Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tales of Antiquarian Adventure

Visit the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne’s new exhibition Tales of Antiquarian Adventure now on at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle.
On display is the wood block engraving of the Society’s seal by Thomas Bewick, formerly used in the Society’s publications.
Read more about the seal here

Tales of Antiquarian Adventure

16 February - 30 April 2013
Tales of Antiquarian Adventure celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, the oldest provincial antiquarian society in the UK. 
When John Bell gathered his friends at the Turk’s Head in Newcastle’s Bigg Market in 1813 to decide how to study the antiquities of the area, little did he realise that the society he formed would still be going strong 200 years later and that it would have played such a significant role in the life of the North East.
In the last 200 years, the society has preserved and protected archaeological remains, historic buildings and artefacts, published books and journals, funded research and maintained a library.
This exhibition showcases the society’s world-class collections, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, and explores its vast history and many achievements.

Northern Print need your vote

The Connect10 Vote: You choose where Mat Collishaw goes for Museums at Night 2013

Museums at Night 2013 takes place in hundreds of museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK during the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 16-18.

The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

BACKLIT, Nottingham: an experimental event in Collishaw’s home town in which the artist will prepare and produce his work in the main gallery with public participation. Venue info here.

Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall: a Night of Victorian visual illusions with a carnival atmosphere. Victorian characters will lead visitors to a workshop where Mat and his assistants will hlep to create a zoetrope. Venue info here.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral: a one-night only visitor experience in the UK’s largest cathedral incorporating a light projection, music and participation in a 3D human zoetrope. Venue info here.

Northern Print, Newcastle: a participatory workshop with Mat and his assistants alongside an event about the celebrated naturalist and wood-engraver Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). Venue info here. 

Cast your vote here:

Mat Collishaw

The photographer and video innovator is known for his hard-hitting images of beauty and cruelty, he has created adult zoetropes, photographed himself trying to catch fairies, and used phosphorescent paint to convey the brief lives of Victorian street children.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Bewick's Ark

From the Newcastle City Library website:
‘Writing North East: Coalfields and Quaysides’ is a new exhibition at City Library which explores the representation of place in North East literature. Unseen material from local authors, including David Almond and Linda France, will be showcased alongside literary jewels from the British Library. Members of the Skimstone Young Artist Collective have created ‘Bewick’s Ark’ especially for the exhibition. Share your views and favourite North East authors or locations on Twitter using #writingNE.
Visit on level 6 of City Library until 31 July 2013.
  In partnership with the British Library and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.