Your guide to the 50 venues taking part in The Late Shows in Newcastle and Gateshead this Museums at Night
The Biscuit Factory Friday and Saturday
Figurative artist Peter Hallam judges your art in a pop-up portrait studio. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, photographer Sean Elliott will take your picture.
The Holy Biscuit Friday and Saturday
A pub crawl without beer goggles featuring gaming in the street, dark deeds in China teacups and beauty in forgotten places. Newcastle’s Paper Jam Comic Collective launch their anthology of Newcastle stories on Friday.
Mushroom Works Friday and Saturday
Fairy-themed cakes and cocktails, overseen by artists and designers based in the building, to celebrate the 420th anniversary of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Cycle HUB Friday and Saturday
Vote for your favourite from the Hub’s Tour de Censored exhibition, then sup an ale while looking over the River Tyne.
Northern Print Friday and Saturday
The prospect of creating a luminous, glow-in-the-dark print might seem less intimidating under the expert guidance of the supremely talented studio artists here. New works by the brilliant Modern Toss – presumably as rude and hilarious as usual – will also guarantee a laugh.
Ouseburn Farm Friday and Saturday
Meet Babushka the pig, Elsie the kitten and more at an allotment where you can have your face painted and buy vegetables and artworks. This isn’t a late one, because the animals need their sleep.
Seven Stories Friday and Saturday
The national epicentre for children’s imaginations builds a Creation Station, a Mixed-up Fairy Tale Performance, cocktails and food, all in honour of their new exhibition, Moving Stories.
36 Lime Street Friday and Saturday
It started as a flour mill in 1830, became a flax mill later in the century and served as a post-war whiskey powerhouse. These days this Grade II-listed building is home to numerous artist studios: see their work and find out all about the history of the building.
St Dominic’s Priory Friday and Saturday
Out of the darkness, into the Priory’s Angelic Light-themed evening, starring a performance by Eliot Smith Dance Company and live organ music. Candlelit tours and exhibitions, stories and song take place in the Winter Chapel.
Toffee Factory Friday and Saturday
Anachronistic after-dark fare in the company of Swung Eight (“Newcastle’s original juke joint and speakeasy”), vintage stalls and photo booths and tunes from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Victoria Tunnel Friday and Saturday
Perhaps the only tour where you’ll be provided with a torch and hard hat, the Victoria Tunnel used to be a colliery waggonway in the depths of the earth. Listen out for the air raid sirens.
Wychcraft Furniture Friday and Saturday
Make a giant artwork in this handmade furniture studio, assisted by Rollie the Jack Russell – Ouseburn Valley’s most creative dog.
Time Bandits Friday and Saturday
Deserting Whitechapel for a night, Jack the Ripper will hang around Gateshead Old Town Hall, signposting a series of dubious tours accompanied by villains, rogues and ne’er-do-wells.
RIBA Friday and Saturday
Newcastle and Gateshead are famous for their architecture, but few are as knowledgeable on the subject as RIBA North East. These 25-minute tours will introduce you to the Toffee Factory, Seven Stories, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, the Shipley Art Gallery and the City Library.
NewBridge Off-Site Saturday
In an interactive pod, this mobile bookshop explores communications in a shifting setting. NewBridge artists host the fun.
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Saturday
A world-renowned gallery, the former base for the Turner Prize needs little introduction. Seeing it at night should be a treat.
Gateshead Old Town Hall Saturday
Art exhibitions, demonstrations and an open mic night (all musicians welcome) in this magnificent Grade II-listed building, taken over by the Sage Gateshead artistic centre earlier this year.
Lawnmowers Theatre Company Saturday
This “cultural maze”, soundtracked by a live choir and soft, intense samba beats played by live drummers, is full of extraordinarily-shaped glass and little theatres housing silent clowns. A winding staircase leads the way.
Sanctuary Artspace Saturday
Raj Pannu, of cut-up kings Coldcut, plays a live VJ set alongside his audiovisual remix of BBC rock music show The Old Grey Whistle Test. Street artists, work by local young people commemorating the First World War and chances to make your own art are also here.
