Thomas Widerberg: Northern Lights

Tue – Fri, 10.30 – 4pm; Sat, 11am – 4pm

Preview 21 March, 5 – 7.30pm

Gallagher & Turner

The first solo exhibition in Newcastle by Norwegian photographer Thomas Widerberg.

The work of photographer Thomas Widerberg (b. 1964) is concerned with the solitude and majesty of remote landscapes. Throughout his career, the artist has made repeated journeys to some of the world’s most remote areas, from the remote Svalbard archipelago in his native Norway, to Patagonia at the southernmost point of South America.

Widerberg’s work documents a feeling of solitude and quiet contemplation while engulfed in the landscape. Shadows play on bare mountains, the Northern Lights dance, reflected in white snow, and the last traces of humanity vanish under the weight of dense sky. Through these landscapes, the feeling of solitude and enlightenment becomes manifest.

Although Widerberg has worked primarily as a photographer for almost 40 years, he is also a trained composer and musician. His compositions have a ‘cosmic’ atmosphere mirroring the celestial feel of his imagery.

Northern Lights is Thomas’s first solo exhibition of photography in Newcastle, presenting over a decade of work. Thomas has exhibited across Norway after holding his first exhibition on Svalbard in 1996, and most recently showed work with Bermondsey Project Space, London. Previously he has composed music and directed a visual play about the Northern Lights for the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994; staged numerous shows alongside his brother, the sculptor Nicolaus Widerberg, and father, the painter Frans Widerberg; and exhibited across Germany, Italy, Malaysia and Indonesia. He lives and works in Oslo.

Gallagher & Turner is delighted to be joined by Thomas for the opening preview. All works are available for sale. Also on show are North Shields-based artist Crispian Heath’s mesmeric glass sculptures. Crispian’s work is inspired by the rugged cliffs and geological sites of Britain.

Please note the gallery will close for Easter between 29 – 30 March 2024.


30 St Mary’s Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PQ

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22 March—13 April 2024


  • Tue 10.30 – 4pm
  • Wed 10.30 – 4pm
  • Thu 10.30 – 4pm
  • Fri 10.30 – 4pm
  • Sat 11am – 4pm
  • Large-format print
  • We have ground floor access but there is a step at the front door: we will happily offer support if needed.

Selected works

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