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02.BVAL & QHA news and featured

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03.Film and Media

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04.Creative Crafts

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06.Dance and Performance

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07.Visual Arts

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08.Heritage and Local attractions

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09. Social and Other

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August 2013 Newsletter Welcome to the Art e Facts monthly arts development e-newsletter for South East Northumberland. If you would like to include any of your arts and cultural events, please contact Joanne Burke on by 15th of the Month . About Us Queen’s Hall Arts now oversees arts development for Northumberland. BVAL remain a key partner of the arts development in South East Northumberland in support, strategy and delivery. Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure arts development department is responsible for projects and programs that encourage high levels of participation and appreciation of the arts in South East Northumberland. We are funded by Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England. Joanne Burke Arts and Film Development Officer (01670) 622210


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FREE WORKSHOPS & FILM SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR SOUTH EAST NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS! Northumberland Arts Development has partnered up with Kids for Kids UK to offer an exciting opportunity to schools in South East Northumberland. Kids for Kids UK is an award winning community interest company based in County Durham. Our aims are to inspire the filmmakers of the future, introduce young people to the possibility of a career in the creative industries and bring the local and wider communities together to celebrate the achievements of children and young people.

Cinemasports Film Challenge A 1-day film challenge for upto 30 young people working in small groups to create short films in response to a specific brief consisting of 3 “ingredients’. Groups will be competing against each other and, other schools, to win awards in a number of categories which will be announced at a film premiere and awards ceremony. Other offers connected to this programme include a screening of Asian Shorts Film with Q and A and to be part of a youth film jury for the Cinemasports Film Competition.

What's Special About Cinemasports Unlike any other filmmaking event, Cinemasports promises movies made after sunrise and completed before bed time. This short timeframe not only eliminates gruelling sleepless nights, it produces better quality movies. Filmmakers keep creative energy high through the compact Cinemasports timeframe so projects don't burn out from over ambition. Cinemasports also promotes greater diversity of movie-makers amongst young people. Cinemasports screenings change the way we experience movies. Screenings showcases movies started that very week and are open to the public. Part world premiere, part wrap-up party for movie crews, these public screenings vibrate with energy. Be prepared for a screening full of laughing, screaming, and wise-cracking. For the third year running we have partnered up with the international organization Cinemasports to deliver a specially devised programme of film related activities for young people in Northumberland that is connected to a global cinemasports initiative. Our brief is to work specifically with the 10-19 years age group primarily through local primary, secondary schools and colleges. Please note ALL workshops and cinema screenings are provided for FREE. The only financial cost to your school would be transport to and from the Theatre for the Cinemasports film premieres and awards ceremony.

Dates available for the KFK UK team to come into your school are during the week beginning Monday the 30th September with the date for the Film Screening and Awards Ceremony still tbc.

For further information or to request a meeting to discuss this further please either email us at or call us on 01388 765002. ALSO: OPEN FILM MAKING CINEMASPORT CHALLENGE. Even without being a part of these workshops you can still submit your films. To take part please find contacts above.

Free support for all trained advisers Take advantage of our free support sessions to help you get going with Arts Award, refresh your knowledge, and give you the chance to explore ways to make Arts Award work in your organisation.

Support visits If you meet our priority criteria you can request a free support visit to your centre from a trained support consultant. The criteria cover centres in a range of circumstances, including those delivering Arts Award to large groups and those working with young people in difficult circumstances, as well as those who have had an unsuccessful moderation. View the full criteria list to see if you're eligible for a free support visit.

Support surgeries Get support with planning, or develop your Arts Award practice, with the help of a trained support consultant at our free support surgeries. Book your place now as spaces are limited. id=2368&dm_i=1I97,1GDE4,A2CVQC,4XQEF,1

Ready for Gold Arts Award? Develop your practice as an Arts Award adviser by training to deliver Gold Arts Award. At a Gold adviser training course, you'll learn about the framework and assessment criteria for Arts Award's Level 3 qualification, worth 35 points on the UCAS tariff.

