8 September, 5.00, 6.00, 7.00
£10.50 Adult, £9.50 Concession, £7.00 Student

Finnish artist Henna Asikainen will be a completing a temporary art installation in the grounds, aided by a group of refugees based in Newcastle. A Keynote talk by writer and Fun Palaces director Stella Duffy OBE will kickstart a sequence of entertaining talks about the art, poetry, farming, and philosophy of landscape. You can sneak off to grab a bite and enjoy a drink and don’t miss the rare chance to catch the setting sun from the Museum’s amazing top-floor library. Rounded off with an opportunity to see Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, explore the rest of the Museum and dancing to the music of refugee-band Crossings, this will be a night where many friendships and memories are formed.

Please see below for more detailed information about the packed programme for the evening:


19th Century Picture Gallery, 2nd floor

6.30 Keynote Talk: Stella Duffy OBE Writer and co-director of Fun Palaces, introduced by Helen Goodman MP. 

6.50 Questions

7.00 Meg Peacock, Poet and former hill farmer.

7.15 Martin Drenthen, Philosopher.

7.30 Sophie Gerrard, Artist.

7.45 Richard Povall, Artist.

8.00 Harriet and Rob Fraser, Artists.

8.15 Trudi Entwhistle, Artist.

8.30 Steve Messam, Artist.

8.45 Jade Montserrat, Artist. Please note that Jade’s presentation involves a film of the artist where she appears nude.

Other Events 

6.00 and 9.00, Museum Reception 

The excellent Crossings, a refugee band based in Newcastle, will be playing in the museum foyer for your dancing delight.

From 6.00, Rear lawn (outside)

Join Finnish artist Henna Asikainen to contribute to an art installation made with locally gathered

From 6.30, Jubilee Room, 2nd Floor

Kando youth theatre present shadow puppet theatre based on the local landscape.

7.00, meet in Reception

Opportunity to visit the library, situated in the dome at the very top of the museum for a magnificent view of the sunset.