Our programme of events and exhibitions, A Season of Northern Conversations, explores northern identities through conversations and connections with the local community.
Our exhibition, Our Words, which takes inspiration from one of our old exhibitions, Lost Dialects, extends on the conversation about how language is perceived, what is means to be northern, stereotypes and ways of being understood. We also have ‘The Hive’ exhibition which explores conversations with northern women through football analogies.
We held a great range of events where people shared their stories and expressed what it means to be northern, from South Tyneside or the North East.
A key part to the development of the programme was through engaging with community groups and local schools in new and creative ways. Ideas and conversations for The Hive were explored with poet, Kate Fox and local group, Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST). We also worked with Unfolding Theatre to deliver workshops for local school children and their families where they created and shared stories together.
The Season of Northern Conversations Programme included partnership activity at Boldon and Cleadon Library and at The Customs House.