Articles · Newcastle and North East

Tyneside Cinema Faces a New Competitor

Everyman Cinemas is set to open a new arthouse cinema on Grey Street to rival Tyneside Cinema. But with declining interest in specialised films is this decision viable? Tyneside Cinema, an arthouse cinema located in the area between Grey’s Monument and Pilgrim Street – once the ancient site of a Franciscan friary (1287) and grand… Continue reading Tyneside Cinema Faces a New Competitor

Articles · Newcastle and North East

Nostalgia for the Working Man: Norman Cornish and Alexander Millar

Both Norman Cornish and Alexander Millar have taken the working men of North East England as their main subject matter. Is the relationship between the two painters as simple as that of master and imitator? ‘In this narrow world are one town, one pit and many people: all in a strip of land roughly a… Continue reading Nostalgia for the Working Man: Norman Cornish and Alexander Millar

Articles · Newcastle and North East

The Season of the Handheld Stream

Relegation from the Premier League had initially brought despair to supporters of Newcastle United but it did not come as much of a surprise. Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley’s model of running the club had been failing to produce success for years, and at the time it seemed inevitable that Newcastle United… Continue reading The Season of the Handheld Stream

Articles · Newcastle and North East

Alexander Millar and the Appeal of the Gadgie

A significant proportion of Alexander Millar’s artistic output revolves around the image of the Gadgie, the Geordie working man clad in flat clap and creased suit jacket. Millar often approaches these characters from behind, rendering their identities anonymous within landscapes evoking the drama of North East life and labour. The Gadgie is characterised by his position… Continue reading Alexander Millar and the Appeal of the Gadgie

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How the Metro Map Distorts Tyne and Wear

The Tyne and Wear Metro is an essential part of modern North East life. In a region where car ownership levels are much lower than the national average, public transport providers such as Nexus’ Metro offer crucial services for the people of the region. Metro’s yellow and black logo has become easily distinguishable on the landscape… Continue reading How the Metro Map Distorts Tyne and Wear

Articles · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

Four Visions of T. Dan Smith

History has not been kind to T. Dan Smith (1915-1993). Every hole in Newcastle’s 19th century architecture, every ugly building ever assembled in the city, has become the work of that notorious Labour leader of the City Council (1960-1965), Mr Dan Smith. Smith, it is said, not only destroyed significant portions of our architectural heritage… Continue reading Four Visions of T. Dan Smith

Articles · Newcastle and North East

On the Unfortunate Fate of Newcastle’s Old Odeon Cinema

In lamenting the loss of Newcastle’s historic art-deco Paramount Cinema (also known as the Old Odeon), it is difficult to escape a comparison with the work of T. Dan Smith – that name which still draws anger and exasperation from residents of the city – the engineer of destruction of much of Tyneside’s architectural heritage.* While… Continue reading On the Unfortunate Fate of Newcastle’s Old Odeon Cinema