Shipley Art Gallery Saturday
Latin America comes to this great gallery in the form of ¡VAMOS! Comida, who make music and street food. Sample the colourful menu along with Peruvian compositions by Alx Alfaro.
St Mary’s Heritage Centre Saturday
Imagine your favourite movie, then create paper art in a collage workshop inspired by film images, led by artist Kate Eccles and given cinematic clout through silent films from the local history archive held by Gateshead Libraries. Johnny Handle provides a folk soundtrack, artist Christopher Folwell helps make mini-flipbooks and a potter’s wheel awaits your handiwork.
A storm in a teacup at this tea party in a secret garden. A survey – the inves-tea-gation (groan) – wants your mugshot, and Jane Charles, who makes beautiful handblown glass, is up for a chat. Anne Makepeace offers helpful hints on knitting, emphasised by the creatures she’s dotted around the cloister, and storytelling trio The Moss Troopers weave medieval tales within the 12th century surroundings.
Black Gate Saturday
Once a grim and rugged bridgeside barbican built by Richard III in 1247, The Black Gate will be a new attraction in Newcastle when it opens this summer. Get a sneak peek to discover the castle’s story and former inhabitants.
Castle Keep Saturday
A Scheduled Ancient Monument, Henry II’s 13th century keep has unparalleled views of the city’s rooftop and bridge. See it to the sound of multi-instrumental, bad joke-telling band The Cherry Pickers.
David Fry Pottery Studio Saturday
Once the courtyard of a Roman milecastle, this is now the space for decorative clay tiling and the perusal of art and ceramic works. Pop back later once your work has been glazed and fired.
Discovery Museum Saturday
Current exhibition Toon Times – a Newcastle United shrine – inspires this sporty show: ball games are the main pull, but gladiator battles, team challenges and treasure hunts are the fellow fixtures.
Globe Gallery Saturday
Once upon a time, shipyard cranes dominated the Wallsend skyline shooting above this gallery. Ken Byers’ video projections and charcoal drawings capture that bygone might, while Ron Derham’s prints, paintings and drawings explore tone, colour and digital print.
Mining Institute Saturday
Three floors of amazing history: tiptoe inside the oak-lined boardroom of the North East Railway Company, see the offices of the Newcastle Stock Exchange, imagine the pay deals and compensation once negotiated in the Arbitration Room and find the private bomb shelter built in 1938. Music and mechanicals are lined up.
Newcastle Arts Centre Saturday
An exhibition of found objects by Lewis Robinson, whose interest lies in destruction and creation, as well as the annual exhibition of sculpture by the North of England Art Club Members Exhibition. Westgate Road, on your return journey, is home to a historic townhouse which is currently being restored.
Side Gallery Saturday
A timely new exhibition at Side, where George Georgiou curates works by Polish, Ukranian, Russian, Canadian and British documentary photographers. They all explore the “debatable lands” between Russia and the European Union, with accompanying presentations in the 51-seat cinema next door.
Swing Bridge Saturday
Standing on a site where a bridge was first built during the 13th century, this hydraulic landmark above the River Tyne was built 138 years ago. Take a tour of one of the most iconic of British sites.
The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas Saturday
Newcastle’s Cathedral was built during the 11th century, and was embroiled in the siege of Newcastle 350 years ago. These tours focus on the areas where Scottish prisoners are believed to have been held, stopping their canon from destroying the tower. The cathedral choir sings a night service at 10pm.
Tyne Bridge Tower Saturday
PARP inhibitors – a new cancer treatment discovered in Newcastle – are the subject of Ed Carter’s audiovisual piece, Inhibitor. Witness its fluorescent imagery and music based on an amino acid sequence, all set within the northern tower of the Tyne Bridge.
Tyne & Wear Archives Saturday
A Match of the Day-infused dream in the BFI’s Mediatheque, where you can play hundreds of free film and TV clips from the Archives. Swimming galas and the Tyne-Wear sporting rivalry are among the highlights.
