Now and Not Yet: Shadow Play
6th December 2015

Reflections for Advent, No. 6 Advent, time of preparation. For what do we prepare? Son of Man, Prince of Peace, Light of the World. God human. God vulnerable. God here. The light of the world casts a shadow.         No.           I cast a shadow. His light shines on me and my darkness shows its face. My shadow […]

Photo: A Barker Photos This Summer, we were excited to collaborate with artist Frances Arnold for Shadow Play, a project aiming to bring light into our community through art. Fran responded to the theme by creating playful activities for children at Hotspur Primary, members of our Painting for Fun class and visitors to Heaton Festival, where […]

For all the people back on earth…
20th December 2014

In 1968 the Apollo 8 mission went into lunar orbit and its crew witnessed earthrise on Christmas eve. The pictures they took were the first images of earth, to be seen by people from space. The very next day Bill Anders, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman made a live Christmas Broadcast from the craft, and […]

What was the light in the sky?
20th December 2014

by Dr Carol Davenport, Director of Think Physics, Northumbria University   After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship […]

The Stars and the Angels of Christmas
18th December 2014

‘The Star of Shieldfield’ featured in the ‘Conjunction exhibition at the Holy Biscuit By Dominic White The Star of Bethlehem is one of the most powerful images of Christmas. Indeed, the stars have always fascinated and awed people. Why? The uncertainty of life makes us anxious. We can change much on the earth: flatten hills, […]

Community
21st March 2014

transformation content at The Holy Biscuit Dr Tim Hutchings (Durham University) reflects on the themes of memory and community in Louise Mackenzie’s show transformation content and what community might mean within contemporary society. In transformation content, Louise Mackenzie defines “community” as “a social group built around common beliefs, shared memories, songs and stories”, and asks […]

Writing out and out speaking ageing
18th October 2013

Rachel Magdeburg, Clamgram, 2013   By Kay Steven, Curator of OUTING AGEING   Inside the gallery What do you remember about learning to write? I remember a project notebook – and concentrating hard on the movement of the pencil. Creating little tails. Lifting the pencil at the right moment. There was a focus on the shape – […]

‘Our Newcastle’ + Richard Fish
25th April 2012

Richard Fish, Photographer. from Richard Hirst on Vimeo. Preparations for ‘Our Newcastle,’ THB’s photography project with local photographers, Richard Fish and Louise Todd, and students from Christchurch Shieldfield and St. Catherine’s Primarys, are coming along nicely. Cameras have been collected from both schools and are getting ready to be sent off! Enjoy this short film Fish […]