The EU Referendum: Working Collectively is Better The EU Referendum: Working Collectively is Better than Working Alone New Feature Launches for Playground on CORNERS Live CORNERS of Europe in Blyth, 9-22 May Young Europeans: Open Call for Young Creatives CORNERS Live Relaunch Ukrainian Organisation CSM in residence at ISIS Arts CORNERS: PLAYGROUND basecamp in Maribor, Slovenia 'Curious' artists basecamp in Belgrade New Projects Start in SE Northumberland Manchester EU Referendum Meeting Collaboration with Ukrainian Organisations [Voiceover] Basecamp at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art CORNERS at Belfast International Arts Festival Clymene Christoforou participating in Beyond the Obvious 2015 'Canny Creatives', British Council exchange programme in Ukraine CORNERS Live Radio 24/7 programme Soundwalk, artist in residence Jessica Thompson Corners NE Xpedition starts Corners Xpedition CORNERS : first Xpedition coming soon CORNERS receives EU support - Large scale grant from Creative Europe NEW RESIDENCY ARTIST: Cyane Tornatzky Beyond the Obvious - Culture Action Europe Conference 2014 in Newcastle Superdream Johannesburg 19.07.14 : Superhero by Black Screen Collective Superdream Johannesburg 19.07.14 : Mariam Rezaei working with the Black Screen Collective SUPERDREAM, Windmill Hills Park Gateshead as part of GIFT 2014 The Big M at Mima, Middlesbrough (August 2013) Jillian McDonald, Valley of the Deer (The Big M) crISIS - brand new programme for 2014 (Brigitte Zieger, Bewildered)) School visit in The Big M HIRE our equipment (Maia Urstad, Sound Barrier) The Deep End, exhibition at Woodhorn Museum APPLY for an ISIS Residency now (previous residency artist: Scott Hessels, Sustainable Cinema) CORNERS was launched

The EU Referendum: Working Together is Better

Article posted at 2016-07-06 09:55:24

The nation has decided, our votes have been cast and the UK will be leaving the European Union. The winning side has presented us with a new future. That is democracy. The losers must now make the best of it and be kind to those whose choices were not our own. Yet the choice we were handed, a choice driven by political power play, was a simple binary choice, one that had no space for nuance or subtlety. Neither side recognised the cultural dimension nor the shared heritage at the heart of EU policy making.

The remain voice in the arts was strong with 96% of the members of the Federation of Creative Industries for ‘remain’ for reasons of trade, free movement, regional support, sector specific funding and IP protection. Across the Channel Culture Action Europe called for its UK friends to continue to ‘help shape the European Project’.

Projects built on trust

Two days before the vote, ISIS Arts was in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana for a partners meeting with 20 or so cultural organisations and artists from Corners, a platform supported by a major Creative Europe grant to bring together artists and communities on the edges of Europe. Our British artists with their fellow European colleagues move freely between countries without visas or work permits – they can spend a few days or more, earn a few euros and move on to the next project. They can choose to sell their work without punitive trade tariffs and benefit from joint planning and practice across borders. Together we have all built a complex, enquiring project built on trust, mutual risk and above all a generosity of spirit.

We voted to remain because working collectively is better than working alone. Europe is better today because of this. Not only because there have been no wars between member states but because together we have made it greener and cleaner, we have invested in research, in development, in citizens rights and we have generously put in resources to share with those who need most.

Our place in Europe feels downgraded; our cultural ties loosened, our futures divergent. We hope that we can preserve as much of the spirit of collaboration and cultural cross-fertilization that has been the driving force of our continent and our union for so long.

Now on..

None of us know where we will be in 12 months and what kinds of deals we can strike. But we do know what there is to lose. Will what we get be better, fairer, kinder? 

As the rawness wears off we must strive to salvage what we can of what we had. So many of our cultural institutions and universities will be impacted by this and we must hold a Brexit government to account, monitoring the impact on cultural exchange and opportunities for development, and calling for replaced funding as we lose it.  

