An exhibition and film installation inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Newcastle in 1967



Saturday 7 October - Friday 1 December

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Exhibition Hall, 1st floor


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Great North Museum: Hancock presents Freedom! a new work by Newcastle University’s scholar-filmmakers Ian McDonald and Geetha Jayaraman.

Freedom! is a conceptual three-screen installation that celebrates the political energy of Martin Luther King Jr and underscores the ‘fierce urgency of now’.

Directed by Ian and produced by Geetha, Freedom! takes the visit of Dr Martin Luther King to Newcastle University (in 1967 to receive an honorary doctorate) as the setting for an exciting visual collocation of the visit alongside and against archive material and contemporary visuals.

A response to his acceptance speech, Freedom! deliberates on the three interlinked evils of capitalism that he spoke about: racism, poverty and war. Archival footage is combined with an immersive soundscape to weave portrayals of protests and activism in the UK and USA today into Dr King's speech.

Freedom! moves from the streets of New York to voices in Memphis, marches in London, Enoch Powell’s visit to Newcastle and more.

Ultimately, Freedom! prompts the viewer to ask questions about freedom: What is freedom? What is the relationship between freedom and activism? How do we achieve freedom today?

Find out more on the Freedom City 2017 website.

Part of Freedom City 2017 - a city wide programme across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Freedom City 2017 is a partnership between Newcastle University, Northern Roots and NewcastleGateshead Initiative.


Freedom City