A fantastic walking tour about the history of the shipping industry in South Shields

Posted on Jun 29 2015

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In Conversation: A riverside walk with Michael Chaplin and Mikhail Karikis

South Shields, Sat 4 July 2015, 14:30 - 16:30

Join writer, Michael Chaplin and artist, Mikhail Karikis in conversation during a riverside walk, revealing the historical legacy and landscape of the shipping and ship-building industry in South Shields. Chaplin and Karikis will be in conversation as they lead you on a walking tour revealing stories, anecdotes and facts of this fascinating area which have creatively inspired the writer and artist in different ways. Along the way there will be reflections on an industrial landscape that once was and access to some of wonderfully restored artefacts including the Henry Frederick Swan Ex Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat built in 1917. 

The riverside walk will begin in front of The Customs House on Mill Dam and end with refreshments at the North East Maritime Trust on Wapping Street.


Michael Chaplin

Michael Chaplin is an English theatre, radio, television and non-fiction writer and former television producer and executive.

Chaplin has written two books of non-fiction about icons of the North East area: ‘Come and See’ (2011), an affectionate memoir of the beautiful Tyneside Cinema where Chaplin received his cinematic education in the late 60s and 'Tyne View - A Walk Around the Port of Tyne' (2013), an exploration of the social history, culture and soul of the river, appeared with contributions from artist Birtley Aris, photographer Charles Bell, and poet Christy Ducker. 

Mikhail Karikis 

Karikis is known for installation works that span film, performance and sound, often using the voice as sculptural material in socio-politically informed narratives. Ranging from the poetic to the theatrical, his practice explores the themes of ‘work’ as a common purpose, vanishing professions and community cohesion. He says, “Usually my research involves talking to people, immersing myself in communities or observing spaces and spending time there.” This usually involves working with people whose lives challenge the mainstream and highlight alternative modes of human existence and action.

Mikhail Karikis was in residence at the Tyneside Cinema in early 2015. His work has been shown at the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 9, Aichi Triennale, Tate Gallery, Barbican and elsewhere. His sound work has been published world-wide with Bjork, DJ Spooky and Sub Rosa Records. 


Ticket price: £4 per person

Advance booking for this event is essential.

For further information, please contact:

Andrea Macdonald, Artistic Programme Producer/


Last changed: Jun 29 2015 at 8:33 AM