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

Your guide to Events and Exhibitions in and around Northumberland.


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September 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 September.

About Us 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

Hey Everyone, You may have noticed that Helens contact details are no longer here! She has been offered a temporary 9-month secondment to Arts Council England as Relationship Manager Engagement and Participation until 30th September 2012. However Jo Burke is covering her so she will be the main contact! Remember to keep submitting things you want to include. Sophie

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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 community-led 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.”

Creative People and Places South East Northumberland Meeting September 12th 4pm-6pm @ Woodhorn, Function room 1

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The world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape Opening This Month! 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.


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

Sept 2012 Date

Screening to start at

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Morpeth Town Hall Fri 7 September 2012 Thursday 13th September

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Frank Rescigno 01670503866 01670510743

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Kathryn Quinn 0191 2376304

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Ian Blakey 01665 574384

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Morpeth NE61 1LZ

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Two Friday 14th screenSeptemings! ber 2012 2PM and 7.30PM

Seaton Sluice Community Centre Off Beresford Road Seaton Sluice NE26 4QX Whittingham Memorial Institute Whittingham Northumberland, NE66 4UP

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4th September– TBC 40th anniversary celebration 7th September-Prelude and Pete Scott 8th September-Jez Lowe& The Bad Pennies and Ribbon Road 11th September-Jim Sharp supported by Terry Dean 18th September– Ben Sands 25th September-Singers from The Davey Lamp Folk Club 29th September-Elbow Jane and Mike Silver

The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6DT

SEE PAGES 2831 FOR MORE DETAILS! (01670) 715106


Film screening of

Northern Flame Magic If Media 23rd September 3.30pm Location: The Maltings Theatre & Cinema UK / 2012 / 30 min / Cert. Suggested PG

and soon to be screened at community venues at Bamburgh, Alnwick, Hipsburn, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington, Newbiggin By the Sea, Choppington, Morpeth, Hartford, Bedlington and Blyth TBC

Northumbrian life, told by the people who live here, their heritage, culture and stories. From Berwick to Blyth: Northern Flame film project captures the Olympic Torch Relay

In partnership with Northern Film & Media, Northumberland College and ourselves, Northumberland County Council have commissioned production company Magic If to create a film about the Olympic Torch Relay through Northumberland. Filmmakers Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin have documented the torch as it travels through Northumberland, engaging with community groups such as Berwick Youth Project and many others to produce the film. Footage captures the torch and stories from the communities it passes from Berwick to, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Hipsburn, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington, Newbiggin By the Sea, Choppington, Morpeth, Hartford and Bedlington before it finally reaches Blyth. Showing with

All the Bells, in Berwick, Bob Owtram | UK | 2012 | 5min A Berwick Visual Arts commissioned film documenting Martin Creed’s All the Bells; Work No. 1197 in Berwick.


COMMISSIONED EARLY STAGE ARTIST: SIMON M FOSTER http://www.simonfosterphotography.net/ Through the combined influences of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Paul Graham Simon Foster has developed an admiration and a great desire to work within the genre of reportage, documentation and con-temporary photography. Like these photographers Foster has an overwhelming need to comment and document the unusual that can be found within the usual everyday occurrence. Foster has worked on many varied projects over a number of years. The most renowned to date would be the on-going documentation of Ashington Football Club. “The club was an immediate attraction from the moment I stepped through the door. It became apparent that here, football is much more than a game. It is a community in its own right, full of passion, excitement and character, a portrait I was eager to capture through photography.” For Foster's latest work he has travelled around the United Kingdom documenting the cultural and social differences between communities he has visited. “I have always been intrigued by travelling. It creates fresh avenues and facilitates exploring different boundaries.” Simon M Foster (b. 1978 Ashington) is a socialdocumentary photographer based in Northumberland, England, UK. The opening exhibition will take place in Blyth Sports Centre in September and a tour of the art work produced will follow.


TORCH RELAY: CREATIVE REPORTERS Exhibition Social documentary photographer

SIMON FOSTER Opening preview 25th September 7-9pm On going exhibition Tuesday 26th September - 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.


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 starting in October, 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


Francesca Millcan-Slater Me, Myself & Miss Gibbs In 2003, Francesca bought a second hand post card for 50p. The postcard sent from Lincoln to London was addressed to a Miss L Gibbs of 62 Douglas Buildings. Sent on July 15th 1910 , the message on the back simply reads:’ Be Careful Tomorrow. A.C.’ Part detective noir, part lecture, part personal biography, Francesca investigates the message on a postcard sent 100 years ago and finds herself obsessed by the life of the woman that received it. What happens when she starts trracing a history that isn’t her own? And why did Miss Gibbs have to be careful tomorrow?

Newbiggin Maritime Centre—Thursday 4th October 7pm 01670 811951

The Pied Piper This humorous and irresistible one man puppet show draws its inspiration from the Robert Browning poem and has especially adapted for children aged 3-7 years and their families. It combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping live music and story telling and will have audiences young and old entranced.

