Sunday, 29 April 2012

Bewick in Gateshead

Bewick in Gateshead
An exhibition looking at the work of Thomas Bewick and those who followed in his footsteps.
2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Thomas Bewick’s move to 19 West Street in Gateshead.
Examples of his much loved work will be on display, illustrating the breadth of his work and his capacity to incorporate domestic life into his engravings. Throughout the month of May there will be Blackwork demonstrations by Linda Morris championing the images from Bewick – there are also activities for families to enjoy based around techniques used by Bewick.
The Exhibition is launched on Tuesday 1st of May and runs through until the end of the month.
The exhibition is FREE and available to view during normal opening hours
St. Mary’s Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699 Email:

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Free Guided Tours of the Lit and Phil

Free guided tours of The Lit& Phil
The next dates available for Free guided tours of The Lit and Phil:
Monday 14th May at 11am
Tuesday 15th May at 2pm
Wednesday 16th May at 11am
Thursday 17th May at 3pm
Friday 18th May at 2pm
Free, open to all. Pre-booking is essential however. To book contact the Lit and phil directly on 0191 232 0192.
The Lit& Phil is registered in England as a company, number: 6220953,
and as an Educational Charity, number 1120948.
Literary and Philosophical Society
23 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE1 1SE
Telephone: 0191 232 0192

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bewick Blackwork at St.Mary's

Linda Morris is demonstrating blackwork using examples of Thomas Bewick's prints  for interpretation purposes on the following dates:
Apr. 29 - Cherryburn
May 1, 12, 19, 20, 26 & 27 - St. Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead
She writes
"I will be interpreting Thomas Bewick's prints in blackwork, primarily through textile postcards that I have designed based on his work. I am looking forward to this opportunity as I've always felt that much of his work would lend itself well to this medium."
There are several Bewick events in Gateshead this May to celebrate 200 years since Bewick moved to the town. More details here

British Birds vol 1 1797 p.202 “Old age and heedless youth. The background to the left is a view of the ruins of the Chapel (Roman Catholic) once belonging it is said to the Riddells – I remember part of the mansion also in ruins - The Chapel was set fire to by the mob – when Butcher Willy [Cumberland] led his troops thro’ Newcastle to Culloden. ” Jane Bewick Ms notes.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

AV Festival, As Slow as Possible

Thomas Bewick features in this review on the Quietus website.
Luke Turner visited the AV Festival in Newcastle and Gateshead.
"Meeting On The Desertshore: Sleazy Remembered At AV Festival"

BBRC Tattersfield review

RM Healey's review of Nigel Tattersfield's "The Complete Illustrative Work" appears on the website of the BBRC
" Nigel Tattersfield, whose three magnificent volumes are a monumental survey of Bewick’s full range of work, as artist, craftsman and commercial publisher, focuses his attention on the way in which Bewick’s success was largely due to his business instincts. While Donovan’s large-format and lavishly illustrated £15 ten-volume edition of hand-coloured plates sold slowly and made little money, Bewick knew that, at a time of war shortages and financial crises, a two-volume book costing a mere guinea (the equivalent of £1.05) was bound to do well. Not only was Bewick’s British Birds small enough to accompany the nature lover in the field, it was also likely to appeal to those who were more attracted by the artist’s commitment to the tradition of British woodblock printing, which he developed to a sublime degree."
Those of you without a copy may like to buy one through the link on the BBRC website.