…a long weekend in Newcastle creating a Geordie Hero exhibition of course..
Thanks to Kristiana Groza for volunteering all weekend and working really hard – some days without a proper break for 12 hours!. We made the most of having the car and visited some local landmarks including the Angel of the North and Druridge Bay on the way back.
This time last week all 32 cutouts cutwere being cut and sanded in Packington at Caltef Design – well done and thanks to Will for completing them with a painful back! They are all now safely in the hands of over 20 organisations and local groups in the Newcastle / Gateshead area – we hope they are busy deciding who their heroes are and cant wait to see them.
We had the pleasure while we were there to help create the first two – one for the Globe which includes public nominations for Geordie heroes and one working with the charity Hope and their street friends.
Myself and Kristiana had a humbling experience helping to create the cutout on the street on Saturday evening beteeen 7 and 11.30pm. The Geordie Hero was Hope – a charity dedicated to helping homeless people get back on their feet. One young man said ‘Hope is Everything’ which we think said it all. The cutout was partly covered with mini envelopes – some with a lock on and others with an open lock. It is envisaged that the public attending the exhibition can take out and read the messages or information placed inside. A young man named Arran had the idea to do a survey of visitors to raise awareness and get people thinking about homelessness, he, helped by Kristiana has put together a short questionnaire which will be used in the exhibition. You’ll have to visit to see the rest… 25August to 1Sep you can see the whole exhibition at the The Globe Gallery.
Pics attached from our busy weekend. Hope you enjoy.. Deana
Its features KC on the left – our new character… see it and tell us!!
Deana & Julia’s trip to Newcastle was made so much easier with the sunshine!
Arriving on 17th April with meetings booked that afternoon Deana went off to the College to see how young people could be involved… Julia met Ale Flanagan-Wood, the Arts Development Officer at NCC. Both great meetings and we came away with lots of great information! 18th April we ran two Eventbrite THINK! Sessions at 11am and 7pm – we had a good turnout too! Deana delivered two cut outs to the Globe Gallery and did a mini staff THINK! Session, these to cut outs might be a bit exciting!!! Then on 19th we travelled on the 54 Bus with a cut out to Bensham Grove to meet Chris O’Toole who kindly showed us around and introduced us to lots of great people! Another meeting with Newcastle Art Centre then delivery of the last cut out to Hype Tattoo Studio who are going to ‘ink’ their exhibit! The last Eventbrite session at 1pm before heading back to the East Midlands on the 16:35 train! Packed with THINK!ng and meeting lovely creative people… here are some of our photos…
Friday creativity at its best…
Book here for our great THINK! sessions… free to participate in, think about your own stuff… or use the sessions to think about being part of the Geordie Heroes Exhibition!
Busy day planned… meetings at 9:15, 11:00 & 16:00… we will visit The Discovery Museum, Geek Retreat Cafe, Eldon Gardens, Byker Estate… meeting a local police officer & housing staff & residents in Byker, a trainee journalist & museums programme specialist!
We are taking three ‘want to be heroes’ on the 6:16 train to Newcastle! They caused a bit of laughter on arriving on the platform, a lovely railway employee stopped and had a chat with us too! Watch out over next few days as we hope to give them a tour of the city!
Celebrations around the world see people enjoying coming together, celebrating a common belief or tradition with people they care about… we wish everyone an amazing day whatever you decide to do today, do with kindness & love…
Having a superb meeting with illustrator Stuart Dilks – taking our little character to a whole new level!