Gateshead Journals

South of the River, West of the Sea

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A September 2005 trip to Gateshead by michaelhudson

Shipley Art Gallery Photo, Gateshead, England More Photos
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South of the River, West of the Sea

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The Sage Gateshead Photo, Gateshead, England
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Gateshead is a dull town with some spectacular additions. Start down by the river at Gateshead Quays, where £250 million has been spent in the last decade on developments like the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Sage Gateshead--a Sir Norman Foster designed music centre with a 1,650-seat concert hall--and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.On the other side of the town centre, a depressing mix of cheap shops and concrete that has absolutely nothing of interest for visitors, the Shipley Art Gallery has ...Read More

Shipley Art Gallery

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Shipley Art Gallery Photo, Gateshead, England
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One of Tyneside‘s best-kept secrets, Shipley Art Gallery holds a small but impressive collection of Flemish, Dutch, Venetian, and British paintings, as well as one of the best displays of contemporary textile, wood, and metal craftworks outside the capital.On the other side of the basic gift shop and reception area, the main room is a chaos of exhibits: eight large glass display cases full of pottery and silverware in the centre, a temporary exhibition space at the front, games and seating for school groups along the back wall, and paintings hanging everywhere above and in between, organised into the five broad themes of Land, Sea, People, Biblical, and Narrative. The sheer ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Road
Gateshead, England NE8 4JB
+44 (191) 477 1495

Angel of the North

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Angel of the North Photo, Gateshead, England
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The Angel of the North, Britain’s largest sculpture, crowns a hilltop 3 miles from the Gateshead town centre on the southwestern edge of the Tyneside conurbation. Designed as a paean to the industrial heritage of the region, it is rooted in 150 tonnes of concrete poured into old mine workings, cost £800,000 to build, and has won numerous awards including being voted one of the "Wonders of Britain," alongside Big Ben, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge.The Angel, designed by Antony Gormley and installed in 1998, stands as tall as four double decker buses, has a wingspan as long as a jumbo jet, a total weight of 200 t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Angel of the North
Durham Road Low Eighton
Gateshead, England NE9 6AA
+44 191 477 3478

Gateshead Hike

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Saltwell Park Photo, Gateshead, England
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The four mile long hike starts at Gateshead Metro Interchange and finishes at Gateshead Quays, passing the Shipley Art Gallery and Saltwell Park en route. It’s an easy walk, mainly along pavements, with only one gradual uphill climb and several pubs, shops and rest stops along the way. Following the basic route will take around two hours, although you'll need to allow at least half a day in order to visit the art gallery and explore the park.To start the hike, leave Gateshead Metro station by the West Street North exit, turn right onto the main road and continue straight ahead past St Joseph‘s Church, the Royal Mail offices and the Swallow Hotel. About a hund...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2006

Gateshead Hike
Throughout Gateshead
Gateshead, England

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Photo, Gateshead, England
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The thing I like best about the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is the building itself. The industrial shell of the old Joseph Rank flour mill stands right by the edge of the river, a yellow-and-brown brick cube with turreted corners and new glass and aluminium sides, the concrete grain silos that once honeycombed the interior replaced by four pine-floored galleries, a gift shop, café bar, and two restaurants.I particularly love the use of space inside the building, opened out by the addition of large internal windows between each floor. The bright, airy galleries are stacked one on top of the other, linked by glass lifts in the cen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
Gateshead, England NE8 3BA
+44 (0)191 478 1810

Gibside Estate and Garden

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Gibside Estate and Garden Photo, Gateshead, England
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Situated six kilometres south west of Gateshead town centre by the banks of the River Derwent, Gibside is one of Britain’s greatest 18th century landscapes with more than fifteen miles of riverside and forest garden walks, several historically important buildings and an annual programme of events including open air theatre, bat watches, musical performances, craft fairs and guided walks. First built by the coal baron George Bowes between 1729 and 1760, Gibside is now owned by the National Trust, who...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2006

Gibside Estate and Garden
Near Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Tyne and Wear
Gateshead, England NE16 6BG
44 1207 542255

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