A Season of Northern Conversations

We are delighted to share our new programme of events and exhibitions, A Season of Northern Conversations, which explores northern identities through conversations and connections with the local community.

Our new exhibition, Our Words, builds on the content from our previous popular Lost Dialects exhibition, extending the conversation about how language is perceived, what it means to be northern, stereotypes and ways of being understood.

The original Lost Dialects exhibition, which ran until June 2018, celebrated lost words of the North East dialect – words that are slowly disappearing from everyday conversations. These included terms that were used in local shipyards, mines, in street games and in social gatherings. Visitors to the exhibition also donated their own favourite words to create a 2,400-word bank of Lost Dialect.

Our Words includes work by visual artist Erin Dickson, including two audio visual pieces which explore accent, regionality and the fear of being misunderstood. New illustrations and a large map will also portray what it means to be part of the South Tyneside community from creative conversations and people’s stories collated by North east illustrator and spoken word poet, Lizzie Lovejoy.

While still exploring the topic of conversations, The Hive – a separate new installation – shines a light on amazing northern women through football analogies, as well as dialogue from local women about their goals and ambitions. The content is inspired by the Kick-Off project and showcases the collaborative work between Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHIST) and poet and performer Kate Fox.

Both exhibitions will open on Wednesday 23 March and will run until July.

We also have a programme of new events taking place at The Word and across South Tyneside from March to July 2022. Events include the opportunity or you to share your own stories and express what it means to you to be northern, from South Tyneside and the North East.

To find out more and book spaces for events see: A Season of Northern Conversations.

The Word