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Great Exhibition of the North 2018


Great Exhibition of the North is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.

The country’s biggest event in 2018, it will pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days.

The Exhibition will be the biggest event in England this year. It is free to attend and will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future. Hosted in NewcastleGateshead, on behalf of Northern England, the event is expected to reach an audience of three million people, including more than one million visitors from across the UK and overseas.

Alongside the programme, other elements include entertaining and informative activities for families and a Business Summit to celebrate Northern innovation.

Details of the full Great Exhibition of the North programme can be found here:

The Get North! Opening Event and Weekend will be a spectacular not to miss. The event will launch at 1pm on Friday 22 June and will be FREE to all visitors. The evening event will take place on Newcastle Quayside and although this is also FREE it will be ticketed. Details can be found on the website:

Highlights include

The Innovation Trail
This trail epitomises the inventive spirit of the North, celebrating the Northern innovation stories of today and tomorrow and how it continues to shape the world we live in. Key highlights include;

The Great North Little Inventors 2030 Challenge (Discovery Museum) – Children aged 4-12 are being challenged via the Great Exhibition of the North website to imagine life in the North in 2030 and share their ideas (by 16 March). The most ingenious invention ideas will be turned into reality by Magnificent Makers and exhibited in the Discovery Museum.

Brick This, Lego® Architects (Mining Institute) – A 3D Innovation Timeline of the North, featuring iconic items such as Stephenson’s Rocket, graphene and the Great North Run.

Future Homes (Science Central) – Step into the ‘home of the future’ to experience new technologies that will help provide supportive homes for anyone at any life-stage.

Graphene Lighting (Lit & Phil) – Follow the Northern story of Joseph Swan’s light bulb invention to the innovative use of graphene in modern-age lighting.

Horse to Hyperloop (Cooper’s Studio – Ryder Architecture) – The story of transport from the birth of railways to the future of travel.

The Arts Trail
This trail will explore the rich arts landscape of NewcastleGateshead from the Theatre Royal and Laing Art Gallery to the more recent arrivals of BALTIC and Sage Gateshead. Key highlights include;

Future Everything with the Urban Observatory (outside Theatre Royal) – Cutting-edge technology will meet creative writing, in the form of a poem on display that refreshes every minute, telling the story of the city.

Opera North’s Aeons (Gateshead Millennium Bridge) – Listeners can travel the route of the River Tyne, listening to the musical landscape of the North which will change and evolve from one section to the next (pre-booking essential).

Mind the Gap’s Daughter of Fortune (Venue TBC) – Combining art and science to explore real experiences of learning disability and parenthood through exhibitions and performances.

The New Bridge Project’s Life in a Northern Town (Carliol House and Gateshead High Street) – 10 emerging Northern artists will create unique exhibitions about how the North works, lives and plays.

The Design Trail

This trail covers the Northumbria University design campus, Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books, The Biscuit Factory and the Northern Design Centre. Key highlights include;

The Northern Design Quest (Great North Museum through to Northern Design Centre along the Ouseburn Valley) – A design challenge engaging visitors in idea generation, research, storyboarding and prototyping process.

Winged Tales of the North (Ouseburn Valley) – A playful and imaginative street art trail inspired by one of the North’s best-loved children’s writers, David Almond.

design|innovate|craft (The Biscuit Factory) – Get involved in creative workshops, talks and seminars that celebrate contemporary craft and design-makers from across Northern England.

Opening Times

Great Exhibition of the North (22 June 2018 - 9 Sept 2018)

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