The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 20

There’s great solace in having a place to Hide

“I think there’s a problematic disconnect between ourselves and the natural world around us,” says Hayden Thorpe. “Consumerism leads us away from recognising and appreciating the simple joys that nature provides.” This week marks the opening of The Hide, an immersive and evocative new artwork by the 38-year-old Cumbrian musician at The Glasshouse.  A product …

Culture digest

Big screen opening for Beamish Museum County Durham attraction, Beamich Museum, is preparing to unveil its 1950s cinema – offering an entertaining addition to its 1950s Town. The recreation of the Grand cinema, from Ryhope in Sunderland, will give visitors a chance to experience a trip to the cinema in the 1950s, including Pathé news …

United they stand on country matters

It was standing room only at St James Church Centre, just downhill from Alnwick’s historic Pottergate Tower, with the venue full and dozens more funnelled into an overflow side room where they could watch the action going on upstairs via closed-circuit TV. The attraction was hustings organised by environmental groups in which parliamentary candidates for …

A funding boost for Tyneside Cinema

Efforts to put the much loved Tyneside Cinema on a sound footing have received a £700,000 fillip from Northstar Ventures, the North East venture capital firm. The money comes in the form of a loan from the firm’s North East Social Investment Fund and is to be paid back over 10 years. But the financial …

Recognised for their service

A number of leading figures from the North East business community were acknowledged in the King’s Birthday Honours List, which was announced last week. Jen Hartley, director of Invest Newcastle at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Harry Wilson, chair of South Shields firm UK Docks, Sunderland City Council chief executive Patrick Melia and Martin Lawlor, chief executive at …

Sparking youngsters’ imagination

Schoolchildren from six Newcastle primary schools were welcomed to a special event aimed at inspiring them to consider a future career in science or technology earlier this week. A total of 240 children took part in ‘Building Blocks’ — a tech gathering designed to ignite interest in the jobs of tomorrow via a series of …

Social care is a crisis that needs tackling now

The word ‘carent’ is not in the English dictionary. If it was, its descriptor might go something like: Adult children looking after an elderly parent, grandparent, relative or friend: the care of someone finding it difficult to live independently due to advanced health problems. The hybrid term, of course, is little more than a portmanteau, …

How AI can make a big noise in the music industry

Sunderland University experts have pitched the potential benefits of AI to musicians as the creative industries continue to grapple with game-changing technology. Singers and songwriters from across the North East rocked up at an AI in Music event hosted by Dr Becky Allen at Sunderland’s community music venue Pop Recs. And the debate around AI …

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 …

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