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Gail Curry: 300 miles of colour

Road trip landscapes.

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

Redcar Summer Exhibition

Multi-artist exhibition featuring installation, video, sculpture, performance photography, print, textile, painting and drawing.

Venue:
Redcar Contemporary Art Gallery, 13 West Terrace, Redcar, TS10 1DS
Date:
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Miranda Whall: When Earth Speaks

‘When Earth Speaks’ integrates science, nature, technology, and art to explore the relationship between data, humans, and the natural world. The exhibition and performance draw upon a data stream generated by a high-resolution soil sensor network installed for the Making the invisible visible project in the Cambrian Mountains, Mid Wales, the Elenydd plateau, known as the Ffridd (the upland fringe), approximately 600m above sea level. Whall utilises the continuously generated raw (dirty) unprocessed dataset as material from which to create durational drawings – analogue storage systems, or ink clouds, and subsequently sound compositions, music, dance, performance, and film.

Venue:
Vane, 65 High St, Gateshead, NE8 2AP
Date:
Jun 27th 2024 - Jul 20th 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Towards New Worlds

A large-scale exhibition sharing fifteen artists’ experiences of seeing, hearing, feeling and sensing the contemporary world. The exhibition explores a rich variety of human perceptions and sensory experiences through works of art, which make connections between the artists’ internal worlds and their external environments. The artworks consider issues in the contemporary world, including justice, ecological consciousness, connectivity and care. Each of the artists involved is disabled, D/deaf and/or neurodivergent. The artists interpret their own perspectives, offering new insights for those encountering their work while recognising that we can never fully inhabit someone else’s experience.

Venue:
Mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
Date:
Jul 19th 2024 - Feb 9th 2025
Opening Times:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00 , Tue-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

50 Heads (And Some Bodies)

Born in Yorkshire, Graham Robinson has lived in Hexham for over 20 years. He studied fine art sculpture in Newcastle and Cyprus. Graham has been a sculptor for over 40 years and has worked in every material imaginable from stone and bronze to fabric and fibreglass. He has made giant sculptures for festivals, carnival parades and street theatre shows across the UK and internationally, but these clay and cardboard sculptures are a more intimate and personal exploration.

Venue:
Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Date:
Jul 19th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Kith and Kinship: Cornish and Lowry

Experience rarely seen and often overlooked works by Northern artists, Norman Cornish and L S Lowry, in this powerful exhibition celebrating the region’s distinctive industry, emotive landscapes and playful recreation activities. Over 50 of the artists’ paintings, drawings and sketchbooks spotlight their friends, neighbours, passers-by and relatives in familiar scenes from across the region. Working with people from the communities they depicted, the Museum will build new and varied interpretations of the works; bringing to life the relevance of these pieces today and how they resonate with a sense of place, hope and aspiration.

Venue:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Jan 19th 2025
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£17.50/under 18s Free

Steam to Green: A North East Energy Revolution

Discovery Museum’s major new exhibition will tell the story of energy and the climate crisis in the North East by looking back to the industrial revolution, and forward to the pioneering contributions in green technologies happening now across the region. With exciting new displays, science and engineering objects from the museums’ historical collections, and new interactives, Steam to Green will demystify new technologies and showcase how the North East is leading the way once more.

Venue:
Discovery Museum, (Closed on all Bank Holidays) Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Jul 20th 2026
Opening Times:
Sat-Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Mon-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Ian Macdonald: Shooting Time

A retrospective exhibition across two venues – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art – exploring 40 years of work by renowned British photographer Ian Macdonald. Ian Macdonald has spent four decades recording life, working class communities, industry (and its decline) and the landscape of the North East of England since the late 1960’s. A master printmaker, Macdonald has sensitively documented the overwhelming pace of change faced by the North East during a sustained period of deindustrialisation and social upheaval which accelerated through the late 1970s and 1980s.

Venue:
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Feb 1st 2025
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 09:30 - 17:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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Ian Macdonald: Fixing Time

A retrospective exhibition across two venues – Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art – exploring 50 years of work by renowned British artist and photographer Ian Macdonald. Macdonald, boasts a rich and prolific career spanning five decades behind the lens. His photographic journey has been dedicated to documenting life, the evolution of working-class communities, and the rise and fall of industry in Teesside and Cleveland, located in the North-East of England. Macdonald’s extensive body of work aligns with the tradition of British documentary photography that emerged during the mid 1970s and into the 1980s, a period marked by political shifts and social upheaval.

Venue:
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, c/o National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Nov 3rd 2024
Opening Times:
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Backing the Blues: 120 Years of Carlisle United

Celebrate the legacy of Carlisle United (while looking optimistically towards the future). There’ll be more than you can shake a big foam finger at including: Jimmy Glass’ blessed boots, behind the scenes cine film dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, fan Lisa Holmes’ CUFC-themed wedding dress from 1998, CUFC-inspired sculpture by the renowned contemporary artist Gordon Young, rare collections from CUFC fans including personal letters and artefacts, previously unseen photographs from the Cumberland News collection, and unique memorabilia from former players and their families.

Venue:
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Nov 10th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult admission (valid for 12 months) £15/Under 18s Free

The Missing Lynx Exhibition visits Newcastle

Over two weeks this summer, the Great North Museum: Hancock hosts The Missing Lynx exhibition—a family-friendly experience with audio-visual displays that bring to life the woodlands where lynx could live. What would the return of the lynx to the region look like? Visitors can discover our changing landscapes over the years and learn how restoring lost wildlife could help nature recover. The exhibition charts the history and comeback of lynx across Europe and invites your opinions on bringing the species back to Britain.

Venue:
Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 4th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10:00 - 17:00 , Sun 11:00 - 16:00 , Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Belonging

The word ‘belonging’ comes from the Old English word langian, which forms the root of ‘longing’. It means a sense of powerful emotional attachment to ‘my place’, where I am ‘at home’, and implies a sense of permanence. This exhibition highlights artworks from the Laing collection and explores the different forms of belonging. Geographical experiences of belonging are represented by local histories and landscapes. At first glance, maps appear scientific and trustworthy, but in the context of an exhibition, their status as an artwork – the product of human creation – is provoked.

Venue:
Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG
Date:
Jul 20th 2024 - Nov 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Price:
Free

Illuminated Sheep

Illuminated Sheep by artist Deepa Mann-Kler was inspired by the Gospels’ themes of light and pilgrimage. The flock of life-sized sheep lit up in bright colours with a mesmerising soundscape have already visited some of the region’s most iconic locations including Alnwick Garden, Bamburgh Castle, Vindolanda and Woodhorn Museum.

Venue:
Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS
Date:
Jul 22nd 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Peace Doves by Peter Walker

Gaze up at 15,000 paper peace doves in the Nave of Durham Cathedral this summer. Feel a sense of serenity and peace as you experience the Peace Doves installation by artist Peter Walker. This artwork will be made up of fifteen thousand individually handmade paper doves which will be suspended above the Cathedral’s historic Nave. Listen out for the soundscape by composer David Harper, emphasising the atmospheric experience. Each dove will contain a message of peace, love and hope, written by members of the public. Look out for special evening viewings and events this summer.

Venue:
Durham Cathedral, Chapter Office, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3EH
Date:
Jul 26th 2024 - Sep 4th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00 , Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Craftsmen at the Priory 2024

Fifteen of the best designers and makers from across the North of England will be taking over the Dacre Hall alongside Lanercost Priory near Brampton for the month of August, showcasing the best of local skill and creativity.

Venue:
Dacre Hall, Lanercost, Dacre Hall, Lanercost Priory, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2HQ
Date:
Jul 31st 2024 - Aug 27th 2024
Opening Times:
31st Jul - 27th Aug 2024 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
£1

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Northern Summer Exhibition

Newcastle Art Centre selects from open submissions to curate a fascinating and varied showcase of regional artwork, exhibiting a range of mediums, genre, subject and abilities.

Venue:
Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG
Date:
Aug 5th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Sat 00:00 - 17:00 , Mon-Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Newcastle University MFA Fine Art & MA Creative Arts Practice degree show 2024

The Newcastle University Fine Art MFA Degree Show brings together the work of emerging artists at both the mid-point and the culmination of two years of study on the MFA. The exhibition includes a diverse set of contemporary voices, practices and media including painting, new media, film, video, sculpture, photography, print, sound, and installation.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Aug 17th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Summer ceramics Festival

Potters from all corners of the UK.

Venue:
Wild & Free Gallery, 3A Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3ND
Date:
Aug 18th 2024 - Sep 7th 2024
Opening Times:
Wed-Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Fraternising with the enemy

Rubber Duck Factory is an artist collective designed to bring together creatives from around the North East. This exhibition gives students the opportunity to display work alongside neighbouring unis and showcase their work outside the university walls.

Venue:
Bottleworks, 8 Riverside Walk, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE6 1LX
Date:
Aug 30th 2024 - Sep 2nd 2024
Opening Times:
30th Aug - 2nd Sep 2024 TBC
Price:
Free

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

An exhibition of 35 framed lithographic prints of Henri Matisse’s famous cut-out series. The works were produced towards the end of Matisse’s life and include examples from the Blue Nude series and The Snail.

Venue:
Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH
Date:
Sep 7th 2024 - Nov 10th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Price:
Adult £10/child £6/under 5s Free

Eunice Oliver Routledge: Earthbound

Immerse yourself in the stunning work of Eunice Routledge. Inspired by seascapes and landscapes, her exploration of the natural world is transformed into evocative renderings through print and onto canvas.

Venue:
Hartlepool Art Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ
Date:
Sep 7th 2024 - Nov 9th 2024
Opening Times:
Tue-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Art Cares

Art Cares is a transformative exhibition showcasing care experienced young people’s art works. Previously displayed in bus shelters across the region as part of the Art Stops project, the art works will be brought together as a whole collection at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. Young people are at the forefront of this exhibition, their artworks expressing the thoughts and messages that these young people are passionate about; showcasing their diversity and shouting out to the world . . .“Art cares”

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Sep 11th 2024 - Nov 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

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Invisible Visible

Being disabled can feel akin to being both invisible and hyper visible, without ever really feeling seen. Invisible Visible invites an unflinching foray into the individual and collective experiences of those with disabilities in the workplace, illustrating the stories that need to be centred in order to incite change towards a better world. This exhibition details seven unique and anonymous first-hand accounts of being disabled in the workplace, translated into visual language to incite conversations around a topic that is too often treated as taboo. With unabashed honesty the collection chronicles a narrative forgone by wider society, and which challenges the very foundation of our relationship with both work and disability.

Venue:
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP
Date:
Sep 11th 2024 - Nov 30th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
Free

Mali Morris: Returning

The largest exhibition to date by this renowned British abstract painter, who studied at the Department of Fine Art, University of Newcastle, from 1963 -1968. She is best known for her use of fresh, vibrant colour, her paintings noted for their luminosity and translucence, characterised by a lightness of touch. The show features around 50 key works spanning 45 years, tracing the development of her painting from the early gestural and stained pieces to the more recent geometric layering.

Venue:
Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, University of Newcastle, 6 Kensington Terrace, Newcastle, NE1 7RU
Date:
Sep 14th 2024 - Jan 11th 2025
Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Price:
Free

Peoplescapes – An exhibition by David Baillie

Some of the concerns covered in Baillie's work includes pollution, industrialisation, and how capitalism is affecting the planet and therefore us. He describes his work as ‘stylised realism’, using strong colours and tone to produce robust paintings, and he works from memory, source material, life, imagination, – combining things with ideas in a way that has been described as ‘a sort of cut and paste eclecticism’.

Venue:
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
Date:
Sep 19th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024
Opening Times:
Mon 09:30 - 17:00 , Tue-Sat 09:30 - 20:00
Price:
Free

Coalface Drawers

In October 1934, Robert Lyon arrived in Ashington for the first time to deliver a class on Art Appreciation to a group of local mine workers. What began as a series of slideshow lectures soon developed into a career defining project for Lyon and a lifelong passion for the soon-to-be ‘Ashington Art Group’. Reuniting artworks and artefacts back together where it all began in Ashington, ‘Coalface Drawers’ offers an exciting opportunity to revisit the beginnings of the Pitmen Painters project and to celebrate their innovation and vision anew, nine decades on.

Venue:
Woodhorn Museum , Queen Elizabeth 2nd Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF
Date:
Oct 5th 2024 - Jan 5th 2025
Opening Times:
Sun and Wed-Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Price:
£9.50/£8.50/under 18s Free