Worth It

Saturday 18 May 2019, 7-11pm

Worth It’ focuses on a collective textile work created by a diverse group of women in a series of workshops exploring and expressing their experiences of being a woman on Tyneside today, using the theme of ‘Body Image and Identity’. The exhibition is presented as part of the Festival of Women, produced by the Women of Tyneside project. Women of Tyneside has collaborated with local embroidery artist Melanie Kyles to deliver a series of workshops for female participants beginning in the costume archives of the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, followed by practical sessions in The Fashion Lab at Ampersand Inventions in Commercial Union House, Newcastle.

With positive emotions associated with favourite outfits and the power of dress, women visitors are invited to participate in the exhibition by noting the stories behind their ‘Worth It’ outfits onto postcards. This growing collection of postcards will be displayed within the exhibition, joining the women whose voices and creative input are part of the installation. For the evening of The Late Shows visitors to the exhibition are also encouraged to come along in their ‘Worth It’ outfits, because, after all, they are worth it!

The Late Shows at Commercial Union House

Come and experience a diverse world of creative talent, all based in the same building.

Ground Floor: Globe Gallery
Create a blossom to add to the ever increasing blossoms that are part of the Globe Gallery's mental health awareness programme, ‘We the Living, conversations about Life, death and everything in between’. Also, explore a series of portraits painted by artist Susanne Strassmann, who completed a short residency in Newcastle in November 2018, working in the gallery window in full view of the passing public with artist and sitters being part of ‘painting as performance’.

Floor 1: Incubate Experimental Printmaking
Incubate Experimental Printmaking will be honouring the art of drawing using print based technologies. Have a go at creating colourful prints to take home using unusual stamps, objects and ink. Learn more about the light based printmaking processes used at Incubate and interact with them. Talk to artist Nick Christie about the cutting edge printmaking techniques coming to Incubate soon. Also, find out more about how to get involved through classes, one to one tuition and artistic collaboration.

Floor 2: Good Space (7-9pm only)
Good Space will be open to the public for The Late Shows on 18 May, between 7 and 9pm. Working together with Monkfish Productions CIC the creative team will be facilitating multiple participatory spaces collectively addressing the theme ‘Self-Awareness For Diversity’. Using the methodological approach of ‘organic improvisation through passing influence’, all visitors will have the opportunity to contribute to a final piece of creative content, facilitated by a range of local creative practitioners. Activities will include a Zine workshop, a group mural, an interactive and improvised music drop-in, an interactive performance space and a story building session. Practitioners include Claire Murphy Morgan of Monkfish Productions CIC, performer Mariae Smiarowska musician Ben Lowes-Smith and members of the Good Space team.

Floor 3: B&D Studios
Head to B&D Studios to experience a Solo gallery show by international artist IDA4, a DJ set by John Egdell, live performances by Jazz Riot and local drag performers with food by Mexicatessen UK.

Floor 4: Ampersand Inventions
Enjoy taster sessions with The Fashion Lab, Trendlistr, Moon Cat, Osseus and Uncaptive – Ethical Clothing Co., Explore culture with Bolbec Art Group, JOHNNY X and KOTA. Learn from MakerSpace the North East hub of creative geekery! Come and be part of the North's true creative community!

Floor 6: Space Six
Space Six is providing an eclectic mix of live music, performance and drop in workshops, as well as the chance to talk with their members about the work they produce and develop in their spaces. Try out shadow puppetry, play improv games and watch some of the amazing work that is created there every day. After all that, take a breather in the networking hub which will play host to live music all night. 4-7pm: Twi-Lates: Join The Young Women’s film academy as they screen some of their films, introduce their new super hero project and give a taster of the film making activities that are on offer for young women in the region.

Presented as part of The Late Shows
During The Late Shows, museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events including hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties. It's all about encouraging people to do something cultural with their evening in celebration of the national event Museums at Night.