North Face: Photographs from the National Portrait Gallery
by Alistair Morrison
North Face is a unique collaborative project between the North East Regional Museums hub and the National Portrait Gallery. Ten portraits of famous faces from the North East, including comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, comedy actor Rowan Atkinson, football legend Jack Charlton and international musician Sting will be on show simultaneously in ten different cultural venues across North East England, from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Middlesbrough. Each portrait has a close link with the place in which it is being shown.
Nine of the portraits are on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and feature North Eastern celebrities from the fields of music, performance, creative arts, broadcasting, sport and journalism. A tenth portrait of Kathryn Tickell, the popular composer and performer of Northumbrian traditional music, has been specially commissioned by Tyne & Wear Museums.
The ten portraits on show in the North Face exhibition include: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough; Ridley Scott and Tony Scott at Hartlepool Art Gallery; Kate Adie at Durham Light Infantry Museum & Art Gallery; Steve Cram at Bede's World, Jarrow; Sting at Segedunum Roman Fort Baths & Museum, Wallsend; Sheila Armstrong at Woodhorn, Northumberland Museum, Archives & Country park, Ashington; Jack Charlton at Hexham Old Gaol; Rowan Atkinson at Berwick Borough Museum; Stella Vine at Alnwick Castle and Kathryn Tickell at Lady Waterford Hall, Ford, Northumberland.
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
Hexham Old Gaol
Berwick Borough Museum
Lady Waterford Hall, Ford, Northumberland
29 March - 26 May 2008