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October 2012

Inside: Official opening of the Hartley Pit Memorial pathway And the Torch Relay Exhibition @ Blyth Sports Centre.


1.Hello

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3.Doorstep film screenings

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2.Local Events & news

4.Regional Events & News 5.Funding

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October 2012 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 Sophie Millington on smillington@bval.co.uk by 15th November.

About Us Queen’s Hall Arts now oversee arts development for Northumberland (from April 2012). 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 Sophie Millington Arts and Film Development Officer Arts Development Apprentice (01670) 622210 (01670) 622215 JBurke@bval.co.uk smillington@bval.co.uk

IMPORTANT READING Arts and Culture review and research documents The South East Northumberland Arts Development Study http://www.queenshall.co.uk/about-us/studies--reports With the support of Arts Council England (ACE) managed funds, Queen’s Hall Arts - who will oversee arts development for the county from April 2012 - commissioned this study into the development of a clear arts strategy for the southeast of the county. The State of the Region report http://thesagegateshead.org/about-us/bridge-north-east/state-of-the-region-report-2012 The State of the Region report is a snapshot of what the region looks like now and has been compiled over the past 9 months. It includes information on the Arts Councils National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and the activities they run for children and young people as well as the context that many of our young people live within. The Henley Review http://www.dcms.gov.uk/publications/8875.aspx This independent review of Cultural Education in England was commissioned at the request of the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Darren Henley, Managing Director of Global Radio's national classical music station, Classic FM, was asked to consider how we can ensure the ambition that every child should experience a wide variety of high quality cultural experiences, ensuring both quality and best use of public investment. If you would like to unsubscribe from these emails please contact me with your name and I will remove you from the contact list.


A new consortium of arts and community organisations has come together in South East Northumberland to secure a £2.4million national funding boost from Arts Council England. The money will be used towards an ambitious £3million, three year programme of communityled high quality arts activity involving national and international artists alongside those already living and working in the area. The consortium, led by the Woodhorn Trust, includes Northumberland County Council, Queens Hall Arts, NHS North of Tyne, Northumberland College and Connect 4 Change and is backed by local and regional arts organisations. The project is designed not only to deliver lots of opportunities to make and experience art but will also have long-term impacts on improving health and well being and building pride and togetherness within the local communities. The Northumberland Consortium was one of just 7 to be successful nationally in a highly competitive bidding process. It will start with a six month development phase talking to local people and finding out what “Great Art” means to them. Following the completion of the development phase there will be a programme of arts activity on a scale never before seen in this part of the north east region. Alison Clark-Jenkins, North East Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “I am thrilled that South East Northumberland is one of seven areas in England to receive Creative people and places funding. This is a game-changer for the area, enabling the programme’s partners to work with national and international artists to deliver fresh and engaging projects to a localised area where it will make a huge difference. Proving the chutzpah and spirit of determination associated with the Pitmen Painters is still very much alive, I am proud and excited to see this project develop.” Lee Hall, champion for the bid said, “I am absolutely delighted the Arts Council are backing this brilliant and inspirational project to bring Art of the highest quality to the people of Ashington and South East Northumberland. The project is tremendously exciting and innovative. Instead of bringing people to the Arts, it will bring Art to the People, allowing residencies of excellent artists in many fields to work together with local people. It seems a hugely fitting that the project was inspired by the work of the Ashington Group of Painters; ordinary working miners with no experience or education in the Arts who created such an extraordinary body of work which is celebrated world wide. Allowing ordinary people to participate in Arts projects with the highest aspirations fits perfectly with their belief that Art is for everybody, and the most ordinary of lives can be made extraordinary through the power of Art.”


The world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape!! 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 will be up to 34 metres high and 400 metres in length. Most importantly Northumberlandia will be 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 will be used to create this ambitious piece of public art. The construction has been privately funded by the Banks Group and Blagdon Estate. Northumberlandia opened on 3rd September 2012.


WE NEED YOUR HELP!

