Newcastle-Gateshead to host Great Exhibition of the North

Culture secretary Karen Bradley has announced that Newcastle-Gateshead will host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.

The government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition and an extra £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

Newcastle-Gateshead beat off competition from other bidding towns and cities, including the three other shortlisted bidders: Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield.

The event will include three walking circuits around Tyneside focusing on arts, design and innovation; a major exhibition hub at Great North Museum: Hancock; and a programme of new artistic and creative commissions.

Bradley said: “The Great Exhibition of the North…will showcase the dynamic arts, cultural and design scenes in the city and across the whole of the north.

“This cultural investment will bring enormous benefits to the region, including regeneration, increased tourism and cultural engagement.”

Sir Gary Verity, chair of the Great Exhibition Board, added: “People from across the country can expect an amazing show in summer 2018.”

Carol Bell, culture and major events director at destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative – which led the development of NewcastleGateshead’s bid – said the bid was developed with the support of many venues and organisations, including Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, BALTIC, Sage Gateshead and the North East Culture Partnership.