The Claudia Jones Space Station

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The Claudia Jones Space Station

Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 November

At The NewBridge Project : Gateshead / Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November
At BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art / Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November

The Claudia Jones Space Station is a temporary, living monument named after pioneering Trinidad-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones.

Over the course of four days, The Claudia Jones Space Station performed an experiment in community formation, involving visitors, collaborators and participants from throughout the region.

Inspired by the model of the Space Station – where multiple experiments take place simultaneously – the CJSS invited you to take part in a range of workshops, events and screenings organised in partnership with artists, activists and collectives concerned with questions of social justice, from Newcastle/Gateshead and beyond. Private or individual meetings, conversations and exchanges also took place within the space.

What kind of solidarities can be built between people brought together through common interests?

What kind of futures can we imagine for ourselves, our communities and our planet?

How can the act of monumentalising a neglected 20th century cultural figure such as Claudia Jones ignite revolutionary possibilities for the commons in the 21st century?

The Claudia Jones Space Station has been initiated by the …And Beyond Institute for Future Research (link to –, a think tank led by artist Sonya Dyer.


The Claudia Jones Space Station is part of Freedom City 2017 and has been commissioned by The NewBridge Project in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.


The Claudia Jones Space Station – Full programme




CJSS: The Writers’ Café “Community Active” Workshop

Thursday 16 November, 2 – 4.30pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

The Writers’ Cafe invited you to partake in a community writing workshop, on the theme of community. You could drop in and write, come and post a word on our Community Speaks Board, take a writing prompt away, or watch people write.


front-pageCJSS: Community Workshop: The Eclipse

Thursday 16 November, 5.30-7.30pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

After one year of learning and research, making friends with communities and individuals across the region, hearing and discovering untold stories and creating a platform to tell these stories, The Eclipse Newspaper is finally here. Help us build for the next stage of our journey, review what we have done so far and share your thoughts about what and where we should go next. We joined a community workshop where we read and reviewed the paper together and share ideas for the future.



claudia-jones-03CJSS: Radical Reading Group: Claudia Jones and Martin Luther King Jr: Part 1

Friday 17 November, 2 – 4pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

Nathaniel Whitfield lead a reading group exploring Claudia Jones’ work and some of Martin Luther King Jr’s radical writings. In Part 1, we looked at Jones’, An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman! and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.



CJSS: Screening and Discussion: Si Se Puede with ACORN

Friday 17 November, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The NewBridge Project : Gateshead

In partnership with ACORN, The CJSS presented a screening of the documentary Si Se Puede. Seven days at PAH Barcelona (2014). This film documents the activities and campaigning of PAH Barcelona (‘Barcelona‘s Platform for People Affected by Mortgages’) over 7 days.  They are a Spanish grassroots organization set up on 2009 to campaign for housing rights and stop evictions. The screening was followed by a discussion with ACORN Newcastle, a tenants organisation, support network and an anti-poverty organising group with over 20000 members across the UK.




CJSS: Performance Skills for Activists

Saturday 18 November, 11am – 2pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

The workshop with Rosa Stourac McCreery was for anyone involved in or interested in activism, protesting/ campaigning or advocating in some way. The workshop was designed to build confidence, resilience, and provide tools and opportunities to explore creative protest, performance with a purpose, Forum Theatre, and the ability to effectively deal with unexpected interventions or challenges.


screen-shot-2017-11-07-at-12-17-12CJSS: Another England

Saturday 18 November, 1 – 6pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Another England mapped 100 years of England’s history from the perspective of Black and Asian people, telling the story of the country’s rich multicultural heritage through place. As part of CJSS they presented an afternoon of screenings and performances at the BALTIC. Attendees were encouraged to bring photos, stories and memories of spaces which had an impact on their life and others around them.



mlkCJSS: Radical Martin Luther King and Claudia Jones Reading Group: Part 2

Sunday 19 November, 1 – 3pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Nathaniel Whitfield lead a reading group exploring Claudia Jones’ work and some of Martin Luther King Jr’s radical writings. In Part 2, we looked specifically at King’s Black Power and Nonviolence and Social Change.

dsc01301beach-projectCJSS: Embodied Listening Workshop with Nicola Singh

Sunday 19 November, 3 – 5pm
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Nicola Singh facilitated a workshop that proposed ways of being together in, and through practices of listening. We explored listening as an active, embodied and critical activity through game-life group exercises. Our particular focus was on developing body awareness and on blurring and extending the boundaries of our physical bodies through listening.

The Newbridge Project