On 20th-21st October come and help create one BIG drawing on Newbiggin Beach!

Work together with artist Nick Kennedy to create the North East’s largest work of art by sand and hand.

Contact: jburke@bval.co.uk or 01670 622210


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. doorsteppictures.blogspot.com Date

17.10.12

Screening to start at

Venue

Isabella Community Centre 6.45pm

Ogle Drive

Venue contact

Film

Steve Perry 01670 368216

Puss in Boots

Lindsey Kirk 01670 819988

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Ian Blakey 01665 574384

We Bought A Zoo

Blyth Ashington Children’s Centre Alexandra Road

30.10.12

4pm

Ashington Northumberland NE63 9EF

Whittingham Memorial 2.11.12

2pm

Institute Whittingham Northumberland, NE66 4UP

FREE SCREENINGS! Ring the venues below to find out what's on at their film Club nights! Every last Friday of the month @ Newbiggin Maritime Centre 01670 811951 http://www.newbigginmaritimecentre.org.uk/ and Shilbottle Community Hall, NE66 2XH 01665 575997 or 01665 575978

AT

What's On: 16th October

Flossie Malavialle

23th October

Singers Night

27th October

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre 7.30pm

30th October

Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig

The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6DT

(01670) 715106


Do you love singing? Have you ever wanted to sing with a group, but never had an opportunity to try? 20,000 Voices and BVAL will make your wish come true this Autumn and New Year. We are planning to set up 2 singing groups, which will be open to adult singers of any age. We’ll be offering more opportunities in the spring of 2013 for all ages. You don’t need to have previous experience of singing, and you don’t need to be able to read music. You can even join us if you think you can’t sing! We can help you to start singing in friendly, informal and fun sessions, led by a professional music leader. We’re hoping to offer two 6 or 8 – week series, but before we set them up we need to find out if you are interested, and when would be the best time for you to attend. We’d also like you to tell your friends and family about this opportunity.

Contact: 01670 852445 or info@20000voices.org


Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure centres are now available as exhibition space! If you would like to exhibit your work please contact: Joanne Burke – 01670 622210 jburke@bval.co.uk


TORCH RELAY: CREATIVE REPORTERS Exhibition Social documentary photographer

SIMON FOSTER Open until 26th October @ Blyth Sports Centre, Bolam Park, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 5BT To celebrate the journey of the iconic flame and the communities it reached in South East Northumberland, BVAL are delighted to invite you to the exhibition of the commissioned early stage artist Simon M Foster. Foster was commissioned to explore the Olympiad themes as well as a capture and respond to the unique journey of the torch, in his own artistic practice and perspective.


MagicIF & Northumberland County Council are proud to present

Northern Flame If you live in, work in, or simply love the county of Northumberland, then this 35 minute film is for you. Northern Flame for you all to watch and share. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=0xu2YiAtVbs&list=UUcFrmq8z669x2ID7SgGRonQ&index=1&feature=plcp

Inspired by London 2012, Northern Flame relays the stories, heritage and culture of just some of the folk who reside along the Olympic Torch’s route through this beauteous border county. We’re grateful to the project commissioners, Northumberland County Council, for empowering us with such creative freedom. We’re also thankful to the Unthanks for their beautiful music, which underscores the majority of the film, and of course all the participants for their trust in us.

Key community involvement came from: Berwick Youth Project, The Warehouse Announce- Over 6 months we got ment / Bamburgh Castle to know people from and Traders / Alnwick 16 Northumbrian Youth Theatre, Alnwick Gardens, towns and villages, The Duchess of and have woven Northumberthese rich insights land / Alnmouth Sunn Inn, Val McDermid / Warkworth, into one warm and Whither and Why? / Amble comforting Development Trust, The Northumberland quilt Ambler / Ashington High of a film. Film Club / Newbiggin-bythe-Sea Maritime Museum Northern Flame and Sailing Club / Morpeth premiered at The Olympics Archive, Berwick Film & Media Woodhorn Arts Festival on Museum / Bedlington Sunday Terriers Association / Plessey 23rd September with Woods Country Park and an overwhelming 5 Visitors Centre / Headway star audience review, Arts & Seven Stars in Blyth / Prudhoe Communi- many commenting on ty Choir / Wheelbirks Farm, the diversity, Stockfield / Northumbrian Army Cadet Force, Hex- storytelling, and ham Detachment /Riding marriage of visuals Mill Community & Olympi- and music. ans Mike McLeod, John Mayock, Kevin Forster & co-founder Great North Run, John Caine


