Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter, Issue 8, December 2020

We are delighted to bring you the latest issue of the Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter, for December 2020.

It’s be half a year since our last edition so Issue 8 is packed full of short project updates across a wide range of projects supported by Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund. These give a great flavour of the variety and diversity (and fun!) that the local artists and organisations have delivered across our priority areas. And make sure to click on the embedded links to YouTube videos – these were created by the projects themselves and help bring the work and their communities to life.

If you would like to know more or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email rachael@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk

WNG Newsletter Issue 8 December 2020

Imagine Your Seat, Skimstone Arts, launches Monday 9th Nov

Our friends @SkimstoneArtsEnsemble are presenting Imagine Your Seat, an international radio show with contributors from Byker, Walker, across Newcastle and the rest of the world.  

They’ve worked with collaborators to find out where they would like to be and what difference they would like to make. Tune in for a full programme of live interviews, performances, songs, poems and jingles as they celebrate an imagined new world.

From Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 November, Imagine Your Seat will broadcast live for 30mins each day. Don’t miss it – tune in and join them at www.skimstone.org.uk

Blue Stone Consortium have moved!

Blue Stone Consortium have moved offices! We are now based within Connected Voice offices at: Blue Stone Consortium, 3rd Floor, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF.

Blue Stone staff have moved towards predominantly homeworking, but will spend 1-2 days per week in the new office at Higham House, with our fantastic colleagues Connected Voice. All other contact details remain the same.

Byker Family Story Trail, Unfolding Theatre

Unfolding Theatre launch their Byker Family Story Trail on Friday 25th September. This project is part of The Storytime Exchange, supported by Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

The Byker Family Story Trail was co-created by Unfolding Theatre and 25 children from Byker and Walker. The stories explore an invisible world that only children know about.

Here how it works…

  • Use the map below to find the locations of the five stories.
  • Go find the story sign in each location.
  • Scan the QR code on the story sign to unlock the story (hint: the story signs are attached to lampposts).
  • Sit (or stand) back and enjoy the story.
  • Remember to tell your friends about the Story Trail too.

Visit their website to find out more: https://www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk/byker?fbclid=IwAR2zAeKZyb-GNM6R5sH3q2d561IO94UlKcCfu0GPv23NloAwsg4Eva1QLuY

Seven Stories shortlisted for a national award for its lockdown activities

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home. Kids in Museums has run a prestigious annual award for the past 15 years, recognising the most family-friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, the charity asked families and museums to vote for what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown. A panel of museum experts whittled down over 400 nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums. Find out more here: https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/blog/seven-stories-has-been-shortlisted-for-a-national-award-for-its-lockdown-activities?fbclid=IwAR05E0ZeFJXVquVqI89FjlCVdK5DMaJeBl6JwNu8nVLFtVWJ0ph6x6WOoQI

Well Newcastle Gateshead are very happy to have supported Seven Stories lockdown project, Story Kitchen in Byker. Good luck guys!

New COVID-19 lockdown rules for the North East

The government has announced new lockdown rules for the North East in response to increases in infection rates in the area.

Blue Stone Consortium are aware that this could have an impact on the communities, groups and artists we support. Please remember that we are here to support you, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help.

You can contact Programme Director Mark Mulqueen at mark@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk, or newly appointed Project Support Officer rachael@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk