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Take Over 2023: Roving Eye by Iris Ollier

Take Over is SAW’s annual programme showcasing talented emerging artists, join us for three exciting unique exhibitions. Iris Ollier presents sculptural objects which play with normal visual perception. Objects of wonder and novelty create abnormal optical effects, which emphasise that movement is not a decision made by the mind, but emerges from and is the natural sequel to vision.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Feb 1st 2023 - Feb 15th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free donations welcome

Jala Wahid: Conflagration

Jala Wahid makes work that touches on urgent issues in relation to identity, nationhood, diasporic living and intergenerational legacies. She considers how politics and poetic expression interweave. Wahid looks to embody this intertwining in her work by exploring its urgency, defiance, euphoria and violence to suggest ways of being that challenge fixed definitions of identity. Conflagration is Wahid’s first institutional solo exhibition and presents a new body of work exploring the relationship between Britain and Kurdistan, through the lens of oil. The installation approaches oil as the symbolic material through which nationalism, statelessness, colonialism and Kurdish identity are explored.

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

Sahej Rahal: Mythmachine

Sahej Rahal weaves together fact and fiction to create counter-mythologies that question narratives shaping the present. His myth-world takes the shape of sculptures, performances, films, paintings, installations, and AI programmes. He draws from various sources ranging from legends to science fiction, creating scenarios where beings emerge from the cracks in our civilisation.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Sep 24th 2022 - Mar 12th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Margaret Rebecca Dickinson – A Botanical Artist of the Border Counties

Margaret Rebecca Dickinson was a talented and prolific botanical artist who was born in Newcastle in 1821 and lived there for four decades, before moving to Norham, near Berwick-upon-Tweed for the remaining 50 years of her life. She painted the wildflowers and some cultivated flowers of the Border Counties and travelled widely around the British Isles collecting and recording her plants. This new exhibition of original works will explore and celebrate her life with loans from the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
Oct 22nd 2022 - Feb 19th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Joanne Coates: The Lie of the Land

This body of work is from the series titled The Lie of the Land (2022), which seeks to narrate a story of gender and class that has long been forgotten, or never told. She is interested in hidden histories, ruralism and class. Her practice is embedded in the working-class communities she photographs, working closely and collaboratively with her subjects to investigate the crossover between class and rural life. Visit this work in the foyer, opposite Baltic Shop.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Dec 1st 2022 - Mar 31st 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

The Northern Art Gala: Souvenir

‘The Northern Art Gala’, which features artworks and installations by The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers, is a five-venue exhibition of work by 65 artists on the theme of ‘Souvenir’ being held in a range of venues across the Tees Valley from January to March 2023. A stunning range of work from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers currently studying on the School’s Hartlepool campus-based MA Arts Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Design History will be on show.

Venue:
Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Date:
Feb 8th 2023 - Mar 18th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon 12:00 - 16:00 , Wed-Sat 10:00 - 20:00 , Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Innovation Platform

Innovation Platform will inspire visitors with the inventiveness and ingenuity in rail. This exhibition highlights emerging ideas and extraordinary achievements from across the rail industry. Showcasing the latest and greatest in rail innovation, Innovation Platform celebrates the creative by focusing not only on the technology itself, but by giving just as much attention to the context in which objects were developed. Through imaginative problem-solving and original thinking, the railways are progressing, armed with technologies designed to improve all aspects of the industry. The Innovation Platform will show the very best of these to those who will feel their benefit most greatly—you!

Venue:
Locomotion, (previously Shildon Locomotion Museum), Dale Road Industrial Estate, Dale Road, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE
Date:
Jan 11th 2023 - Dec 24th 2024
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

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Sally Madge – Nowhere Better Than This Place

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of renowned north-east contemporary artist Sally Madge (1946-2020). Her rich multimedia output embraces ceramics, painting, sculpture, collage, film, installation and performance in countless contributions and collaborations in solo and group shows at home and abroad. Recurring themes of power and identity, our sense of animality, and the magic of coastal spaces are manifest in ground-breaking installations, rousing performances and more modest pieces where surprising juxtapositions deploy unusual, scorned or neglected materials skilfully crafted and grafted to reflect impulses drawn from intimate resonance and daily life.”

