This year is jam packed with cool exhibitions and openings and as we all know, the North East is always buzzing with creativity! So we have rounded up some of the most exciting shows on in the coming months which aren’t to be missed!
1. Our Stories photography exhibition Q4, Newcastle upon Tyne – now until 22nd January
The Photographic Angle put a call out to photographers who use the camera as a tool for documenting the natural, social and political landscapes of our times.
2. ‘A Forgotten Campaign’, Oriental Museum – until 30 March 2017
This exhibition uses images from Durham University’s Sudan Archive to tell the story of the 1898 invasion and its aftermath.
3. The Jarrow Crusade: Marching into History, Museum and Art Gallery, South Shields, February 22nd 2017
The exhibition will reveal details about the 200 marchers from Jarrow: their hardships, their lives, their town and their protest against injustice. It will incorporate archive photographs, artefacts and contemporary footage.
4. Textiles: Painting with the Needle, Durham Cathedral – on until February 11th 2017
Textiles have always played an important role in church and domestic life and Durham Cathedral boasts some of the best examples of church needlework from the past 1,100 years. A selection of the finest textiles from the Cathedral’s collection are included in this display.
5. Fabricating Histories: An Alternative 19th Century, Discovery Museum – on until May 21st 2017
The story of our 19th century inventors and pioneers is all around us, but with so many experiments, ideas and notions jostling for position, history could have lurched off on a tangent at any moment and become very different. This exhibition celebrates the almost, might-have-been world, of Fabricating Histories!
6. Edge of Darkness, Centre for Life, Newcastle – on until January 23rd 2017
Explore never before seen areas of space in this fascinating planetarium show, featuring scenes gathered from recent ground-breaking space missions. Swoop though cliffs on Comet 67P, marvel at the bright ‘lights’ on dwarf planet Ceres, and see the first-ever close ups of Pluto and its moons. Narrated by Hayley Atwell, AKA Agent Carter from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
7. Monica Bonvicini, The Baltic Centre, Newcastle – on until 26th February
A major survey exhibition of one of the most vital artists to have emerged during the mid-1990s. Monica Bonvicini (b. Italy 1965) makes work that investigates the relationships between architecture, control, gender, space, surveillance, and power.
8. Paul Nash Exhibition, Tate Britain, London – on until 5th March
Featuring a lifetime’s work from his earliest drawings through to his iconic Second World War paintings, this exhibition reveals Nash’s importance to British modern art in the most significant show of his work for a generation.
The exhibition will then take place at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (8 April—20 August 2017) followed by Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (9 September 2017—end of January 2018).
9. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from Sir Elton John Collection, Tate Modern, London – on until 7th May
Elton John’s private collections of photography, drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of Matisse, Picasso, and Breton.
10. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A – 13th May until 1st October
An exhibition depicting Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary world, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut in the 1960s through to the present day.
11. Only in England, Bowes Museum – 25th February until 7th May
This exhibition of photographs examines the close relationship between the work of two important photographers, Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr and their fascination with the English.
12. The Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition 2017, 12 June until 20 August 2017
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.
[EXHIBITION TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018]
13. The BFG in Pictures, Bowes Museum 14th July 2018 until 30th September
This exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG.