Take A Sunday Walk Through The Art Of The Town In Newcastle

By David Prudames | 13 August 2004
Shows a photograph of a sculpture entitled Man with Potential Selves. It depicts a man dressed in casual clothes, walking forwards.

Man with Potential Selves (detail) by Sean Henry 2003. Courtesy Newcastle City Council.

Ever wandered the streets of Newcastle and had your eye caught by a sculptural sensation?

The city boasts over 70 pieces of public art and on August 15 members of the public will be able to take a one and a half hour guided tour to get an expert view of a selection of them.

"Newcastle is such a culturally vibrant city, with so many public art pieces adding to the general street scene," explained the city’s Tourism and Information Manager, Fiona Wilson.

"This walk is geared to both visitors and those who live in the city, who perhaps pass by these art works without really seeing them, or understanding the artistic meanings behind them."

Shows a photograph of the Cardinal Hume Monument on Neville Street in Newcastle. It is a bronze statue of Cardinal Hume, dressed in religious robes, one hand on his chest, the other open, by his side.

Cardinal Hume Monument by Nigel Boonham 2002. Courtesy Newcastle City Council.

The walk takes in well-known works such as Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s Vulcan, part of a series of sculptures on the theme of a robotic man, which has been a feature of the city for the last four years.

But at the same time it will offer an introduction to some of the latest installations in the city that have been created as a result of the successful Grainger Town Project, which saw over 100 derelict historic buildings in the centre of Newcastle transformed.

This includes Man with Potential Selves, a though-provoking piece by Sean Henry featuring three eight feet high bronze sculptures of the same man in different poses.

"Our guides have spent a lot of time talking to the artists behind the art pieces so they will be well informed and be able to help people understand as well as enjoy the sculptures around them," said Fiona Wilson.

Shows a photograph of a sculpture entitled The Grainger Town Sculptural Map. Built on top of a cylindrical base, the piece is located on a busy street and depicts a conceptual representation of the area of Newcastle known as Grainger Town.

The Grainger Town Sculptural Map by Tod Hanson & Simon Watkinson. Courtesy Newcastle City Council.

Art of the Town is organised by the Newcastle Association of City Guides, which runs a programme of walking tours that extends through to October.

Grisly Tales, on August 11, takes in historic sites associated with the darker side of the city’s past, while Blue to the Biscuit blazes a trail from the Blue Carpet outside the Laing Art Gallery to the new Biscuit Factory Art Gallery.

Anyone keen on joining the Art of the Town walk should meet at Castle Keep, Newcastle at 14.30 on Sunday August 15.

Tickets are priced at £3.00 (£2.00 for concessions and free for accompanied children under 16) and can be bought from the Newcastle Information Centre in Grainger Street.

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