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Judging panel unveiled for Great Exhibition of the North photography competition

Celebrated photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Michael Terwey, head of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, have been unveiled as the judges for the Great Exhibition of the North photography competition – https://getnorth2018.com/competition.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen is best known for her iconic ‘Byker’ series, which documented the Byker community in Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1970s and again in 2004-9. Her photography is inscribed in the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register as being of outstanding national value and importance to the United Kingdom. Michael has more than 18 years’ experience working with some of the UK’s leading museums, ten of which has been spent at a senior programming level.

Professional and amateur photographers from across the country have been submitting pictures they believe captures what makes the North ‘Great’ by using the hashtag #getnorthphotocomp on social media and uploading images to www.getnorth2018.com

Images include The Angel of the North in Gateshead, The Lake District in Cumbria and Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen said: “A single image can capture something of essence of the North of England as a unique and special place.

“There have been some really creative submissions from right across the North, covering everything from landscapes to public art and iconic buildings to members of the public. It’s going to be a very difficult task to pick the winner.”

Submissions for the Great Exhibition of the North photography competition can be made until 31 December. Images must fall into one of four categories; Northern Culture, Landscape & Cityscape, Art & Design and My Innovative North.

Michael Terwey, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, said: “Photographers have always been inspired by the North.  In the very earliest days of the medium, pioneers like William Henry Fox Talbot and Roger Fenton both visited Yorkshire and made some fantastic photographs of its buildings, landscapes and people.”

For more information about the Great Exhibition of the North photography competition, visit www.getnorth2018.com/competition

Great Exhibition of the North takes place from Friday 22 June to Sunday 9 September 2018. Three walking trails focussing on arts and culture, design and innovation will showcase exciting ideas from across Northern England.

Set to be the biggest event in England in 2018, The Great Exhibition will see a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance, cutting edge culture and magical experiences in NewcastleGateshead.

Early Great Exhibition of the North programme announcements include the return of Stephenson’s Rocket to its birthplace of Newcastle upon Tyne. One of Britain’s most iconic feats of engineering, The Rocket will be on display at the Discovery Museum during Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

A landmark display at Great North Museum celebrating iconic objects from across the North will include the space suit worn by Briton’s first astronaut, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman, and John Lennon’s famous Record Plant Piano, which featured on Double Fantasy, the last album he released before his death in 1980. More iconic items will be announced in 2018.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will present the best in Northern contemporary art during Great Exhibition of the North, including a new solo show from Turner Prize nominee Michael Dean. New artist commissions will take to the streets with artworks on display in and around the NewcastleGateshead quayside.

The full 80-day Great Exhibition of the North programme will be unveiled in early 2018.

Plans for an ambitious urban garden on the banks of the River Tyne during Great Exhibition of the North have also been announced. The brainchild of Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist and TV garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, the temporary installation aims to be the largest container garden in the world.

This once in a lifetime, must-see event is free and family friendly. Opening with the spectacular ‘Get North’ weekend on Friday 22nd June, it finishes in style with the world-famous Great North Run and the powerful ‘Creating the Future’ closing weekend on the September 8 and 9.

The Exhibition will also highlight the North’s strengths in key sectors, including digital, health

innovation and energy, as well as profiling great Northern innovations such as Graphene,

which was discovered by scientists working at the University of Manchester in 2004.

The Great Exhibition of the North is expected to engage an audience of three million people and bring a £184 million boost to the North East, showing how cultural investment can benefit and inspire entire communities.

 

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