Develop your Arts Award practice Arts Award is now offering additional support opportunities for trained advisers. These free sessions will give you the chance to refresh your knowledge, ask questions and explore ways of making Arts Award work in your organisation. Support surgeries Support surgeries provide an opportunity for existing advisers to explore and develop the delivery of Arts Award in their setting, with the help of trained support consultants. We are now taking bookings for upcoming support surgeries. To find out more or to book a free place on a session please follow the links for more information for your preferred date. View upcoming surgery dates Support visits Arts Award advisers meeting the criteria below can apply for a free support visit from one of our trained support consultants. We welcome applications for visits from centres who are: - unable to attend one of our support surgeries due to location - delivering Arts Award with large groups (approx 50+) - working with one of Arts Award’s identified target groups of young people, listed below:

looked after children and young people young carers / parents young people in the youth justice system homeless young people young people in hospital or suffering long term heath problems    

Your application should demonstrate how your centre meets one or more of the above criteria and why you would benefit from a visit. Apply for a visit Bridge organisations Arts Council England is funding a network of ten Bridge organisations who will use their experience and expertise to build on good practice and to broker experiences for children and young people to connect with arts and cultural opportunities. One of the key areas of their work will be the regional development of Arts Award. To see what support your local Bridge organisation has to offer visit http:// thesagegateshead.org/join-in/music-for-young-people/arts-award-scheme/


Young writers needed for playwriting project with Live Theatre We’re looking for eight keen young writers aged 16 or over to get involved in an exciting new project with Live Theatre, which will be running from September-November. It’s a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in taking their writing further or with an interest in drama/ theatre/performing. The project is called Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair, and will involve taking part in some some exclusive writing and performance workshops with poet Simon Mole and theatre director Peader Kirk to develop a piece of theatre around the subject of family gatherings, which will be performed at Live on 3 November, in the last weekend of the Juice Festival. For more information about the performance, see www.live.org.uk/whats-book/indiana-jones-extrachair. To take part we need you to be 16 or over, be willing and able to take part in some weekend and evening workshops in October and do a bit of work on your writing independently between sessions. If you’re interested, email laura@newwritingnorth.com with your name and age. There are limited places available, so make sure to sign up quickly.

Five Ring Circus @ 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 – helen@circuscentral.co.uk Events or workshop queries

Steve Cousins, Let’s Circus – info@letscircus.com


Phillip Clouts Quartet The Phillip Clouts Quartet play an evening of exuberant, accessible and melodic contemporary jazz influenced by Clout’s own musical roots in African and Latin music. South African born pianist , Phillip C louts is renowned for his work with Afrobeat and ZubopGamia. His quartet, featuring saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, play a refreshing variety of rhythms, textures and moods as well as music taken from the quartet;s new CD Sennon Cove, inspired by the sights and sounds of his current home on the South West Coast.

