Our Town

Saturday 16 May, 2015, 7-11pm

Vane is collaborating with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, on the project ‘Our Town’. Members of Crisis are creating a series of model buildings in a variety of materials ranging from cardboard and papier maché to wood and ceramic. The buildings vary from houses to hospitals, from the utilitarian to the fantastical. These will be assembled in the gallery to create a model town exploring ideas of community, social history, architecture and personal aspirations.

For The Late Shows evening members of the public are invited to participate in the project by creating their own additions to the installation of the model town. The audience is invited to consider what goes into the built environment, and how much more it is than bricks and mortar.

Simon Le Ruez: The other side of you and me

The evening of The Late Shows will also afford the opportunity to see ‘The other side of you and me’, Simon Le Ruez’s third solo exhibition at Vane.

The Late Shows at Commercial Union House

‘Our Town’ is just one of many projects for The Late Shows taking place in Commercial Union House. Come and experience a diverse world of creative talent, all based in the same building.

Ground Floor: Globe Gallery
Globe Gallery is delighted to present London-based artist, George Chakravathi’s exhibition, ‘Thirteen’, in their new venue on the ground floor of Commercial Union House. Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the works on show portray thirteen tragic characters all of whom die by suicide.

Floor 2: The HUB Studio @ Arcadea
Joyriders delight at the return of the HUB’s thrilling four-lane Scalextric circuit, though crime doesn’t pay as you will discover in the Wormwood Hubs Canteen. Wet your whistle with a brew alongside the other inmates and under the watchful eye of HUB’s prison guards. Presented by the HUB, a cultural project for learning disabled people.

Floor 3: B&D Studios
B&D Studios presents Open Studios, showcasing the creative lot they have on their floor, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, designers and instrument makers! There’ll also be a disco with a difference, a gallery show and lighting installation for your enjoyment.

Floor 4: Ampersand Inventions
Check in to The Grand Ampersand Hotel. With a distinguished address in the heart of the city, a dedicated team of impeccably presented banqueting professionals and a history of hosting events from high-powered meetings to royal birthday parties, The Grand Ampersand Hotel is the ultimate venue for celebrating art in style.

Floor 6: Space Six
Space Six is an artist led work and rehearsal space for performing artists in the North East and for The Late Shows their resident artists invite you to open the doors and peer through the windows into the world in which they live and create.

Presented as part of The Late Shows 2015. 

The Late Shows is supported by Arts Council England, sponsored by Port of Tyne and managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

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