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Tess Denman-Cleaver: Return

This exhibition will bring together a series of texts and photographs that Denman-Cleaver has been developing since 2016. The collection of texts are written with a performative sensibility and relate to unseen photographs and film documentation belonging to the artist. They are each grounded in friendships between women. Alongside these texts are a series of hand printed silver gelatin photographs of a fragment of a broken pot, referring back to the object, place, materiality and time. The title of the exhibition Return comes from one of Denman-Cleaver’s texts that conveys a return to a birthplace. The texts are gifts, they return favours to particular women in her life, and they are returns to sites of memory. There is also a reference to a return key on a keyboard and the poetic structure on a page.

Venue:
Workplace Foundation, 12 Blandford Square, Newcastle, NE1 4HZ
Date:
Feb 5th 2022 - Apr 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 12:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Stunning, Fierce & Yellow

Pop culture and art bounce off each other in weird and wonderful ways, and this new exhibition at Newcastle’s Gallery North is no exception. Inspired by a quote from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ queen Alaska, ‘Stunning, Fierce & Yellow’ is a multi-artist, multi-media extravaganza, exploring materiality, ‘highbrow vs lowbrow’ culture, and, suitably, the pure joys of the colour yellow. Uniting creatives from across the UK in one installation where “the edges between artists are blurred and merged”, curator Will Hughes celebrates the process of making art in all its messiness and innovation. Playfulness is key here: sculptor Abi Charlesworth envisages tactile, sensory experiences, Kelsey Cruz-Martin’s abstract work is rooted in the body, and Ollie Guyon focuses on colour-driven wooden medleys. The line-up is complete with contemplative but humorous work interrogating gender, queerness, and domesticity from Connor Shields, Garth Gratix, Darren Neave, and Robbie O’Keeffe. After a long couple of years seeing art mainly through pixels on a computer screen, ‘Stunning, Fierce & Yellow’ promises an excitingly vivid, multi-sensory art experience.

Venue:
Gallery North, Squires Building, University of Northumbria, Sandyford Road, Newcastle, NE1 8ST
Date:
Feb 10th 2022 - Feb 26th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Youth Arts Exhibition 2022: Bright Lights

Supported by Sunderland Culture, BRIGHT LIGHTS will showcase some of the most exciting artwork by young people in Washington and the Greater Sunderland Area, and will be curated by The Celebrate Different Collective.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Feb 11th 2022 - Apr 2nd 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

MFA Show

Newcastle university's MFA students warmly invite you to attend High bridge works gallery for a group exhibition, showcasing diverse art works. Opening night: 17th of February, 5pm-9pm, all are welcome . The installation will be on show until the 3rd of March.

Venue:
24 High Bridge, 24 High Bridge, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE11EN
Date:
Feb 17th 2022 - Mar 3rd 2022
Opening Times:
17th Feb - 3rd Mar 2022 17:00 - 21:00
Price:
Free entry

Open Exhibition 2022: A Portrait of Northumberland

Woodhorn's annual open exhibition will return in 2022. Postponed from 2021, due to museum closures during the pandemic, the theme of the open exhibition 2022 is 'A Portrait of Northumberland'. Although this theme was planned before the pandemic, they feel it resonates well with the situation we have found ourselves in over the past 18 months. Over this time many people have found themselves in a position where they might be limited to creating self-portraits, portraits of lockdown companions, portraits of what we can see from our windows or portraits of our thoughts and feelings. As ever, this theme is open to the interpretation of each individual artist and work can be created in any medium.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Feb 19th 2022 - Apr 24th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£7/£6/Under 16s Free

The Printed Line

This exhibition showcases the work of nearly 60 artists who have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line, from the thick velvety line of drypoint and the heavy cross-hatching of etching to delicate wood engraving and boldly coloured screenprints. The use of colour will be explored in screenprints by Bridget Riley and Kenneth Martin, as well as Simon Patterson’s witty lithograph, which reworks the lines of the London tube map. The exhibition features a number of celebrated artists, spanning the 20th century to the present day, including: Walter Sickert’s masterly cross-hatched etching The Old Middlesex (c.1910), Ben Nicholson’s rich drypoint Halse Town 1949 (1949), a bold etching by Eduardo Chillida and David Hockney’s pared-down linear etchings.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
Feb 19th 2022 - May 8th 2022
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Baltic & Travelling Gallery: What's For Tea?

In its twentieth year as a free admission art gallery in Gateshead, BALTIC partners with Travelling Gallery, Scotland, on a new exhibition that will travel to communities across the North East of England. The group exhibition What’s for Tea? will be grounded within the history of BALTIC as a working flour mill opened in 1950 by Rank Hovis. It will explore food production from the perspective of local and community initiatives and their contrast with global mass production. Audiences will be invited to consider the urgency of re-thinking food production and consumption practices through local, national and international artistic practices.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Feb 21st 2022 - Jul 18th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective

The first ever exhibition dedicated to the author-illustrator behind some of the most popular and influential children’s books and graphic novels ever published. This long-awaited retrospective shows never-before-seen material from Briggs’ personal archive, revealing the origins of iconic titles that have become household favourites, literary classics and international phenomena. With original artwork from publications including his poignant picture book The Snowman (1980) and pioneering graphic novel Ethel & Ernest (1998), the exhibition celebrates Briggs as an exceptional draughtsman, typographer, storyteller and innovator.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Feb 26th 2022 - Nov 12th 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£15.50/Over 60s £13.50/Students £6/Young people £5