Venue:
Newcastle Contemporary Art, High Bridge Works, 31-39 High Bridge, Newcastle upon-Tyne, NE1 1EW
Date:
Jan 28th 2023 - Feb 25th 2023
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

A Wounded Landscape - Bearing Witness to the Holocaust' by Marc Wilson

A Wounded Landscape’ combines contemporary documentary imagery with audio testimony. It is a reminder of how the Nazis and their collaborators perpetrated this atrocity over a vast landscape in radically different environments and how experiences of persecution usually started in places that the persecuted called home. For Six years (2015-2021), Marc Wilson journeyed across 130 locations in 20 countries, documenting the physical traces of the Holocaust and the stories of 22 survivors and their descendants. Their experiences are recounted in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. Opening Event & Photographer Talk 4th Feb, 2pm-3.30pm.

Venue:
Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Quayside, Newcastle, NE1 3JE
Date:
Feb 4th 2023 - Apr 9th 2023
Opening Times:
Thu-Fri 11:00 - 17:00 , Sat-Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

The Northern Art Gala: Souvenir Part 2

‘The Northern Art Gala’, which features artworks and installations by The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers, is a five-venue exhibition of work by 65 artists on the theme of ‘Souvenir’ being held in a range of venues across the Tees Valley from January to March 2023. A stunning range of work from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers currently studying on the School’s Hartlepool campus-based MA Arts Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Design History will be on show. In part 2 postgraduate illustration, photography, fine art, graphic design, costume, fine art and textile professionals will be exhibiting alongside some of The Northern School of Art’s alumni and professional artists in a mixed media showcase.

Venue:
Pineapple Black Contemporary Arts Space, Hill Street Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough
Date:
Jan 20th 2023 - Feb 10th 2023
Opening Times:
Thu-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Paths to Abstraction

This large-scale exhibition explores the work of the celebrated Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, from her early work based on the Cornish landscape through to the abstract canvases she made during the 1960s and early 1970s. Highlights include Barns-Graham’s striking depictions of the Grindelwald Glacier in Switzerland.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Feb 11th 2023 - May 20th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Hew Locke: The Procession

The Procession invites visitors to ‘reflect on the cycles of history, and the ebb and flow of cultures, people and finance and power.’ In the installation Locke says he ‘makes links with the historical after-effects of the sugar business, and revisits his artistic journey so far, including for example work with statues, share certificates, cardboard, rising sea levels, Carnival and the military. Throughout, visitors will see figures who travel through space and time. Here, they carry historical and cultural baggage, from evidence of global financial and violent colonial control embellished on their clothes and banners, alongside powerful images of some of the disappearing colonial architecture of Locke’s childhood in Guyana. The installation takes inspiration from real events and histories but overall, the figures invite us to walk alongside them, into an enlarged vision of an imagined future.

Venue:
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 3BA
Date:
Feb 18th 2023 - Jun 11th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

The Northern Art Gala: Souvenir

‘The Northern Art Gala’, which features artworks and installations by The Northern School of Art’s art and design postgraduate artists and designers, is a five-venue exhibition of work by 65 artists on the theme of ‘Souvenir’ being held in a range of venues across the Tees Valley from January to March 2023. A stunning range of work from illustrators, fine artists, textile and costume designers, photographers and graphic designers currently studying on the School’s Hartlepool campus-based MA Arts Practice, MA Design Practice and MA Design History will be on show.

Venue:
The Museum of Hartlepool, Jackson's Dock Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 0XF
Date:
Feb 18th 2023 - Mar 25th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:

Northumberland Open 2023: Wild Northumberland

Housed in Woodhorn Museum’s stunning Workshop Galleries, the annual Northumberland Open is the largest exhibition of its type in Northumberland. The exhibition attracts submissions from artists from across Northumberland and beyond. Works are selected for exhibition by a professional panel of artists and curators who also selected an Overall Winner and Highly Commended artists to be awarded prizes. During the exhibition run, thousands of visitors have the opportunity to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ award. The theme for the 2023 Open Exhibition is ‘Wild Northumberland’, inspired by Northumberland’s wild and unique landscapes, wildlife, weather and local characters. As ever, this theme is open to the interpretation of the individual artist.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Feb 18th 2023 - May 8th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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Take Over 2023: Light Hands (with Lighter Hearts) by Inés Buchanan & Alice Wong

Take Over is SAW’s annual programme showcasing talented emerging artists, as part of our commitment to support and nurture up and coming talent. Join us for three exciting unique exhibitions. Through print and tactile sculptures, Light Hands (with Lighter Hearts) compares personal possessions and museum objects, questioning the systems which prescribe value to each of them.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Feb 22nd 2023 - Mar 8th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free donations welcome

Inside by Ghostcat

This is a new exhibition showing the work of local artist Ghostcat. After the lockdown in 2020 re-lit the passion he had for drawing and sketching. Inside shows the spiritual transformation he went through during that year and further after big changes in the structure of his life. Open evening on Saturday 4th March 6 – 8.