New Hartley Memorial Hall– Saturday 20th October 7:30pm 0191 2372210

The Baghdaddies featuring Alma Boyes An evening of world music and Bosnian folk music, with multi instrumentalists The Baghdaddies playing a range of instruments including sax, trumpet, trombone, sousaphone, marching drum, tabla, flute, guitar, bass, drums, darbuka, melodica and vocals. They will be joined by Alma Boyes who will be performing traditional Sevdalinka from Bosnia accompanied by The Baghdaddies. In addition The Baghdaddies will perform their own compositions which are Balkan and Latin in style awash with Geordie wit and invention

Ashington Children's Centre - Saturday 10th November 7:30 pm 01665 574964

CountryBoy's Struggle Contact Theatre

CountryBoy’s Struggle is a unique debut solo show, written and performed by Maxwell Golden. The show follows an MC’s journey from the cliffs of Cornwall to the streets of London. Playing over 30 characters and mixing Hip Hop, movement and comedy, this is your first chance to catch a tour-de-force performance. CountryBoy’s Struggle has been devised in collaboration with Martin Stannage and Contact Theatre’s artistic director Baba Israel.

Cramlington Learning Village– Thursday 10th January 2013 7pm 01670 712311


Voluntary Arts 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 www.epicawards.co.uk. 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: http://youtu.be/ljTR_ws6YPc


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: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com 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 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-seatondelaval-hall.html 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


A unique collection of paintings by Ashington Group (Pitmen Painter) artist Oliver Kilbourn. It forms a comprehensive record of his life underground and offers a valuable insight into the life and environment of a working miner throughout the mid 20th century.

Time Vault: The Morpeth Olympics Re-imagined Until 4 November Time Vault brings the tradition of the Morpeth Olympics up to date with a contemporary twist! Using archive records as an inspiration, a group of young people have re-imagined and re-enacted these historic games. Time Vault has been produced as part of Time Travel Northumberland, an Inspire Mark Legacy Trust project for your people led by Woodhorn.

Julian Germain - Big Meetings 22 September - 23 December Photographer Julian Germain was invited to experience and chronicle the 2011 Durham Miners’ Gala. Attended by 100,000+ people, the Big Meeting is one of the largest political events in Europe and Julian was invited to document the meeting itself, the parade, blessing of the banners in Durham Cathedral and the speeches. Visiting former pit communities including Chopwell, Easington and Esh Winning, he photographed local residents with their banners, brass bands in their practice rooms and activist groups meeting ahead of the gala. His pictures explore the ideas of identity and cultural tradition, and question the nature of politics at a point in history when it is widely held that Socialist ideals have been buried by consumerism. This exhibition was commissioned in partnership with DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery.

Canon R. C. MacLeod Facebook Page Find Canon R. C. MacLeod on Facebook and take a glimpse through a Canon's camera at rural life in Northumberland at the turn of the 20th Century. Canon MacLeod was the Vicar of Mitford for many years, and this new project showcases his fascinating photographic collection. ‘Like’ the page to join in and share your own comments & insights. Search for Canon R. C. MacLeod on Facebook on follow him @CanonMacLeod on twitter. This project was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 27th October - 4th November Pumpkin Trail Explore Woodhorn’s historic colliery buildings to find our hidden pumpkins. A spooky treat awaits those with completed trails. Halloween Mask Craft Activity 12noon - 3pm Use simple cutting and sticking techniques to make your own Halloween Mask.


Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland ,NE24 2DS (01670) 367228 www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk


B ETWEEN THE M UD AND THE F ARTHEST S TAR Feature film: a love story set against the background of a rapidly changing Tyneside.

http://www.indiegogo.com/mudstar

Who are we?

Amber is a collective of filmmakers and photographers. We’ve been based in the North East of England for the last 40 years, working with communities and creating stories around the experience of ordinary people. Over this period we’ve created an almost unbroken narrative, which reflects the impact on peoples lives of the various social and economic changes - and the physical changes of the landscape in which they live. This body of work has been seen all over the world. It’s been broadcast in many countries, won many awards, and just recently we’ve been honoured by UNESCO in having our work inscribed in the UK Memory of the World register.

What is the project?

