Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

When I'm Walking in the Country, I'm Elated; MY PLACE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

When I'm Walking in the Country, I'm Elated; MY PLACE

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Byline: JULIE MILNE

WALLSEND-born Julie Milne has been curator of the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle for seven years.

Previously she was curator of contemporary art at the Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust.

Julie trained as an artist in Leeds, and worked as an artist in Sheffield before taking up curatorship.

She lives in North Shields with husband Malcolm, 44, assistant head at Whickham High School, Gateshead, and son Samuel, nine.

Where do you live?

Linskill Terrace in North Shields.

How long have you lived there?

Seven years.

What's your dream home?

I love our Victorian home and all of the features in it but the only problem with it is there isn't a garden, just a yard. So my dream home would be ours but with a massive garden.

How do you get around (walk, car, public transport, private jet)?

I walk and use the Metro. We have a car but it's my husband's.

What is your favourite part of the North East?

I love Northumberland and I love Wallington Hall and I love Cragside. It is a combination of the historical buildings and the art inside and their beautiful gardens.

What is your favourite building in the region?

It has to be the Laing Art Gallery. We have invested a lot of time with the refurbishment showing it off and redesigning it. It's fabulous.

What is the best holiday you've ever had?

It was last year, when we went to Venice, Italy, and we were staying in an apartment for the biennial. It was just beautiful and the people were lovely. We stayed in Giudecca which is less touristy and there were some marvellous bars and restaurants.

Do you have a favourite thing in your home?

It is a ceramic Hare by the artist Jeremy James. I love hares anyway because they are quite magical and mystical creatures. It is about a foot high, it's realistic but with an almost human quality as well.

If you could have one luxury what would it be?

A large garden!

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on an exhibition change at the Laing. …

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