Which Way North

Group Exhibition. Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

22 June 2018 – 9 September 2018

Damien Hirst, 'Heaven', 2008 - 2009. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2018

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North (22 June – 9 September), Newcastle University's Great North Museum will present 'Which Way North'. An exhibition which extends throughout the museum building, 'Which Way North' explores the heart and soul of Northern England through stories of its pioneering innovators, designers and artists.

The exhibition will feature an eclectic range of 250 artworks and items. 'Heaven' (2008-2009) will be shown alongside unique objects, such as a miniature book created by Charlotte Brontë and John Lennon's last piano. The exhibition takes its title from one of the earliest works of science fiction, the Duchess of Newcastle's 1666 novel, 'The Blazing World'.

In Hirst's 'Heaven', a tiger shark is suspended in a formaldehyde solution. The work is part of the Natural History series, about which the artist stated he wanted to created work which was "real enough to frighten you". Hirst references Francis Bacon’s space-frames as inspiration for the steel-framed vitrines.