Contemporary art in the North East

Look out for new art exhibitions at special places across the North East. Rediscover Lindisfarne Castle through Anya Gallaccio’s journey of colour, explore the stories of Gibside's women though handmade textiles and be immersed in STEAM at Cragside.

One of the innovators, Violeta, programmes a reel of multicolour lights

Shining a light on female innovation 

A series of mixed media and immersive installations by students from Newcastle University, Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation celebrates the creativity of women in STEAM. Spread across the house and gardens at Cragside, the installation takes inspiration from the home and work of pioneering inventor Lord Armstrong.

Artist Anya Gallaccio inside one of the cubes at Lindisfarne Castle

A unique blank canvas at Lindisfarne Castle  

dreamed about the flowers that hide from the light is the castle’s exciting new exhibition by internationally renowned artist Anya Gallaccio. Taking you on a journey of colour through the castle, the exhibition shows several of its rooms as they have never been seen before.

An oil painting, The Hanging Swing, by Mark Fairnington

Walking, looking and telling tales at Cherryburn  

Walking, looking and telling tales is a collection of miniature oil paintings by artist Mark Fairnington reflecting Cherryburn and the surrounding Northumberland countryside. Inspired by Cherryburn’s most famous resident, printer and naturalist Thomas Bewick, the landscapes pay homage to Bewick’s attention to detail.

A close up of one textile piece

Determination, passion and triumph: Gibside’s women 

As part of the continuing celebration of Women and Power, Gibside Sewing Group have created a textile exhibition highlighting significant women linked to Gibside. All handmade and each one telling a story.