Three interconnected trails will guide visitors through 30 world-class venues and public spaces in Newcastle and Gateshead. Trails include The Innovation Trail, The Arts Trail and The Design Trail. Elysia Agnew picks out 10 of the top exhibition and events to see from June to September.
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR >>
Pick up unique, handmade crafts at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at The Biscuit Factory this summer. The two-day shopping event will give visitors the chance to buy and commission work from over 50 of the UK’s most talented artists and designer-makers.
INTU’S LITTLE BLACK GRAPHENE DRESS >>
Fashion aficionados should check out the world’s most high-tech little black dress in intu Eldon Square this summer. See what your future wardrobe is made of with a ‘miracle material’ garment that responds to the wearer’s breathing using tiny LED lights. It’s time to get smart about the little black dress.
LAUREN LAVERNE’S GREAT NORTHERN SOUNDTRACK >>
Kicking off the first week of the exhibition, our March/April 2017 cover star, Lauren Laverne is back home this summer with a week of gigs showcasing the best music from across the region. She’ll be curating concerts, presentations, talks and art exhibitions at Sage Gateshead, celebrating music from Newcastle to Manchester and Sunderland to Sheffield.
ROCKET RETURNS TO TYNESIDE >>
Stephenson’s Rocket comes home to Newcastle, on loan from the Science Museum in London. Find out how this historic engine’s ground-breaking design heralded the birth of passenger railways at the Discovery Museum. The perfect opportunity to celebrate the region’s world-famous industrial heritage.
THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE BREW SERIES >>
If you’re partial to a hop or two, make sure you check out The Northern Powerhouse Brew Series. Eight independent craft breweries from across the North of England have come together to create a series of limited edition beers. Breweries from Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Buxton, Kendal, Sheffield and Newcastle have joined forces with Wylam Brewery to develop eight new beers that celebrate the North. Only 6,600 cases of the beers will be produced, get your hands on them as part of the Great Exhibition of the North this summer.
GET NORTH WATER SCULPTURE >>
The UK’s largest water sculpture is coming to the banks of the Tyne this summer as part of the exhibition. Stroll along the Quayside and enjoy an hourly water show every day from 10am – 11pm. The spectacular feature will reach the height of the Tyne Bridge and will play to three specially commissioned soundtracks available to download. After dark, a stunning light display will add to the experience.
WE ARE WHERE WE ARE >>
This group exhibition at BALTIC 39 features new artwork inside, beneath and between treated walls. See this intriguing display from June – October to discover works by 11 talented artists from the North of England. The show and programme is the work of Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists.
ROBOTS – THEN AND NOW >>
The Life Science Centre is taking visitors on a journey into humanity’s 500-year obsession with robots this summer in an intriguing, family-friendly exhibition. This on-going quest to reimagine ourselves at machines is truly fascinating and will take exhibition-goers from 16th century mechanical automatons, to some unsettling humanoids that will make you question what it means to be human.
LITTLE INVENTORS NORTH 2030 >>
You don’t have to leave your little ones at home when getting your North East culture fix this summer. The Discovery Museum is inviting children of the North to crank up their creativity in a programme of inspiring inventor workshops. Designers, engineers and creative makers of the future will share ideas and turn their inventions into reality.
FOLK ON THE TYNE >>
More music inspiration can be found at the Sage’s Folk on the Tyne sessions. This relaxed introduction to folk music is a great event for the whole family to attend 11am until 12noon on 28 July 2018.
The Great Exhibition of the North is free to attend and will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present are our enthusing our future.
For more information, visit: getnorth2018.com