The project that has been boiling away in the Amber pot for the last 3 years is a collaboration between us and a remarkable and diverse group of people who are now living in Newcastle upon Tyne. What has emerged is a love story set against the background of a rapidly changing Tyneside. It is also the story of a band. A chance meeting between Shar, a Geordie single mother and would be singer, and Jamal, a Sudanese refugee rapper and drummer, sets away a chain of events that changes both their lives and the lives of those around them. In the last 10 years, Newcastle has experienced a very rapid transformation from a predominantly white working class culture to a place of many cultures. ‘Between the Mud and the Farthest Star’ is a story that reflects both the hopes and tensions inherent in a community in transition.

Why are we crowdfunding?

There are so many reasons why Amber finds it difficult to get money for it’s projects. It’s partly that we don’t fit. We’re a collective and are committed to an egalitarian approach both in terms of creative input and who takes credit. We don’t work with stars. We work with non-actors, because they bring a real experience of life to their performances. But in a media world that is dominated by celebrities and an increasingly commercial focus, this approach becomes problematic. Amber projects take a very long time to gestate and equally have a long life and a responsibility to the community from which they are drawn. All of this is quite hard sometimes to sell. To be honest it’s always been that way, but it’s getting harder. We know we have a fan base out there and that there are many people who are sympathetic to our approach. So we decided, instead ofsitting on our hands and waiting for the funders to realise that too, we would launch this campaign to test the water publicly. We are committed to making this film, no matter what, even if it takes us another 3 years, but we cannot take our collaborators for granted. We need to do something NOW, and we need to give something back to those who have given us their time and access to their lives. We know that this film is going to be something special, but we need your help to prove that.


MOVE IT community dance deliver a range of dance and fitness activities throughout the South East of Northumberland. All ages and abilities are welcome to the weekly sessions and classes are all very reasonably priced! For information about classes please contact Sophie Johnson: sjohnson@bval.co.uk 01670 542589 www.bval.co.uk Facebook – Move It Community Dance Twitter – @BVAL_MAKEAMOVE Monday: Young @ Heart

11.00-11.45

Nelson Village Community Centre

O’50s

£1.00

Adult Salsa

1.00-2.00

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

18+

£2.00

Cheer Camp!

4.30-5.15

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

6+

£1.50

Hoop Dance

5.15-6.00

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

6+

£1.50

Adult Just Jhoom!

7.00-8.00

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

18+

£3.00

Buggy Fit

10.30-11.30

Astley Park

Parents

Free

Fitness with Childcare

1.00-2.00

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

Parents

£3.00

BOP 2 the TOP

4.15–5.00

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

6+

£1.50

Funky Divas

4.15-5.00

Sporting Club Cramlington

6+

£1.50

Adult Salsacise

3.00-4.00

Bedlington Salvation Army

18+

£3.00

Break-a-Move

4.00-4.45

Concordia Leisure Centre

6+

£1.50

BOP to the TOP

4.30-5.15

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

6+

£1.50

Cheer Camp!

5.15-6.00

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

6+

£1.50

Hoop Dance

5.15-6.00

Seaton Sluice Community Centre

6+

£1.50

Young @ Heart

10.30-11.30

Seaton Sluice Community Centre

O’50s

£1.50

Buggy Fit

10.30-11.30

New Hartley Community Centre

Freestyle Disco Dolls

3.15-4.00

Diddy Divas

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Parents

Free

Sporting Club Cramlington

11 +

Free

3.30-4.15

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

2-6

£1.50

Funky Divas

4.15-5.00

The Buffalo Centre, Blyth

6+

£1.50

Ability 2 Play Dance

4.30-5.15

Concordia Leisure Centre

6+

£2.00

Arts Award

5.30-6.30

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

11+

Free

ZUMBA Gold

11.30-12.15

Bedlington Salvation Army

18+

£3.00

Mini Moves

4.00-5.00

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

5-10

£2.00

Mega Moves

5.00-6.00

Northburn Sports & Community Centre

11+

£2.00

Friday:


The 2012 Newbiggin Art Trail leaflet is now available from various outlets in Newbiggin (The Old Ship, The Maritime Centre, The Library) and can also be downloaded from www.keapcreative.org.uk or www.mynewbigginbythesea.co.uk The Art Trail this year has had nine new pieces installed on the side of The Old Ship, in Ocean View, along the Promenade and at the end of Melrose & Meldon Terraces. There are now over 55 pieces. 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 www.theoldshipnewbigginbythesea.org.uk. Or if you prefer you can read it in the bar of the Old Ship.


