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Image: Dod Procter, The Golden Girl, exhibiting as part of Spirited at Berwick Visual Arts for Great Northumberland

With summer comes a flurry of festivals, encompassing every aspect of the cultural spectrum. While most festivals might last a couple of weeks at most, Northumberland is set to host an eight-week long extravaganza hosted by a variety of the county’s most iconic visitor attractions. Great Northumberland aims to highlight the area’s heritage, landscape and traditions, while also looking to the future.

VARC and Highgreen Arts will host residencies, including from South Korean artist Joo-Hee Yang, whose work explores the connections between environment and culture, as well as exhibiting sculptures from previous VARC artist-in-residence Khosro Adibi (Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th July); Allenheads Contemporary Art are planning to showcase work from their BEYOND project, in which over 30 international and regional artists utilised the nearby North Pennines Observatory for inspiration (Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd July); Kielder Art & Architecture will lead tours of over 20 works that respond to the stunning landscape (various dates), while Woodhorn invites visitors to discover more about the iconic Pitmen Painters (until Sunday 16th September).

Along the coast, Headway Arts are set to illustrate the voyage of discovery made by Blyth-born Captain William Smith 200 years ago, as he discovered Antarctica but was never credited for the achievement. In their artistic celebration, over 600 handmade sail cloth flags will mark his intrepid journey (Sunday 19th August). As Lindisfarne Castle re-opens after conservation work, former Turner Prize-nominated artist Anya Gallaccio is giving visitors the chance to become even more immersed in its history through a combination of dyed blankets and wooden sculptures (until Sunday 4th November).

Scottish Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, who plays with the notion of traditional video by manipulating time and using multiple screens, will be the focus of two works on display at Berwick Visual Arts (until Sunday 2nd September). The Berwick gallery also hosts Spirited, a celebration of women artists included in The Ingram Collection, which includes work from the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Dod Proctor and Laura Knight, join a tour to find out more (various dates).

With so much to discover, finding fascinating things to see at Great Northumberland will be a breeze.

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