Episode 27 of BBC TV’s The Culture Show, presented by Lauren Laverne, was broadcast from the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead.

The show looked at the future for the arts in the Northeast, a region which puts culture at the heart of its regeneration, and with the collapse of Northern Rock, was the first into this new economic climate.

Art critic Alastair Sooke met conceptual artist Yoko Ono at her new exhibition Between the Sky and My Head, at the Baltic Centre.

(Also in the show, Lauren Laverne celebrated 30 years of Viz with creators Chris and Simon Donald. Plus, the writer of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano examined the portrayal of the mafia in films and television. One of his stated aims with Gomorrah was to reveal what ‘grubby, hunted little lives’ mafioso types live. He discussed the impact of how films like Scarface, Goodfellas and The Godfather shaped the mafia itself.)

More about Yoko’s exhibition at The Baltic here.