St. George and the Dragon (1924) John Reid

Situated next to the West end of St. Thomas’s Church at Barras Bridge. This statue is a First World War Memorial to the fallen of the 6th (Territorial) Battalion of Northumberland Fusiliers. In WW2 plaques were added for the 43rd and 49th Battalions of the Royal Tank Regiment. There are also stained glass windows in church commemorating them. The life size bronze figure stands sheathing his sword over the severed head of the dragon while the pedestal below is decorated with an enamel on the same theme, perhaps most remarkable of all is the face, which is very striking.

St George in front of St Thomas'
St George in front of St Thomas’

Location: Barras Bridge, Newcastle. Materials: Bronze, Portland Stone and Granite. Sttus: Listed Grade II.

Art Around Newcastle’s Universities

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The Response 1914 – William Goscombe John (1923)

As Renown blows her horn, the drummer boys at the fore are poised and alert, while the officers ranged behind them look staunchly forward, rifles at the ready. Pressing on after them, among those already in uniform, are some still in cloth caps and work-clothes, several are seen making their last farewells..

Newcastle Civic Centre Portcullis

Built to the design of a castle, Newcastle Civic Centre has a Garth or Castle, a tower, narrow vertical windows in some of the rooms, a partial moat and an inverted Portcullis. The fine art work was done by Geoffry Clark, the screens are very decorative with a beautiful soffet roof above.

Inverted Portcullis
Inverted Portcullis

Etched Glass – John Hutton

Stephensons Rocket
Stephensons Rocket

Worth a look are the glass etchings near the main entrance to Newcastle Civic Centre. John Hutton from New Zealand did etching for the Civic Centre, also did a lot of work on Coventry Cathedral, at the Civic Centre his etchings include; Swans lightbulb, Parsons Turbine, Stephensons Rocket, unfortunately the Armstrong window was damaged and has yet to be replaced. Show the main four engineers for the region.

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John Hutton (artist) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the Civic Centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, he created a glass screen representing some of the great inventions of the city and also figures from local mythology with his…

Spiral Nebula – Geoffrey Clarke 1962

Tucked out of the way, this public art is rarely seen by non university members. Clarke was also responsible for the ceremonial entrance hall for Newcastle Civic Centre.

Generation – Joseph Hillier (2014)

Each of the three heads is made of a different metal, the pieces present methods of making, materials and geometries redolent of different eras of human and industrial production.

Escapology – Cath Campbell (2006)

Made from 456 metres of red western timber, now looking more black than red. This structure adorns, if adorn is the right word, the roof of the Northern Stage Theatre.

Location: Roof of Northern Stage Theatre, Kings Walk, University of Newcastle

Book Stack – Fred Watson (1992)

1992 the year Newcastle Polytechnic became Northumbria University, these 15 granite books were unveiled that year by the Duchess of Northumberland. Fred Watson born locally, taught fine art at the University.

Statue of a Miner – John Dyson (1895)

Statue of miner modelled on a figure from the famous Ralph Hedley painting ‘Going Home’. Burt Hall was built by the miners in recognition of Thomas Burt, first miner to become an M.P. . Burt also appointed Secretary of Board of Trade.  This statue is high up, overlooking Newcastle’s City Hall, it’s surprising just how many people never notice it.

This was home to the Northumberland Miners Association from 1895 and is named after Thomas Burt, the first working miner to be elected to Parliament. The building he stands proudly upon is Burt Hall. Cross over to it. It was once the Northumberland branch of the National Union of Miners and was named after Thomas Burt, who was MP for Morpeth in Northumberland for more than 40 years, from 1874, and was the first working miner to be elected to Parliament.

Although Spital Tongues Colliery and the Victoria Tunnel had closed by this time, coal mining remained a major industry on Tyneside until more recent times. Burt Hall is now part of the University of Northumbria.

Mosaic Panels – Dorothy Annan (1959)

3 marble mosaics commissioned for £1,507. The figures represent space travel, mining and architecture. The mosaics are quite high up. Binoculars recommended.

Five Figures – Nico Widerberg

Smaller than Widerberg’s 6.5 metre Pillar Man, these armless statues stand in the middle of the Northumbria Campus on route to city Campus East and the beautiful bridge across the central motorway.

Newcastle through the Ages

Worth 10 minutes of anyones time, Newcastle’s most informative public art work, themes of Oceanus, Monkchester, Pons Aelius and Geordie, engineering, architecture, shipwrights, artists and social reformers. 2.3m high 2.7m wide.

“Newcastle Through The Ages”, is a surprisingly dense portrayal of Newcastle’s history. It is worth spending a little time studying it, something is bound to surprise you.

The work depicts many facets of the city’s past: bridges, coal mining, steam locomotives and cranes; themes of Monkchester, Oceanus, Pons Aelius and Geordie and various local engineers, architects, tradesmen, shipwrights, artists and social reformers.
An Armstrong Whitworth car features on one of the panels.

The work was installed in 1974, the Artists were Henry and Joyce Collins, their work can also be seen on the BT Tower in London. The work was commissioned by Newcastle City Council and Northern Arts, the left panel measures 2.3m high and 2.7m wide, the right being 2.3 m high and 6.4m wide. Made from polychrome cement fondu and stone.

South African War Memorial (1924)

Tall octagonal tapered column with inscription commemorating those in the Northumbrian Regiments that died in the South African War, 1899-1902.

When the Metro was built the Statue, which adorns the top of the Monument, was ‘lightened’, it’s wings replace to prevent any problems with the Metro down below.

Interesting inscriptions on front and rear of the Monument

Pillar Man – Nicolaus Widerberg (2004)

This 6.5 metre bronze statue stands a the end of a symbolic river of black granite which marks the course of the Pandon Burn 20 metres below. The Pandon Burn was originally as deep and beautiful as Jesmond Dene.