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Exhibitions on Tyne & Wear

You can find the some of the same info by sifting through other sites but we believe that this is the only one-stop exhibitions page for Tyneside. We could not leave out Sunderland so it has become 'Exhibitions on Tyne and Wear'.

Any art or design exhibition within 10 miles of Newcastle with a show that is open free to the public can be listed here, for free.

If you wish to list your exhibition[s] on this page please e-mail the title, date, description, venue address, website, opening times and accessibility and a picture ( 72dpi maxium width 500 pixels) to venue@newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk

 


OCTOBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013
NEWCASTLE.....GATESHEAD.....NORTH SHIELDS.....SOUTH SHEILDS.....SUNDERLAND.....NORTHUMBERLAND.....DURHAM


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THE BISCUIT FACTORY

Stoddart Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne
T: 0191 261 1103
www.thebiscuitfactory.com..

Open: Mon and Sun 11-5, Tues-Sat 10-8, free.

AUTUMN EXHIBITION - Painting 10x10

DATES: 7th SEPTEMER TO 12th NOVEMBER

The Biscuit Factory will be presenting the Autumn collection featuring a new exhibition in the Cube Gallery. Painting 10x10 will showcase a wide variety of styles from artists, all sized 10x102.

HUW WILLIAMS

DATES: 21st SEPTMER TO 5th NOVEMBER

Elegant and powerful stallions emerge proudly from darkened backgrounds allowing the viewer to observe the animals muscular grandeur. Rich tones and considered brush strokes imbue a sense of importance and the large scale work that depicts the gracefulness of the horse, whether paused in poignant pose or galloping with great stamina.

MOY MACKAY BOOK SIGNING & CRAFT MARKET

DATES: 20th OCTOBER

Moy will be in the gallery giving a talk about her work, signing copies of her book and answering questions.

The keep calm and craft on market will also be making it's debut in the gallery, with local artisans and suppliers selling all things crafty from 12pm.

WINTER EXHIBITION AND MALCOLM TEASDALE

DATES: 16th NOVEMBER TO 8th MARCH

Much of Malcolm's work has arisen from industrial history of his local area. His love of these locations and his genuine admiration for the scenes and characters he recreates comes across in the strong sense of community and comaraderie that defines all his highly evocative work.

Also the winter show will bring include Georgina McMaster, Anthony Marshall, Emerson Mayes, SceNE and many more.


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THE CLUNY

36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
T: 0191 2304474 http://www.thecluny.com/

Open: Mon - Thurs 12-11pm, Fri & Sat 12-12pm, Sun 12-10.30pm

GALLERY EXHIBITION - FIRST THREE SONGS

DATES : MON 24TH SEPTEMBER TO 28TH OCTOBER 2012

Live Music Photography by John James Addison

Music photography all started for me in April 1998. An opportunity arose to cover a gig. The band was Kula Shaker. The venue was The Mayfair. Arguably one of the best bands to play there. This had a lasting impression on me and it gave me such a buzz. It combined my love for photography and music. I have been an active music photographer since: some fourteen years!

After this gig I was hooked, the buzz alone when lights dropped and the audience hang in anticipation of the first clash of the bass drum. The lights go up, the place erupts with noise at the sight of the band! Unforgettable and completely addictive! Fourteen years on and a extensive portfolio of bands and individual musicians. With an amazing selection of artists from Blondie to Ed Sheeran. Every gig throws up different challenges such as difficult lighting or the constraint of the first three songs and no flash. I find the challenges are very exciting. Sometimes it’s easy to get a great shot and other times it takes more skill. I hope to create an iconic music image that I will be remembered for.


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DANCE CITY

Temple Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4BR
T: 0191 261 0505
www.dancecity.co.uk

Open: Mon - Sun

DRAGON STEPS

DATES : 26th OCTOBER - 4th NOVEMBER 8.30-9PM FREE

Look out for Dragon Steps in six Juice Festival venues across October half term.

Jump in, follow the footsteps and figure out the story. Visit the Juice Festival website for a downloadable map of the Dragon Steps locations and look out for dragons – a few have hatched across the city!

Theatre company Stan’s Cafe has been commissioned to create Dragon Steps, especially for this year’s Juice Festival working with three young artists; Mani, Marcus and Anna.

Dragon Steps can be found at: Dance City, Discovery Museum, Great North Museum: Hancock, Northern Stage, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead

Henning Sjøstrøm - IN THEIR OWN WRITE

DATES : OCTOBER

An exhibition of dance photographs with the dancers own words by photographer and visual artist Henning Sjøstrøm at Dansehallerne Copenhagen 2011.


DAVE FRY'S POTTERY STUDIO

Black Swan Court, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
T: 07789 743634 / 0191 2325302
www.davidfryceramics.com

Open: Tues - Sat, 11am to 4pm. [Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day & Jan 2nd]

DATES : OPEN STUDIO

A small selection of work currently on exhibition or in the studio and available for sale. Shown here will be some of the best pieces from the Kiln firings, as all firings come out differently all pieces are unique. There are many other items and smaller pieces in my studio including tableware mugs/bowls etc. that are not shown here. This page will be updated regularly. The twin fish emblem modeled into some of my work is the Chinese emblem for good fortune and marital bliss and makes a great wedding gift.


DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Bladnford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA. 0191 232 6789
www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery/

Open: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Closed: Monday 24 December to Friday 28 December inclusive and Tuesday 1 January

HOME & AWAY : NORTH EAST SPORT & THE OLYMPICS

DATES : 21st JULY 2012 TO 14th JANUARY 2013

The rich sporting history of the North East will be celebrated in this new exhibition at Discovery Museum.

