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The Year In Art


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2017 is set to be a fantastic year for art in the North East. In the build up to the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North, we’ve got events, festivals and fairs galore. Let’s get creative

Cornish on Tyneside
Until 4 February 2017 

Cornish on Tyneside is Gallagher and Turner’s first solo exhibition of the late Norman Cornish’s work. The gallery have been exhibiting the former miner’s artwork for over 50 years, working closely with him, and have recently been involved with framing his early pieces and restoring larger works. If you’re a fan of Cornish’s depictions of pit-towns and people, you need to come to this exhibition to find many of his unseen paintings and drawings from his estate. You’ll find pictures of familiar scenes from around Newcastle including the Tyne, the city’s impressive architecture and local pubs. Better yet, all the works you see will be available for you to buy. 

Gallagher and Turner, Newcastle

Only In England
25 February–7 May 2017 

If you’re interested in comical snapshots of things you’d only ever see on British turf, head to The Bowes Museum to see their exhibition Only In England. You’ll find the work of photographers Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, whose work reflects their fascination with the English. Parr’s work was influenced by Ray-Jones’s 1960s photographs that capture what he felt was a disappearing way of life. Combining comedy and melancholy, the work of these two significant photographers is definitely worth a visit. 

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Out of Chaos
Until 26 February 2017

Out of Chaos explores the themes of migration and a sense of belonging, showcasing the work of artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Edith Kiss, Chaïm Soutine and Alfred Wolmark. The works, taken from London’s Ben Uri Gallery, span more than a century, and take in a diverse selection of medias and styles. Many of the artists’ work you’ll catch a glimpse of here are from migrant backgrounds, and a number of them were forced to leave their homelands. This sense of identity is reflected in paintings, prints, photography, film and sculpture, and it’s a thought- provoking exhibition. 

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Victoria Bellas Carter Spring Exhibition 2017
18–30 March 2017 

Are you familiar with Victoria Bellas Carter? She creates unique floral designs using tissue paper collages that she sells as originals and limited edition prints. You’ll also be able to pick up her designs on fine bone china, placemats and beautiful greetings cards. Normally you’d find her pieces at her studio in Eggleston Hall Gardens, Barnard Castle, but this exhibition is taking her to North Yorkshire. This spring event is the perfect time to buy a bright, floral piece for your home before real flowers have had a chance to bloom outside. 

The Station, Richmond

Living North LIVE
28–30 April 2017 

This spring you’ll find us at Living North LIVE once again, the place to go if you’re looking for the best interiors, room sets, accessories and gifts. The region’s premier interiors companies will also be on hand to offer you their expert advice. Living North LIVE is a unique shopping experience with the biggest food hall in the North East for you to sample the best tasty treats going, and you can watch the top chefs in the region create the most amazing dishes before taking some home for yourself. If that weren’t enough, you can visit the Living North LIVE lounge where you can learn everything from the art of up-cycling furniture to the best photography tricks. We’ll see you there.
Newcastle Racecourse

Alnmouth Arts Festival
17–18 June 2017 

This successful festival will run for the 13th time this year, showcasing work from artists based anywhere between the Tyne and the Tweed. Last year we saw everything from jewellery to cushions to canvases from more than 70 local artists, all dotted around the village of Alnmouth in various venues. With such a vast range of work, this festival takes the stress out of searching for your dream piece by keeping it all in one village, and with last year’s line up including the likes of Suzanne Homer and Matthew Ellwood, you’re definitely in for a treat this year. Tie your visit in with a seaside walk and a hearty portion of fish and chips to make the perfect day out. 

Alnmouth, Northumberland

Festival On The Wall
4–6 August 2017 

This new, independent festival promises an unforgettable three-day experience in the rolling hills of Northumberland. The artsy festival is jam-packed with unusual events including a roller disco and an outdoor cinema where you can chill out on the grass watching a cult film. Enter the Witchcraft Woods in the day to explore leather artists, wood carvers and tarot readers, who’ll be offering lessons in their specialist field. By night you’ll see the woods transform into an illumination spectacle that you won’t be able to recognise from its daytime look. If that’s not enough, Beefy Melons, who pop up at the biggest festivals around the globe, will be on site to offer a friendly yoga and hoola-hooping venue that turns up its speakers at night to provide the best music for the festival goers. 

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Winter Exhibition
17 November 2017–1 March 2018 

The Biscuit Factory’s highly-anticipated Winter Exhibition will bring animals to Newcastle. Hazel Mountford will be headlining with her contemporary animal canvases that explore natural world issues, in particular the competition for space between humans and animals. The exhibition will also include work from printmaker Rebecca Vincent and wildlife photographer Will Nichols – so it’s going to be a varied show. The venue is the UK’s largest independent contemporary art gallery, and with free entry inside, you’d be mad to miss this exhibition. 

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Published in: December 2016

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