Arts

One of the most unusual visual arts spaces in the region, The Bridge Gallery (which spans the two platforms at Tynemouth Station) launched its installation programme in July 1995 with Gilly Rogers' "My Blue Heaven". Since then, a wide-ranging programme of work has been shown, including specially-created installations by professional artists - Julie Livsey, William Pym, Neil Canavan, Heather McDonough, Annette Chevallier and many others - also school and community projects.

Click the link Bridge Gallery to see a selection of past installations shown in “The Bridge Gallery”. Entrance is free and the current installation can be viewed 24hours a day.

The new exhibition in June is work by textiles artist Jackie Sewell. Later in the summer there will be a display of costumes from Tynemouth Priory Theatre.

For more information on Past and Future Exhibitions at Tynemouth Metro Station.

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Rockcliffe First School 1st World War Tribute 2014

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Jackie Sewell at The Bridge Gallery Tynemouth Metro Station

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The Bridge Gallery entrance is free and the current installation can be viewed 24hours a day.

The new exhibition in June is work by textiles artist Jackie Sewell. Later in the summer there will be a display of costumes from Tynemouth Priory Theatre.

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Tynemouth and Art have been linked over the centuries and many renowned people have associations with Tynemouth.

Thomas Bewick - engraver, spent many holidays at Bank Top and wrote most of his memoirs there in 1822.

Harriet Martineau - novelist and journalist, lived at 57 Front Street 1840-45, now The Martineau Guest House named in her honour. She wrote three books here and some hundred pages of her autobiography are devoted to the Tynemouth period.

Giuseppe Garibaldi - sailed into to the mouth of the River Tyne in 1854 and briefly stayed in Huntingdon Place. The house is marked by a commemorative plaque.

Andy Taylor - former lead guitarist for the New Wave group Duran Duran, was born and raised in Tynemouth.

Henry Treece - Poet and editor, spent 1935-38 teaching at Tynemouth School for Boys. He certainly wrote one story set locally, The Black Longship in his collection The Invaders.

Many of the books of prize-winning children's author Robert Westall are set in Tynemouth.

The Fire Worm. London: Gollancz, 1988. ISBN 0-575-04300-8, also this book of prize-winning science fiction author Ian Watson is set in Tynemouth, and is based on the Lambton Worm legend.

The 80's television series Supergran was predominantly filmed in Tynemouth and the flying bicycle and other artefact's used in filming were until 2006 on permanent display in the Land of Green Ginger (converted Congregational Church) on Front Street.

Much of the 2004/5 BBC television series 55 Degrees North, starring Don Gilet and Dervla Kirwan was filmed in and around Tynemouth, including the location of Nicky and Errol's houses.

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The Net is open at North Shields.

This is a group-working towards creating a cultural and heritage center for North Shields Fish Quay in the old Low Lights Building.

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Tynemouth Pageant is a community organization in North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, devoted to staging an open-air dramatic pageant every three years in the grounds of Tynemouth Castle and Priory, by kind permission of English Heritage who run the historic monastic and defensive site at the mouth of the River Tyne.

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Starting in 2005 and continuing annually, the Mouth Of Tyne Festival (also known as the Mot-fest) expands upon the Fish Quay Festival. It is staged in Tynemouth and South Shields on the opposite bank of the Tyne and includes live world music, cultural performances, processions and pyrotechnics, as well as art displays. See Videos of previous Years Mouth of the Tyne

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Every Spring Bank Holiday (since 1987) the Fish Quay hosts a mammoth free family festival, with hundreds of stalls and entertainments stretching the full length of the Quay. The Fish Quay Festival generally has several stages featuring different styles of music from the area and around the world, along with copious amount of food, and the traditional "blessing of the fleet". The Festival has been sponsored by the mobile phone company Orange.

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Pictures, Videos and further detailed history of Tynemouth can be found here Frank Gillings

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ACT2cam is an acting school and production company dedicated to giving young people skills and experience in film.

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Tynemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Society is our local acting group.

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