At the Globe Gallery, Saturday 20 May 2017 from 19:00 – 23:00
Date/Time: 20/05/2017 - 19:00 to 23:00
Venue: Globe Gallery, 47 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE
Newcastle has become nationally and internationally famous for its nightlife. From ‘stag and hen do’s’ to the ‘trebles bar’ phenomena, the city has evolved spatially, economically and legislatively to accommodate a playground of desire, consumption and intoxication. Heavily dependent on the night time economy, Newcastle is continually developing spaces for the after-dark. The areas of the Bigg Market and the ‘Diamond Strip’ of Collingwood street have been explored through film and photography, documenting the activities and experiences that contribute to the night-time streetscape.
Newcastle After Dark explores the city at night; a dense fabric of interior spaces catering for excitement and excess, that spill out onto the streets and urban spaces in between. Nocturnal environments of the city - the bar, pub, nightclub - are well understood through their economic and social geography, but there have been few comprehensive, architecturally-led surveys of spaces of intoxication, despite their significant influence on the identity of post-industrial cities across the UK.
This exhibition and installation takes an architectural approach to to explore the spaces of the night – looking at their forms, materials, aesthetics and experiences – in the context of the city. Research into the city’s night-time economies, and their evolution, history, and role within Newcastle’s culture, informs an examination of how intoxication is enacted in, and through, the city’s space, and how space in turn is transformed through night time desires.
An immersive, experiential environment will be created in the Globe Gallery for the Late Shows, re-enacting moments from the city after-dark, and re-presenting the atmospheres and experiences of Newcastle’s night-life to the inhabitants and visitors of the nocturnal city.
Newcastle After Dark runs from 20th – 27th May 2017 at Globe Gallery, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle
Funded by Newcastle University Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC) and Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NICAP)
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