Guido Day

30 November

Sisterhood Saturday

30 November, 11.00 – 2.00, Booking required for the workshop at 1.00

As part of The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia exhibition, the Elementary Sisterhood are sharing a story session and workshop. They are a group of writers who created a collection of stories of Sisterhood to raise money for Newcastle Woman's Aid.

Come along, meet the writers, hear their stories and create your own.

11.00 – 12.00: Reading from the Elementary Sisterhood followed by a Q&A session.

Come and find out why they write stories in the way that they do and muse with us about the role of a modern heroine vs heroines of the past.   

1.00 – 2.00: Writing workshop: Creating strong female characters (max 30 participants).

In this workshop you have the chance to work on your own female character and explore what makes them tick. There will be exercises for character development and an opportunity to discuss your work before exploring the exhibition

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Film Screening: Make Do and Mend

30 November, 14.15 - 14.45, Free, book or drop in

This powerful short film, which audiences have called 'life changing', shares three real North East women's stories of their personal experiences of domestic abuse. The script was created from their stories, in the exact words in which they told them to the filmakers. The survivors also helped to make the set, costumes and props.

The film is full of personality, humour, and North East spirit, and can help us all to recognise, understand and respond to those affected by domestic abuse in our communities, so please join us for this special screening in a supportive environment. During the film, you will have the opportunity to take part in a craft activity as you watch. Before and after the film, you will have a chance to ask questions about the film and domestic abuse awareness, and also to confidentially access support services if you wish.

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Panel Talk: Is All Art Activism?

30 November, 15.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission, Booking required

Arts education and training company Changing Relations C.I.C will host this thought-provoking panel talk, asking a question which is bound to ignite many opinions - "Is all art activism"?

Guido Reni's painting style is sublime, yet the subject of the central painting in The Power and The Virtue exhibition is violent- a woman who has committed suicide after being raped. This apparent contradiction raises the familiar question of whether art is purely for art's sake, or is it driven by, or accountable for, a social purpose?

We've bought together a diverse range of speakers from the cultural sector to help us explore these rich and rewarding questions:

Dr Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics at The Bowes Museum and scholar of Italian Renaissance painting

Richard Bliss, a socially engaged artist who lives and works in Newcastle

Alison Tweddle, Learning Coordinator for The Auckland Project

Lexie Sewell from the Elementary Sisterhood writing group.

Please join us for an enlightening afternoon of debate.

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