Angel 20

Angel 20 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

The Angel of the North BioBlitz
The Angel of the North
Tuesday 24 July

Become a wildlife explorer, Gateshead's David Attenborough and join us with your family to discover everything that lives at the Angel.

From plants, to beasts, to bugs, to moths, mammals & bats, the Angel site is full of life; but how many types of living things will you find? You will then record your findings digitally and help with future nature conservation.

 Sessions are suitable for adults and families (aged 5yrs+)

 Pre-bookable morning sessions:

Meet the Angel mammals, 8.30am

Become a bird detective, 9.30am

The big Angel bug hunt, 10.30am

The wonderful world of wildflowers, 11.30am

Pre-bookable evening sessions:

Meet the Angel moths, 8.30pm

Bat Walk, 9.15pm

The sessions are free - but make sure you book in advance.

This is an outdoor event - please come dressed for the weather and outdoor activity.


Other forthcoming Angel 20 events:

Create a Zoetrope
28 July
Gateshead Library
Free - drop in throughout the morning
Find out more


Culture Camp: Play in a Day
21 August
Caedmon Hall
Book tickets here

Angel sculpture 
28 August
Gateshead Library
Free - drop in throughout the morning
Find out more

Angel Felting 
8 September
Gateshead Library
Book tickets here

Angel Modern Nail Art 
15 September
Gateshead Library
Book tickets here

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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