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Arts ahead: January 10, 2019


Chris Killip: The Last Ships
Laing Gallery
Until May 24

Chris Killip’s photographs document the lives of working people and their resilience of spirit, while at the same time recording the steady decline of industrial Britain.

This exhibition includes previously unpublished photographs of shipbuilding on Tyneside, reflecting Killip's fascination with the way huge ships and industrial cranes provided a backdrop to everyday life in Wallsend and South Shields. Included is the Tyne Pride, the biggest ship ever built on the river in 1975, but also one of the last.

In one image the ship looms over children playing in the street yet only two years later, another shows the same street demolished, dramatic evidence of the industry’s decline. Other photographs capture the energy of the mid-1970s, with ships under construction and shipyard workers streaming out of the gates at the end of shift.

Killip has given this set of exhibition prints to the Laing in their honour.


Jack Lear
The Heron
January 17-February 2

In this reworking of King Lear by the ever-inventive Hull Truck, wealthy trawlerman Jack Lear is preparing to retire and hand over his hard-earned fleet to his feisty trio of daughters.

Jack Lear
Jack Lear

But as they scheme and scrap over their inheritance, family relationships become more and more strained as they each strive for freedom, fortune and love in a rivalry that is stormier than the dark North Sea.

Directed by Barrie Rutter and with live music by the great Eliza Carthy, this should be well worth seeking out.


Art for All
February 8, 6.30pm

A definite date for your diary is this talk by Morning Star art critic Christine Lindey about her new book Art for All, which examines those socially committed artists who were working in 1930s Britain and during the cold war.

They made a significant contribution to our society but have been ignored by mainstream art critics and Lindey looks at the whole political and economic context of the period and shows how artists are as much victims of capitalism as any other workers.


FBA Futures 2019
Mall Galleries
Until January 19

Showcasing the work of outstanding art graduates, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA), this exhibition is a mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints which explore contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.

Reflecting new practices in art schools, the works invite audiences to discover emerging talent and experience exciting new work.


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