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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 on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May!

Mark Hursty and Victoria Bradbury @ The Core, Newcastle

Opened last November, The Core was the first building to open at the 24-acre Science Central site in Newcastle, and hopes to embark on nationally significant scientific research. For two nights during The Late Shows, though, it’s opening its doors to a very different, artistic project by internationally acclaimed artists Mark Hursty and Victoria Bradbury.

Inspired by molten glass, their work will be inflatable and will use data gathered by weather sensors to create 3D projections and sculptural visualisations. Hursty himself said of the work: “The Core inflatable was originally inspired by the luminosity and malleability of molten glass, and transferring those qualities onto a human scale to reflect the variability of social interactions. Since hot glass work is limited in size and duration and virtually impossible to sustain for sculptural installations, we used ripstop nylon to make a fabric sculpture that showed similar qualities to glass, but to make a structure that participants can interact with and physically enter.

“While visitors are inside the enigmatic glowing form, their shadows project dark silhouettes on the outside of the sculpture. These shadow puppet-like silhouettes are visible to outside spectators and reveal compelling distortions of the activities going on underneath the biomorphic fabric structures.”

Mark Hursty and Victoria Bradbury’s work turns the science of meteorology into a cross-disciplinary field, making it a must-see for anyone who is scientifically minded.

#mycyclingpostcard @ The Cycle HUB

Over recent years, cycling has become more and more popular, both as a sport and a nifty little way of getting around and about. The Cycle HUB have been busy collating postcards from cyclists across the region and are ready to celebrate all things on two wheels with their new interactive photography exhibition.

As part of the Late Shows celebrations, they’re also launching their brand new HUB Photo Wall, which will feature shots of some lucky people who go to the venue across the two nights. With free cycle hire and a special pop-up bar, it’s the perfect location to start or round off your Late Shows experience!

Labyrinth @ Outdooor Locations (Friday 15th May only)

The crew behind Labyrinth are rolling up once again to provide a night of unique carnival entertainment, mixing Fire, Magic, Bubbles and Circus. Alongside meeting stilt walkers and seeing some nifty card tricks, you can also get a bit athletic with hoola-hooping and you can get some juggling tips from the experts (you’ll be twirling batons of fire in no time!) At 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, you can marvel in 20-minute long performances featuring the Aerial Hool and an illuminating Fire Performance (just to give you a bit of inspiration for your own performance next year, perhaps?) Invigorating stuff as ever from Labyrinth!

For more information on all the events taking part at this year’s Late Shows, visit their official website.

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