Made In England
Made in England: Tyneside
The Angel of the North is Tyneside's most well known piece of art, but the region's contributions to literature, cinema and music are also considerable.
The impressive structure that is Antony Gormley's Angel of the North has become an iconic symbol of the North East of England over the last 10 years.
Erected in 1998, the 20m-high statue which stands in Gateshead is now one of the most well-known landmarks in the country.
A few miles away, situated in a converted flour mill on the banks of the River Tyne, is Gateshead's Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, another highlight of the region when it comes to art.
Gateshead also boasts The Sage music centre, with its striking design by Lord Foster and two fantastic performance halls.
Angel of the North
Then, of course, there is the Tyne Bridge, which links Newcastle and Gateshead across the river and remains a powerful and much-loved symbol of the city.
In cinema, Oscar-nominated actress Janet McTeer hails from the region. Get Carter is another iconic film associated with the area and the award-winning director Ridley Scott was born in South Shields.
Television is well represented with popular duo Ant and Dec and actors Kevin Whately, Jill Halfpenny, Robson Green, Tim Healy, Denise Welch and Jimmy Nail all hailing from Tyneside.
Popular author Catherine Cookson was from Tyneside, where she set many of her novels. Elizabeth Gaskell, writer of Cranford, spent time in the area, whilst Hexham-born novelist Gabriel Fielding and Gosforth poet Tony Harrison are noted local authors as are children's writers David Almond and Robert Westall. Painters Ralph Hedley and John Martin are two renowned artists from Tyneside.
Tyneside also has a strong musical heritage. Musicians including Sting, Neil Tennant, Dire Straits and AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson are from the region. More recently, indie bands Maximo Park and yourcodenameis:milo have put the area on the map.
Made in England
Made in England is a joint partnership between BBC English Regions and Arts Council England to bring audiences and artists together in unique collaborations to provide exciting new cultural experiences.
It is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.
Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.
Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the 60s, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?
If you're bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something why don't you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.
last updated: 23/04/2008 at 15:39