What's up in… Newcastle/Gateshead

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Newcastle/Gateshead

Approaching Empty, Live Theatre, Newcastle, until February 23 In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy the business from his lifelong friend Raf.



When We Collide, A British Songbook, Sage, Gateshead, February 24 (1, 3, 4.30 and 7.15pm)

Presented by Hanbury & Groves as part of the free Art 50 Weekender festival, showcasing 50 artistic projects,



Heather Phillipson, BALTIC, Gateshead, until March 24 (illustrated)

Produced as a major new commission that responds to BALTIC’s vast Level 4 gallery, Heather Phillipson presents a series of videos, sounds and objects that operate as landmarks in a remixed geology. 



Exposed: The Naked Portrait, The Laing Gallery, Newcastle, until March 3

A partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition includes portraits of exposed sitters from Nell Gwyn to Naomi Campbell, Gilbert & George to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Featured artists include Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Sam Taylor-Johnson, David Hockney, Annie Leibovitz, Linda McCartney, Tracy Emin, David Bailey, Mario Testino and Dorothy Wilding.



The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven, St Nicholas Cathedral, February 28

A new version of Allegri’s renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan’s own setting of the text and pieces by “The Prince of Polyphony” Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.



Next time, Norwich.

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