Venue:
rePUBlic Gallery, Access Through The King's Head Cafe, 85 Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 3AE
Date:
Feb 25th 2023 - Mar 25th 2023
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Lucia Nogueira: Smoke and Drawings

Lucia Nogueira (1950–1998) was a Brazilian artist specialising in sculptures and installations, video works and drawings. Her work often alluded to the body and was concerned with the relationship between objects and language. Nogueira drew obsessively throughout her career, not always as preparatory sketches for sculptures, but as unique and strange explorations into a surreal world, and these are explored in detail in the exhibition. Also exhibited is Nogueira’s film Smoke, which can be viewed as a drawing itself and is based on a site-specific performance work presented for the Berwick Ramparts Project in 1996. The film explores the transitions between sea and sky, sky and land, night and day, the town’s ramparts, and Berwick as the ultimate border town.

Venue:
Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1HJ
Date:
Mar 4th 2023 - May 7th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Jim Moir - Hot Buttered Mattress

This month long show will feature a myriad of real and imagined characters taken from popular culture as well as showcasing Jim's ornithological interest following the release of his 2021 book Birds. From the naive to the expressionist, his style and subject matter reflect a character of extremes; the artist and the performer, the humourist and the thinker.

Venue:
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddard Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AN
Date:
Mar 4th 2023 - Apr 4th 2023
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Being Inbetween By Carolyn Mendelsohn

Made over a period of six years, Being Inbetween is a series of powerful photographic portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. With many portraits never-before exhibited, this is the most extensive exhibition of the series to date. Driven by personal experience, award-winning photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn has worked collaboratively with 90 girls who are in the midst of navigating this complex, and potentially defining, period in their lives. Too often the target of relentless marketing campaigns and victims of social media pressures, girls at this age are often placed into an amorphous group described as ‘tweens’. Through her photography and accompanying interviews, Mendelsohn allows each individual an opportunity to reclaim their identity, encouraging a dialogue on ambitions and aspirations, hopes and fears.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Mar 6th 2023 - May 13th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Wilhemina Barns-Graham: Earth, Wind & Fire

A selection of original prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912 – 2004), one of Britain’s most significant modern artists. Presented in partnership with the Wilhemina Barns-Graham Trust.

Venue:
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PQ
Date:
Mar 10th 2023 - Apr 22nd 2023
Opening Times:
Sat 10:00 - 17:00 , Tue-Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Price:
Free

Deep Horizons

Deep Horizons starts with the topic of excavation and presents sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, ceramics, photography and moving image from the last 50 years. Developed through a series of conversations, the exhibition explores layers of themes, including history and time, geology and land, memory and dreams and the politics of how we record and understand the past. The exhibition presents two very different collections of modern and contemporary art: the Middlesbrough Collection, cared for by MIMA, and the David and Indrė Roberts Collection, managed by The Roberts Institute of Art. Seen together, they present connected and contrasting artworks in new combinations to allow fresh readings. A number of the pieces displayed have not been seen in a public gallery.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Mar 10th 2023 - Jun 18th 2023
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

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Take Over 2023: Foraged Codes by Beatrice Dale & Jim Spendlove

Take Over is SAW’s annual programme showcasing talented emerging artists, join us for three exciting exhibitions. ‘Foraged codes’ is a visual representation of the available forage for Newcastle’s urban honeybees over a season. This collaboration project couples the scientific research process with digitally coloured illustration to create a visual conversation piece about how we share our urban spaces with pollinators.

Venue:
Shieldfield Art Works, Formerly The Holy Biscuit, Opposite The Biscuit Factory, 1 Clarence Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YH
Date:
Mar 15th 2023 - Mar 29th 2023
Opening Times:
15th - 29th Mar 2023 00:00
Price:
Free donations welcome

Amra Shobai Aikhaney (We Are Here)

An exhibition to mark 20 years of Sangini’s history of engagement with women from all walks of life, especially from Black and marginalised communities through arts, culture and heritage to give them a deep sense of identity and belonging. Sangini’s story is about tenacity, diversity, women’s expression, care, friendships and cultural activism that ensures visibility and equality for the Black and minoritised women in the North East. Sunderland Women’s Art Group (SWAG), a collective of diverse artists, is invited to curate and interpret this story in its own unique way.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Mar 23rd 2023 - Apr 29th 2023
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Spring Open Studios

Venue:
Mushroom Works, St Lawrence Road, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 1AR
Date:
Mar 25th 2023 - Mar 26th 2023
Opening Times:
25th - 26th Mar 2023 TBC
Price:
Free