This is not what we wanted, But if we are to have two years of negotiations, it is crucial that these negotiations include the arts and culture and that our voices are collectively loud and strong.

Playground Feature Launches on CORNERS Live

Article posted at 2016-06-27 07:40:03

We are pleased to present a new feature on CORNERS Live for Playground. Playground is a growing collection of games from around Europe, and is a collaboration between artists Simon Farid (UK), Gianfranco Mirizzi (Croatia), Ricardo Spagnulo (Italy) and Miha Horvat (Slovenia). The artists have been travelling around Europe together, meeting game players and learning about their games.

The recreate these games for the audience in each city they travel to, trying to bring the gaming culture along with them as well as the game itself. Some of them you might recognize; some may be a little different. Our games can be a portrait of ourselves, something in common between generations and cultures. Can we make new connections across Europe through our shared experiences of games?

In 2017 the artists will be in Tees Valley, learning new games to add to the playground.

It’s free, it’s yours, come and play!

CORNERS of Europe in Blyth

Article posted at 2016-04-27 07:28:46

A series of unusual and thought-provoking artworks will be presented across public spaces in Blyth, created by over 20 international artists with groups from South East Northumberland as part of the CORNERS of Europe programme.

Corners draws threads between artists and communities on the edges of Europe, from Taranto in Italy to Gdansk in Poland, from the Balkans to South East Northumberland. Corners considers what we share and what defines us.

Last year artists from The Basque Country, Italy, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Kosovo and the UK visited places across the corners of Europe, including South East Northumberland, to meet local people and exchange stories. These stories and experiences have resulted in a series of new projects, which engage the local community and will be shared in public places across central Blyth.

Explore the projects across Blyth over the two weeks, from an audio walk on the Commissioner's Quay, Blyth Quayside to an installation of woven bags across the Market Place, with a number of public talks, film screenings, workshops and events, all of which are FREE:

Sat 14 -Sat 21 May, 11am-12 noon: Take a tour of CORNERS projects and meet some of the artists involved, starting from CORNERS HQ at 23-4 Market Street, Blyth.

Sat 14 May, 11:30am-1:30pm: See a showcase of work from our young people's projects with the Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and Silx Teen Bar at CORNERS HQ on 23-4 Blyth Market Place.

Tues 17 May, 6-8:30pm: Flashes screening event with talks from Veton Nurkollari from DokuFest and Peter Taylor from Berwick Film and Media Festival, taking place at St. Mary's Church, Blyth.

Fri 20 May, 6-10pm: Experience the CORNERS projects in Blyth, beginning with a welcome at CORNERS HQ at 23-4 Market Street, Blyth, followed by an opportunity to experience Safari Here, Bridging the Silence, Flashes, Birdhouse Gallery, Oh my Home – Lost and Found, and ending with the Windows event.

Find further times and dates to see each of our projects on our schedule and follow the links to join our events on Facebook:

Take an alternative guided tour of Blyth and re-discover the place you thought you knew with Safari Here. Artists will explore Blyth with the help of local guides, and will collect and re-interpret what they have discovered. Meet the artists in their travel agency at 31 Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found. Tours will take place on Fri 20 and Sat 21 May at 11am and 2pm, with an additional tour on Fri 20 May, 6:30pm.

Join residents on the Croft Estate to take part in Windows; a spectacular outdoor audio visual event, where people will be asked to answer a series of questions about local and global issues by jumping into pools of red and green light projected onto the Multi-use Games Area (St John's). Come to the interactive event on Fri 20 May, 9-10pm.

Discover why an installation of large woven bags will be built across Blyth Market Place for Oh My Home – Lost & Found, and watch a series of short performances that ask us to reflect on and re-define the meaning of the word ‘home’. The work will be open to the public from Fri 13 May with performances on 14, 16 and 19 May at 12 noon.

