The Big Draw with Atomhawk
The Great North Museum
The Great North Museum: Hancock
The Big Draw with Atomhawk
Featuring future landscapes and live drawing with an Atomhawk artist.
Atomhawk are an international design company and we are very lucky to have an exhibition of their concept art at the Great North Museum: Hancock this summer. The Big Draw is an annual festival and celebration of all things drawing. Drawing is such an important way to capture imagination and develop creativity. Any ideas usually start with annotated drawings and it is an essential skill for communication, expression and individuality. This summer, over a week, we are going to transform the space next to Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk into a futuristic landscape. From buildings and transport to animals and plants we want to see your futuristic visions of our world. What do you see when you think of the North East hundreds of years from now? Does it look similar or very, very different? There will also be a chance to see one of Atomhawk's artists working on a live mural over the course of the week in the same space, just like you they will help to build this new future world with drawings.
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Tue 03 Aug
Wed 04 Aug
Thu 05 Aug
This is a free event
Suitable for ages:
Great North Museum: Hancock
Family Friendly Facilities:
- Level access
- Lift available
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Male and female toilet facilities
- Family toilets
- Assistance available if required
- Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
- Facilities for blind and partially sighted people
- Assistance and Guide dogs admitted
- Baby changing facilities
- Gift shop
- Cafe serving hot and cold meals
- Conference facilities
- Landscaped gardens
- Under 5s gallery
The approach to the main front entrance from Claremont Road is tarmac, paving and
resin bonded gravel on paths. Visitors can access the front entrance doorways
in three ways. The accessible ramp on the Claremont
road side of the building (which has 2 accessible routes, one from Claremont Road and
one at the front corner of the Museum. These routes provide level access to the
front entrance with power assisted doors. Here you will also find the Reception
Desk and shop area.
There is also an
external platform lift on the other side of the entrance (nearest to the
Central Motorway). This also provides level access through power assisted doors
to the entrance of the Museum.
The third route is the
stepped route up the stairs to the central door which is not power assisted.
The Reception Desk for
the Museum can be found at the main (front) entrance.
There is also a fourth
entrance to the Museum which can be found at the rear, leading directly to the
Street Café and to the rear area of the Museum. This is level access with a
power assisted door.
There are four accessible parking bays at the front of the Museum for Blue
Badge Holders. If these are occupied please ask at the front Reception Desk
(call 0191 222 6765) as we will try to find you a space in the private area of
the Museum. You can also drop off at the front entrance plaza at the bottom of
the main external stairs, or at the lay-by on Claremont Road. There is no other public
parking at the Museum. There are bicycle racks at the front entrance near the
rhinoceros sculpture. The nearest public car parking is approx 300m away
up Claremont Road.
Go past the Museum towards Exhibition
Park (North), over the
roundabout and parking can be found on the right. There are also numerous
parking spaces in the city centre car parks
the Museum there are lifts and stairs providing access to all floors. All lifts
have voice announcers and Braille indicators. The Museum is spread out across
the ground floor and first floor. The GNM library can be found on the 2nd floor
in the rear part of the building. This also has lift access.
All floors have level
access. Stairs have raised tactile indicators on the underside of the
handrails. Stairs also have contrasting nosings.
orientations maps for the Museum are available on request at the Reception
Desk. These can also be requested in advance of your visit.
Bench seating can be found in the main entrance, and within a number of
galleries around the museum (Living Planet, Greeks, Fossil Stories, Ice Age to Iron Age, Egypt,
Mouse House). Café seating has a combination of chairs with and without arms.
There are some external benches in the gardens and spaces for people who use
wheelchairs. The Museum also has portable folding seats which visitors can
carry with them during their visit.
Borrowing a wheelchair
One wheelchair is available for visitor use. It can be found at the main
entrance. Please ask at the Information Desk.
The shop telephone can be used on request for emergencies or to book taxis for
and large print plans are available from the Information Desk.
information is currently being developed. If you require anything in advance of
your visit please call us on (0191) 222 6765.
We welcome assistance dogs. The Information Desk can provide a bowl of water.
Induction points are fitted throughout the Museum. They can be found at the
Reception Desk, cafés, and interactive points in the galleries.
There are a number of audio points in the Museum. Video which has spoken
narrative is subtitled and has accompanying BSL. Audio points in the Hadrian’s Wall gallery have text versions on the panels.
All interactives are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.
Guided tours of the Museum
Tours are available on request, but must be booked in advance.
The fire alarms have voice evacuation sounders, visual flashing lights. Both
lifts are designated as fire evacuation lifts and staff will assist in the
event of an emergency. In the event that the lift is out of action, there are
evac chairs available. People unable to exit the building should wait at the
fire refuge points at the top of each stairwell (in the four corners of the
Museum) to await evacuation. If you will need assistance to exit the building
in the event of a fire alarm please tell a member of staff.
Toilets and baby changing
are separate male, female, accessible and family toilets on the ground floor.
There are separate male, female and accessible toilets on the first floor.
There is an accessible toilet on the second floor. The accessible toilet on the
ground floor at the rear of the Museum also has a shower with a seat. There is
baby changing in the male and female toilets on both the ground and first
floors and in the family toilet on the ground floor at the front of the Museum.
Eating at the Great North
The Museum has two cafés. The Street Cafe is located on the ground floor at the
rear of the Museum. Hot and cold drinks are available as well as sandwiches,
cakes and snacks. The large “Hancock Café” is located on the first floor at the
front of the Museum. A full licensed restaurant service is available here.
If there is anything
that we can do to make your visit more enjoyable please contact us, we will be
happy to assist you.