Drawing on a range of objects and images, the exhibition will include sports played and followed in the region over the last 200 years as well as the stories of local sportsmen and women who have travelled away to take part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

CHRONICLE PHOTOS THROUGH THE AGES

DATES : 21st MARCH 2012 TO 14th JANUARY 2013

Celebrating the history and heritage of the North East through the lens of the Evening Chronicle, with a regularly changing display. Marking 125 years, most of the photos have not been seen since they were first published many years ago.


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GALLAGHER & TURNER

St Thomas Street Workshops, St Thomas Street, Newcastle Upon
         www.gallagherandturner.co.uk

Open: Mon - Fri 10-6pm, Sat 10-3pm FREE ENTRY

GALLERY

DATES : MON 24TH SEPTEMBER TO 28TH OCTOBER 2012

Work by Ray Richardson, Paul Gallagher, Lee Turner, Peter Quinn, Leonard Evetts, Japanese Woodblock Prints

Including the Jesmond Quartet: 4 new images of Jesmond by Peter Quinn, printed by Hole Editions in tiny editions of 10 prints each.


GALLERIES INC.

4th Floor, Central Square, Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3PL
www.northumbria.ac.uk/universitygallery/galleriesinc/

Exhibitions at Galleries Inc are organised by the University Gallery, Northunbria University


GLOBE GALLERY

53-57 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4HZ 
www.globegallery.org

Open: Closed until the end of October

GALLERY

DATES : LATE OCTOBER

The gallery is currently closed whilst they complete the final phase of refurbishment. The next exhibition based on past, present and future narratives about the Cooperative Bank building will open in late October 2012.

"We are working on a new project designed to link the redevelopment of our new contemporary arts venue in Newcastle city centre with the building’s lengthy previous history as the Cooperative Bank.

Lead artist and recent Globe Supported Artist Ben Jeans Houghton together with a team of our volunteers are seeking new ways of connecting with the building’s past history and we need your help."

If you would like to get involved, click here for more information.


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HATTON GALLERY

The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. 
0191 222 6047 www.ncl.ac.uk/hatton

Open: Mon - Sat 10-5pm FREE

Susan Aldworth: Reassembling the Self

DATES: 20 Sep - 24 Nov 12

‘Reassembling the Self’ is an exhibition on two sites, the Hatton Gallery and Vane, curated by artist Susan Aldworth. Centred in a study of the condition of schizophrenia, it weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity.

Aldworth’s work, realised in a variety of media including print, film and installations, has long focussed on the relationship between the physical brain and the conscious mind. As artist in residence from 2010 to 2012 at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, she took schizophrenia as her theme, building on collaborations with neuroscientists, psychiatrists and patients to produce a series of remarkable lithographs that challenge the sense of identity through their radically dislocated imagery, emotionally charged colour and mysteriously ephemeral marks. These are dramatic, powerful works in which science, philosophy, physiology and imagination locate an essential human experience in schizophrenia. They immerse us in the fundamental, Sisyphean human activity of reassembling our fragmented selves.

KURT SCHWITTERS AND THE MERZBARN WALL

DATES: ONGOING

The Merzbarn Wall is part of a construction created by German artist Kurt Schwitters in a Lake District barn in 1947-8. The Elterwater Merzbarn was based on the idea of collage, in which found items are incorporated into an art work. Schwitters applied a rough layer of decorator’s plaster and paint over these found objects, giving the three dimensional collage an abstract quality. Asked what it meant, he replied ‘all it is, is form and colour, just form and colour’.

The barn was designed as a permanent structure, somewhere Schwitters could exhibit existing work. When he died in January 1948 it was left unfinished. In 1965, after lengthy discussions about the barn’s future, the Wall was given to Newcastle University who undertook its removal, restoration and preservation.


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THE LAING

New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. 
0191 232 7734 www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing 

Open: Mon - Sat 10-5pm, Sun 2-5pm FREE

Quentin Blake

DATES: 7th JULY TO 14th OCTOBER 2012

Quentin Blake is known by young and old alike, his name having been synonymous with his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books. Recently Quentin Blake has been commissioned by hospitals and health centres in the UK and abroad to produce works which have a therapeutic effect on their residents. This summer, Quentin Blake's work arrives at the Laing Art Gallery, bringing together over 50 works for visitors to experience the effects for themselves.

PAUL NOBLE MARBLE HALL

DATES: 4th SEPTEMBER TO 7th JULY 2013

Paul Noble's work represented the gallery at last year’s Venice Biennale which was an initiative led by The National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, which brought together the Laing Art Gallery, Locus+ and mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, with Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea in Venice to present Interloqui, an exhibition coinciding with the 54th Venice Biennale of Art. A selection of his ceramics are also on display.

FUTURELAND NOW

DATES: 15th SEPTEMBER TO 20th JANUARY 2013

What role can contemporary photographic practices play in reflecting the issues of our time? FUTURELAND NOW is an exhibition of the photography of John Kippin and Chris Wainwright which will address key issues in our current society whilst reflecting on the unresolved issues of the past. The world recession and banking crisis has created a loss of job stability with the possibility of potentially seismic change. The large scale photographic landscapes of Kippin and Wainwright invoke the language of the sublime to explore this postmodern period of uncertainty and change.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II by CECIL BEATON

DATES: 13th OCTOBER TO 2nd DECEMBER

A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this exhibition will show portraits of Her Majesty by photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

Presenting highlights of the V&A's archive of Beaton's royal photography, the exhibition will depict the Queen in her roles as princess, monarch and mother. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 portraits, from wartime photographs of Princess Elizabeth with her family, to tender images of The Queen with her own young children and official portraits that convey the magnitude of her role as Britain's monarch. This exhibition is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


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MUSHROOM WORKS

St Lawrence Road, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AR
         www.mushroomworks.com

Exhibtion open Saturday and Sundays 11 - 4pm

DATES: 20th - 28th OCTOBER

"TO WOOLER AND BACK AGAIN"

PREVIEW FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER 7-10PM

Last year Jim and Natalie returned to Newcastle, after a year living and painting in Northumberland, which inspired a more rural direction in both their painting.

