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Co-producing great art since 1983
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Co-producing great art since 1983

Not as it is Written

Not as it is Written is an international exhibition running in Newcastle and Pittsburgh simultaneously. It brings together two rich collections: of photos by ‘one shot’ Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris taken during the 1950s-70s and modern day oral histories from people who lived that history. Together they explore the history of civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Race relations in Pittsburgh through the voices and pictures of African Americans : explore civil rights through the life and times of one American city.

People from the North East are invited to join others from around the world to get involved. Share your own reflections by downloading the free exhibition app:

What does freedom mean to you?

Use the app to take photos, upload and share them with the world.

We are working with pupils from Newcastle Bridges School throughout November and December to explore themes such as boundaries, community, freedom and local heroes. Keep checking into the app to see their latest ideas.

Not as it is Written is at the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, until 1st December.

Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.

How would you represent home or your community?

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris, American, 1908 - 1998, Elderly woman holding Pittsburgh Courier newspaper with headline reading “Reverend King Freed: Albany tense” seated in armchair, July 1962, Black and white safety film, H: 4 in. x W: 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm), Carnegie Museum of Art , Pittsburgh: Heinz Family fund, 2001.35.7018

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