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Hair: Untold Stories

There's more to hair than washing, combing and cutting. It's an extraordinary, renewable fibre with a range of unexpected possibilities. This new exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair. From jewellery and dresses to armour and environmental protection, the show highlights the qualities of hair as a material. It also explores our complex relationship with hair both on, and off, our heads – how and why we care so much about our hair, and how hair is entangled with society’s expectations and our relationships to others.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Oct 1st 2022 - Jan 14th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£10/under 18s Free

Karl Blossfeldt – Art Forms in Nature

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German photographer celebrated by the Surrealists and early modernists for his pioneering close-up images of plants and flora. He trained as a sculptor he was also an amateur botanist, fascinated by the underlying structures of nature. This exhibition comprises works taken from an original German portfolio, ‘Wundergarten der Natur’ 1932, edited by Blossfeldt and published in the year of his death. It follows the 2014 exhibition of the artist’s work at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Sep 3rd 2022 - Nov 6th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £9/Children £6/under 5s Free

Alchemical Dreams by Maggie Parker

This exhibition is entitled ‘Alchemical Dreams’ which features foliage collected and captured by a method of botanical contact printing. The pieces have been created with eco-friendly dyes and water colour paper, exhibition creator Maggie Parker has created a series of pieces celebrating the passage of time and the altering chemistry of her subjects.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Aug 27th 2022 - Oct 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adults £9/Children £6/under 5s Free

Seshepenmehyt: Into the Afterlife

This temporary display focuses on the inner coffin of an Ancient Egyptian Lady known as Seshepenmehyt, on loan from the British Museum. This wonderfully preserved coffin provides a fascinating insight into Ancient Egyptian beliefs surrounding the afterlife and helps us explore some of the themes, gods and goddesses involved with Seshepenmehyt’s journey after her death.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Sep 15th 2022 - Feb 19th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Chasing and Living My Dreams

This is James Richardson's second exhibition at The Exchange Gallery, he is an accomplished local artist who likes nothing better than to be at his easel painting. This Exhibition is a varied collection of new and past paintings, all in Acrylic, all available as original or in print. James’ paintings are of local scenes, wildlife from Kenya and some pictures that just floated his boat.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Oct 6th 2022 - Oct 29th 2022
Opening Times:
Sat 14:00 - 23:00 , Mon-Fri 16:00 - 22:30 , Sun 14:00 - 21:00
Price:
Free

WASSA - A feast of folklore, fiction and fact

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

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

100 People: A Community of Objects

The exhibition brings together many personal items to create an eclectic portrait that represents the diversity of people who inhabit the neighbourhood of Shieldfield. Part of 100 PEOPLE which seeks to co-create a complicated and multi-voiced portrait of place, touching on the neighbourhoods past, present and imagined futures.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Oct 8th 2022 - Nov 24th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

SELVAGEM MINDSCAPE: An exhibition of original artworks by Maria Silva

Salvagem is a Portuguese word that can be loosely translated as jungle/free/woodland/primitive et al. The artist was born in Portuguese West Africa, now Angola, from where, prior to the outbreak of the Colonial Wars, she and her family returned to Portugal and settled there. It was here she attended school, excelling in arts, and then completing her training as a nurse in the U.K. Lockdown took Maria into the world of experimental abstract art with its freedom and spontaneity, allowing a non-representational expression of the creative unconsciousness, using colour and texture in a variety of techniques.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Oct 12th 2022 - Nov 19th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 16:00 , Wed-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 , Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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Life by Luxmuralis

Immerse yourself in a journey through earth, sea and sky inside Durham Cathedral this autumn. Dazzling projections on the cathedral's centuries-old architecture will bring the natural world to life and give us pause to reflect on our responsibility to protect it. In an experience lasting about 45 minutes, visitors will enter the cathedral in darkness through the main entrance, with a glimpse of vibrant projections illuminating the main aisle of the cathedral. Moving through different parts of the cathedral, visitors will journey from sunrise to sunset and encounter projections on individual themes, accompanied by an immersive soundscape.

Venue:
Durham Cathedral, Chapter Office, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH
Date:
Oct 12th 2022 - Oct 16th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £8/child £5

Helen Schell: The Human Spaceship – Upon the Moon

This exhibition by Sunderland-based artist, Helen Schell, is inspired by 21st century space exploration. With the planned NASA Artemis missions to return humans to the Moon within the next five years, the exhibition addresses the mechanisms of human physiology and psychology in the hostile environment of the lunar south pole, where NASA intends to build a base camp. The exhibition consists of large paintings, made in collaboration with space scientists, that use geometric optical illusions and colour manipulation. There will also be a series of experimental ‘spaceship’ works on display.

Venue:
Vane, 65 High St, Gateshead, NE8 2AP
Date:
Oct 13th 2022 - Oct 29th 2022
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Metro Artwork Reveal

In 2023, the Tyne and Wear Metro will become the first urban transit system in the world to feature contemporary art inside its new trains. This pop-up exhibition is an opportunity to see four commissioned artworks by Bryony Simcox, Sara Gibbeson, Nocciola The Drawer and Sofia Barton, ahead of their appearance on new trains which will enter passenger service in summer 2023.

