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: 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: 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, 11am-1pm

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 

Book tickets here!

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, filled with incredible women!

Hear from:
- Moira Kilkenny, co-author of ‘Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East’
- Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police
- Hannabiell and Yilis, the Ladies of Midnight Blue
- Sharon MacArthur, also known as Miss Menopause
- Linda Conlon, Chief Executive, International Centre for Life

With a keynote speech from the incredible Joeli Brearley, the founder of Pregnant Then Screwed.

Pregnant Then Screwed is an organisation which protects and supports women who encounter pregnancy and maternity discrimination and lobbies the Government for legislative change.
Established 4 years ago in response to Joeli’s own experience of pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Then Screwed has supported over 3,000 women. Her demands for legislative change have gathered over 100,000 signatures and been supported by 103 MPs. Her national protest, March of the Mummies, has been staged in 6 cities across the UK and one city in the US and was raised in Prime Minister’s Questions. Her events have supported thousands of mothers to find work that works for them. Joeli is the winner of the 2019 Northern Power Women ‘’Agent of Change’’ award, she is an Observer 2018 New Radical, and an Amnesty International Women Human Rights Defender. She is currently advising the Government on what they should do about the use of Non Disclosure Agreements in cases of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

To keep the ticket price as low as possible, tea & coffee will be provided, but delegates will need to make their own arrangements for lunch. A cafe is available on site at Discovery Museum, though all delegates are invited to bring their own lunch with them. 
Our final speaker will be announced soon! 


Remembering Resistance: A Century of Women's Protest in the North of England
29 June, 11am - 4pm  

Discovery Museum

Do you have stories to tell about activism? Remembering Resistance is a unique project celebrating 100 years of women's protest in the North of England. Come along and share your memories and any related object which we would love to record, celebrate and use to inspire future generations. Click here for more information on the Remembering Resistance project.

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.