AV Festival 2016 launch, The Mining Institute, 2016. Photo: Colin Davison

The Festival launches at The Mining Institute Library at 6pm with opening speeches by Festival Director, Rebecca Shatwell and MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah. Information about the Festival programme and complimentary refreshments are available. All are welcome.

The Festival Exhibition opens simultaneously at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. All venues are open from 7–10pm and our suggested walking route for the evening is: Assembly House, The Mining Institute, Workplace Gallery, NewBridge Books at BALTIC 39, BALTIC 39 Project Space and The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema.

The Mining Institute Bar is open especially as a social space for Festival guests and visitors. All welcome, pay bar.

Festival Launch: Fri 2 March, 6–7pm, The Mining Institute Library

Exhibition Preview: Fri 2 March, 7–10pm, All exhibition venues

Late Night Bar: Fri 2 March, 10pm–1am, The Mining Institute Bar (2nd Floor)

Festival Launch and Exhibition Preview


Friday 2 March, 6pm-1am

Various Venues

Assembly House
The Mining Institute
Workplace Gallery
NewBridge Books at Baltic 39
BALTIC 39 Project Space
The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema