moment in time and celebrate the lives of some of Sunderland’s older residents. This exhibition was previously shown at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to accompany the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing and was due to be displayed at Arts Centre Washington this month.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Apr 11th 2024 - May 11th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

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Belonging

An industrial past overpowers Sunderland’s culture. Cultural spaces proudly show our past achievements, but communities in these declined areas of the industry still live on and have been forgotten. To celebrate the importance of belonging five creatives (Bridie Jackson, Catherine Forsyth, Ellie Clewlow, Bethany Stead and Mark Parham) have held creative workshops in different communities around Sunderland, asking people who live in Sunderland what Belonging means to them. The works commemorate the history of Sunderland, referencing glass making, shipbuilding and coal mining but with a contemporary twist of modern stories. The output from these workshops has inspired new works shown in this exhibition.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Apr 25th 2024 - May 4th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Long Exposures Along the North East Coast: A photography exhibition by Bill Simpson

"As an amateur photographer I embarked on a project to photograph various locations along the north east using the particular photographic technique of long exposure. I used this technique because of the interesting visual effects it can produce on moving water. These can range from showing the power and beauty of water flowing back to the sea; to making a moving sea look quite still."

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
May 7th 2024 - Jun 7th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Oceans of Kindness

An exploration of the cumulative power of words, creativity and kindness sparked by children’s imagination. Children from Christchurch Primary, Hotspur Primary and Shieldfield Youth Programme have written their own collection of ‘poems of kindness’ and then delicately adorned these onto majestic large-scale willow fish lanterns. The final gathered shoal of fish will feature in a twilight community parade and exhibition at Shieldfield Art Works, before migrating to Ouseburn Festival to become part of a kindness trail. Come and walk among the ocean of kindness, experience this symphony of benevolence and ‘swim’ among the shoals of fish, as we stand for kindness as a community together. You can also make your own fridge haiku poems and share your own stories of kindness.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
May 4th 2024 - Jun 13th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia

Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839), on loan from the National Gallery, will be the centrepiece of the exhibition, which explores the rise of steam power and industry in Britain. Turner: Art, Industry & Nostalgia will include over 20 works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), one of Britain’s greatest and most prolific painters. The Fighting Temeraire, one of the artist’s best-known works, is a tribute to the ship HMS Temeraire, which played a distinguished role in The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting shows the final journey of the ship as it is towed along the river Thames by a modern paddle-wheel steam tug in 1838, towards its final berth in Rotherhithe to be broken up for scrap.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
May 10th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
£5/£4/under 21s Free

Joanne Coates: The Vasseur Baltic Artists' Award

Joanne Coates is a working-class visual artist working in the medium of photography who lives and works across the North East of England. Her work explores rurality, hidden histories and inequalities relating to low income through photography, installations, and audio. Coates uses photography to question the concepts of power, identity, wealth, and poverty, by exploring the social histories of land, gender, and class to narrate stories that have long been forgotten – or simply never told.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
May 11th 2024 - Nov 17th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Franki Raffles: Photography, Activism, Campaign Works

The first major retrospective exhibition of feminist, activist, social documentary photographer Franki Raffles (1955–1994). Raffles documented the lives of women in the UK, predominantly in Scotland, and during travels with her family in the 1980s across the Soviet Union (Russia, Georgia and Ukraine), China, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Israel and Palestine. In Edinburgh she worked as a freelance photographer with schools and women’s groups. Her photography focused attention on women’s lives and their work, addressing issues such as inequality, gendered violence, disability, activism and sisterhood.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
May 11th 2024 - Nov 17th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Laura Pedley

Inspired by big skies and open spaces Laura paints beautiful abstract landscapes. This - her first large scale solo exhibition at the gallery - is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a broader selection of these ethereal works presented in her signature dreamlike soft pastel colour palette.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
May 17th 2024 - Jun 23rd 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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A British Museum Touring Exhibition

Drawing attention: emerging artists in dialogue presents some of the most compelling and talented artists working in contemporary drawing, displayed alongside highlights from the British Museum prints and drawings collection. Along with the works which range from Édouard Manet to Sin Wai Kin, will be a selection from Hartlepool’s own fine art collection chosen by our Young Producers and brand new work created by students from the Northern School of Art.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
May 18th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Felting Connections: An exhibition by Lena Archbold

An exhibition by Ukrainian-born textile artist based in the North East of England or UK. It is inspired by her artistic journey to address her personal traumas and process of recovery and well-being through her creative practice. Lena uses felt as a canvas to intertwine textures and colours and tell stories of her passion and resilience. The exhibition will showcase her works, a vessel through which she teaches and shares felting techniques and skills. These works symbolise the boundless possibilities that unfold fostering a worldwide community of feltmakers. The exhibition showcases the boundless possibilities that unfold through participatory creativity, fostering a global community of feltmakers.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
May 23rd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Rome Transformed

Immerse yourself in a series of epic 3D visualisations and embark on a time-travelling journey alongside experts at Newcastle University. Follow the journey as archaeologists delved deep into the Ancient City of Rome, uncovering the grand tapestry of history, marked by seismic shifts in politics, armies, and religion using cutting edge technology. Their quest posed critical questions about investigating ancient cities, exploring suburban mysteries, and discerning the ripple effects of Rome's transformations on a broader scale from 1st to 8th centuries CE. This is the story of Rome Transformed, where history comes to life through the lens of innovation and exploration.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
May 25th 2024 - Sep 1st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free