Ashington Children’s Centre– Saturday 13th October 1:30pm 01665 574964

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


We would like to give a

BIG THANK YOU to all that came and worked so hard to make SummerScene such a wonderful event! The day was shining with such great local talent, fantastic performances, art work and atmosphere as well as a glorious summers day! Against the backdrop of beautiful Ridley Park a glorious garden provided the setting for a celebration of the sheer energy of summer. Over 2000 people attended SummerScene Festival on Sunday July 15 th @ Ridley Park, Blyth. With 21 visual art and dance workshop sessions onsite and 4 dance performances (all collaborations with young people) there was a total of 1068 participants! Throughout South East Northumberland professional Artists in residence had been working with community groups of all ages since May to produce large sculptures, costume, scene design and aerial dance work for a one day festival celebration in Ridley Park. The lead up to the festival involved working closely with 146 young people and community group members from Morpeth Primary School, St Andrews RC Primary School, Shanklea Primary School, Knowledge CafĂŠ at Cramlington Learning Village, Wansbeck Gymnastics club, St Marys & Holywell Art Group, Northern Butterflies group from the Buffalo Centre and Pop Bottles from New Hartley. The festival day was packed with a fantastic line up of activity and performance including: professional Ariel Dance performances from Bare Toed Dance Company and high energy street dancing by Bad Taste Cru; audience dance based mass participation; performance & display of 8 new art commissions; performances from community dance groups - Move It Hoop Dancers, Cheer Camp and Buffalo Divas; aerial and cocoon workshops; junk music workshops; mask making; storytelling and the there was even the chance for anyone to engage in a full dance taster programme as well as join in with the Parade! There was also additional play activity: den building, treasure hunt & races from Northumberland Play Rangers. The festival day was packed with a fantastic line up of activity and performance including: professional Ariel Dance performances from Bare Toed Dance Company and high energy street dancing by Bad Taste Cru; audience dance based mass participation; performance & display of 8 new art commissions; performances from community dance groups - Move It Hoop Dancers, Cheer Camp and Buffalo Divas; aerial and cocoon workshops; junk music workshops; mask making; storytelling and the there was even the chance for anyone to engage in a full dance taster programme as well as join in with the Parade!

Supported by Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, Queen's Hall Arts, Northumberland County Council, The Big Dance , Arts Council England and Lottery funded.


Feedback from participants & audience: “I had a good time on Sunday my little man loved it too, he was so tired after been to the park all day” E.Wilkinson “It was awesome! grand weather, lots of fun all round” S.Jones “Arts activities...kids loved it. great how they were free and be creative. Staff running the stall were great too, very friendly.” “ A fabulous day, thank you to those that organised it, we all enjoyed every moment!” S.Willcox “We had no complaints! It was well organised, and the final outcome/performance was great. We did enjoy the aerial dance, and the flags and costumes were very good.” A.Hogarth “ We enjoyed the craft tents and the children display in the trees as well as the park itself particularly the water” “There was something to do for all!” “This Should happen more often!” “the groups were very engaged with the sessions, it was unique for them and everybody had something to do. The year two group were particularly motivated, positive and full of enthusiasm to move, experiment and practice. One group were challenged by wearing harnesses so 3 children were allocated musical roles as they were too uncomfortable in harnesses. The group of gymnasts were inspired and inspiring – they rehearsed in the rain, learned lots of new skills and got really creative with those skills in the additional workshops on the Sunday. It was Interesting and exciting to see the costumes, installation art and live performance coming together on the day of the event. We’ve involved young people in aerial performance before never with quite so many! – it was interesting a challenge and fantastic to see that many children fly.” Bare Toed Dance Company who worked with Morpeth Rd Primary School and Wansbeck Gymnastic Club with Aerial dance work.


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!


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


Oliver Kilbourn – My Life as a Pitman Until 9 September 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.


Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland ,NE24 2DS www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk

(01670) 367228

Paul Lamb and The King Snakes Sat 8th September - 8.00pm

Paul Lamb returns to his home town of Blyth! Known as one of the best blues harmonica players in Europe, Paul Lamb is something of an institution on the International blues circuit.

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE Wed 12th September - 7.30pm

A chilling new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale by Nick Lane, combines traditional storytelling and physical theatre which is both nightmarish and dreamlike. Age Guideline: 11+

Solid Gold Country Legends Sat 15th September - 7.30pm

Leading the vocals on the show are British Country stars Jeanne Jordan and B.J. Thomas, with the Outlaw Country Band, these guys are some of the finest live country musicians you will hear. So come join us, on this hand-clapping, foot-stomping journey into the best of country music kicking up the dust!

Calendar Girls - Starring Leah Bell Wed 26th to Sat 29th September - 7.30pm

A very British story, with a very British heart, CALENDAR GIRLS is based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story that is quirky, poignant and hilarious.


