CORNERS of Europe in Blyth
CORNERS of Europe in Blyth
9-22 May 2016
From 9-22 May 2016, 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.
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:
14-16 May, 12:00-2:00pm: See a showcase of work from the young people we have been working with from the Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and Silx Teen Bar at our unit on Blyth Market Place.
17 May, 6:00-8:30pm: Flashes screening event with talks from Veton Nurkollari from DokuFest and Peter Taylor from Berwick Film and Media Festival.
20 May, 6:00-10:00pm: Experience some of the CORNERS projects, beginning with a welcome at our unit on Blyth Market Place, 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.
21 May, 10:00am-3:00pm: Take a tour of projects including Safari Here, Bridging the Silence and Birdhouse Gallery.
Find further times and dates to see each of our projects below and follow the links to join our events on Facebook to keep up to date:
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 on Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found. Tours will take place on 20 and 21 May.
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 MUGA (multi-use games area). Come to the event on 20 May between 9:00-10:00pm.
Discover why an installation of large 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 between 15-20 May with performance times to be announced on the event page.
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 public launch between 11:00am-12:30pm on 21 May.
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 between 10:00am-1:00pm on 18 May.
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, between 17-21 May.
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.
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 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.
Young Europeans: Open Call for Young Creatives
What do you know about the European Union? A lot? Not so much?
Imagine. What would happen if it wasn’t there? How would it affect the place you live? How would your daily life change?
And how would it FEEL? Would it change your sense of identity? Would it change how you feel about the UK? Does the idea of more borders and boundaries even make sense, now the internet allows us to chat with someone from the other side of the world as easily as chatting to a neighbour?
As the European Referendum draws closer, we are looking for young people aged 15-23 who want to think about what Europe means—from Eurovision, football teams and pen pals to borders, identity, migration and human rights—and then to respond creatively.
Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know that much about the EU—you’ll have the opportunity to meet some EU experts (including an MEP and pro and anti-union academics) and you’ll be supported by writer Susannah Pickering who will lead each session. But what we really want from you is to think creatively about all the issues and eventually produce a piece of work in response to what you have learned which will be performed at an event at Sage Gateshead on Thursday 16 June, a week before the referendum. It might be a spoken word performance, a talk, a song, a reading – it’s up to you. You’ll work with Susannah who will help you shape your ideas into a final piece, and with a director who’ll help you get your piece performance-ready.
The work produced will form part of the pre-Referendum conversation and, who knows, may even change a few minds.
Find out more about the project and how to apply here.
CORNERS Live Relaunch
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.
Open Call for Research Residencies
Deadline: 26th March 2016 5:00pm
Following our latest artist in residence, Jessica Thompson, we invite new applications for residencies at ISIS Arts. Canadian media artist Jessica Thompson completed her three week long residency at ISIS Arts in June, researching for her new project Borderline, a site-specific investigation of the role of sound in community formation, particularly in areas currently undergoing social change.
We now invite applications from visual and media artists, UK and beyond, for residencies at ISIS Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) starting from April 2016.
This is an opportunity for artists to spend time in self-contained, newly refurbished city centre studio space to research a new project or idea without the constraints of having to necessarily produce a body of work. The residencies start from 3 week periods and range to a maximum of 3 months; the residency period will be agreed with each individual applicant.
All artists will have access to ISIS Arts equipment, critical support and introduction to arts networks in the region. ISIS Arts will also host an artist talk and networking event for each visiting artist as part of their residency, allowing them to present their work to the wider arts community.
For the full call and for details on how to apply, please, click here.
To read more about our previous residencies, please, click here.
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