Ashington Community Development Trust has a vision for a key landmark in the heart of the town centre. The Trust, with a vision to enhance the quality of life for people in Ashington, is developing ideas to help bring back into use the upper floors of the former Co -op Building (Central Arcade) on Woodhorn Road. Could this major landmark in the centre of the town become a Community Arts Centre, which could serve the whole of South East Northumberland? There are some vibrant centres within the region, such as The Maltings in Berwick, Alnwick Playhouse, Queens Hall in Hexham. The Grade II Listed Building, which is still treasured by many, has the potential to rise again as a facility which could serve local communities. The Development Trust is very keen to get the community’s ideas and views on what they would like to see happen to the Central Arcade. With community support and commitment, there could be some real opportunities to bring this classic building back into use. The Trust is keen to discover and identify the level of support and enthusiasm in the town for such a project. They are engaging with the community and will be running a series of workshops to develop these ideas. To help raise its profile and promote the building, the Trust has moved its operational centre into the Central Arcade, next to the Nisa supermarket, where they are trading as “The Deputy’s Kist”. In addition, Wansbeck Performing Arts Academy have moved into the ballroom where they continue to deliver a positive range of activities with the support of the local community. Kevin Lillie, the Trust’s business development officer, said “The Central Arcade is the key iconic building in Ashington and brings back many fond memories with local people. The jewel in the crown is the former ballroom which has tremendous opportunities to be used for cinema, concerts, dance and theatre, as well as rehearsal space for local groups.” This development could complement the Ashington Leisure and Community Facilities project, being proposed by Northumberland County Council. Ashington has the opportunity to become the centre for arts and leisure in the region and build upon its world renowned heritage and reputation!


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 Address : 77 Station Road Ashington Northumberland NE63 8JY Telephone: 01670458322 doodleworkshops@hotmail.co.uk


DANCe distraction IN ASSOCIATION WITH DANCING FOR CHARITY

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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.


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Young Roots (UK)

Deadline: 31 January 2013. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available to 11 to 25 year-olds for projects that help them find out about their heritage, develop skills, build confidence and promote community involvement. Projects must also show how the young people manage and participate in the project. For further information: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowTo Apply/programmes/Pages/youngroots.aspx

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: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/supporting-libraries/

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: http://www.phf.org.uk/landing.asp?id=3

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. http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/local-communities/community-fund/


The Fidelio Trust Grants Programme The Fidelio Trust provides funding for individuals or groups of exceptional ability to enable them to receive special tuition or coaching. • Participate in external competitions. • Be supported for a specially arranged performance. • Receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The next application deadline is the 1st June 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk/index.php

Northumberland Community Chest Scheme Community groups and voluntary organisations across Northumberland provide a whole host of activities and services which support their communities. These groups are often enthusiastic to do more to meet the demands and needs of their communities, but their ambitions are often constrained by available resource. The County Council has therefore put in place a ‘Community Chest’ scheme which gives local organisations a chance to continue doing what they do best or bid for funding for something they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. The funding can be used for a range of purposes including events, or for the purchase of equipment, however the ideas should come from the communities themselves, based on what they feel their neighborhood needs. The Council has made £300,000 available in 2011/12 which will be administered through a straightforward application process. Local County Councillors through the 3 Area Committees in Northumberland will consider all applications. Purpose of Community Chest The Community Chest Scheme is a Northumberland County Council initiative to provide access to funding support to deliver priority activities appropriate to each of the 3 Areas as determined by the 3 County Council’s Area Committees. How do I get an application form? Application forms are available from the Locality Development Team within Northumberland County Council, and can be obtained from the website: www.northumberland.gov.uk/communitychest.


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