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Great Exhibition of the North opening event unveiled

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The start of the new year marks the official countdown to the biggest event in England in 2018 – Great Exhibition of the North. Taking place in NewcastleGateshead from 22 June – 09 September 2018, details of the opening day celebrations have been revealed. Visitors will have the chance to experience for the first time…

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Newcastle Airport announced as supporting partner for Great Exhibition of the North 2018

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Named Airport of the Year at the North of England Transport Awards, Newcastle Airport has joined Great Exhibition of the North as a supporting partner. The arrival point for many global visitors attending Great Exhibition of the North in 2018, Newcastle Airport will be promoted to overseas audiences as the official international gateway for the…

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Judging panel unveiled for Great Exhibition of the North photography competition

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Celebrated photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Michael Terwey, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, have been unveiled as the judges for the Great Exhibition of the North photography competition. Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is best known for her iconic ‘Byker’ series, which documented the Byker community in Newcastle upon Tyne…

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Great Exhibition of the North announces legal partnership with leading law firms

Great Exhibition of the North announces legal partnership with leading law firms

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Two leading law firms in the North of England have come together to support the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. Womble Bond Dickinson and Ward Hadaway are working closely together to provide legal support and advice to organisers of next year’s major event. The 80-day programme, which will take place in NewcastleGateshead between…

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Newcastle named number one in the world

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Rough Guide 2018 has named Newcastle number one in a newly published list of the top “18 places that should be on your radar in 2018”. Great Exhibition of the North is named as a key reason to visit the city, along with neighbouring Gateshead, next summer – with 2018 billed as “Newcastle’s time…

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Immersive Innovation Challenge Announced

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Great Exhibition of the North, in partnership with the Innovation SuperNetwork and the Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley, would like to invite companies to take part in an Immersive Innovation Challenge at this year’s VentureFest North East on the 14th November in Newcastle upon Tyne, to identify a range of extended and immersive…

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Plans for urban garden on Gateshead Quays

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Ambitious plans by Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist and TV garden designer Diarmuid Gavin to set up a “majestic and unique” urban garden on the banks of the Tyne have been unveiled. The temporary installation for the site between the Swing Bridge and HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quays aims to create a cultural oasis and…

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Photography Competition Encourages the Public to ‘Get North’

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Great Exhibition of the North has teamed up with the Northern Powerhouse to encourage the public to get behind the lens and capture the essence of what makes the North ‘Great’. Running until the end of December 2017, the competition is open to all ages with entrants tasked with responding to one of four…

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National Lottery funding for Great Exhibition of the North as more highlights are revealed

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Exhibitions and creations celebrating the North’s innovative heritage and ground-breaking future will be at the heart of next year’s Great Exhibition of the North thanks to funding from the National Lottery. An £813,100 grant has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM), one of the main…

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Great Exhibition of the North announces partnership with Virgin Trains

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Virgin Trains has been unveiled as a premier partner of next year’s Great Exhibition of the North, which takes place in NewcastleGateshead from 22 June – 09 September 2018. The rail operator is the first major sponsor to be announced for the Government-backed Exhibition celebrating art and culture, design and innovation from across the North…

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Great North Run joins next year’s Great Exhibition of the North. Further Exhibition highlights announced including Helen Sharman’s space suit and John Lennon’s last piano

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Simplyhealth Great North Run – the world’s largest half marathon – will form part of the finale of next year’s Great Exhibition of the North, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced today. The mass-participation race, which attracts 57,000 runners a year, will be the centrepiece of the Exhibition’s final weekend in September 2018. The Great…

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Science Museum Group to loan Stephenson’s Rocket to Great Exhibition of the North

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

World-famous locomotive will be a highlight of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. Rocket, which is usually displayed at the Science Museum, will return to Newcastle for the first time in over 150 years. Today the Science Museum Group announced that it will loan Stephenson’s Rocket, one of Britain’s most iconic feats of engineering,…

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Designers Build and Twentyseven collaborate on England’s biggest cultural event in 2018, The Great Exhibition of the North

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The dynamic new identity for The Great Exhibition of the North has been unveiled following the collaborative appointments of two Northern creative agencies. Leeds-based Build, and Northumberland-based Twentyseven, have together been awarded the role of creating an exciting and inclusive identity and campaign for the Exhibition, which celebrates the great art, design and innovation to…

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Once in a lifetime opportunity for Northern creative minds to help tell the story of the North

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The creative team behind the Great Exhibition of the North has unveiled a unique opportunity to develop creative content that will be showcased to the world as part of one of England’s biggest events in 2018. The creative call out invites performers, visual artists, architects, musicians, scientists, engineers, inventors, writers, creatives, thinkers, designers and digital…

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Great Exhibition of the North announces Creative Team

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

NewcastleGateshead Initiative has today announced the creative team behind the Great Exhibition of the North, which is set to be one of the largest cultural events to take place in England in 2018. Three of the cultural industry’s leading figures are now in place to drive forward the delivery of the project with Carol Bell…

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Great Exhibition of the North Exhibition: Sign up

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Work is well underway to develop the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018, including the recruitment of key members the delivery team, development of our marketing and communications strategy to promote the event on a national and international stage and work to ensure we engage effectively with partners and stakeholders right across the North….

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Great Exhibition: great news!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Following a competitive bidding process, NewcastleGateshead was last month chosen to host the Great Exhibition of the North in summer 2018; a £10m programme celebrating innovation and creativity across Northern England, which will help to boost tourism and investment while leaving a lasting cultural and economic legacy. Having led the bidding process, working closely with…

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