What’s new in Newcastle? Well, obviously, The Magpies are running riot right now in the Prem. Aside from that, though, the Toon is enjoying a major moment thanks to one of the buzziest DIY nightlife scenes going, a madeover Quayside and a dedicated streetwear scene, starring emerging labels like Second Best. There’s even a Byker Grove reboot in the works and a new Shaun the Sheep trail to enjoy on a cotton-wool-headed Sunday. Acid Northumbria, indeed.
Anyway, to add to that, there’s a brand new adidas Originals exhibition presented by adidas Spezial taking place at Newcastle Contemporary Art (NCA) from Friday 27th October to Sunday 5th November. Featuring thousands of Gazelle, Samba and Superstar shoes on show, it’s an absolute dream for sneakerheads and is set to get (logoed) tongues wagging. It’s in partnership with Newcastle-born luxury streetwear retailer END., which now has a dedicated womenswear store in the city and outlets in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Milan.
Want more? Go on, then. To mark the new display, THE FACE has teamed up with adidas Originals and END. to bring a series of totally free panel talks – titled Building Worlds – to NCA, all aimed at creative students from across the city and designed to galvanize the next generation while learning from them, too, through interactive Q&As at the end of each session.
For the first talk, we’re going behind the cover and looking at the biggest issue for budding editors: Building A Magazine. THE FACE editor Matthew Whitehouse will be in conversation with renowned photographer and Newcastle hero Ewen Spencer as they go back-and-forth about Ewen’s many shoots for the mag over the years, and the process of making a magazine with killer visuals. Sign up here now.
Next, we’re talking Building Product Stories with the END. partnerships team, centring on design and development. Collaborations coordinator Zack Meays will be joined by collaboration footwear & apparel designers Lorenzo Brunetti, Sara Carney and Sarah Thompson to dive shoefirst into the brand’s many partnerships, exploring how they stay rooted in the community and unlocking the key to adapting classic products to reflect current trends. Sign up here now.
We’re shutting up shop with Building Your Career, spotlighting female creatives working within style and streetwear and unpacking the story behind END.’s dedicated womenswear store. THE FACE’s Digital Director Brooke McCord will be joined by adidas Originals and Training Category Publishing Lead Georgia Wagstaff and END. Senior Buyers Sevcan Halit and Rebecca Osei-Baidoo, all revealing how they got where they are now and touching on the wider landscape. Sign up here now.
Basically, it’s a properly Spezial miniature course for young Northumbrian creatives without any of the hefty debt or essay woes, made to help get feet in the door. Who needs never-ending endnotes when you’ve got adidas and END.?
Building Worlds takes place on: Monday 30th October (Build A Magazine), Wednesday 1st November (Building Product Stories) and Thursday 2nd November (Building Your Career) at Newcastle Contemporary Art.