What's On - Art & Exhibitions
Visit the Bob Abley Art Gallery in Spennymoor Town Hall for a look at work created during the time of (and inspired by) the area’s mining history. There’ll be pieces from top local artists, and you can also visit the Mining Museum on site.
Sculptor Michael Lyons, who studied at Newcastle University in the late 1960s, has gone on to gain international recognition in the world of art – undertaking large-scale public sculpture commissions as far afield as Mexico and China. This exhibition will explore machinery and mythology as two of the key themes which endure in his work. From his early interest in steelworks, through to his more recent sculptures that explore symbolic figures and organic forms, the selection on display will offer an insight into the poetic imagination that underlies Lyons’ practice to this day.
Share the experiences of women who worked in some of Newcastle's most iconic industrial environments at Cragside’s new exhibition, which explores and honours the remarkable skills that women have contributed to the world of engineering over the last 100 years. Using sound as well as sight, this immersive experience will look back on Lord Armstrong’s connections to the Elswick Works on the banks of the River Tyne – uncovering some of the stories of Cragside’s female engineers and innovators, who were connected with the factories during a time of major social shift.
John Kippin has been a central figure in the emergence of photography as an independent art form in the UK from the 1970s through to the present day. This new exhibition – Based On A True Story – surveys his 40 years of making art for the public; nine leading scholars have each selected some of Kippin’s work to provide new insights into his unique way of seeing the world through a lens.
Also part of the Great Exhibition of the North, this exibition is intent on showing visitors the heart and soul of our revolutionary region – featuring over 200 fascinating items on loan from the UK's leading collections, including: astronaut Helen Sharman's space suit, a rare miniature book by Charlotte Brontë, and the last piano ever played by John Lennon.
Can you imagine looking into the face of someone who was alive in the 17th century? Human remains found in Durham (which are over 300 years old) have been identified and reconstructed in this exhibition at the Palace Green Library – bringing forgotten local figures back to life.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Ernest Bevin’s scheme to protect a dwindling coal supply during the Second World War, this exhibition displays art created by the ‘Bevin Boys’ – those men conscripted to work in the mines instead of joining the armed forces.
Created in collaboration with the Danish Gallery Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, this exhibition presents some of the finest examples of work by international, early career artists working in glass.
Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is known for dissecting British prejudices. His pair of striking, large-scale tapestries – that tell the story of Essex ‘everywoman’ Julie Cope – beautifully juxtaposes the form’s associations of status and wealth with the contradictions of the ordinary individual.
A picture may paint a thousand words, but that’s not enough for Geordie artist and writer Michael Dean – he wants to sculpt them, too. Here Michael transforms his own writing into sculptural installations that explore language, intimacy and the politics of being in the world.
Robots – Then and Now, developed by the Science Museum in London, tells the 500-year, work-in-progress story of building automated machines – from the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons to the latest humanoids, (and everything in between).
Curated by artist Narbi Price, winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize, Pitmen Painters Unseen brings together a unique collection of paintings by the celebrated Ashington miners group – the majority of which have never been on public display.
This unique exhibition will be a trip down memory lane for some and an insight into the past for others, featuring a variety of toys, games and some rather unusual pastimes from across the years.
Chris Moore, the king of catwalk photography, has been taking images of fashion shows for six decades. This exclusive exhibition shows 200 of his most renowned images, alongside some of the garments featured – including some from Vivienne Westwood, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Everyone’s favourite giant is coming to The Bowes Museum, in a magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations of The BFG – the first major display of his artwork for Roald Dahl’s enduring tale. Quentin personally selected 40 pieces from his archive to illustrate his experience of working on the book, so expect snozzcumbers and whizzpoppers aplenty. You can also take a trip into the BFG’s whoopsy whiffling cave, chock-full of activities for little ones and giants alike. Delumptious.
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) will be holding a special embroidery exhibition at Durham’s World Heritage Site Visitor Centre from Tuesday 31st July to Wednesday 29th August. This new exhibition will feature hand embroidery by current and past students who have attended the Royal School’s Durham satellite. It will showcase a wide variety of specialist embroidery techniques and bring to life the students’ inspirations, including a few local landmarks. The exhibition opens daily 9.30am – 5pm, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
This creative, participatory public programme and exhibition celebrates all things aural. The exhibition captures and interprets elements of the contemporary soundscape and heritage around Tynedale and includes work that involves the community.