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An Exhibition of Paintings by Peter Robson

Venue:
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea, NE64 6DB
Date:
Mar 1st 2022 - Jun 30th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

This Is Going To Hurt

An exhibition by Abigail Hobson-Pratt which explores the long-term effects of having disordered eating. “I use embroidery to express the internal factors such as thoughts, feelings and compulsions as well as external factors from society and others which have a lasting effect on those with eating disorders. Covid-19 has been reported to increase eating disorder risk and potential relapse. This is due to many reasons, such as loss of daily routines and constraints on outdoor activities, as well as decreased protective factors such as social support and reluctance to seek medical support. The embroidery collection aims to urge those who notice symptoms, to seek early intervention. Early intervention can prevent symptoms worsening and increase chances of full recovery and, furthermore, Charities such as ‘Beat’ (Beat eating disorders) have many helpful resources online including support groups and a helpline for those struggling or wanting more information.”

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Mar 2nd 2022 - Apr 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 00:00 - 18:30 , Tue-Sat 00:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

This Is Going To Sting

An exhibition which explores disordered eating. The embroidered pieces are separated into either internal or external experiences, which those with eating disorders may have. Internal experiences refer to the inward thoughts, feelings and compulsions when recovering, whereas external in this instance refers to triggers from outside of the self. In recent years, there has been a rise of eating disorder cases, which has been related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The embroidery collection aims to urge those who notice symptoms, to seek early intervention.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Mar 2nd 2022 - Apr 9th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 16:00 , Wed-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 , Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Chris Morse: Mostly Woodland

Chris is an amateur photographer from South Wales who moved to Barnard Castle in 2013. He studied photography at Newport College of Art in 1988 under one of, the then, top 100 photographers in the world. This is Chris’s first photographic exhibition. He has been building up a large collection of woodland images, from the local woods here in Barnard Castle, over the different seasons. They’re not all woodland, just mostly.

Venue:
The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8YL
Date:
Mar 2nd 2022 - Mar 26th 2022
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

The Ignorant Art School

The Ignorant Art School is a curriculum devised and curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee which brings together artists, designers, educators, activists, cultural workers, students and other communities to question what art education is and whom it serves. At the Hatton Gallery the Ignorant Art School is presented as a collaborative, interactive exhibition, questioning the nature of ‘knowledge’ and how knowledge is produced and shared. The exhibition will draw upon a series of case studies of experiments, processes and events in art education and alternative art pedagogical initiatives from the early 20th century to the present, including the Bauhaus, anti-university London, Copenhagen Free University, Edinburgh Arts Summer School, Free University New York, GUDSKUL in Jakarta, The Hedgeschoolproject in Ireland, the Hornsey Sit-in 1968, and the White Room amongst others – and expanding in particular the narrative around the Basic Course in Newcastle, developed by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton. A series of events, interventions, discussions, workshops and performances will activate the exhibition space throughout the exhibition.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Mar 5th 2022 - May 21st 2022
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The Lost Fort

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

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

Building the Wall: Celebrating Hadrian's Wall 1900

This exhibition will explore who built Hadrian’s Wall and how, and consider the substantial practical and logistical challenges involved. It will also focus on the revealing evidence from the impressive 80 metre stretch of Wall remains at Segedunum.

Venue:
Segedunum Roman Fort, 2 Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
Date:
Apr 2nd 2022 - Oct 1st 2022
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Price:
£4.95/£2.95/under 16s Free

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Jeff Dinning: Lands, Seas and Mountains

Jeff is a retired accountant living in Tynemouth with no formal training in painting but inspired by the wild unspoilt landscapes of the Lakes District, the Scottish Highlands and the Northumberland coast line, he has produced a series of oil and acrylic paintings capturing the essence of these dramatic places. His close affinity with the crags, gullies and cols of the wild mountain landscapes and the sand and dunes of wide unspoilt beaches emanates from many years backpacking and climbing in the Lakes, Scotland and the Alps, coupled with walking and cycling along the Northumberland coast. His paintings evoke happy memories for himself but will resonate with others who enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the north.

Venue:
The Exchange, 1 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE30 1SE
Date:
Apr 7th 2022 - May 4th 2022
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 10:00 - 23:00 , Mon-Wed 10:00 - 22:30 , Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Mounira Al Solh

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

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

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

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

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

Sunderland Indie: Earth Requiem pt 1/ A Place Unknown

Earth Requiem is an ambitious exhibition and series of events organised by The Sunderland Indie, presenting creative responses to the climate crisis. Through painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, poetry, dance, performance, talks and discussions, Sunderland’s artistic community will open a dialogue with the wider public on the most important issue facing life on planet earth today. The exhibition promises to be thoughtful, poetic, experimental, challenging but always compelling. Visual artists include Benjamin Freeth, Chris Kent, Roland Buckingham-Hsiao, Stephanie Smith, James Wilkinson, Denise Dowdeswell, Anthony Barstow, Angela Sandwith, Barrie West, Ian Boddy, Wendy Gibson Carroll, Mike Clay, Richard MacLeod, Mike Glover, Ellie Clewlow, and Alexander McGorlick.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Apr 12th 2022 - May 28th 2022
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free