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Art experts recently discovered a hidden treasure highly appropriate to the Festive Season. Art conservators – from Newcastle’s Northumbria University – x-rayed a painting and found that it had another painting underneath it. The picture they x-rayed – a centuries-old depiction of the beheading of John the Baptist – obscured another...
On Saturday the 8th June, Nashville rock outfit Lola Montez took to the stage at The Three Tuns in Gateshead. It’s safe to say that the entertainment was kept to an incredibly high standard during the evening throughout a long set list of around twenty songs. Before the gig began...
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An awards scheme – which is being supported by Newcastle’s Northumbria University – is offering grants totalling £45,000 to help struggling writers in the north of England. The Northern Writers’ Awards – set up by New Writing North in 2000 – aim to recognise talented writers and help their work...
Alan Shearer used to be famous for being Alan Shearer, but to the young generation today, he's famous for being Hollie Shearer's dad. You can have a listen to her first single, Leave Right Now, when it comes out Friday 31st January 2020, save the link here. EEEEEEEEEEK!! 😃 My new single...
Lockdown Boosts Business For Newcastle Gallery
A New Tyneside business has bucked the trend by reporting an increase in trade – directly as a result of lockdown. As concerns grow for the future of British retail following the economic impact of Covid, The Aviary art gallery, at Jesmond, Brentwood, is busier now than it was pre-lockdown. The...
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A Turner-Prize-winning artist has created a haunting soundscape in a historic north-east building. Northumberland’s Belsay Hall is serving as the venue for the sound installation The Yelllow Wallpaper, by Susan Phillipsz. The Yellow Wallpaper features Phillipsz’s voice intoning melancholy ballads that float through the building and overlap with each other. The ballads,...
Remembering the forgotten heroes of World War 2
On 15 August 1945, in a live broadcast to the nation less than a month after taking up his new role, Prime Minister Clement Atlee declared the end of World War 2 with the words “The last of our enemies is laid low.” Seventy-five years later residents in Newcastle are...
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  If you haven’t been to Tyne Bank Brewery yet let me paint you a picture… A wide-open space which is deceivingly warm with fairy lights draped across the ceiling. An oxymoronic, comfortable, factory-like environment. With an eclectic range of tables and chairs spread across the floor of which you share...
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Newcastle will soon have a new sculpture from Anthony Gormley, the sculptor responsible for the north east’s iconic Angel of the North statue. The sculpture – entitled Clasp – is to be installed on the campus of Newcastle University. The artwork – which Gormley will loan to the university –...
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The author of a novel shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize – and described as a ‘modern fairy tale’ – is to give a talk at Newcastle University. Fiona Mozley will be in conversation with creative writing lecturer Dr Rachel Hewitt in the King’s Hall, Newcastle University, on 14th November. Fiona’s...

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