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Old Low Light Newsletter
March Events and Exhibition News
Don’t miss ‘Sail Not Drift’ and ‘Fishing’ in their final weeks. Both of these exhibitions have been curated by local art students from North Tyneside Art Studio and Tynemouth Metropolitan Creative Studios. Artists from North Tyneside Art Studio have taken inspiration from the evolution of North Shields’ Fish Quay in their ‘Sail Not Drift’ exhibition, whilst their contemporaries from Tyne Met’s Creative Studios have mapped our fishing industry with some of its best known characters.
10 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Old Low Light
01 – 31 March

Join us at the Old Low Light this March to help us celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women with our diverse programme of talks, exhibitions and performances, celebrating female artists, performers and activities. Highlights include an opening talk by Newcastle University’s Dr Matt Perry who will be exploring the diverse political career of local political activist Ellen Wilkinson. Along with performances by local and international female singer-songwriters, guided walks and art exhibitions, there is something for everyone.

Talks and Guided Walks

Ellen Wilkinson; more than just the Jarrow Crusade
04 March – 11:00

Join Dr Matt Perry, a reader in Labour History at Newcastle University for a fascinating insight into the life of local politician Ellen Wilkinson. Matt who has written a biography of Ellen, will demonstrate why Ellen Wilkinson still remains an inspiration to women today. Matt’s talk will begin at 11:00 on Saturday 04 March. 

Shipwrecks and Survivors the role of women in RNLI
12 March – 10.30

Retired Tynemouth RNLI coxswain Martin Kenny will be leading his popular Shipwrecks and Survivors Guided Walk on Sunday 12 March. Martin will be highlighting the bravery of Tynemouth RNLI’s female lifeboat crew. The Cost of the walk is £4.50 which includes a donation to Tynemouth RNLI

Dementia and Imagination
21 March – 2:00

Discover the amazing results of Newcastle University’s Dr Carlota Gonzalez Miguez and her team into how art can improve the life of people with dementia and their carers. Bruce Davenport who has been involved in the Dementia and Imagination project will be discussing how creativity can help suffers stay connected to their communities, and how it can help their communities become more dementia friendly. The cost of the talk is £3.50 and included refreshments.

Music Performances

Women on Song
03 March – 7:30

Singer-songwriters Chloe Chadwick and Celia Bryce will be performing their unique style of folk and country music as well as talking about the inspiration behind their music. Tickets are £10 and booking is advisable.


Long Lost Home Tour
05 March – 7.30

Be one of the first to hear international singer-songwriter Daria Kulesh’s latest solo album. Moscow-born Daria’s album has been receiving amazing reviews for her ‘truly amazing voice’ with her strong Russian heritage. Tickets are £10.

Sealed With a Kiss; Mother’s Day 60s Evening

Start your Mother’s Day celebrations early as you step back in time with the fabulous Mrs. Brewis’s Boys for a great evening of 60’s hits. Tickets are £5 and booking is strongly recommended.



Local artist Helen Dennison will be hosting her firstsole exhibition. Inspired by Women’s History Month, Helen’s exhibition ‘Portraits’ takes an international perspective of the many faces of women.

‘Who Are You and Where Are You Bound?’ Newcastle University Fine Art MA students explore fishing and maritime heritage in this mixed media Heritage Gallery Exhibition.

‘Dome Sweet Dome’ A temporary exhibition from in collaboration with North Tyneside Council documents the heritage and the regeneration of Whitley Bay Spanish City and it’s iconic Dome. Come along and leave your favourite memory of waltzers, waltzes and Wurlitzers. The exhibition runs 10 – 26 March and there is free entry throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Family Events

Fish Quay Family Food Festival
11 and 12 March

Fantastic finale to North Tyneside’s Bar and Restaurant week. Come along between 10:00 – 4:30 to sample the best in local fayre. Food, music and lots of fun for everyone. Free admission by ticket for further information please see contact’

Death at the Docks Crime Writing Workshop
18 March

Write your very own Crime Story with The Four Marys. Acclaimed authors Shelley Day, Jacky Collins and Victoria Watson will help you create characters and storylines. The day starts with coffee at 10:00, and you will work through until 4:30. Cost is £20 per person; unwaged £5. Places must be booked and paid for before 18 March.

North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project Auction
25 March

Help raise funds for a lasting memorial to fishermen who have lost their lives in the most dangerous occupation during peace-time. The auction starts at 2:00 and there is a chance to view the objects from 1:00 on Friday 24 March. Entry is free but there is a £2 paddle charge to partake in the bidding. For further information contact Henry on:

If you have any queries regarding any of these events, please do not hesitate to contact Pearl on


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