Venue:
Newcastle Contemporary Art, High Bridge Works, 31-39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW
Date:
Oct 13th 2022 - Oct 15th 2022
Opening Times:
13th - 15th Oct 2022 10:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Seeking Armageddon by Peter Hanmer

The debut solo gallery exhibition by local award-winning artist Peter Hanmer. You can expect apocalyptic dioramas, intricate ink drawings and more than a few surprises.

Venue:
Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG
Date:
Oct 15th 2022 - Nov 12th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 09:30 - 17:00 , Sat 00:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Prism Arts Exhibition

Harvey Tye is an artist based in Carlisle working with Prism Arts. Harvey’s work is both striking and sensitive. His instinctive use of colour and line with a particular attention to detail has inspired stories and graphic design at Prism Arts and brings Harvey’s imagination to life in this new exhibition at the Fratry.

Venue:
Carlisle Cathedral, 7 Abbey Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TZ
Date:
Oct 17th 2022 - Oct 29th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 07:30 - 18:30 , Sat-Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Jala Wahid: Conflagration

Bringing together sculpture, video, sound and text, Jala Wahid’s work highlights the ways in which global and interregional politics have shaped Kurdish identity. Her innovative practice explores this at the intersection of fiction and reality and touches on urgent issues in relation to nationhood, diasporic living and migration, intergenerational connections and cultural manifestations.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Oct 22nd 2022 - Apr 30th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Hinterlands

A group exhibition that invites us to consider our relationship with the land and its ecosystems. The artists showcased explore complex histories, mythologies, legacies and potential futures for its custodianship. The show considers the landscape of the North East, its histories, mythologies and legacies and potential futures for custodianship. New commissions and existing works by artists connected with the area reflect on ideas of rootedness and belonging, human and more-than-human relationships, boundaries, land and time in the era of the climate emergency.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Oct 22nd 2022 - Apr 30th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

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Matriarchy

An exhibition season in celebration of women-led communities. Graciela Iturbide’s internationally renowned historical work focuses on the indigenous Zapotec people in the town of Juchitán, in southeastern Mexico, where women dominate all aspects of social life, from the economy to religious rituals. In this matriarchal society, diverse gender identities and sexualities are accepted and encouraged. Anne Helene Gjelstad’s contemporary photo essay Big Heart, Strong Hands, highlights the women’s lives on the small Estonian Islands of Kihnu & Manija, often referred to as the last matriarchal society in Europe. Here the older women take care of almost everything on land as their husbands travel the seas for work. Geographically isolated, a strong sense of community spirit and a steadfast attachment to their ancestor’s customs has developed over centuries.

Venue:
Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JE
Date:
Oct 29th 2022 - Dec 23rd 2022
Opening Times:
Thu-Fri 11:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Dark Side Exhibition Launch

Following on from Heroes, his first ever public art exhibition; Stephen Richardson presents another new and alternative collection of artworks.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Nov 3rd 2022
Opening Times:
3rd Nov 2022 19:30
Price:

Concrete Edges For Next 3 Miles

A fundraising exhibition supporting the homeless charity Crisis, ‘Concrete edges for next 3 miles’ consists of 365 drawings that document Iona Frances Brown’s walking commute through the city to Crisis Skylight Newcastle, one for each day of her first year working there (March 2021 – February 2022). The project is a celebration of small things and a preservation of ephemeral encounters. These drawings capture colourful buildings around the city, some due for demolition. They preserve humorous, silly or meaningful graffiti before it is painted over, and archive a strange assortment of littered objects before they are cleaned up. Exhibition preview: Wednesday 16 November 5-8pm.

Venue:
Vane, 65 High St, Gateshead, NE8 2AP
Date:
Nov 17th 2022 - Nov 19th 2022
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Isabel Lima - Gresham Wooden Horse (2016 - ongoing)

Gresham Wooden Horse is a longitudinal art project co-created by Isabel Lima with residents and stakeholders in Gresham, a neighbourhood in central Middlesbrough. This exhibition will translate the work and processes undertaken over several years by both artist and communities in a place-based project into a gallery context. This translation aims at engaging wider audiences and generate critical thinking around the complexities of a place-based approach to socially engaged arts. Preview Thurs 17th November, 5-9pm.

Venue:
Newcastle Contemporary Art, High Bridge Works, 31-39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW
Date:
Nov 18th 2022 - Dec 10th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Open Art Exhibition

A collection of artworks by local and regional artist in multiple artforms celebrating creativity across County Durham.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Dec 5th 2022 - Feb 8th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Hannah Perry

British artist Hannah Perry works across installation, sculpture, film and printmaking. Perry continuously generates and manipulates materials to develop a sprawling network of references. The result is an often candid, and personal exploration of mental and emotional health in our contemporary, hyper-networked society. At BALTIC, Perry presents a major body of new work for the Level 4 gallery that considers labour, motherhood and class.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Dec 10th 2022 - Jul 23rd 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free