Vane and Breeze Creatives are pleased to announce that they are hosting a contemporary art fair showcasing some of the most exciting galleries in the North East region, to be held in the unique surroundings of Old Shire Hall in Durham city.

The fair will include presentations by several Newcastle galleries, both long-established, including Vane and Globe Gallery, alongside more recent initiatives based in the city, including System Gallery, Praxis, and Breeze Creatives, as well as a significant presence from the burgeoning Middlesbrough arts scene, including Platform-A, Python Gallery and The House of Blah Blah.

The fair is one of a series of events at Old Shire Hall in Durham over the summer that will raise funds towards the building and running of The Experimental Studio, a collaboration between Vane and Breeze Creatives to support a series of residencies for contemporary artists based at Vane’s gallery in central Newcastle. The residencies will allow artists in any field of practice to benefit from working in a concentrated time-period, at the end of which there will be opportunities to exhibit work in Vane gallery. For more information about the Old Shire Hall events and The Experimental Studio go to: www.experimentalstudio.org.uk

Old Shire Hall


Old Shire Hall is a Grade II listed building situated in the heart of Durham city centre. It was built in 1895 as the County Hall, and was used as such until 1963 when it was bought by the University of Durham as a home for their administration. A fine example of late Victorian architecture, Old Shire Hall features spectacular, ornately tiled halls and corridors, marble staircases and beautiful stained glass windows. The building has particular historical significance as this is where the first all Labour County Council was assembled in 1909.

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 August 2014

Preview Friday 29 August 5-9pm
Saturday 30 August 12-6pm
Sunday 31 August 12-5pm
Admission is free

Old Shire Hall
Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HP