At this training course you will: develop your knowledge of the assessment criteria and framework for Gold Arts Award  meet other professionals who are planning to run Gold Arts Award in a wide variety of settings  get the chance to explore case studies and examples of Gold level work ask questions and consider how Gold may work for you in your particular setting 

Spaces are limited so book now to secure your place. Upcoming dates and locations: script=course_details&course_id=4798

Please remember to bring your adviser toolkit to the Gold training. You can buy the third edition of the toolkit from the Arts Award shop. In order to be able to get started with Gold, you will need to have completed a Bronze & Silver adviser training course.

Develop your Arts Award practice with these great free support opportunities, or take your delivery to the next level with Gold Arts Award, and get your summer off to a flying start!

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Now in it’s ninth year, the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) will run from Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th September 2013 and will once again transform Berwick into one big cinema screen through film premieres, sitespecific installations and live events, in a range of locations across the town. This year’s theme is North by Northeast, exploring Berwick’s Nordic roots, and our region’s historical and cultural links with Northern Europe, and the North Sea that connects us. Further information can be found at -

Creative People and Places – Project Director announced The £3m Creative People and Places (CPP) project in South East Northumberland has a new Project Director Rachel Adams. Rachel will be leading a team to deliver an exceptional two-and-a-half year programme of creative activity. Rachel joins CPP from 1st May 2013 from Juice, NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for children and young people and brings with her valuable and relevant expertise along with an understanding of how to deliver a programme that will fully involve local communities. The programme will consist of high profile arts events intended to create long term change not only in levels of arts participation in South East Northumberland, but in the lives of those involved. This project is overseen by a consortium of organisations led by Woodhorn and including: VCS Assembly, NHS North of Tyne, Northumberland College, Northumberland County Council and Queens Hall Arts. To find out more about this project please follow this link -

Film and Media

Doorstep Pictures is a mobile cinema provision for Northumberland. We also provide support and development for film societies and community cinemas. We reach 22 community venues across Northumberland. We love film! and we love to support access to film in its many forms! Doorstep Pictures is part of the Northumberland Film Network which is a partnership between Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure, Queen's Hall Arts and Northumberland County.

Doorstep Pictures, the mobile cinema provision for Northumberland, has come to the seasons end finishing with a packed May half term weekend of Wreck it Ralph at the Blyth Ability to play group, Life of Pi at Morpeth Town Hall and the special screening of The Kings Speech at Woodhorns Dressing the Stars exhibition. The Doorstep programme will be returning in September with Community selected feature films supported prior with Aesthetica shorts, Artist Mat Flemings "Wallaw" and other regional or independent gems of the silver screen.

Creative Crafts

Doodle Workshops is dedicated to making Arts & Crafts accessible to everyone. Tuition is available in screen printing, ceramics, glass fusing, slumping and laminating, silk painting, glass painting, quilting & handicrafts, machine knitting, textiles and lots more ......... Rooms are available for individual or group tuition and also for hire. The rooms are equipped with silk screen printing table & exposure unit, potters wheels & kilns, sewingknitting machines and overlockers, hot press, looms and projectors. Exhibition space is available to showcase and sell the work of local artists & commissions undertaken Art & Craft materials are on sale at competitive prices and items can be sourced & ordered. CHILDRENS ARTY PARTIES You can book your children in for their party and they all go home with their unique hand made piece. Favourites have been sock monkeys, Silk or Glass painting but she’s happy to cater to your needs. She can also offer clay where they will have to wait for the firing but it will be unique to them Unit 2 Central Arcade 14 Woodhorn Road Deputies Kist Telephone: 01670 854422 07501023346

Voluntary Arts is the national development agency for arts participation and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Voluntary Arts raises

awareness of the contribution that the

voluntary and amateur

arts and crafts make to the well-being of communities, social

inclusion, lifelong learning, active citizenship and volunteering. Voluntary Arts is proud to announce that the Epic Awards 2013 are now open for entries. The Epic Awards are open to all amateur art and craft groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland and are free to enter. The search is on to find winners from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who can demonstrate that they have achieved something Epic – whether that’s improving life in their local community, working across generations, or using technology in a creative way. Last year’s winners included a drumming group who made a video about how music helped them recover from mental health issues; a choir who dramatically increased membership and brought choral singing to a new generation; a pioneering photography gallery and a community festival.