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 – BVAL Make-a-Move Leisure Inclusion Team or Sophie MakeaMove. Twitter – @BVAL_MAKEAMOVE Monday: Young @ Heart = 11.00-11.45, Nelson Village Community Centre. First Step = 12.30-1.30, Ashington Sure Start. Adult Salsa = 1.00-2.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Cheer Camp! = 4.30-5.15, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Hoop Dance = 5.15-6.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Just Jhoom! = 7.00-8.00, Seaton Delaval Arts Centre. Tuesday: Boogie Babies = 10.3 -11.00, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Buggy Fit = 10.30–11.30, Astley Park. ZUMBA = 1.00-2.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. JUST JHOOM! = 8.00-9.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. BOP 2 the TOP = 4.15 – 5.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth Funky Divas = 4.15-5.00, Sporting Club Cramlington. Wednesday: Buggy Fit = 10.30-11.30, Seaton Sluice Community Centre Adult Salsacise = 3.00-4.00, Bedlington Salvation Army. Break-a-Move = 4.00-4.45, Concordia Leisure Centre. BOP to the TOP = 4.30-5.15, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Cheer Camp! = 5.15-6.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Hoop Dance = 5.15-6.00, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Thursday: Boogie Babies = 9.30 - 10.00, Astley Park. Young @ Heart = 10.30-11.30, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Buggy Fit = 10.30-11.30, New Hartley Community Centre. Funky Divas = 4.15-5.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Ability 2 Play Dance = 4.30-5.15, Concordia Leisure Centre. ZUMBA & Adult Hoop Fitness = 7.00-8.00, Seaton Delaval and Holywell Community Centre. Friday: ZUMBA = 11.30-12.15, Bedlington Salvation Army. Dance ‘N’ Beats = 3.00-4.00, Cramlington High School. FREE Mini Moves = 4.00-5.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Mega Moves = 5.00-6.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre.


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 ³Safe Haven² 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.


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


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


Seaton Delaval Arts Centre


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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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Flow is a tidemill – a floating artwork on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel. The building houses electro acoustic musical machinery andi nstruments that respond to the constantly changing environment of the river, generating sound and data. The specially commissioned floating artwork, which visitors can board for free, will stay on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside throughout the summer as part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils, celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information visit www.flowmill.org ~Flow is a collaboration between Owl Project and Ed Carter. ~Flow is invigilated by BALTIC Crew and members of staff from The Sage

Connecting Light Connecting Light, a major new digital art installation, brought visual and technological spectacle to Hadrian's wall on the nights of Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September as part of London 2012 Festival. Artist Zachary Lieberman and New York-based digital arts collective YesYesNo collaborated to create an interactive installation comprising 400 tethered weather balloons, running the length of Hadrian's Wall, approximately 6 feet in diameter and containing LEDs. The balloons lit up as digital messages, sent remotely, travelled up and down the length of the Wall, transforming it into a line of pulsating colour.

. Artist's visualisation of Connecting Light. Credit: Peter Bailey, commissioned by Hadrian’s Wall Trust


The deadline for applications is 2pm 18 October 2012 and decisions will be announced on 13 December. Pilot Grant Funding for one short film of up to three minutes in duration Maximum grant – £5,000 20% match funding requirement Studio Grant  

Funding for between two and four films of up to 3 minutes in duration Maximum grant – £30,000 20% match funding requirement Track record of filmmaking with young people necessary. Please note that we will be accepting a maximum number of 50 applications for Pilot grants and 30 applications for Studio grants, and we will not be able to accept any further applications once these numbers have been reached.   

Apply now! Guidelines and further information available from our website: http:// www.firstlightonline.co.uk/funding/

The publication of the Bridge North East State of the Region Report July 2012. The report brings together data from a wide range of regional and national sources, producing a snapshot of the current state of arts and culture provision for children and young people in the region in the context of up to date demographic, educational and economic information. This is a living document, and the Bridge North East team will be updating and republishing it in March 2013 - and again in March 2014 - as part of our core Arts Council funded programme of work.


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

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.

Funding for Creative Young People (UK)

Deadline: 21st September 2012. Funding is available for 16 and 25 year olds through the Ideas Fund Innovators scheme. The scheme aims to offer ten projects £1,000 each to help get them off the ground. Projects can range from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives.


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

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/

Arts and Older People Travelling Fellowships

Deadline: 2 October 2012 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will for a third year be funding travelling scholarships on the theme of arts and older people. Do you provide opportunities for older people to participate in all aspects of the creative and performing arts, either via an arts group, health authority or care provider? The scholarships enable individuals to travel overseas to identify stimulating and engaging programmes enabling older people to access, and benefit from, high quality arts. http://www.wcmt.org.uk/report-categories/the-arts-older-people.html

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

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