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The Late Shows

  • Date: 1 September 2010
  • Artform: None
  • Area: North
Giant Operation at Discovery Museum Giant Operation at Discovery Museum, The Late Shows

The Late Shows, hosted by a wide variety of NewcastleGateshead museums and arts venues that are usually closed in the evening, is an inspiring, after dark programme of events and exhibitions. To celebrate the international event 'Museums at Night', museums and galleries stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening.

The Late Shows began in 2007 and now, in its fourth year, has almost doubled in size. In the first year, 14 venues took part, rising to 20 in 2008, with 29 participating venues and an extra night in the line up in 2009. In 2010 a record 37 venues took part.

The main objective of The Late Shows is to encourage people to visit a museum or gallery that they may not have visited before. A particular aim of the project is to attract a younger audience and to share loyal audiences between the participating venues.

Venues involved in the evening are asked to programme an event or activity that would be different to their normal offering. Over the years, The Late Shows has seen everything from interactive art and workshops and demonstrations to exhibition previews, live music, DJs and artist talks.

Headline facts and figures
In 2009, 54 events held over two nights across the 29 venues taking part attracted 15,116 visitors. This involved nine commissions, 126 artists and four education sessions. The total audience, including print, broadcast and online was 701,800. The Late Shows 2010 has built on that success with over 19,500 people heading to NewcastleGateshead's museums and galleries after-hours.

We supported The Late Shows with £25,000 of National Lottery funding from our Grants for the arts scheme. Support from other partner organisations included £39.974 from Culture 10, £8,703 from North East Regional Museums Hub and £17,990 of support in kind from the participating venues.

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