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Bring To Light
Until Sunday, September 6, 2020

Glass and ceramics have long been used as materials to make objects that contain light. These objects are practical – they keep us safe from open flames or they diffuse the glare of electric bulbs – but many artists have also used glass and ceramics to create beautiful light sources that also reflect cultural or religious significance, design styles of a particular time and the skill of mastering different techniques associated with glasswork. The National Glass Centre’s newest exhibition, consisting of works from National Glass Centre’s collection and loans from the V&A, aims to illuminate that lightbulb of an idea in the next generation of designers.

Nicolas Poussin's The Triumph of Pan
Until Sunday, January 5, 2020

A much-loved work from the National Gallery’s Collection, Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan is touring the UK this year, taking a short residence in York. Poussin was the leading painter of the classical French Baroque style during the 17th century – even serving briefly as First Painter to the King under Louis XIII – and remained a major inspiration for classically-oriented artists as Jacques-Louis David and Paul Cézanne. Don’t miss this chance to see a real masterpiece up close.

The Bishop Trevor Gallery, Bishop Auckland
Through The Looking Glass
Until Sunday, March 8, 2020

Although we rarely stop to acknowledge their presence, windows are part of our day-to-day life and, for the majority of us, they are our most regular connection to glass as a material. In this exhibition, Caroline and Maisie Broadhead present a body of work that considers how we perceive what we see when we look into, or out of, a window.

National Glass Centre, Sunderland
The Story of the Durham Miners' Gala Mural
Until Friday, February 28, 2020

In 1962, Norman was commissioned to paint a 30-foot mural typifying life in County Durham for the new County Hall in Durham City. This building was a showpiece: a symbolic act of defiance by a county whose livelihood was increasingly threatened by the escalating pit closures, and was officially opened by Prince Philip in 1963. This fascinating exhibition in Norman’s hometown tells its story.

The Bob Abley Art Gallery, Spennymoor
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Until Sunday, February 23, 2020

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was one of the foremost painters working in St Ives, having moved there from Edinburgh in 1940. Her paintings, alongside those of her contemporaries that comprise the St Ives School, contributed greatly to the development of Modernist British painting in the mid- to late-20th century. Ranging from remarkable on-the-spot pencil drawings to bold and colourful abstract paintings, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s tours across Europe over a 50-year period and the impact these journeys had on her practice.

The Granary Gallery, Berwick
Ivor Prickett
Until Sunday, December 15, 2019

After five years of war in Syria, almost half of the country’s population has now been displaced. Nearly 4 million people have fled across its borders to the surrounding countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, while more than 6 million are internally displaced. Photographer Ivor Prickett’s ‘End of the Caliphate & Seeking Shelter’ sharply and evocatively brings this into focus.

Side Gallery, Newcastle
Roy Lichtenstein
Until Saturday, January 4, 2020

Discover the work of one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century at the Hatton Gallery this autumn. Roy Lichtenstein is one of the pioneers of Pop Art, best-known for his paintings based on comic strips, advertising imagery, and playful adaptations of works of art by other artists that responded to the optimism and growing commercialisation of the 1960s – bringing popular, everyday images into fine art, and questioning authorship and originality. A rare opportunity to see such an important collection of the artist’s work in the North East.

Watch the Birdie
Until Sunday, December 15, 2019

Only recently, Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery was given access to some of the earliest photographs to be produced of Alnwick’s most notable citizens of the time. They were added to a collection that already boasted many early and fascinating images of the town. – and this exhibition highlights some of the outstanding examples from the collection.

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, Alnwick
The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia
Until Monday, January 20, 2020

The first exhibition outside London that is solely dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, The Power and the Virtue presents both the artist and his relevance in Western art history. Featuring unique works on loan from prestigious public and private collections, this display will allow many to experience the mastery and true aesthetic quality of Reni’s masterpieces.

The Enchanted Interior
Until Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Enchanted Interior will explore the sinister implications of a popular theme in 19th century painting: the depiction of the interior as a ‘gilded cage’, in which women are pictured as ornamental objects. Iconic Pre-Raphaelite paintings by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and William Holman Hunt will be shown alongside works by their female peers, such as Emma Sandys and Evelyn De Morgan, who challenge and subvert this ideal. Meanwhile, installation and moving image work highlight the duality inherent in the interior, as a site that can be a sanctuary or a threat.

Mikhail Karikis
Until Sunday, February 2, 2020

The first survey of Mikhail Karikis’s practice, this exhibition displays six major bodies of the artist’s work made over 10 years, including two pieces commissioned by MIMA. Focusing on the voice of protest in the face of social and ecological change across a range of media – including videos, sound installations, images, installation structures and performance pieces – Mikhail’s exploration of the political role of art promises to enthral.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Elmer and Friends
Until Saturday, February 1, 2020

Celebrating 30 years of everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, this playful exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is the first major retrospective of David McKee’s striking artwork – which, as well as being full of vibrance and colour, are perfect for opening up conversations around diversity and being yourself.

Durham Miners Gala Exhibition
Until Saturday, February 1, 2020

Part of the Norman Cornish Centenary Art Exhibitions that are set to run throughout the year across the region, this stunning display of Norman’s work is complemented by a range of other exceptional local artists – which, together, form a body of work depicting the social history of our region, with all the art displayed available for sale.

Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings
Until Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bringing together an outstanding selection of artworks across media – including film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art – this exhibition invites visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other life forms and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection
Until Sunday, February 23, 2020

Celebrating the centenary of acclaimed mining artist (and North East native) Norman Cornish MBE, this major retrospective tells the story of his enduring career with the most comprehensive collection of his work ever assembled, including a number of previously unseen pieces.

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