Thursday, 5 January 2017
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Thursday 24th November 2016
I had a meeting to attend of Tyne andWear Archives and Museums in the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. After the meeting I had a few minutes to have a look at a couple of recent exhibitions: Rosie Morris' "Circles are Slices of Spheres" and "Out of Chaos".
Monday, 19 December 2016
Tuesday 25th October 2016
I made a brief visit to the Baltic Art Gallery on the Gateshead Quays for a meeting with the Director. It has been a couple of years since I was last there so we had a good, though short, look about the building. My favourite exhibition was by Deimantas Narkevicius whose films looked at post-Communist Eastern Europe, and especially how Lithuania transitioned from totalitarian socialist dictatorship to a free, democratic nation. Some of the films were 3D though in the photo I took, it came out as a blurred image (you need the special goggles to see the films.)
This was quite a shock to the system! The stairwell has a giant mirror at the top and bottom. It leaves the impression that you are on an infinitely long staircase. It was quite fun once you were used to it.
Saturday 15th October 2016
Fugar, in Washingwell Woods, Gateshead, had been occupied by a large house from the medieval period up to the early 1950s when it was demolished. The house that was pulled down then was probably not the original medieval manor house. Nevertheless, Sunniside Local History Society, of which I am deputy chairman, carried out a research project on the area and set up an information board in the site to tell people about the history of Fugar. The Mayor of Gateshead did the unveiling. With my historian's hat on, I did the catering - serving up medieval pottage.
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Brown and Green is the cafe at Crystal Palace Station and is worth a visit for breakfast. I was heading back from my London/Brighton trip but had a 4 hour journey ahead of me. So the breakfast helped kick star the train journey back to the North East.