The Epic Awards give groups an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of their work as well as the chance to win a package of prizes including cash, vouchers, training and publicity. Voluntary Arts is hosting the prestigious Epic Awards winners’ reception in Derry~Londonderry to celebrate the city’s designation as UK City of Culture 2013, and winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to collect their award. Speaking about scooping the Scottish Epic Award, Jane Bentley from The Buddy Beat said:

“We are all over the moon! I think the win will have a huge effect on the group in terms of boosting confidence, and hopefully creating opportunities to play.” The awards have captured the imagination of the general public, with the incredibly popular People’s Choice Award. Last year saw a staggering 53,807 votes cast on the Epic Awards website, giving an unprecedented opportunity for local amateur arts and crafts groups to have their work showcased on a national stage. More information about the awards and details of how to enter can be found at The official Epic Awards 2013 trailer is a 2 minute video which highlights the diversity of groups that get involved with Epic. Watch it here:

NORTHERN BUTTERFLIES A community centre’s garden has been trasformed with the creation of two outdoor sensory sculptures made by a local art group. Northern Butterflies was set up in 2011 to provide opportunities for those with disabilities to engage and contribute to local art projects in the community, which in turn helps members gain a variety of new and transferable skills. Working in partnership with Seaton Sluice Community Centre and other groups, Northern Butterflies has transformed the garden, creating two permanent outdoor sensory sculptures. The metal wall hangings have been made using a variety of materials including metal, fused glass and objects like driftwood and shells. Northern Butterflies has worked with a variety of people on this project, including glass artist Karen Griffiths. Art director Samantha Goodlet said: “ The interaction has been amazing to observe and be part of, improving the quality of life, environment and providing a healthier community to live in.”

ART ON THE BEACH AND PROM 2013 SAT 3rd AUGUST 11am to 3pm Newbiggin by the sea

In aid of the sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Calling on all Artists to sponsor themselves to paint on the beach or prom in aid of the above charity. For sponsorship forms or information call at the little gem art gallery Formerly The Forum Gallery on Woodhorn Lane Newbiggin By The Sea Or phone Brian on 01670 590503 Organized by The East Coast Art Club In the case of inclement whether the event will be held the next suitable Saturday.

20,000 VOICES Contact us for more information: 01670 797136

Come & join our new choir in Bedlington .... .... now’s your chance to sing!

COME & SING! Anyone can sing

Bedlington Community Centre Fees: ÂŁ3 per session

Book your place at 20,000 Voices - 01670 797136

20,000 Voices is a company limited by guarantee Company Number 3550680 and a Registered Charity Number 1073394


AUGUST 6th-Theme Night-Luck Or Lack of It 13th-Theme Night-Flowers 20th-Theme Night-Food and Drink 27th-Theme Night-War and Peace

September 3-Prelude 10-Singers Night 17-Valerie Vaughan 24-Quicksilver The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6DT

(01670) 715106


August –October at your local community arts venue

Five Ring Circus, Youth Club @ North Tyneside

We are North Tyneside Youth Circus; a club that was created for children and young people in the area to encourage them to run away and join the circus! We are based at Whitley Bay High School and meet every Tuesday evening. The club is mainly made up of young people from the age of 12 upwards, with a few big kids there to teach us stuff, like Helen, Steve and Rob from Let’s Circus. Most sessions, we learn skills like juggling and aerial as a group, and there is also an ‘open toybox’ so that people can practise with toys of their choice. Circus leaders are always around to help us learn new tricks and to make sure everybody stays safe. Touring performers and teachers occasionally come along to the club with new or more advanced skills to share. The North Tyneside Youth Circus group is a great place to learn new skills, and has a really friendly, relaxed atmosphere where it is easy to make new friends. There are often circus events and street festivals in the area, and most of the North Tyneside group usually go along to these. We often get the chance to perform at these events, as well as join in with the other activities that are going on. Getting involved with the club has meant that many of us have had the chance to meet international artists and we have also been given various opportunities to travel and to get involved with other youth circuses in the country. General Five Ring Circus queries Helen Averley – Events or workshop queries Steve Cousins


