5 Exhibitions To Look Forward To This Summer

Laing Art Gallery

Challenging Convention

Until 21 August 2021

British artists Vanessa Bell, Gwen John, Laura Knight and Dod Procter all established careers during the early years of the twentieth century, a time of great social and artistic change for women.

Challenging Convention spotlights these four women, who became celebrated artists despite the challenges faced upon them in a male-dominated society.

Time is running out on this empowering exhibition – be sure to check it out before it does.

Admission charges apply. Pre-book online or purchase tickets on the day

A Balloon Site, Coventry, 1943 (oil on canvas), Laura Knight (1877-1970) / Imperial War Museum, London, UK / Bridgeman Images


Shipley Art Gallery

Family Arts Festival

27 July – 2 September 2021

The North East’s leading gallery for craft and design is launching its Family Arts Festival over the summer holidays.

Designed for families with children aged 4+, featured activities include print making, model-making, collaging, creative writing plus much more.

All activities are linked to the theme of summer and inspired by the artwork on display at the gallery.

Head along and take part every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer holidays.

Charges apply. Pre-book online.



South Shields Museum & Gallery

Sheila from Shields, her cat and the rainbow

Until Saturday 30 October 2021

Local artist Sheila Graber showcases her engaging and passionate work in this family-friendly exhibition, which includes landscapes, portraits and delightful animations of her cat.

Cool, quirky and a must-see exhibition!

Free entry, donations welcome.

The Red Groyne by Sheila Graber


Great North Museum: Hancock

Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk

Until Sunday 5 September 2021

Escape to fantasy lands in this family exhibition and see how digital art is brought to life in video games and films.

This seriously cool exhibition is in collaboration with Atomhawk, the design studio behind films and video games such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Empires and Minecraft Earth.

Enter the fantasy universe of The Realm and experience Tyneside like never before as you delve into the process of a digital artist.

Donations welcome, free entry

New Realm artwork by Atomhawk



Take a Closer Look

Until 4 December 2021

There are over 600 artefacts on display in Segedunum’s Museum, many of them small, everyday items. This exhibition features photographs that look at some of the finer decoration or texture of 20 of these objects to reveal details perhaps easily overlooked on first viewing.

Look close enough and sometimes you’ll be able to see the damage or decay that has affected the objects after being in the ground for 1800 years. Want to hear more about what you’re seeing? An audio tour is also available.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

General admission fee applies.

Detail of a slave mask on a pottery oil lamp

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