Women of Tyneside - Events

Download the Festival of Women events brochure

The Women of Tyneside project has been working with diverse groups of women across Tyne and Wear in a variety of settings.

International Women's Day, Friday 8 March 2019, marks the launch of our Festival of Women, a uniquely programmed series of events taking place in venues across Tyneside from March until June 2019.

Some of the Festival events are listed below.

The Festival brochure can be downloaded here

For more information contact womenoftyneside@twmuseums.org.uk

Festival of Women events organised by TWAM

Women of Tyneside: Alternative Careers Day 

27 March, 9am-4pm

Discovery Museum

Inspiring careers talks exclusively for young women, from some of the region's most inspiring women in industry. Contact us for more information.

Capturing a Star: Dame Flora Robson and other works by Dame Ethel Walker 
Exhibition on until 27 April. Museum open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri & 11am-4pm Saturday 

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields 

Featuring works on loan from the Royal Academy of Arts collection as part of their 250th anniversary celebrations, this exhibition spotlights the work of artist Ethel Walker. An exhibition highlight is a portrait of Dame Flora Robson, a feted actor of both stage and screen, born in South Shields. 

Women of Tyneside & Small but Fierce Magazine Presents – Why was this not collected?  
13 April, 2–4pm 

Thought Foundation, BirtleyDH3 2TB

Small but Fierce magazine is working with Women of Tyneside on this family friendly event exploring objects in the museum collections and considering ones that could be… 
We'll be creating objects that you'll believe could be in the museum by exploring inspirational stories of local politicians, forgotten sports stars, suffragettes and artists.  

For girls and boys, ages 8 – 15 years 


Women of Tyneside: Café Encounter  
24 April, 10am – 12pm

The Nest, 417-19 Durham Road, Low Fell, NE9 5AN

Come and join Women of Tyneside for a relaxed discussion exploring the theme of periods and fertility, facilitated by women in the community. Gateshead Red Box appeal will be present at this event to collect donations to be distributed to schools and colleges in the Gateshead area. No booking required.  

Women of Tyneside: Female Relationships in Unexpected Spaces

Women's Health in South Tyneside (WHIST), Salus House, South Shields, NE33 1TA

Using photographs from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' collections, women explore the uniqueness of the relationships women share with other women. Working with Workie Ticket Company, this opportunity is open to all women who would like to participate in drama workshops, culminating in a performance in June. 

Sessions will begin in April - more information to come soon.

Women of Tyneside: In the Steps of Kathleen Brown  
5 May, 10.30am

Meet at Central Station

A short walk (approximately one hour) looking at sites where the Newcastle suffragette Kathleen Brown was active in Newcastle. Starts at Central Station and covers Pink Lane, Assembly Rooms, Bigg Market, Pilgrim Street, Northumberland Street, Blackett Street and ends on Grey Street at the site of the Blue Plaque to suffragettes.

Booking information coming soon.

Women of Tyneside: Worth It
Preview: 15 May 5-8pm     
Exhibition: 16-25 May [Gallery opening hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm]
The Late Shows - 18 May 6-11pm

Vane Art Gallery, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

Created by a diverse group of women exploring and expressing their experiences of being a woman on Tyneside today. A series of workshops delivered by the Women of Tyneside project and Melanie Kyles, led by the participants, has resulted in the creation of a collective textile piece and exhibition exploring image and identity. 


Women of Tyneside: Café Encounter  
21 May, 10am–12pm 

Thornton Street Cafe, 61-2 Thornton Street, Newcastle, NE1 4AW

Join Women of Tyneside for a relaxed discussionexploring the theme of female pleasure, facilitated by women in the community. No booking required.  

Women of Tyneside: Celebrating Women in Music with Kissed
24 May, 7pm

The Cluny, Lime Street, Ouseburn

Join Women of Tyneside as we celebrate local female singer/songwriters who perform an evening of uplifting material, with headline act North-East band Kissed. Following workshops with singer-songwriter Nicky Rushton, exploring the theme of women’s taboo health issues, a selection of songs written as a response to the museum collections will be performed for the first time. 

Book tickets here.

Women of Tyneside: Café Encounter   
4 June, 10am–12pm 

Cup of Joy Cafe, 20 Park Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1DG 

Join Women of Tyneside for a relaxed discussion exploring the theme of menopause, facilitated by women in the community. No booking required.  

Women of Tyneside: The Female of the Species (Great North Nights) 
7 June, 6-8pm

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle 

Visit the Great North Museum: Hancock after hours to explore the representation of women and female species within the museum collections. This event also offers the opportunity to see Dippy the dinosaur whilst it is on display in Newcastle. 

Women of Tyneside: What If Girls Ruled the World?  

8 June, 10am-12pm

Play + Invent space, Discovery Museum

Join artist Richard Bliss as he works with boys to create an artistic response to the question, ‘What if girls ruled the world?’ This workshop is for boys and their male parents or guardians. Age recommendation: 8-13 years old. 

Booking information coming soon. 

Women of Tyneside: Legacy! 
14 June, 9am-4pm 

Great Hall, Discovery Museum, Newcastle 

To celebrate and commemorate the Festival of Women, we are hosting a day of inspiring presentations from some of the regions' most talented and influential women. Join Baroness Joyce Quin, chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums as she presents this not-to-be-missed event. The event includes an opening presentation from Moira Kilkenny who, alongside Joyce, wrote the exceptional ‘Angels of the North: Notable women of the North East’. Hear how the book was compiled and learn about the women from the past who have paved the way for women in our present and future, celebrating the legacy they have left behind for girls and women on Tyneside today.


Details of speakers and how to book your place will be announced during the Festival.

Women of Tyneside: Deeds Not Words Walk
30 June, 10.30am  

Meet at The Junction, Haymarket, Newcastle

Approximately 90 minutes walk, beginning at Haymarket and ending at Central Station. Visiting sites linked to the suffrage movement in Newcastle, including the events of 9 October 1909, known as the Battle of Newcastle.  

Booking information coming soon.