Presents A

BEGINNERS MODERN JIVE CLASS AND FREESTYLE @ forest hall social club NE12 9DQ every Wednesday & CRAMLINGTON VILLAGE CLUB NE23 6QJ Every THURSDAY 8pm – 10.30 PM Beginners class 8pm Freestyle and individual coaching 8.40 – 10.30pm ENTRY ONLY £3 Modern jive is a fun, male led, partner dance which consists of a huge number of eclectic moves which take their origins from rock and roll, swing, lindy hop and salsa. It is very easy to learn and footwork is minimal. With just 6 classes it is usually possible to learn sufficient moves so that you can join in with a freestyle session with some confidence. You don’t need to come with a partner as everyone just mixes up whether beginner or experienced, this form of dancing is very social.

Visual Arts

Newbiggin Art Trail leaflets are available from various outlets in Newbiggin including The Old Ship, The Maritime Centre and The Library. They can also be downloaded from or There are now over sixty pieces on display ranging from a stained glass window to carved sculptures, ceramic sculptures, ceramic panels, a community installation, a community woven tapestry and community photographs. In addition a number of miniature sculptural heads have been installed in hidden spots along the promenade between the Piazza and the Horseshoe Steps. You are invited to discover as many as you can. Their story, “Safe Haven�, is available on the two websites above and also on or if you prefer you can read it in the bar of The Old Ship.

Northumberlandia is a landmark feature designed by world renowned artist Charles Jencks, which celebrates the earth's natural power and the human ability to reshape landscape into a dramatic form. Lying at the entrance to south east Northumberland, near the town of Cramlington, she is around 34 metres high and 400 metres in length. Most importantly Northumberlandia is the centrepiece for a 19 hectare public park in the urban fringe between the rolling countryside of mid Northumberland and the urban areas of south east Northumberland and Newcastle to the south. Work has been ongoing constructing the landform since 2010 and Northumberlandia has gradually risen from the ground. In total 1.5 million tonnes of soil and clay from Shotton Surface Mine has been used to create this ambitious piece of public art. The construction was privately funded by the Banks Group and Blagdon Estate. Northumberlandia opened on 3rd September 2012.

VISIT THE HARTLEY PIT PATHWAY Open daily@ Hartley Pit Memorial Garden,

New Hartley Village, Northumberland Designed by Rob Walton and Russ Coleman

Local Attractions Woodhorn always have things to do for the whole family. To find out about he latest exhibitions and events or for more information and opening times, visit the website: This stunning 18th century house, garden and surrounding land has recently been handed into the care of The National trust. Opening times and further details call 0191 237 9100 or visit The watch house was built in 1880 as a base for the Seaton Sluice volunteer life saving company. It served as a lookout, training base and social venue for over 110 years before it closed in 1990. during its history, the volunteers were involved in a number of notable rescues from wrecks on the coast between Whitley Bay and Blyth. The museum is open on Sundays between 2pm and 5pm from June to September. If you would like to rent a beach hut, please contact Blyth Sports Centre reception on: 01670 542222 Daily lets are available for: £15.50 per day. Plus £5.00 refundable deposit.