BALTIC 39 Saturday
This virtual trip to outer space, held in Baltic’s city centre space, has a space age soundtrack and a set of interactive, intergalactic sci-fi board games. It’s based on the group exhibition, They Used to Call it the Moon. Costumes are encouraged.
Commercial Union House Saturday
Six floors to choose from: essential phrase-teaching based on classical artists, tattoo parlours, open studios, tea, taxidermy and storytelling are a few we could mention. Perhaps artist Stu Herring, who’s building a circular wall around himself until he’s entirely cut off from his audience, will steal the show on the first floor.
Great North Museum: Hancock Saturday
The Great North Museum’s current show, Magic Worlds, is full of witches, wizards, elves and dragons in an exhibition touring from the V&A Museum of Childhood. What better inspiration for magic, optical illusions and dressing up?
Hatton Gallery Saturday
Pop pickers: the Hatton has a photographic exhibition, Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, soundtracked by 1950s and 1960s music based on her film appearances. Make a Marilyn-inspired Pop Art poster or a collage inspired by the gallery’s accompanying exhibition, Eduardo Paolozzi’s Bunk.
Holy Jesus Hospital Saturday
Originally the site of a 13th century friary, this 700-year-old hospital is now an urban base for the National Trust. Enjoy a corner of the countryside in the city and take part in the Trust’s joyful campaign, 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 ¾, by planting a seed to take home or adding to the hand-drawn urban garden.
Laing Art Gallery Saturday
Artist Kelly Richardson will be answering questions after you’ve ventured through Mariner 9, her giant panoramic vision of Mars. Find out more here.
Furrow the future with a 3-D printer, meet mad scientists and talk to the makers, programmers, scientists and engineers who join forces at MakerSpace. Inspiration in action.
The NewBridge Project Saturday
GIFs, vines, memes and instant replays are ubiquitous, but they’re rarely galvanised as effectively as artist Ginny Reed manages in her solo show here. Enter the digital playground and down explosive cocktails based on Reed’s works.
Newcastle City Library Saturday
Live music every hour in the library, with original new tunes from Sunderland University and performances by an orchestra of the works of Charles Avison, an 18th century composer whose career will be the subject of a short talk by musicologist Roz Southey.
The Cumberland Arms Saturday
Theatre and beer in the Arms’ first Late Late Scratch. Musical interludes dart between two hours of drama, spoken word and comedy.
Jazz Café Saturday
Opened more than 20 years ago, this popular late night venue features two floors of live music.
Live Theatre Saturday
Two late night sketch shows performed by some of the most hotly-tipped young local talents, these works have been nurtured by the theatrical hotbed at Live.
Sage Gateshead Saturday
Ever wanted to see your favourite tune performed by a jazz ensemble? Dropping Bombs are doing exactly that. Choose your track online for this live music jukebox, or turn up on the night to request it.
System Gallery Saturday
A “mysterious midnight spectacle” in a gallery space transformed. Music, spoken word and experimental visuals provide the backdrop.
Tyneside Cinema Saturday
You’ll have to keep an eye on the Late Shows website and social media to discover what this year’s chosen film is for the late night screening at this independent cinema, originally opened in 1937. Free tickets will be available from the box office shortly before the festival.
World Headquarters Friday and Saturday
One of the country’s grooviest, friendliest nightclubs. The playlist tends to revolve around hip-hop, soul, breaks and r&b, with an unpretentious, laidback atmosphere.
- The Late Shows takes place May 16-17 2014. Visit thelateshows.org.uk and follow @thelateshows on Twitter.
What do you think? Leave a comment below.
More on Museums at Night 2014:
Public Service Broadcasting to play exclusive RAF Museum gigs for Museums at Night 2014
BBC launches new ARTS At strand of programming during Museums at Night 2014
Volunteers share all: Spencer Tunick talks about his daring project for Museums at Night