Previous News and Exhibitions

Do you want to exhibit?

We encourage local artists and heritage groups to show their work in our temporary gallery. It’s free, but we ask you to set up your exhibition. Please get in touch if you’d like a slot in our programme.

We also have two temporary exhibition cases for displaying smaller guest collections. Just drop us a line if you have a collection you’d like to share with the local community and visitors to the area.

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Kim Lewis has written and illustrated over 20 picture-books for children, which have been translated into several languages and sold worldwide. In this exhibition, her original artwork, storyboards, photographs, sketchbooks and objects show how Kim turned her family’s farm, along with the animals, people and places she knows so well into the stories and pictures that we love.

Amongst the beautiful textiles featured in this exhibition are two amazing fabric pieces. The first is a fabric map of Northumberland National Park, created by Claire Satow and Clare Armstrong. First exhibited in the Queen’s hall, Hexham, this intricate piece of work celebrates the plethora of flora, fauna, geographical features and cultural heritage that makes the Park so special and loved. It took two years to complete and over a hundred people contributed to it.

The second fascinating piece has been produced by Hexham Embroiderers’ Guild and depicts a dry stone wall and the many species of flora and fauna living on it. Other intricate textiles work depicting the cycle of a beehive by members of the Guild will also be on display.

11th May–20th June

Sue Moorhouse paints the landscapes where she lives, whether it be the deserts of the Middle East, the forests of Northumberland or the routes she travels daily. Quality of light plays a great part in her work and her present inspiration comes from the colours and shapes found in her garden. Richard Massey is a professional photographer with 32 years experience. Self-taught, he has developed a unique style that makes his photographs instantly recognizable. He crafts photographs of all types of subjects and enjoys a spectrum of challenges such as still life, landscapes and group portraits.

29th March - 9th May

North-East designer and illustrator, David Hall, has a strong natural history and graphic element in his designs and illustrations. In a very successful career, he has completed archaeological, historical, animal and plant life and fantasy illustrations, pen and ink art, hand-stencil, giclee and screen prints. He has designed exhibitions for English Heritage, Morpeth Co Council, the University of Newcastle and Alnwick Castle, amongst others. He was also the designer of the Hareshaw Linn Walk leaflet and has completed several commissions for the Heritage Centre.

23rd June–1st August

This is a fascinating selection of portraits photographed by the very talented North Tyne Photography Group in the shops, cafes and pubs around the North Tyne and Redesdale, using natural light. A preliminary selection of these photographs formed a successful exhibition in the Cheviot Hotel, Bellingham, in the spring of 2014. The Group has been adding to the collection since then and you may see many people you recognise in this exhibition.