Monday, 20 May 2013

Our night at The Late Shows 2013

This is our 4th year attending The Late Shows in Newcastle / Gateshead and it has become a must do in our calendars.
It's an evening when lots of museums and art galleries and other culture places are open with themed interesting events. There are loads of places open and I plan an itinerary and route beforehand. (My friends humour me with this as you do need to pack in as many places as possible)
This year our first stop was the Hancock Museum (Great North Museum). There was an Indian theme and we made bracelets, watched dancing and ate samosas.

The most exciting part was getting our hands henna'd. I've wanted to do this for a while so was pleased.

Next stop was the City Library which had a beach theme.
(Impressive modern library which is worth a visit at any time). The best part was the seagull racing which we really enjoyed.

Then onto the Laing Gallery - jungle theme and we made exotic flowers from sticks and plastic bags.

We had a brief rest in the cafe and a glass of wine to revive us then onward.
Next stop was Commercial Union house which is being let out as art spaces and was full of weird and wonderful installations and people. There were 6 floors of stuff so we started at the top and worked down.
Some exhibits were better than others - this is Geoff looking quizzically at a variety of items....

There was a room where you could make 'pictures' from Lea and Perrins!! We went minimalist then over the top

There was a candy vortex tunnel which I can't even begin to describe so here are pictures....

and dancing

As you can tell we were getting further away from reality as we descended the floors but it was cool.
Scalelectrix provided a bit of normality.
A room of butterflies a bit of serenity.

Then onto the funniest part of the night. The balaclavas. It was supposed to be that you wore one of the balaclavas, wrote an I Love You message which would be posted to Facebook (or something along those lines).

Anyhow the artists seemed to be worn out by the time we got there at 10.45 so we asked if we could try the balaclavas and take our own photos.....

It was very funny and bizarre and a great thing to do with friends.
It was now 11.00pm and we were cultured out so started to head back to the car.
But one last stop at Quilliam Brothers Tea Rooms - open 11.00 - 1.00pm - tea and cake. A perfect end to our Late Shows.
I would recommend it to anyone and encourage you to support it.

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