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  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 11am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 4pm
  • Friday 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday 11am - 4pm
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  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
More information

Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
More information

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Summer 2018 highlights at Museums Northumberland

“The talks were engaging, tour informative and interesting and there were plenty of activities to keep the attention of kids of varying ages”.

Anonymous, September 2018

Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing was the first seasonal programme at Woodhorn Museum supported by Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding.  The programme introduced an artist-led approach which re-presented the connected heritage, collection and community stories of The Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters) in a new way.

In June 2018, the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic was held at Woodhorn museum, with a main stage programme that included a performance of ‘Pitman’ by Eliot Smith Company.  Visual Artist Paul Merrick worked with members of the Woodhorn Museum learning team to deliver ‘What a Whoppa!’ a mass participatory family arts activity inspired by the traditional of vegetable competitions and the allotments featured in work by the Ashington Group of Artists, and the Museums Northumberland Collections team delivered ‘Tools of Trade’, an object handling sessions with items from the coal mining collections.

Curated by artist Narbi Price, ‘Pitmen Painters Unseen’ brought together a collection of paintings by the celebrated Ashington Group, the majority of which had never been on public display. The exhibition aimed to present previously unseen work by the group and to challenge the commonly held narrative that the members of the group were all ‘naïve’ and ‘amateur’ artists. Pitmen Painters: Unseen was supported by community members who loaned artwork for exhibition, The Ashington Group Trustees, Northumberland County Council, Newcastle University and The AHRC.

Narbi Price: The Ashington Paintings presented a new body of work by North East artist Narbi Price inspired by the Ashington Group and his research into their methods and materials. For the exhibition Narbi Price painted seemingly non-descript places in and around Ashington today that each hold hidden historic and community significance.

 

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Northumberland Miners' Picnic 2018 at Woodhorn Museum

Pitmen Painters Unseen

Narbi Price: The Ashington Paintings

Berwick Museum and Art Gallery celebrated North Northumberland’s coastal communities during the summer with two exhibitions about Spittal and Holy Island.

‘Seaside’ gave a glimpse into the heydays of Spittal as a seaside resort, featuring its herring fishing industry and crucial lifeboat service.  ‘Seaside’ was inspired by a request to view an item in the museum’s collection – a ceramic model of Spittal created by Arthur Wood.  A great-nephew of the artist Frank Wood, Arthur and his wife ran Spittal Pottery in the 1970s.  The exhibition also included some fine paintings, an original plan for the Spittal promenade and some wonderful seaside arcade games dating from the 1930s from the grand Venetian Pavilion on the promenade which visitors were invited to play.

‘Fragments’ was part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership project celebrating the island’s landscape and culture.  The exhibition was part of a much larger project celebrating Lindisfarne and the mainland from Scremerston in the north to Budle Bay in the south. Many different organisations and individuals were involved with the Heritage Lottery Funded Peregrini landscape project over several years.  The exhibition showcased some of the creative outputs of the project featuring: six ceramic vessels by potter Graham Taylor inspired by and depicting elements of the natural and cultural heritage of Holy Island and the adjacent coast; poet Katrina Porteous who created a number of poems inspired by the thoughts and feelings of project volunteers; and photographic portraits of feature objects chosen and held by the volunteers captured by photographer Jose Snook.

Seaside exhibition at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

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Fragments exhibition at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

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