Living in Wooler, on the edge of the Cheviots allowed them to immerse themselves in the landscape, to fully experience and explore the changing environment.

 

"Through the seasons, it was the agricultural changes to the landscape that were the most dramatic, and seemed to make my surroundings come alive. I was inspired by the contrast between the flat angular farmlands and the gentle roll of the hills, yet they flowed seemlessly together." Natalie

 

"At first I struggled painting the open Northumberland landscape, being accustomed to the structures of a cityscape. I became drawn to the man-made structures in the open landscape, of isolated farmhouses and the network of geometric walls stretched over hillsides." Jim

Following their return, they reconnected with the city, the experiences of last year has inspired them, and allowed them to apreciated both environments from a new perspective.

This exhibition is a showcase of their new work, and a visual record of their experiences.

OUESBURN OPEN STUDIO EVENT 2012

DATES: 23rd, 24th & 25th NOVEMBER

Friday 6pm - 8pm Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm Admission is FREE

The last weekend in November sees the return of the much-anticipated Ouseburn Open Studios and this year's weekend promises to be bigger and better than any before!

The studios in the Ouseburn Valley are home to a wide range of creative people including artists, jewellery and furniture makers, graphic designers and printmakers. This weekend offers the rare opportunity to chat to studio holders about their work and learn what goes on behind their studio doors. It's also a great chance to talk about commissions and there is always a wide variety of work on offer to buy, adding a touch of sparkle to the tedium of Christmas shopping.


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THE NEWBRIDGE PROJECT

18 New Bridge Street West NE1 8AS
         thenewbridgeproject.com

The NewBridge Project is an artist-led initiative based in Newcastle city centre that provides a platform from which artists are able to practice in a discursive and supportive community. We are committed to developing ideas-led visual art in the North East and establishing a critical mass from which emerging artists are able to move toward professional practice. The NewBridge Project makes use of an abandoned office block as a studio complex and has converted an empty shop into NewBridge Space, a street level, publicly accessible gallery that promotes new work from the region and further a field.


NEWCASTLE ARTS CENTRE GALLERY

St Lawrence Road, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AR
         www.mushroomworks.com

Open: Monday to Saturday 9-5pm FREE

"THE WAITING ROOM" by RACHAEL ALLEN

DATES: 7th SEPTEMBER TO 13TH OCTOBER

We rely upon doctors to treat us during each of our life chapters.

In 'The waiting room', drawings and miniature models animate the philosophical and ethical concepts, questions and perspectives of medicine in contemporary culture today, and capture the voice of patient and practitioner to explore the attitudes, perceptions, conflicts and dilemmas that pervade the doctor/patient relationship.

BABES IN THE WOODS by SET OF DRAWERS

DATES: 19th OCTOBER TO 17th NOVEMBER

PREVIEW EVENING 18th OCTOBER 6-8PM ALL WELCOME

A group exhibition drawing inspiration from real and imagined woodlands and all the wonderful creatures who inhabit them. A folklore staple, woodlands have inspired some of our most well known and much loved stories such as Snow White, Hansel and Gretal, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gruffalo. This exhibition, featuring new work by Set of Drawers and Friends, presents a collective, yet diverse response to the theme, exploring numerous associations such as childhood journeys, traditional tales, safety, play and environment.

THE BIG DRAW with SET OF DRAWERS

DATE: 20th OCTOBER 10-4pm FREE

If you go down to the woods today....... … what would you draw?

Calling all doodlers! Set of Drawers are asking for your help in transforming the Newcastle Art Centre gallery into a magical woodland, full of colourful creatures and make-believe characters to help celebrate THE BIG DRAW, National Campaign for drawing. Families wanting to doodle and draw with us can drop in any time from 10am-4pm.

In a fun workshop for all the family, doodlers may be asked to help draw any of the following:

  • Our lost 'babes' or main characters
  • Helpful owls and woodland creatures
  • Naughty, breadcrumb eating mice and birds
  • Friendly fish for the river  

OVER THE HILLS

DATE: 23rd NOVEMBER TO 16th JANUARY 2013

PREVIEW EVENING: 22nd NOVEMBER 6-8PM ALL WELCOME

To celebrate the changing seasons of our landscape as we wrap up for the winter months Newcastle Arts Centre Gallery invite everyone to the Preview of Over the Hills, an exhibition exploring landscape using different media on Thursday 22nd November 6-8pm. The exhibition showing work by Anja Percival, Sara Jane Palmer and Joanna Bourne from the North East of England, Lois Hopwood and Ian Williams from Wales and James Bourne from Denmark will be open to the public from 23rd November until 16th January 2013.

These six artists are linked by the explorations of their urban and rural landscapes, responding to atmosphere and the imprint of human journeys on the world around them. Using painting, photography, printmaking and ceramics, their individual approaches are brought together, celebrating the human experience of the landscape.


