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Art and Activism in the North — What Now!?

Sat 31st August 2019

An Open Space event hosted by UNION and The NewBridge Project
10:30am to 5pm
The NewBridge Project: Gateshead

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”

Charles Dickens wrote his opening for “A tale of two cities” at the time of the French Revolution some 160 years ago… but if feels just as apt in today’s world.

In our polarised world, how do creative approaches help to challenge and change power relationships? What can we do individually and collectively to achieve political and social change? And what should our focus be in a complex inter-linked world?

What Now!?

Who is it for?
We are inviting people who are passionate about using creativity to make the world a better place (but maybe not completely decided how best to achieve the dream!)

Open Space?
It’s a way of organising that is carefully designed to elicit maximum involvement and creativity in a constructive atmosphere. It is also highly flexible so that the content is entirely determined by you—the participants.

Where: The NewBridge Project: Gateshead
232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ

Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible[AS1] . For other access details please contact us direct

Childcare: We are planning some on-site childcare. If that would be helpful for you, then get in touch at

Food: Vegan food will be provided.

The event is FREE, to book yourself a space get in touch direct at or book online here.
UNION: The Northern School for Creativity and Activism is a sector-based coaching programme for emerging community artists and social activists across the north of England. Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

The NewBridge Project creates space for the development, production and presentation of contemporary art practice whilst being aware and responsive to the social, political and civic landscape that we exist in.

[AS1]Website says: NewBridge Gateshead has full street-level accessibility. This event will take place in the (co-work space) on the ground floor of NewBridge Gateshead. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.


10:30am - 5pm