Saturday, 9 January 2010

Forthcoming Attractions

Programme of Events for Spring 2010

Friday 26 February 2010


A joint conference with the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University

A day-long conference to explore the illustration of fables, with particular focus on the work of Thomas Bewick.
The speakers will include Brian Alderson (Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University), Andrea Immel (Princeton University), John Vernon Lord (Illustrator and Lecturer), Peter Osborne (Bewick Society) and Peter Quinn (Bewick Society).

Venue: The Clore Learning Suite, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT.
Date and time: Friday 26 February 10am - 5pm
Cost: The conference fee will be £10 inclusive of lunch and refreshments.
Contact: For more information email Dr. Matthew Grenby
or contact him at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Phone no. 0191 222 6182.

Payments are to be made through the University of Newcastle. There will also be on-line booking here.

Thursday 1 April 2010


Local art historian, Anne French, will introduce us to the world of the affluent northern families who set off on their grand tour adventures. Notably, Sir Henry Liddell of Ravensworth Castle and Captain Matthew Consett whose tour through Sweden and Lapland caused a great stir in Gateshead when they eventually returned with their ‘art’ treasures. Consett’s subsequent travelogue A Tour through Sweden [etc] (1789) was illustrated with copperplate engravings by Bewick.
Copies of Anne’s latest book Art Treasures in the North: Northern Families on the Grand Tour will be available for sale on the evening.

Venue: The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle, 23, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Date and time: Thursday 1 April 2010 at 6pm
Contact: June Holmes: The Bewick Society, c/o The Natural History Society of Northumbria, The Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT. Tel no. 0191 232 6386 or e-mail (FAO June Holmes).

Saturday 24 April 2010


Bewick Enthusiasms will be an afternoon of brief talks by speakers with enthusiasms for particular aspects of Bewick’s life and work or that of his associates. This event has proved very popular in the past so please do come along. Let us know if you would like to contribute a five minute lecture on something you find fascinating about Bewick.

Venue: The Natural History Society of Northumbria Council Room, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT.
Date and time: Saturday 24 April at 2pm
Contact: June Holmes as above.

Other Events for your Diary in 2010 include

16 January 2010 Printmaking Workshop with Caroline Coode and Vhairi Cardinal
Venue: Print Room, Department of Fine Art, University of Newcastle.
Date and Time: Saturday 16 January 10am – 4pm
Cost: £12. For further details and to book, contact Vhairi Cardinal on 0191 2970008 or email