New Autumn and 2013 courses added. Book Now for:

Acrylic Painting, Silk Painting, Chinese Water Colour, Drawing, Soft Pastels, Book Binding, Calligraphy, Life Drawing........


NORTHERN PRINT

Stepney Bank, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
T: 0191 261 7000 http://www.northernprint.org.uk/

Open: Wed to Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 12pm - 4pm.

LK243 UnderSail

DATES: 4 Oct - 3 Nov 12

LK243 UnderSail is the touring exhibition from Imi Maufe's artist-in-residence onboard the Swan during the Tall Ships Races in 2011.

The Swan is a Shetland herring sailboat from 1900. The voyage it took started at Waterford in Ireland and went to Halmstad in Sweden via Greenock in Scotland, Lerwick in Shetland and Stavanger in Norway in 5 weeks.

During the voyage 43 wooden postcards were sent by sea, 8 of which have been found. 500 drawings of boats were also collected from the public Imi met at the harbour stops.

Screenprints, editioned books and artefacts document the ordinary and extraordinary incidences that happened during the residency and these have been housed in a specially made wooden box that fitted at the end of the bunk used by Imi. All of these artworks and objects form the exhibition.

After touring the Scottish Islands and Highlands and Norway, LK243 UnderSail will arrive at Northern Print for an opening event on 3 October. Imi will give a talk about her work at Northern Print at 5.30pm on 3 October and the preview event will follow at 6.30-8pm.

The exhibition will run until 3 November 2012 and will then tour on to be exhibited in Shetland.

Also on show... 'Linum', a new series of prints on textiles by Bridget Jones, on show until 27 October 2012.

LINUM

DATES: 4th OCTOBER TO 27th OCTOBER

Bridget Jones is an artist working mainly in architectural glass to commission. Her designs weave together image, pattern, and colour, and often evolve from prints. She has worked collaboratively with writers, designers, artists and as a lead artist. As well as work in glass she has also designed for stone, metal, paper and textiles. Her practice centres on printmaking, and she has exhibited nationally.

 

Born in Glasgow, she studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, and Leicester University, and worked in university teaching and museum education. A part time degree at Sunderland University gave her the opportunity to return to making and creativity, and after graduating in 1988, set up a workshop and studio in the North East.


NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY GALLERY

Northumbria University Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST T: 0191 227 4424 university.gallery@northumbria.ac.uk

Open: Monday to Thursday 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday 10-4pm

SCULPTORS' DRAWINGS

DATES: 19 October - 23 November 2012

In addition to the University’s Collection of sculptors’ works on paper, the exhibition includes almost 100 works dating from the early 20th century to the present day, by sculptors of national and international distinction including among others, Paul Neagu, Hideo Furuta, Michael Kenny, Eduardo Paolozzi, Elizabeth Frink, David Nash and Lynn Chadwick.

The exhibition focuses on the unique way that sculptors approach drawing, and the difference between sculptors and other traditional practitioners in the treatment of two dimensional works on paper to communicate three dimensional objects.

For many sculptors the act of making work is a practical and manual process, however, working in two dimensions can often aid the transition from an initial thought to a finished work. Sculptors’ works on paper reveal the individual and often unconventional means that sculptors use to solve problems.

Covering many aspects of what sculpture represents today, the exhibition ranges in scale from intimate, preparatory sketches to large-scale works in a broad range of media including collage, printmaking and computer aided graphics, as well as more traditional drawing methods.

A Portrait of British Centenarians

DATES: 19 October - 3 November 2012

The award winning Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins became intrigued when he read the astonishing figure released by the Office of National Statistics relating to life expectancy. In 2010 there were 12,640 people in the UK aged 100 and over, compared with 2,500 in 1980. The O.N.S. predicts that 5% of people alive today in the UK will live to be over 100. That is 3 million.

However, this exhibition goes way beyond statistics. It is more akin to Paul Bailey’s great novel ‘At the Jerusalem’ which was set in an old people’s home of that name. As the synopsis of that book claimed, Bailey’s study of “the physical frailty of humanity and the blackly bizarre nature of human disintegration are significant symbols of what it means to be human.” So it is with Chris Steele-Perkins’ portrait of this new generation of centenarians. In his photographs of 32 people of differing backgrounds, each with a personal story, it is all there. In the care homes there are antiseptic details; the plastic jugs, the rows of pills, the nylon coats of the care workers, their air of well-intentioned encouragement notwithstanding. In their own homes there are familiar knick-knacks, family pictures and portraits of the Queen.

CORNISH IN PARIS

DATES: 16 November - 8 February 2013

Drawings, Watercolours and Sketches

In 1966, a month after he had left his job as a miner to become a professional artist, Norman Cornish was invited by Tyne Tees Television to make a documentary about his impressions of Paris. During the week that he was there, the film crew recorded Norman as he made numerous drawings and sketches of the people and places that he visited while talking to camera about his impressions of life and art in Paris. In this small but compelling collection of sketches and watercolours Cornish is shown at his best depicting individual characters, busy street scenes, café bars and restaurant interiors.

Cornish in Paris is the first in a series of small thematic exhibitions, comprising no more than twenty works on paper, drawn from the Cornish Archive and shown in the Cornish Drawing Room at the University Gallery.

FRANS WIDERBERG Dreamer in a Landscape

DATES: 30 November - 8 February 2013

Watercolours, Sculpture and Prints

To most observers of Norwegian art, Frans Widerberg’s repertoire of forms, the elongated figures and horses, the vigorously applied whorls of colour, the infinite spaces and, above all, the incandescent light, add up to a feeling of transcendence. The definitive Widerberg painting consists of a naked man and woman confronting each other in an arid, featureless void. That this is a modern ‘Expulsion’ goes without saying; Masaccio’s great frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel had a lasting effect upon him. It is Widerberg’s use of light, however, which creates an apocalyptic mood.

