Holly Construction is putting a city in the swim

A contractor is making a splash in the leisure sector after completing more than £1m worth of work in the last year.

A Moment In Time – Neil Atkinson Photography Event

Neil Atkinson is 52 years old and one of the longest established professional photographers in the region.

Chance to see Dutch master in print

The genius of Rembrandt is likely to be a major autumn attraction in the North-East.

Today's diary

All day: The Laing art gallery, Newcastle, celebrates the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth with an exhibition of his printmaking from the British Museum.

T-Mobile's mast bid

A bid by T-Mobile to erect a 16m timber telecommunica-tions mast in a field next to the junction of the A69 and Military Road near Heddon-on-the-Wall is being recommended for refusal by Castle Morpeth councillors on Tuesday.

Poet Liz picks up her pencils again

Ten years after giving away her pencils, artist Liz Atkin has returned to drawing, as she explains to Tamzin Lewis.

Curragh race offers pointer

With the British Classics over and done with for another year, attentions begin to turn to the contenders for next season.

Jason's art is just an illusion

An artist with a quirky approach to film has proved a hit with visitors to the Laing Art Gallery.

Exhibition: Howard's way

Howard Hodgkin Prints is a prestigious new exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery.

A double decker and pint chaser

Einstein's theory of relativity may be E=mc², but it has little in common with everyday life.

British art at its very best

The Laing Art Gallery's latest exhibition, New Art for a New Era, is a display of spectacular paintings from the gallery's collection.

Culture

Neil McConnon, touring exhibitions manager at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, will give a talk about the artist Howard Hodgkin at the Laing Art Gallery on August 16 (12.30pm-1.15pm).

Bringing a splash of colour to the Laing

Anyone who can bring a little colour into our lives is worth a cheery greeting so Sir Howard Hodgkin should be welcomed with open arms.

We're past masters at conferences

Some of the finest buildings in the North-East are to be opened up for visitors to the region to use as conference venues.

Lottery cash for matchstick men

The extent of the love affair between artist L S Lowry and the North-East is to be told with backing from the 1,000th heritage grant to be awarded to the region.

Dysfunctional art will be seen as eyesores

Newcastle Labour councillor Ged Bell (The Journal, July 5) is on difficult ground citing Gateshead's Angel of the North as an assumed quality-marker, or most of the rest of the city's recent public artworks.

Attitude to art a threat to culture reputation

Leaders of Newcastle Council were accused last night of a "disgraceful" attitude to art in the city which could damage its reputation for culture.

Official graffiti sites rebuffed

Official graffiti sites where spray paint art is legalised were all but ruled out in Newcastle last night.

A brush with best artists

Could you choose between Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Turner and Sargent?

Painting loan illustrates Laing's strength

A painting by an 18th Century Northumberland artist has gone on loan to a Berlin gallery.

Life on the waterfront

Living River is part of a series of exhibitions taking place across the region as part of SeaBritain 2005, a national celebration of the sea, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar.

Brush with the arts is a stroke of kindness

Wealth management company Gerrard is helping restore one of the Laing Art Gallery's most treasured pictures as part of a new project called Art in the Workplace.

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