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The Great Exhibition is Coming

Anele Sachparonian Anele

The most exciting thing this summer will be The Great Exhibition of the North that will be held from June 22nd till September 9th. I think everyone will find something for their own taste!

First thing, you still can be involved as the volunteer, they are calling out to passionate and enthusiastic people to join the Great exhibition of the North's team. They are suggesting a lot of activities, for example, to be guides or event supporters.

But if you want just to be a visitor there is so much to do and see, starting with getting North UK’s largest water sculpture, that will perform every hour and every day (10am-11pm).

Another exciting performance will be Lauren Laverne’s Great Northern Soundtrack, she will curate a week of gigs, showcasing the best music the North has to offer. There’ll be concerts, presentations, talks and art exhibitions and of course everything will be local.

Every part of Newcastle will come alive, as you’re led through the creative community of the Ouseburn Valley, you’ll discover a series of artworks showcasing the talents across the area.

Having big feelings about Great Exhibition? Tweet your feelings or your response to an event during The Exhibition using the hashtag #thegreatnorthisfeeling. Artist Aidan Moesby created the Periodic Table of Emotions to categorize, color-coded and give emotional weight to these feelings, you can find his work installation in intu Eldon Square.

Maybe you want to discover something new? So head to Discovery museum and experience 21st-century virtual reality which teaches about the18th-century world.


Here are my favourite venues that will be hosting some part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution, housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a major international centre for contemporary art. BALTIC has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events.

Hatton Gallery

Its collection comprises over 3,500 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, and drawing, with pieces from the 14th century to the present day. The Merzbarn wall by Kurt Schwitters is a cornerstone of the collection. Constructed in a barn in the Lake District during 1947-48, the Merzbarn was Schwitters' final, and in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work.

Laing Art Gallery

The home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture with its programme of displays and events renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.

Discovery museum

Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.

Centre For Life

It is a science village in the heart of Newcastle. It incorporates Life Science Centre, which is visitor attraction and educational facility; research facilities housing young and established biotechnology companies and an internationally-renowned institute. You can find there exhibitions, events, theatre shows and the biggest planetarium in the North of England.

Great North museum: Hancock

The oldest provincial antiquarian society in the country, key exhibits include a fully interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, natural history, a significant display of plants and animals, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.

This is just a small portion of all the activities that will be held in and around Newcastle, but I hope now you are happy to spend the summer here.and there is so much more, so don’t worry and just explore.

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