Students from Blyth Academy will create miniature art galleries in the shape of birdhouses as part of Birdhouse Gallery. The group will learn how to organize and promote an exhibition and will present their work in the town centre, with a launch event between on Sat 21 May, 10am-1pm.

In a series of workshops, Voiceover will gather stories that will be shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast on Blyth Market Place. Hear personal stories from people connected to social, environmental and industrial change and share your own. The broadcast event will take place on Wed 18 May, 10am-1pm.

Listen to personal testimonies and fictional stories from the survivors of conflict and violence in Bridging the Silence, a powerful 17-minute audio walk and installation that will take place on the Commisioner's Quay, Blyth Quayside on Sat 14 and Mon 16- Sat 21 May. For full opening times, see our event page.

A programme of short films called Flashes will be screened in unusual venues across Blyth. Films about the ancient custom of painting the faces of brides to ward off the evil eye in a village in Kosovo and the struggle of Palestinian refugees on the streets of Athens are part of this eclectic programme. Keep up to date with details of screenings on our event page.

You can hear more from the CORNERS artists, the ISIS Arts team and local participants through online radio stations Corners Live and Beach Hut Radio.

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe at CORNERS HQ on Blyth Market Place, which will be open Tues 10- Sat 21 May, 10am-5pm (closed Sun 15th).

CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and Newcastle City Council.

CORNERS in Blyth has been made possible by our partnership with bait, as well as the continued support and involvement of our local partners:

Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Library, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Friends of Ridley Park, Headway Arts, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Lennon Properties, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary's Church.

CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and The Polish Cultural Institute.

CORNERS in Blyth has been made possible by our partnership with bait, as well as the continued support and involvement of our local partners:

Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Headway Arts, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Martin of Lennon Properties, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Northumberland Police, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary's Church.

CORNERS Live Relaunch

Article posted at 2016-03-17 10:52:05

We have just returned from Zagreb, Croatia where we were with our partner Pogon and our associate digital curator Dominic Smith, who led a digital lab to train a group of CORNERS artists to use and create new content for CORNERS Live, which we have just relaunched with a new design developed in collaboration with our partners Sourcefabric. Follow what happened at the event on CORNERS Live through our live blog.

We are delighted to relaunch the platform with a new mobile app for Radio CORNERS and a new feature on Windows. Windows is an exciting piece of participatory outdoor theatre developed by Michael Hanna, Asier Zabaleta and Valeria Simone. To date residents in Haninge (Sweden) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) have had the opportunity to develop and publicly answer a series of questions on a range of topics from personal to global issues by displaying coloured lights from the windows of their homes.

You can become a part of Windows through CORNERS Live. Tweet your responses to the Windows questions using the Twitter hashtags, voting GREEN for yes and RED for no.

CORNERS Live is a digital extension of everything that is happening in CORNERS. CORNERS Live is an exciting hybrid exhibition, broadcast and collaborative online space which allows artists and audiences to connect and share their experiences of CORNERS from anywhere in the world. Different groups and individuals from regions on the edges of Europe are invited to feed into the works, to create, respond, and participate in CORNERS co-creations.

Tune in to Radio CORNERS to hear interviews, sound art, music and more from CORNERS artists and the people they have met. Find extended stories about CORNERS projects on our visual storytelling platform and join us live at CORNERS events across Europe.

Connect to CORNERS Live through most web browsers, tablets and mobile devices here.

Download our new Radio CORNERS app for free from the Google Play Store and tune in on your android phone or mobile device here.

HIRE projectors, screens, cameras, media players and much more from us

Article posted at 2013-10-21 09:34:16

Have a look at our latest Equipment hire list - we have new projectors, screens and media players amongst our other rental equipment. 

We can offer competitive quotes and discounts for long-term and bulk hires for artists and arts organisations.  

Have a butchers at what we've got on offer here.

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