Beauty of nature captured by pioneering North East artist to inspire people to reconnect with culture and their communities.

The life, work and legacy of one of the region’s greatest artists is at the heart of a new project to help build confidence in being back out in the community.

Thanks to a funding boost of £13.5k from Art Fund, we're this Spring launching Out and About with Thomas Bewick.

We're looking for people and care homes interested in joining the weekly creative workshops, aimed at helping people access the cultural hubs and treasures the county has to offer.

Together with Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, National Trust - Cherryburn and Newcastle City Library, we'll have opportunities each week for people to reconnect, regain their confidence and share their experiences. 

Our CEO Douglas Hunter said: “Habits have changed greatly since the pandemic. While we’re seeing venues opening up, many of those we support are continuing to access creative workshops online or need additional support to grow their confidence.

“Bewick’s work has such a focus on nature, noticing and appreciating what is around us. With such fantastic resources and collections close to home this is a great opportunity for people to have a go at something new, get creative and explore what’s on offer right on the doorstep.”

Inspired by Bewick’s wood engravings and illustrations, artists will lead weekly workshops and visits for people 55+ and those living with dementia in Gateshead and Newcastle.

Working with printmakers, wood engravers, illustrators and creative writers, the group will create their own map of Bewick’s work, with 1000 copies being printed and shared.

As part of the project our team will be linking care homes with schools for creative sessions along with creative dementia-friendly training for school children and cultural venue staff.

Get in touch and find out how you can get involved.

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