North’s Great Exhibition goes to Tyneside

The Great Exhibition of the North, part of former Chancellor George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” vision, is to be hosted by Newcastle-Gateshead, culture secretary Karen Bradley has decided.

The Tyneside bid beat those from the shortlisted Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield to mount the exhibition, in summer 2018, which will be a showcase for art and design across the north of England.

The government will contribute £5m to the exhibition and another £15m to encourage cultural investment in northern England.

Carol Bell, culture director at NewcastleGateshead Initiative which led the bid, said the success had been a triumph of collaboration. “Key bid partners include Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, BALTIC, Sage Gateshead and the North East Culture Partnership.

“We now look forward to extending this partnership approach right across the North of England to shine a spotlight on our collective cultural assets and strengths. Together we will develop and stage an event that the whole of the North can be proud of and which we hope will have far-reaching benefits for culture, communities, tourism and businesses – in 2018 and beyond.”

Congratulating Newcastle-Gateshead, Bradley said: “It’s so important that, regardless of where you’re from in the country, everyone is able to enjoy and access great culture.  This cultural investment will bring enormous benefits to the region, including regeneration, increased tourism and cultural engagement.” 

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