Saturday, 30 April 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
a local street is to be closed tomorrow because of a street party in aid of a wedding, otherwise known as The Royal Wedding. For an excellent analysis of the event, please read this from Der Spiegel in Germany: The Royal Wedding
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Spanish artist Juan Muñoz (1953-2001), came to prominence in the mid 1980s with his sculptural installations that placed human-like figures in sometimes unusual environments. His Conversation Piece shown here was installed at South Shields in 1999 and consists of 22 bronze life size figures; one of which is seen here ready for a bike ride.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
In South Shields, Fleet by Irene Brown is a collection of stainless steel collier ships in full sail set in the water of Market Dock, overlooking the Tyne. The brightly polished ships reflect patterns of both moving sky and water and give the impression of a fleet heading out to sea. The work is part of the Art on the Riverside programme and this piece reflects South Tyneside's maritime heritage and coastal setting.( description from www.newcastlegateshead.com )
Friday, 22 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Saturday, 9 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
The ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle , dating from 1313, are set on cliffs above the North Sea.
The first picture was taken when the artist had just set up his easel, the second was taken later in the day when he had almost completed a work in pastels.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Lobster creels are a common site at harbours along the Northumberland coast. Creels have opening which allows lobsters to enter a tunnel of netting to get to bait set in the middle, once inside the creel a lobster is trapped and unable to get out. A typical modern creel is constructed of wood, nylon rope, wire and plastic.
Lobster pots are dropped to the sea floor and marked by buoys which float at sea level and allow the fishermen to retrieve them later.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
The kittiwake colony in Newcastle upon Tyne is believed to be the most inland one of its kind anywhere in the world.
Kittiwakes are a type of gull, which usually nest on cliffs but they now have a large annual nesting colony on the Tyne Bridge and surrounding buildings. The first record of kittiwakes breeding on man-made structures on Tyneside was on a North Shields building in 1949.
Once the young have fledged the colony spends the rest of the time far out to sea. They are a fascinating sight and sound above the Quayside but the problem is they leave an awful mess of guano as can be seen from this picture taken from a pavement under the Tyne Bridge.
The City Council is considering ways of deterring the colony from returning in future because of this mess and the perceived threat it poses to Quayside business.
Saturday, 2 April 2011
A new exhibition, entitled A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues), opened at The Side Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne today.
The Side Gallery opened in 1977 and specialises in social documentary photography . It hosts world class exhibitions and has an extensive archive.
A Luta Continua displays work from the Side's archive about political struggles from places as far afield as Burma, Chile, China and Nicaragua and includes work from Dean Chapman, Susan Meiselas, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Casasola, Chris Steele-Perkins, Raymond Depardon, Abbas, Keith Pattison, Mark Power & Paul Lowe.
Dean Chapman introduced the exhibition and gave an informative talk about his practice and his experience of Burma (now Myanmar).
The Side's future, sadly, is under threat, as it found out this week that it is losing financial support from the Arts Council of England (ACE).
The Side is the only social documentary photography gallery in the UK and it is also a gem in Newcastle's cultural crown so it would be a great loss, both locally and nationally, if it were forced to close its doors.
Should any readers like to support the Side you can do so by signing this online: petition. ( click link). Thank you in anticipation of your support.