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Angel 20

Angel 20 logo As the Angel of the North leaves its teenage years behind, we are delighted to launch our year-long programme of 20th birthday celebrations. Since the Angel first spread its wings in Gateshead in February 1998, it has become one of the most talked about and recognised piece of public art in the UK. 
To mark this occasion, we'll be bringing you events, exhibitions and workshops to inspire you throughout 2018. Look out for the Angel 20 logo for the rest of the year.

If you'd like to keep up to date with what's happening throughout the year, like us on the Official Angel of the North facebook page facebook page.

Angel 20 events

Northern Children's Book Festival Gala Day

Gateshead Central Library,
Saturday 17 November, 10am to 4pm

The North East's largest children's book festival is coming to Gateshead! Yahoo! Join us for a fantastic day of authors, illustrators, artists, digital activities, crafts and so much more...... Including artist Pui Lee who will be running a crafty #Angel20 drop in session across the day to celebrate the Angel of the North's 20th Birthday!

Free - but some sessions will be pre-bookable.

For more information: 0191 433 8420 or email: libraries@gateshead.gov.uk


Angel Felting Masterclass

The Angel View Inn
Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm

Join textile artist Donna Cheshire for a full day of felting; you will make a 3D soft sculpture of the Angel of the North experimenting with various techniques including needle felting, applique and embroidery. Will your master piece decorate your Christmas tree or will you give it away as a handmade gift?


To book: 0191 433 8420 or book online


Make your own Christmas Angel bunting

The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library
Saturday 1 December, 10am-12.30pm

Christmas can often be a time of waste - well no more; this fun family workshop with artist Josie Brookes will focus on getting creative with recycling! Make 'Pizza packaging' relief prints, inspired by the Angel of the North with a festive twist and transform them into a string of illustrated Christmas bunting to take home. You can also make some recycled collage Christmas cards - transforming last year's leftover cards into new artwork.

Suitable for ages 6yrs+


To book: 0191 433 8420 or book online


Angelic Jewellery Making Workshop

Wailes Room, Gateshead Central Library
Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am-12.30pm

Join maker Jill Hlalo and create a piece of jewellery using leather as the base material, then embellished with gold and silver foils, metallic powders and montage to produce a rich and sophisticated surface of textures and colours. We will be using The Angel of the North as our inspiration when designing pieces. #Angel20


To book: 0191 433 8420 or book online

Knit your own Angel!

Knitted AngelsGateshead's Knit 'n Natter groups, who meet regularly in Gateshead libraries to knit items for charity, were asked if they could help us celebrate the Angel's 20th anniversary by knitting an Angel for every school - and they willingly volunteered.

Now every primary and special school in Gateshead has their very own Angel of the North - and their adventures are already taking place. 

Icon for pdf Download the knitting pattern and create your own [1.64MB]


Will you find an angel in your pocket?

Angel coinThe Royal Mint has unveiled a collection of new 10p coins and the Angel of the North has been chosen as one of the 26 iconic items to be featured. 

Local people are encouraged to check their change over the coming weeks to see if they can spot our Angel making its special appearance. The new collection of 26 coins map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great - ranging from the Angel of the North to a zebra crossing. 

As well as everyday items including fish and chips and a double decker bus the collection acknowledges some of the UK's most astonishing scientific and technological achievements - W is for World Wide Web, representing Tim Berners-Lee's invention of the internet, and G is for Greenwich Mean Time, celebrating our country's naval history and establishing a global timescale.  

Alongside the new coins The Royal Mint has introduced the Great British Coin Hunt app, allowing coin hunters to create a digital collection of the coins they find in their change. Users can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play, to scan the coin with their camera, unlocking exclusive content and placing their coin into a digital folder. 

The entire collection began rolling out into circulation across the country from the 1 March, and are available at selected Post Offices. 

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