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Out There: Our Post-War Public Art

Free Newcastle Quayside exhibition exploring public art

8 September to 23 December 2016
Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle upon Tyne

FREE ENTRY - Open 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 10 September as part of Heritage Open Days.

'Out There' will shed light on the sculptures and structures created by pioneering artists between 1945 and 1985, long before the iconic Angel of the North was conceived.

Oversize sculpture of a man mounted on the wall of a modern building, pointing down towards a pedestrian walking beneath.
River God Tyne, 1968 by David Wynne, Civic Centre, St Mary's Place, Newcastle © Historic England

Many of these pieces have been lost, damaged, moved or destroyed. Others have been saved, celebrated and are widely loved. All of them were created and sited with care and conviction for the post-war public.

From the sculptures at Newcastle University and Civic Centre to the Apollo Pavilion at Peterlee, 'Out There' celebrates England's fascinating yet forgotten national collection.

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art image gallery

The following public sculptures will be featured in our exhibition at Bessie Surtees House. Please click on the gallery images to enlarge.

  • Spiral Nebula
  • Small child holding a teddy bear looking up at the sculpture Contrapuntal Forms
  • River God Tyne
  • Apollo Pavilion

Short film on public art

A short film discussing the issues involved in saving our C20 public art featuring Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate Galleries, sculptor William Mitchell, Catherine Croft, Director of the C20 Society.


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