Thursday, November 1, 2012

Zombies takeover Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle

 Zombies take over the Laing Art Gallery for Halloween
Zombies take over the Laing Art Gallery for Halloween

SCREAMS echoed around a North East art gallery as zombies turned out in force for some spooky fun.
The Laing Art Gallery on New Bridge Street in Newcastle was transformed into a ghoulish place to celebrate Halloween.

Visitors were transformed into zombies by professional special effects artists, as part of the Zombie Takeover day yesterday.

Teenagers had their faces painted and wore zombie costumes before staggering through the museum to see the futuristic landscape of the Futureland Now exhibition.

Assistant learning officer at the Laing Art Gallery Joy Howe said: “It’s been a fantastic day and everyone has really enjoyed themselves.

“This morning everyone worked with the special effects artists where they showed them how to apply various different make-up techniques.

“They then created their own costumes which were all gory and splattered with blood. They all staggered through the gallery and the young people are all leaving the Gallery today dressed as zombies to go and attend their own Halloween parties.

“All in all, a spooktacular day.

Younger visitors enjoyed spooky activities, freaky face painting and balloon modelling during the Halloween events this half-term.

Chief curator for art galleries Julie Milne said: “After such a busy summer of activities, our visitors will be happy to know we’re offering these Halloween themed events during October half term.”

Spooky goings-on also crept into other venues across Tyneside. At Beamish the museum was overrun by terrifying monsters and spooky ghosts yesterday.

Children went trick or treating in the Town, Pit Village and Pockerly Waggonway in the museum, which was swamped with petrifying creatures.

Meanwhile, in Gateshead children visited Clasper Towers to take part in a range of spooky activities.
From scarecrow-making to pumpkin carving and face painting, youngsters enjoyed a host of events planned at Tyne View Children’s Centre and the playground on Rose Street, in Teams, Gateshead.

Brave youngsters also took part in the spooky story trail and got up close with a host of creepy crawlies.

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