Blyth Battery is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd April– 30th September, from 11:30am-4pm. Guided tours of the site are available when possible. The Battery is also open on a number of additional days throughout the year. The Dave Stephens Centre has an excellent meeting space with a fabulous view of Blyth’s coastline. The community room is perfect for meetings, seminars, training sessions or workshops. The room can host up to 30 people theatre style and up to 24 people board room style. All bookings and arrangements to be made with at least one weeks notice via Concordia leisure Centre central administration on 01670 542564

Social and Other

An arts centre is rapidly evolving right in the heart of Ashington thanks to the local development trust. Ashington Community Development Trust (ACDT) has a vision to see the upper floors of the Central Arcade (former Coop building) on Woodhorn Road develop as a centre for arts, culture, entertainment and heritage. At the end of 2011, the Trust moved its operations into the ground floor of the Central Arcade and opened The Deputy’s Kist. The “Kist”, as it is often referred to, has established itself as the Centre for Arts and Crafts in Ashington. It originally opened as a new bookstore, the first in the town for nearly 15 years, selling children’s and local interest books but has quickly expanded its operations by marketing creations and products from over 60 local individuals and organisations. Many local artists and craftspeople can be proud of their creations which are on display in the “Kist”, and a visit is highly recommended. Ashington has a wealth of local talent which builds upon the international success of “The Pitmen Painters”. Any local artists, who are not exhibiting but see the potential of promoting their products in Ashington, should contact the Trust. The Trust is not just marketing the finished products of local artists and crafters. They are now supplying a wide range of craft materials for anyone interested in creating their own products or just wanting to fulfil a pastime or pleasure. Two of their major suppliers of craft materials include Crazy Crafters and Doodle Workshops, who both used to have premises in the town.

The “Kist� is more than just an Art Centre for new products and craft materials, but is becoming a town centre location for art and craft workshops. The Trust is running a range of art and craft workshops from the Central Arcade. Jewellery and photography workshops, and even one on Welfare Reform, have recently been held. Sewing and furniture restoration classes will be starting during April. The Trust is keen to hear from anyone interested in attending arts and crafts workshops or experts who could help them to deliver their programme. The Deputy’s Kist is also an information point for the local community. The development trust has recently expanded its operations on to part of the first floor of the Central Arcade, which includes making rehearsal space available for the Ashington Colliery Band. Later in the year, the Trust is planning to run a programme of activities, which will include arts and crafts fairs and even cinema. Contact the Trust if you are interested in having a stall. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Trust on Tel. 01670 854422 or send a note to


Arts Funding for Libraries (England) Under this programmeArts Funding for Libraries will support projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations, encouraging communities to part in cultural activities. Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years.The funding will run until March 2015. For Further Information:

Co-operative Membership Community Fund The Co-operative Membership Community Fund provides grants of between £100 and £2,000 to voluntary groups, community groups and local charities throughout the UK. The scheme is funded by Co-operative members donating some or all of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants in their local communities. Grants can be used to help fund anything from equipment to event costs, rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Programme The Paul Hamlyn Foundation invites applications to its Education and Learning Open Grants Programme. In particular, the Foundation is looking to fund projects that address the themes of; tackling school exclusion and truancy, developing speaking and listening skills and supplementary education. The costs that can be covered by the Foundation's grants include running costs such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationery, rent, rates and utilities. There is a two stage application process: First stage applications can be made at any time. Those that are successful will be invited to make a second stage application. For more information, visit:

Shell Live Wire

Shell Live Wire have up to 4 x £1000 Grand Ideas Awards to give away each month to new businesses in the UK and in their first 12 months of trading. Applicants and all business partners must be aged 16 - 30. For further information

The Sir James Knott Trust

The aim of the trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England, applications are normally accepted three times a year in the spring, summer and autumn. Donations are on the themes of; community issues and events, service charities, historic buildings and heritage, education, young people, arts and culture, health and sport, environment, public services and housing. For further information

Hadrian Trust (North East England)

Small grants are available to help social welfare and charitable organisations working to improve the lives of people in the North East of England, the average grant is between ÂŁ500 and ÂŁ2,000. Grants can be for a specific project or part of a project, purchase of equipment or as a contribution towards running costs. Applications will be considered in July and October 2013; restrictions and T&C apply, for further information

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