Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bewick and Back with WALK

To Bewick and Back – From Cherryburn into History celebrates renowned engraver Thomas Bewick’s work and his influence as a natural historian, sharing this heritage with people using: exhibitions of facsimiles of his ‘wood engravings’, guided walks, a public lecture, and showings of new art stimulated by an experience of Bewick’s landscape

The project includes a series of four FREE guided walks that explore a 45km route along the River Tyne during late August and September 2014. The walks follow a route between Thomas Bewick’s house in Gateshead and his birthplace at Cherryburn in Northumberland.

The walks have been organised by the University of Sunderland’s WALK research group supported by The Bewick Society, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Gateshead Council, using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Walk One – Sunday 31st August, 10.00-16.00hrs.
Starts at the site of Thomas Bewick’s House, on West Street, Gateshead, ends on the south side of Newburn Bridge; distance 12.25km (7.7 miles).
Degree of difficulty: relatively easy to moderate.

Walk Two – Sunday 7th September, 10.00-16.00hrs.
Starts at Newburn Bridge, ends at Cherryburn National Trust Property, Mickley, Northumberland; distance 11.5km (7.2 miles).
Degree of difficulty: moderate.

Walk Three – Sunday 14th September, 09.30-16.00hrs.
Starts at ‘Ferry Landing’, Ovington and finishes at Newburn Leisure Centre Car park, Newburn; distance 10km (6.3 miles).
Please note the meeting point for this walk is the Newburn Leisure Centre car park at 09.30hrs for a vehicle transfer to Ovington, where the walk will start at 10.00hrs.
Degree of difficulty: moderate.

Walk Four – Sunday 28th September, 10.00-16.00hrs.
Start at Newburn Leisure Centre car park, Newburn ends at St. Nicholas’ Cathedral Square,
Newcastle upon Tyne; distance 11.5km (7.2 miles).
Degree of difficulty: relatively easy to moderate.

How to Book on a Walk
For Health and Safety reasons, the number of participants on each walk is limited to 16; these places
are to be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To take part, as places are limited, you MUST
book in advance. If you wish to attend one of the To Bewick and Back guided walks, or to get more
details, please send an email to:

giving the following information:
Your name
A contact telephone number, a mobile number and your email address
The walk you wish to attend (date)
The number of places you require on the walk (please provide the names of all participants)

You will receive confirmation of your place by email or/and telephone. Thank you.
For more details about WALK at the University of Sunderland see:

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Conspiracy of Ravens

Bodleian Library Publishing have united Bill Oddie and Thomas Bewick in their forthcoming publication.

A Conspiracy of Ravens
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
Foreword by Bill Oddie
With illustrations by Thomas Bewick

‘A murder of crows’, ‘a charm of goldfinches’, ‘an ostentation of peacocks’: collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into evocative, witty and literary expressions, each striving to capture the very essence of the animal they describe.

Bill Oddie is a birdwatcher, broadcaster, television presenter, writer, musician and conservationist.
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 978 1 85124 409 6
144 pp
110 black and white illustrations
Size: 170 x 110 mm

Forthcoming September 2014.

Details here

Monday, 2 June 2014

Thomas Bewick: Graphic Worlds

Nigel Tattersfield Book Launch in Newcastle, organised by Waterstones.

From the Waterstones website:
"Thomas Bewick: Graphic Worlds
Newcastle City Library, The Bewick Suite, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street, Newcastle, NE1 8AX
Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Tickets are available in store, £4/£3 with a Waterstones loyalty card

Come a celebrate the life and work of amazing local artist Thomas Bewick. Can't make the talk, contact us and we can reserve a signed copy for you. Please call the store if you have any questions.
Further details: 0191 261 7757"

Discounts available for Bewick Society Members, look out for an email soon.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Boxwood in the Chilterns

Saturday 7th June, 10am - 1pm

Free guided walk to discover ancient box trees and box heritage in attractive countryside around Great Kimble, between Princes Risborough and Wendover. Click here for details

Saturday 14th June 10am - 5pm and Sunday 15th June 11am - 5pm
Free art exhibition 'From the Box Tree' at Wycombe Museum. Meet artists, follow a garden trail and watch short films to learn more about the processes and history behind the art. Chris Smith photography, Stuart King decorative woodwork, Eric Hoeprich woodwind instruments. Click here for details

1st June, 7pm, BBC1
BBC Countryfile story about box and Bewick in the Chilterns!
"John Craven is finding out about the much-prized and now incredibly rare box wood, which changed the face of printing as we know it."
Details here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Avison Society Play

News from the Avison Society
The Avison Society are presenting a new play about Charles Avison: 

  A play with live music about our very own eighteenth-century Newcastle composer Charles Avison, at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead at 7.30 on 26 April.
1767 -  'Ninnyhammers!' fumes Charley (OR CHARLES) Avison
at the latest musical trends.
'Such trickery, such a pompous display of art!'
Alone in his attic study, the composer recalls personal triumphs
 and family sorrows - but above all, the loves and friendships
that make up his very own soul music.

Performed by Gordon Russell, Directed by Hugh Keegan, Script by Sue Saunders.
Also hear  ‘Quartet in A’ (Opus 3) by Michael Jon Smith (1941-2009) – another Newcastle composer – as performed by the Damiate Ensemble.
Tickets (£9)  at the door, or (to reserve) ring 0191 2814236
or click on this link

News of the International Print Biennale


 International Print Biennale 2014
27 June – 8 August 2014

Shortlist for International Print Biennale Print Awards 2014 Announced

37 artists have been shortlisted from 740 entries in this year’s Print Awards 2014. Part of the International Print Biennale taking place across the North East from June. The winners will be announced at a special event on 27 June.

Galleries across the North East will also host special print exhibitions and events including, Laing Gallery, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham and Bowes Museum, offering visitors the perfect opportunity to visit their favourite venues and see something completely new.

Susan Tallman, Selector and Editor–in-Chief, Art in Print, Chicago, USA highlighted:
"..The group we ended up with is diverse. It includes abstract work and figurative, conceptual content and lush aesthetics. What unifies these works is the particular quality of attention with which the artists engaged the external world. Each, in its own way, declares a passion for the specific, for the closely observed detail: a gesture, a face, a spot of earth. They suggest that even in a world suffused by the generic, experience is always singular if you stop still and look.”

Visit the website to find out more or follow events and announcements on twitter: #IPB14