What's On - Art & Exhibitions
For renowned North-Eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE, sketching was second nature and an inherent part of his everyday life. This exhibition of his little-seen sketchbooks will present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes, and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works.
Working within the tradition of realism, who pushes the boundary with colour and form to achieve a semi-abstract quality in her work, colourist Jane Kell has painted landscapes and still-life from the start, but, more recently, has chosen to use colour in an abstract way. The paintings she is exhibiting in The Old School Gallery until January are on a much larger scale, showing how Jane works figuratively and abstractly, and exploring how both approaches support one other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, so prepare to be met with fascinating stories at every turn from the South Shields Photographic Society & South Shields Digital Group’s latest exhibition. Chasing The Rainbow brings together more than 200 captivating photographic images on display, ranging from landscape and wildlife to architecture, fashion and personal portraits – so there’s sure to be at least one that piques your interest.
Bringing together works from three award-winning photographic series – Built on Grass (2014), Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone (2010) and Khainaliq Village (2006) – this exhibition of photographer Rena Effendi’s images document the back-breaking chores of farmers working the land in traditional, almost medieval, fashion in meadows and hills in Romania, Azerbaijan and Chernobyl.
This is the first exhibition to offer an overview of photography and text-based artist Marjolaine Ryley’s entire body of work, encompassing projects created over a full two decades, as well as a brand new series created from 2015 to 2019. Inviting us to explore ideas of personal memory, social history, familial relationships and how we narrate our lives through images, this isn’t an exhibition to miss.
Challenging the notion that creative radicalism is the preserve of youth, Received Wisdom brings together a vibrant body of work created by older artists. Dynamic, innovative, and wide-ranging, the exhibition challenges our assumptions about ageing and about what is expected of us at the different stages of our lives.
Explore a world of medieval myths and legends, of tales of heroic deeds and chivalric honour in The Bowes Museum’s newest exhibition. For the most part, the knights depicted by the Pre-Raphaelites in the 19th century were lovers as well as fighters, and world-class artworks by Rossetti, Millais and Burne Jones will help bring these many myths.
Drawing is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity, with artists increasingly choosing the medium as a means to examine the modern world. Illustrating how artists have experimented with the power of paper to express their ideas, and how they have pushed the medium in new directions over these last 50 years, this touring exhibition highlights the breadth and quality of the British Museum’s collection of modern art, as well as its global scope.