accessible collection of contemporary art, particularly sculpture. This has done much to promote the image of Gateshead as adventurous and forward-looking. The Angel of the North, by Antony Gormley, has had a huge impact on Gateshead in terms of inward investment and arts related funding. Arts-led regeneration and partnerships with commercial developers have done much to herald a new chapter in Gateshead’s history.
Public Art has helped reclaim derelict areas, creating new social spaces and providing links between Gateshead Town Centre and the cultural facilities located on the Gateshead Quays. Initiatives in the countryside by Great North Forest in Gateshead also account for smaller works in local environments such as Kibblesworth, Lamesley and Watergate Park.
“In Gateshead, the uninspired urban landscape has been enlivened with a rash of public art.” Antony Thorneycroft, Financial Times, 18 March 1995.
Public Art and The Angel of the North