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Gallery 1:

Graham Dolphin

Exhibition dates: 2 July - 22 October 2016


Graham Dolphin, Self Portrait By Others, 2014 - ongoing.

Gallery 2:

Sickly Revelations* by John Lawrence

Exhibition dates: 2 July - 24 September 2016




Happiness is a New Idea: site-wide exhibition

Mackem, Geordie Magick by Sophie Lisa Beresford

Exhibition dates: 2 July - 3 September 2016


The Drawing Room is a free activity space at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. Open to family groups and young people, The Drawing Room is a bright and welcoming space with free art materials for anyone who would like to get creative.

This summer holiday join us for drop-in family art activities every Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm - 3.30pm and achieve a Discover Arts Award!

Arts Award is a recognized qualification from Trinity College London for young people aged up to 25. There are 5 different levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and by taking part and filling out an Arts Award portfolio, young people will learn more about the artists and their work in our current exhibitions and get to make their own artworks in our artist-led workshops!

To achieve Discover Arts Award, children and young people will discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.

This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels.

Our workshops are free and are all based on our current exhibitions:

Thursday 4 August, 1.30 - 3.30pm - Artist and musician Susie Green will respond to Graham Dolphin's solo exhibition in Gallery 1 by asking participants to make a collaborative song poem, which she will then perform in the gallery at the end of the session.

Thursday 11 August, 1.30 - 3.30pm - Make your own artworks inspired by pre-recorded and live music played by musicians from The Bunker.

Thursday 18 August, 1.30 - 3.30pm - Make your own magical objects using found treasures from Sunderland with artist Sophie Lisa Beresford.

Thursday 25 August, 1.30 - 3.30pm - Draw yourself as a life-size superhero with Sophie Lisa Beresford.

Thursday 1 September, 1.30 - 3.30pm - Use Djembe drums, snare drums, floor toms and lots of paint, and work with musicians from The Bunker to make rhythmic paintings! (This session may get messy so please wear appropriate clothing - aprons will be provided.)

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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