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EXHIBITION: Back to the Barracks at Newcastle Common
The editor caught this engaging little exhibition whilst in town (Newcastle, that is) this morning.
You’ll have to be quick to catch it though, it closes tomorrow - Saturday 14th, 11am to 3pm at Appetite’s Newcastle Common arts venue on High Street.
Back to the Barracks.
Back to the Barracks.
Appetite's Newcastle Common arts space on High Street in the town centre.
Appetite's Newcastle Common arts space on High Street in the town centre.
From the exhibition guide: “Back to the Barracks was a National Heritage Lottery Fund project that funded capital works on priority windows at the barracks in Newcastle-under-Lyme and shared the hidden history of the building.
"From 2019 to 2022, a series of creative participatory heritage activities were delivered by a variety of Staffordshire based artists, cultural organisations and heritage experts that were specifically designed to respond to the Barracks.”
The temporary exhibition displays some of the artworks from these workshops and activities, all commissioned by The Barracks Trust.
Part of the Back to the Barracks exhibition at Newcastle Common.
Part of the Back to the Barracks exhibition at Newcastle Common.
Call in on Saturday 14th if you happen to be in town, 11am to 3pm. There are activities to engage with too, including colouring for kids of any age of barracks-inspired images.
Also on Saturday, at 11.30am, 1pm, and 2.30pm, there’s a guided ‘Natural History Walk’ taking you from the Newcastle Common arts space (opposite Chatwins) over to the Barracks. The short guided walk will be looking at the town centre’s natural history and heritage along the way. What can you discover now that hints at the town centre’s past? The trees. The smells. The changes. The timeless.
From a poem by Stephen Seabridge.
From a poem by Stephen Seabridge.
There’s a lovely collection of poems by Stephen Seabridge that are part of this exhibition, and a booklet has been printed for visitors too.
“We are the eyes
in the walls
we absorb
time
the sight
of rolling seasons
the sound of voices
echoing from one
workshop to the next.”
From The Bricks: What Stone Sees, Stephen Seabridge.
The Depository of the Dull
Saturday is also the last day of Appetite’s The Depository of the Dull, at the Astley Walk arts space. The Depository, curated by artist Siobhan McAleer, is a library of cherished items and delightful stories - ‘common curiosities’.
Look out for the editor’s dad’s hat!
On display in The Depository of the Dull at Astley Walk.
On display in The Depository of the Dull at Astley Walk.
(Jerome has been commissioned to report on activities at Appetite’s Newcastle Common.)
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