We have had a great first week installing our next exhibition ‘Shafts of Light: Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield’ which is curated by Gillian Wales and Dr Robert McManners and opens on 17 May.
One of the first works to go up was Stephen Hannock’s breathtaking ‘Northern City Renaissance’. This beautiful painting celebrates both Newcastle and Gateshead’s glorious industrial heritage, iconic architecture and their regeneration.
This monumental painting arrived in three sections, the largest of which only just squeezed into the building with centimetres to spare. Our wonderfully skilled art handlers then had to reassemble the three pieces with millimetre precision, before hanging it on the wall. Come along and find out more about the region’s coal mining heritage or just marvel at the Sage and the Angel of the North in Stephen Hannock’s wonderful landscape.
By Emma House, Keeper of Fine Art