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This is little Lauren Childs and her big brother Joe here at the museum. Their mum works with us and she says that they both love this museum so much they never want to leave - Joe is here so much he sees it as his own house!

12:55pm 24 Apr 2014

We're pretty excited about this year's The Late Shows! Cultural venues across Newcastle and Gateshead open at night for one weekend only - 16 & 17 May with a massive programme of the weird and the wonderful - and it is all FREE. We'll have magic shows here and you can see the Magic Worlds exhibition. Where will you go this year? http://www.thelateshows.org.uk/home.html

8:54am 24 Apr 2014

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Matthew Darbyshire: Oak Effect

Artist Matthew Darbyshire talks to us in his studio about creating Oak Effect. This major new installation at The Shipley Art Gallery (25th January - 17th May 2014) by one of Britain's most exciting artists Matthew Darbyshire consists of a huge variety of wooden objects arranged in a home interior, itself constructed wholly from oak veneer. The objects were chosen by Matthew Darbyshire from the venues and stored collections managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums including those of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. Oak Effect explores a world of collisions between objects, styles and eras and creates an unsettling tension between the authentic and artificial. The installation was displayed at Bloomberg Space, London in April 2013 and is a collaboration between Bloomberg SPACE, Tramway Glasgow and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

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