24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
24 Jan - 23 Dec 2022
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Frontier Voices ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ @ Great North Museum

Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT

30 May 2022 - 01 Jun 2022 , 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Hearing impaired friendly
  • Guide dog friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibile
  • Visually impaired friendly

Delivered by Karen MacDougall Art working with Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Frontier Voices is an Arts based creative exploration of perceptions of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage sites and landscape. Participants are diverse groups and communities all along the Wall and some of Europe’s Roman Frontiers. This is a learning and engagement project creating artistic outcomes and sharing experiences. At the GNM, everyone is invited to participate over a 3 day period 30th May – 1st June 2022. This project is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Funding and we are grateful for their support. It is also part of the HW1900 festival.

Artist Karen MacDougall has created a fantastic project for the Great North Museum – a huge art installation ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ creating Roman ‘columns’ from the trees and using altar and column details in the Gallery where we discover our Roman Frontier residents of 1900 years ago.

Visitors are invited to come and explore the Roman Gallery and drop in to work with Karen. Each person young and old will create an embossed artwork (Karen will guide you and all the materials are provided) to add their own personal piece as Wall visitors today and then they will form part of Karen’s giant columns which will be displayed for at least the next four months in the Roman Gallery.

The Roman frontier lands had soldiers, merchants, as well as slaves and freedmen and women. Some were local, and other had traveled from other parts of the Empire. There were also the Celts who were living here before the Romans came and built the Wall. This created a melting pot of people with different identities through food, dress, geographical origins and family descent who lived, died and some are the ancestors of people who live along the Wall now, and then of course there are the thousands of visitors each year who come here too…

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