Tuesday, 17 March 2015

National Vote

There's a campaign underway to vote for Britain's National Bird
Bewick illustrated all of the short-listed birds in his British Birds.
7 Land Birds.
3 Water Birds.
You can view the Bewick illustrations on Flickr here

Voting is on the nationalvote website.
Or on twitter #bird_vote

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

In Response to Bewick

Detail of painting by Peter Veitch.

The ‘In Response to Bewick’ exhibition, part of the ‘To Bewick and Back: from Cherryburn into History’ project, features new art by eight University of Sunderland artists. 

All of the works have been inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick and by the artists’ experience of walking through Bewick’s landscape, along the River Tyne, in August and September 2014.

The exhibition can be viewed, 8am-6pm, Mon-Friday, in the Gallery Space of Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, NE8 1HH (ground floor close to Bewick’s Restaurant) 

For more information about WALK and the project that this exhibition is a part of, To Bewick and Back: From Cherryburn into History, please see www.walk.uk.net

The ‘To Bewick and Back’ project is coordinated by the University of Sunderland’s WALK research group assisted by The Bewick Society, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Gateshead Council. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dr. Frank Atkinson C.B.E. 1924-2014

Dr Frank Atkinson died on Monday 29 December 2014. Frank was the driving force behind the foundation of the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust, the fore-runner of the Bewick Society, and acted as our President for many years.

In the Guardian  writes: "Atkinson was a devoted family man, marrying Joan Pierson in 1953, after she was appointed a junior assistant to Halifax’s museum service. The couple settled with their three sons in Ovingham, Northumberland, where he worked after retirement with the Thomas Bewick Birthplace Trust and as a member of the national Museums and Galleries Commission, since disbanded. He was awarded the CBE in 1995 and was an honorary doctor of civil law at Durham University." http://bit.ly/1791rEd

There have been several other appreciations. Here are links to a selection.

Frank Atkinson - the man who built Beamish
Visionary founder of award-winning Beamish Museum dies aged 90
All about Frank Atkinson, the man who made Beamish.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Society of Wood Engravers 77th Annual Exhibition


Includes the winner of the Bewick Prize 2014: The Boatyard, Shirley Smith 2014.
20th November – 28th December 2014

(please note change of closing date)

77th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers
Jenny Blyth Fine Art at:
Art Jericho
6 King Street
Oxford OX2 6DF
Telephone 01865 604070
Website www.jennyblythfineart.co.uk
Website wwwwww.artjericho.com
Private View 22nd November at 17.00 hrs. following SWE AGM in Oxford.
Open Wed – Sun 12.00 – 18.00 hrs. (Closed 24, 25, 26 December)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Thomas Bewick Walks: the Pedestrian Engraver

There will be a public lecture ‘Thomas Bewick Walks: the Pedestrian Engraver’ by Peter Quinn, Chair of The Bewick Society, on the evening of Thursday 13th November.

Please encourage a friend or two to come along to ensure a good audience on the evening. This event will take place in the Lamesley Room of the Gateshead Civic Centre, starting at 6.30pm (lecture begins at 7pm prompt), there will be time to view the ‘Bewick & Back: Wildlife, Walking & Art’ exhibition and in the lecture room there will be an exhibition on the walks i.e. photographs, poems and prose arising out of the Bewick Walks.

The ‘Bewick & Back: Wildlife, Walking & Art’ exhibition is located in the public art space of the Gateshead Civic Centre and features an assemblage of new facsimiles taken from Bewick's wonderful wood engravings. Car parking is available at the Civic Centre (charges apply), which can be found using the postcode NE8 1HH. If using public transport, the Civic Centre is around four minutes walk from Gateshead Interchange. We hope you can get along to see it at some time.

On Friday 24th October, the project made the front page of The Journal, with an article about the Exhibition, you can see this at http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/north-east-artistic-great-thomas-7988585

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bewick and Back News updates

Read about the exhibition on the Gateshead Council website

in the Newcastle Journal

 North East artistic great Thomas Bewick on the menu at restaurant By Tony Henderson

Illustrated: Prof Mike Collier and Gateshead Council Leader Mick Henry at the exhibition.