DALE ATKINSON

DATES: 15 February - 29 March 2013

As a student, Dale Atkinson was a non-conformist, refusing to follow fashionable trends. He made paintings of stories his father told him when he was a child and, while he was a student those childhood fables provided the starting point for his paintings enabling him to create a world of meta-reality somewhere between that of Dürer and Richard Dadd. Never mere illustrations, they presented inexplicable events happening in an undefined theatre of activity.

Atkinson has always been more interested in what he calls “the psychology of the paint”, the way in which a chance mark and changes of colour can completely alter the identity and meaning of a painting. By frequently turning the canvas, letting the paint dictate form, erasing and reconstructing, Atkinson delights in games of Midas-like transmutation. Before our eyes a tree would morph into an owl or a car into an ape. Soon, of course he was able to apply this morphological magic to anything, including the building of Kings Place where he was artist-in-residence from 2009-11. The drawings and colour studies of Kings Place were made on site but developed in his studio in a personal method in which scribbles, stains and blotches are articulated in a quasi-abstract language. What is selected is crucial, a few intuitively applied puddles of paint standing, for example, for air and space. As with his new collection of paintings, Atkinson harvests information and lets the paint tell the story.

Image 01, watercolour on paper, 56.5 x 76.5cm © Dale Atkinson

ALBERT IRVIN Gouaches: 1979 - 1996

DATES: 15 February - 29 March 2013

Widely regarded as one of the country’s most admired abstract painters Bert Irvin is perhaps better known for his bold, invigorating paintings. Nevertheless, throughout his career he has produced small gouaches and watercolours alongside the larger paintings, but as independent images rather than studies, which have fed into and responded to the larger works.

The development of Irvin’s visual language of painterly motifs, squares, circles, lines and crosses, the hallmarks of his large colour saturated canvases, are concentrated in this collection of gouaches, dating from 1978 – 1996. Albeit on a domestic scale, these works on paper have the resonance and impact of his monumental paintings.

Image Untitled, gouache on paper, 55.9 x 76cm © Albert Irvin

HUGHIE O'DONOGHUE Prints

DATES: 5 April - 17 May 2013

Personal liberty and transformation emerge as themes alongside other subjects that have preoccupied O’Donoghue over the last three decades. History, memory and identity are all embodied in the paintings with layers of history echoing the layers of paint, which slowly reveal their recent past and ancient secrets. “It is this layering of time and its cyclical nature that interests O’Donoghue. Whether it is the peat bogs, the volcanic ash of Vesuvius or the more metaphorical layers of history, he has found the medium of oil paint to be a perfect vehicle for this interest” writes Colin Wiggins in his catalogue introduction.

The current exhibition includes new monotype and carborundum prints made in Venice 2011 and London 2012. As a medium, carborundum is particularly suited to the realization of the painterly print and O’Donoghue’s engagement with the technique dating back twenty years continues to develop and complement his work as a painter.

 

 

Image Night Swimmer, carborundum, 158 x 130cm © Hughie O'Donoghue

ANDRZEJ JACKOWSKI

DATES: 5 April - 17 May 2013

Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Jackowski's paintings plumb the depths of experience, in some cases his own experiences of dispossession, distant recollections of a family history in Poland and the first eleven years of his life spent in a refugee camp. These, along with photograph albums and other ephemera are the raw materials of his images. This exploration of personal and collective memory is at the root of his research into identities and cultures as handed on and explored through stories and images. "For some years now I have been concerned to articulate through my paintings the inner life, to evoke reverie and to find significant images. The work moves and animates somewhere between a kind of vigilant dreaming and being wide-awake. These images are poetic metaphors of something real, intimate and mysterious in our lives."

 

 


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STEPHENSON WORKS

20 South Street (behind Central Station), Newcastle
Tel: +44 0191 222 0607
Open: 2012 (01/01/2012 - 31/12/2012) 2013 (01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013) 
         2014 (01/01/2014 - 31/12/2014)

In 1823 George and Robert Stephenson, along with three partners, opened the world’s first purpose built locomotive works on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. Robert, at the age of 19, was the Managing Partner.

The famous locomotives "Locomotion" and "Rocket" were built here and the works subsequently exported locomotives to developing railways all over the world - often the first to be seen in those countries.

The Stephenson Works is now part of the Stephenson Quarter and is often used as an event venue.


SEVEN STORIES The Centre for Children's Books

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2PQ.
T: 0845 274 0777
www.sevenstories.org.uk

Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm.

Entry: Adult £6.00*, Child/Concession £5.00*, Family+ £17.00

Daydreams and Diaries, the story of Jacqueline Wilson

DATES: 28/09/2011 - 12/10/2012

This is an exclusive chance to find out about Jacqueline Wilson, in the first ever exhibition dedicated to the best selling author. Let Jacqueline guide you through a journey of her favourite stories, characters, daydreams and working process. We’ll show you how your favourite characters began including Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum, from ideas to text and working with illustrator Nick Sharratt to bring her stories to life. Be inspired to create your own stories, sit and daydream or join Jacky’s HUGE fan base from all over the world.

And to top it all off, follow Jacky on her creative journey during the making of Sapphire Battersea, the sequel to Hetty Feather, released in September 2011.

 

A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson

DATES: 01/08/2012 - 14/04/2013

This exhibition brings Julia Donaldson’s captivating stories to life. Find out how she wrote modern classics such as The Gruffalo, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Troll and most recently The Highway Rat and explore original artwork by her many illustrators – most famously Axel Scheffler.

Follow her journey from song writer for children’s television to current Children’s Laureate. See how she inspires her readers with story rhyme and rhythm. Children and their families can share stories and explore sensory environments based on Donaldson’s books.

Follow in Toddle Waddle’s footsteps, climb into the cave with Cave Baby and meet The Gruffalo. Sing-a-long to her songs on Julia’s Jukebox or perform a play on our stage.

A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons with Cressida Cowell

DATES: 27/10/2012 - 25/09/2013

This exciting exhibition will take visitors to a time and place when dragons lived among us and we could speak to them in Dragonese. Be guided through a Viking village by Gobber the Belch, discover where going to school meant learning how to be a Viking pirate and what it means to be a hero. Discover the Wild Dragon Cave, sail on a Viking long ship and share Viking stories in the Great Hall.

 

This subject matter of this exhibition will encourage and engage reluctant readers with humour, interactive play and learning.


SIDE GALLERY

Side, Newcastle upon Tyne
T: 0191 232 2208
www.amber-online.com

Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 4pm.

Free entry

VEILED REBELLION by Lynsey Addario

DATES: Saturday 18 August - Saturday 13 October 2012

Addario made her first trip to Afghanistan in May of 2000 to document the lives of women under the Taliban regime. She returned to Afghanistan two more times before the fall of the Taliban in November 2001. In those days, women were virtually invisible, and the streets were silent: music and entertainment was banned, electricity was scarce, and contact with the outside world was almost non-existent. The only women on the streets were beggars – usually widows or wives of disabled men, begging for money to support their families. Most educated women in the cities spent their days squirreled away behind closed doors in family compounds, caring for their children, while rural women continued to work in the fields. On many Fridays, the Taliban performed public executions at the sports stadium – the same stadium in which today, both young men and women train in boxing, karate and soccer, and which now also hosts political and social gatherings for men and women alike.


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THINKTANK@ Hoults Yard

Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE6 2HL
         http://houltsyard.wordpress.com/

TYNESIDE CINEMA

10 Pilgrim Street  Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear NE1 6QG
0845 217 9909  https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk

Open: Mon-Sun

Pixel Palace is Tyneside Cinema's exciting programme of new media art. This programme takes the form of artist residencies, commissions, live events and exhibitions.

Find out more information at thepixelpalace.org.

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VANE

First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 6QE tel :0191 261 8281
www.vane.org.uk

Open: Wed to Sat - 12 noon - 5pm FREE

REASSEMBLING THE SELF Susan Aldworth

DATES: 20 September – 20 October 2012

‘Reassembling the Self’ is an exhibition on two sites, the Hatton Gallery and Vane in Newcastle upon Tyne, curated by artist Susan Aldworth. Centred in a study of the condition of schizophrenia, it weaves together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity.

ALL OF ME IS ASKING, ALL OF ME IS THINKING 
Mark Joshua Epstein 

DATES: 5 October – 17 November 2012

With ‘All of me is asking, all of me is thinking…’ at Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne, and ‘Pardon me for asking, pardon me for thinking…’ at the Customs House Gallery, South Shields, New York based artist Mark Joshua Epstein presents distinct but related bodies of work in his biggest showcase in the UK to date.

At Vane, the artist’s most recent series of paintings is accompanied by his collage works.

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ARTS CENTRE WASHINGTON

Granary Gallery, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, Tyne and Wear
NE38 8AB, T: 0191 219 3455
www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

Open: Monday 9am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday 9am-9.30pm

EthinCity

DATES: 28 September 2012 - 10 November 2012

To celebrate Black History Month, Arts Centre Washington will come alive with a selection of vibrant contemporary art and craft work created by some of the regions foremost ethnic and multicultural arts practitioners. The exhibition will be a celebration of cultural diversity, displaying a visual feast of creativity

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with GemArts.

Featuring work by: Chun-Chao Chiu, Richard McLeod, Waseem Aslam, Wajid Hussain, Shirley Wells, Jayamini da Silva, Mehrangiz Tabatabaei, Gassan Mohammed, Goshka Bialek, Graham Canwell.

Newcastle Arts Centre are also hosting an evening event to Celebrate Black History Month in the Black Swan bar and venue, click here for more information.

Image: Azad Karim Mohammed

Young Achievers: Youth Arts Exhibition 2012

DATES: 19 November 2012 - 05 January 2013

The Youth Arts Exhibition is part of the city’s highly acclaimed Young Achievers Awards

which is now in it’s 19th year. Young people aged 11 to 20 are invited to submit their

artwork. Past exhibitions have received a massive response including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and film.

 

Image by Ashleigh Boyes

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GATESHEAD

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

South Shore Road, Gateshead.
T:0191 478 1810
http://www.balticmill.com/

Open: Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun 10-6, Thurs 10-8pm FREE

Mark Wallinger SITE

DATES: 22 June 2012 - 14 October 2012

BALTIC presents SITE, Mark Wallinger's largest exhibition in the UK for over a decade. Wallinger will realise three major new commissions and give the UK premiere of his new film Construction Site 2011.

Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet

DATES: 16 June 2012 - 14 October 2012

Co-commissioned by BALTIC as part of our pre-opening programme, we are delighted to present Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet which has delighted and moved audiences around the world over the last decade

Bojan Fajfric

DATES: 28 September 2012 - 6 January 2013

The first solo exhibition in the UK of Yugoslav-born Bojan Fajfric includes the major recent work Theta Rhythm 2010. A film and installation, it examines the intersection between personal and collective memory.

Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich

DATES: 5 October 2012 - 13 January 2013

The Encampment of Eternal Hope is a major new sculptural installation by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich extending their enquiry into the role of art as an active agent for transformation in society. Taking apocalyptic predictions for 21 December 2012, the end date for the Mayan Calendar, as an imaginative catalyst, the project envisages a post-apocalyptic utopian community, a kind of ‘garden of earthly delights’.


SHIPLEY ART GALLERY

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead.
T: 0191 477 1495
www.twmuseums.org.uk

Open: Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sun 2-5pm Free.

Portrait: 1600 - 2000

DATES: 04 Feb 12 - 31 Jan 13

Featuring portraits in a range of styles, from the 17th century right up to the present day, this exhibition will explore topics such as childhood and aristocracy. The exhibition will also include portraits of local figures, including a striking portrait of politician and writer Robert Spence Watson by Ralph Hedley. Other highlights of the exhibition will include works by prolific artists Sir John Lavery, Henry Perlee Parker and Angelica Kauffman.

This exhibition will feature some of the best portrait paintings from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection, a selection of portrait miniatures and several important works on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

 

Collected Threads: Textiles from the Shipley Craft Collection

DATES: 15 Sep - 03 Nov 12

The pieces on show will give visitors the chance to find out about the diversity of textile practice in the UK from 1977 to the present day, from embroidery and quilting to knitting and weaving.

The exhibition includes textiles by Amy Emms, Kaffe Fassett, West Dean Tapestry Studio and Michael Brennand-Wood.

Christmas Present

DATES: 16 Nov - 22 Dec 12

Christmas Present comes of age this year, celebrating 21 years of bringing the best of craft and design to Gateshead.

The exhibition features a range of unique items handmade by some of the country’s leading contemporary craft makers and designers, including jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and glass. All works in the exhibition are for sale and would make an ideal Christmas gift.

Highlights include stunning jewellery by Rachel Wojcik and Susan Kerr. Inspired by the beautiful scenery of the Lake District where she is based, Rachel uses organic forms as her main theme.

She uses a wide range of traditional jewellery making techniques and works primarily in sterling silver with a mixture of semiprecious stones and fresh water pearls.

Susan Kerr’s jewellery is a distinctive collection of contemporary, hand-crafted designs, consisting of limited edition brooches and necklaces and an extensive range of earrings and pins. She combines bold patterns with delicate floral details.

Gateshead Art Society

DATES: 17 Nov - 22 Dec 12

Gateshead Art Society's annual exhibition showcases the work of members from the previous year. Shortlisted by the members themselves and curated by the Shipley, this exhibition includes paintings of scenes from across the North East.


THE WORKPLACE GALLERY

The Old Post Office, 19-21 West Street, Gateshead.
T: 0191 477 2200
www.workplacegallery.co.uk

Open: Tues to Sat 11am - 5pm or by appointment

colour-time-structure by Jacob Dahlgren

DATES: 13 Sep - 27 Oct 2012


Gateshead Heritage@ St Mary's

St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699 E-mail: heritage@gateshead.gov.uk   
         www.gateshead.gov.uk

Open: Tues - Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm

St. Mary's Heritage Centre is a unique and innovative visitor attraction incorporating libraries, arts and heritage in one venue. Sitting high above the River Tyne close to The Sage Gateshead, the centre opened on the 16th December 2008 following a £1.2m transformation, funded by Gateshead Council, the European Regional Development fund and the heritage lottery fund.

The interior of the Grade 1-listed church has been completely stripped out to return it as far as possible to its former state, and is open to the public with a programme of exhibitions and activities including a family history section focusing on the church and the nearby area.

St. Mary's Heritage Centre welcomes visitors to learn the history of Gateshead, and provides a spectacular venue for events, family history research and educational activities.


NORTH SHIELDS
SOUTH SHIELDS

CUSTOMS HOUSE

Mill Dam, South Shields. NE33 1ES
Box Office: 0191 454 1234  Email: mail@customshouse.co.uk 
Open: 10:00 - 20:30 (Performance Days) 
11:00 - 18.00 (Non performance days, Sun & Bank Hols)

JENNY PURETT

DATES : UNTIL 29th SEPTEMBER

Jenny Purrett who had a solo show at Newcastle Arts Centre at the beginning of this year has a new exhibition at the Customs House, South Shields. The show features a very big yet delicate drawing that has been applied direct to the gallery wall. Her shot paper that form trees is now a full scale stand that fills the main space, best viewed in the early evening when the setting sun beams through.

Jenny's show is at the Customs House until 29th September. She is also the tutor for a new introductory course at Newcastle Arts Centre - "Drawing for the terrified" open to all who want learn to draw without fear of making the 'wrong' mark.

For more information on Drawing for the Terrified and also for Jenny's Creative Drawing classes which start in 2013 click here.

PARDON ME FOR ASKING, PARDON ME FOR THINKING by MARK JOSHUA EPSTEIN

DATES: 6th OCTOBER TO 18th NOVEMBER

American artist Mark Joshua Epstein blurs the boundaries between real and imaginary spaces. His paintings combine images drawn from a mixture of sources, room interiors from American interior design magazines from the 1940s, for example, are collaged together with images drawn from history, such as Italian renaissance architecture.

Epstein was born in Washington DC in 1979 and lives in New York. He has exhibited widely in the USA and the UK. This exhibition is part of a two-venue exhibition in collaboration with Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne.

