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Welcome to A Week of Late Shows, where we’re looking a bit deeper at some of the amazing events happening across Newcastle and Gateshead after dark! Today we’re taking a special look at all the events happening at Newcastle’s Commercial Union House, which is open only on Friday 16th May.

Ground Floor: Globe Gallery

If you haven’t had a chance to see inside the newly reopened and relocated Globe Gallery, then this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Currently, the gallery is home to George Chakravathi’s exhibition Thirteen, which sees the artist portrayed as a number of famous tragic characters from Shakespeare’s plays. Commissioned by the RSC, the exhibition features portraits of Brutus, Cassius, Eros, Othello, Timon, Portia, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra and Romeo and Juliet. There will also be a tree on display for you to hang messages to that special someone and an opportunity to win an EGO print and one of Claire Davies’ handmade dolls.

1st Floor: Vane Gallery

Collaborating with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, Vane have been working on new project Our Town. Members of Crisis have created a series of model buildings in a variety of materials, which are being assembled into  beautiful model town that explores the ideas of community, social history, architecture and personal aspiration. You can participate in the project by creating your own model building. Simon Le Ruez’s exhibition The Other Side of You and Me is also open for viewing.

2nd Floor: The HUB Studio @ Arcadea

Whet your whistle with a proper brew alongside the other scrubs in the Wormwood Hubs canteen. Just don’t get on the wrong side of the prison guards! Find out where it all went a bit pear shaped for some of the convicts in a short heist film and, when you’re ready to e released back into the world, you can re-join society. Or you can take a joyride on the thrilling four-track Scalextric set and wind up in the clink again. Seems worth it to me.

3rd Floor: B&D Studios

For a special event at the Late Shows, B&D are showcasing what they have on offer… on their floor! Painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers designers and instrument mars will be laying it all bare in the exhibition, which will also feature a decidedly different disco and a unique lighting installation.

4th Floor: Ampersand Inventions

Did you watch the latest Wes Anderson film and just wish that the quaint yet spectacular pink hotel in the mountains could exist? Ampersand certainly did. They’re welcoming visitors to The Great Ampersand Hotel, which is replete with banqueting professionals, and a long history of hosting spectacular events. To give you just a little flavour, artists, inventors and eccentrics are coming together to help you imagine just some of the delights of the Grand Hotel.

6th Floor: Space Six

Nestled high atop the sixth floor is the fittingly titled Space Six. It’s an artist led work and rehearsal space for performing artists in the north east and on the night the residents will be letting the public get a glimpse of what life is like for them. Hear their stories, ask them questions, have a laugh, dance, and meet some very quirky people.

For more information about all the participating venues and events, visit The Late Shows official website.

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