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Project: Open Council Photography Exhibition

Subject: Views of the Civic Centre

The Open Council are kicking off the new *call for work* season with a great new community photography project: Views of the Civic Centre.

We will be holding an exhibition of photographs of this iconic structure taken by Open Council members. We want pictures of the Civic Centre taken from every conceivable angle and from the most unlikely locations.

The Civic Centre doesn't have to be the main subject of the pictures, it could just be a tiny feature in the background that is hardly visible, like a Where's Walley photograph. Let your imaginations run riot and together as members we can surround Newcastle's number one iconic monument of power!Email your Civic Centre images to civiccentrepix@opencouncil.co.uk or you can post your pictures to The Open Council, PO Box 317, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 9AF

Take a look at the Views of the Civic Centre Archive.

About the Civic Centre

Plans to build a new city hall on the site at Barras Bridge had been proposed prior to the outbreak of the Second World War through a local architectural competition, although these plans were halted by the war; and due to post-war restrictions on capital expenditure, it was not until August 1956 that authorization to begin construction was granted. During the interim period, the demolition of houses and a former Eye Hospital on the intended site was implemented. The building was completed in 1967 and was inexplicably opened by HM King Olav V of Norway on 14 November 1968. The meaning of the seahorses crowning the building remains unclear.