HOME SWEET HOME

DATES: 1st DECEMBER TO 31st JANUARY 2013

Contemporary Knitting & Crafts

It’s this time of the year when the Gallery showcases an exhibition derived from a community project exploring the boundaries between fine art and craft. For the past three years we have had knitted extravaganzas from A Victorian Christmas, A Grand Tour to Once Upon A Time produced by our resident knitting group The Materialistics but this year we have something slightly different.

Home Sweet Home is an exhibition made up of work by The Materialistics, Stitch-in-9, North Tyneside Arts Studio, Bill Quay Farm, ST Libraries knitting groups as well as individual artists and makers from across our region, all under the theme of Home and Garden.

PERCEPTIONS OF SOUTH SHIELDS by ANGELA BULMAN

DATES: 6th OCTOBER TO 18th NOVEMBER

This is Angela Bulman’s first solo exhibition and with support and encouragement from Customs House’s Visual Arts Curator, she spent over six months making new drawings especially for this exhibition and they include popular sites such as The Rattler, The Sandancer and Colmans to name a few.

Alongside new buildings there is also a collection of drawings of buildings which do not exist anymore, thus adding an element of history to the collection of work, and a chance for people to reminisce about times gone by.

Angela offers the opportunity for all of us to engage with an architectural history of the famous town and hopefully many memories are revealed.


South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

Ocean Road, South Shields. 0191 456 8740
www.twmuseums.org.uk/southshields
OpenMon to Sat 10am to 5.30pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm, Free

A GRAND TOUR

DATES: 29 Sep 12 - 09 Mar 13

Materialistics are a talented and ambitious South Shields-based community knitting group. For this exhibition they have re-created some of the world’s best known works of art as you’ve never seen them before!

When Worlds Meet: The Intriguing Story of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

DATES: 29 Sep 12 - 09 Mar 13

The first British portrait of a Black African Muslim and freed slave, on long term loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London, is coming to the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery as part of its British tour.

The portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, painted by William Hoare of Bath in 1733 is important for many reasons, not least because the painting is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave, and the first portrait in this country

to honour an African subject as an individual and equal. But equally important, is the impact that Diallo as an individual had on Britain’s understanding of West African culture, black identity and Islam.

The exhibition explores Diallo’s intriguing story, a fascinating tale of faith, identity and the struggle for freedom.


SUNDERLAND

THE ART STUDIO

1-3 Hind Street, Sunderland.
T: 0191 567 7414
OpenWed - Fri 11am - 3pm. Free.

The Art Studio is situated in Sunderland's city centre. It has three floors and over 30 induvidual and shared spaces as well as workshops in ceremics, digital art and printmaking. The gallery is on the ground floor.


NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE

Liberty Way, Sunderland.
T: 0191 515 5555
www.nationalglasscentre.com
OpenDaily 10am-5pm, Free.

Sunderland Photographic Association 125th Anniversary Exhibition

DATE: 6 October - 31 December 2012

As part of Sunderland Photographic Association celebrations to mark the 125th year since its founding, National Glass Centre will be hosting a unique exhibition where members have been invited to submit photographic work on the theme ‘Glass’. Glass has become so integrated into our lives that it would be difficult to envisage a modern society without it. The Association's members have captured the myriad uses of glass today, challenging their creativity and their photographic prowess with this highly reflective material.

An accompanying exhibition showcasing a collection of historic cameras from the personal collections of the Association’s members will also be on display.

Kith & Kin II: New Glass and Ceramics

DATES: 21 September - 31 December 2012

The first ‘Kith and Kin’ exhibition, shown here earlier this year, evolved from the University of Sunderland’s education and research programmes, contacts and networks. This second exhibition again brings together artworks from two creative ‘families’ – Glass and Ceramics. Once again we have invited ‘friends’ from the art world to create a diverse and often surprising take on glass and ceramics to show a breadth of contemporary work.

This time artists are featured who usually work in other mediums, and who are now exploring the potential of glass and ceramics. Much of work shown is new and was developed through ‘mini residencies’ here in the National Glass Centre. This was facilitated by our exceptionally skilled glass and ceramic team and in the high quality workshops in this building.


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
T: 0191 561 8407
www.ngca.co.uk
OpenMon and Wed 9.30-7.30, Tues, Thurs and Fri 9.30-5, Sat 9.30-4, Free

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by artists from around the world, bringing new art to new audiences.

It offers opportunities to emerging and established artists to present work at critical points in their careers and audiences the chance to see the stars of tomorrow today.


Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Mowbray Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland
T: 0191 553 2323
www.twmuseums.org.uk
Open:Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 2-5, Free.

Sunderland Fairtrade Festival 2012

DATE: 27 Oct 12

Celebrate Sunderland’s 5th birthday as a Fairtrade city with a festival of art, crafts and selling stalls in the heart of the city centre. Fair trade handicrafts, snacks, accessories, gifts, jewellery, toys, organic toiletries and much more. Please come along and find out more about fair trade or buy something fairly traded.

11am – 3pm (drop in)

The event will be opened by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Iain Kay and the Mayoress Councillor Barbara McClennan.

Visit the Teddy Bear Story exhibition and make a brilliant bear bookmark with Fairtrade cotton. Try the Fairtrade trail in the Winter Gardens to find out more about plant products from around the world.

For more information contact: (0191) 561 1154 or email sunderlandpartnership@sunderland.gov.uk


University of Sunderland

The Design Centre Gallery, St Michaels Way, City Campus, 
Sunderland. www.sunderland.ac.uk
Open:Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm & Saturdays 10am - 4pm.


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