T Dan Smith. There’s a memorable name from ’60 / ’70s politics, architecture, regeneration etc. He was ‘Mr Newcastle’ ot ‘The Mouth of the Tyne’ so that’s where this exhibition of landscape photographs by the excellent Liverpool-based John Davies is taking place.
This Lit & Phil place sounds interesting too..
The Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil) is the largest independent library outside London, housing over 150,000 books. A wide selection of current fiction and non-fiction can be found alongside historical collections covering every field of interest.
City State Exhibition (Towards the Brasilia of the North)
Friday 25th September to Saturday 31st October, FREE
at The Lit & Phil, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
An exploration of post-war modernism on Tyneside and its controversial political visionary/PR man T. Dan Smith, whose ambitious regionalist agenda secured international recognition in the 1960s, before he was jailed for corruption in 1974. The great landscape photographer John Davies captures the era’s distinctive and fast-disappearing legacy to the built environment; Amber Films revisit their archives to create an epic video installation out of their extensive interviews with Smith and fellow leftwing councillors; details culled from Smith’s own scrapbooks and files: the exhibition presents a unique account of how things happened, what was achieved and what went wrong.