The QT

Friday 19 July 2024
19/07/2024

Author name: Sam Wonfor

Half a century of capturing moments in time

“When attending art school in the early 1970’s my interests lay in drawing and painting. Everything had become conceptual. I found the photography department sane and down to earth.” So says renowned North East photographer, Ian Macdonald whose work is the subject of a double venue retrospective exhibition in Sunderland, opening this weekend. Fixing Time …

Revealing the hidden depths of Cambois

The ground has (literally) been broken on an exciting new project aimed at uncovering the hidden history of a Northumberland seaside village. Community archaeologist Barry Mead has been working on a special archaeological dig with children from Cambois Primary School to uncover artefacts from the village’s former Victorian School. The dig is part of Cambois …

Alnwick Castle to showcase homegrown fashion

The historic confines of Alnwick Castle are set to become a contemporary catwalk next month (August) when a young fashion artist with a passion for the North East unveils her latest collection. Home Ground will be Northumberland designer Meg Fletcher’s first solo show since graduating from Northumbria University’s prestigious fashion degree with first class honours …

My life through a lens: Mark Pinder

Mark Pinder was a teenager when the possibilities offered by photography started coming into focus. “I’ve always been quite a curious person with many interests ranging from science, the arts, social and current affairs, politics etc,” he says. “I wasn’t particularly good at painting or drawing but a friend of my parents had an SLR …

Autumn programme is a page turner

Whether you’re someone who writes; someone who wants to write or someone who enjoys the writing of others, you will find much to like in New Writing North’s autumn programme. Festivals and author events, industry workshops, community writing groups and poetry discussion sessions all feature including courses for those interested in writing for children and …

Royal promotion for Gerry and Sewell

Newcastle Theatre Royal is set to become a ‘sea of black and white’ this autumn as a play which started life in an attic in Whitley Bay prepares for a big league promotion. The venue is teaming up with Laurels Theatre and Eastlake Productions to announce a North East-soaked co-production of Gerry and Sewell — …

North East film Poised for premiere in New Zealand

“We had some people being a bit sceptical about whether our film would translate internationally… so it’s quite ironic that it’s getting its premiere in New Zealand!” North East film-maker Toby Robson is talking about his feature documentary, Poised, which gets its first official showing this week at Doc Edge — the Academy Award-qualifying festival …

Reimagining a life after unimaginable loss

On January 18, 2017, Jill Halfpenny unknowingly kissed her partner, Matt, goodbye for the last time. In an utterly relatable scene from households everywhere, she was peeing on an ovulation stick while Matt was getting ready to leave for an early morning gym class. Less than an hour later, Jill was awoken by someone banging …

Bear Park make their mark

North East band Bear Park say they are “beyond excited” to announce the release of their debut album… fittingly they’ve chosen Newcastle record shop Beyond Vinyl to exclusively sell the vinyl release. The eponymously-titled long-player has been in the offing since the band: Shay Bagnall, Guy Robson and Adam Marshall — who featured in The …

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