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
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!
Gateshead'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.
Will you find an angel in your pocket?
The 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.