Great Exhibition of the North 2018

22 June – 09 September 2018 –

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

Explore the stunning cityscape of NewcastleGateshead and discover the dynamic story of the North of England – how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

Visitors can begin their journey at one of two iconic hubs – Gateshead Quays (at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead) or Great North Museum – which are connected by three trails exploring the North’s Art and Culture, Design and Innovation. NewcastleGateshead’s world-class venues and unique outdoor spaces will showcase exciting ideas from across the North.

Great Exhibition of the North will include the return of Stephenson’s Rocket to its birthplace of Newcastle upon Tyne. The space suit worn by Briton’s first astronaut, Sheffield-born Helen Sharman, and John Lennon’s famous Record Plant Piano are just two highlights in a landmark display at Great North Museum celebrating iconic objects from across the North. 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.

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 8th and 9th September.