DRAWING Phase 3 has begun!

During this R&D Phase of DRAWING we are working in collaboration with a number of partner organisations across the region to engage specific audiences in DRAWING activity. One of the key aims is to consult audiences about how best DRAWING can continue to develop creative arts activity they would be interested in participating in. We wish to ask both our partners and audiences to help shape our future programme and feel this is an interesting and creative way of doing this.

Each outreach project is being devised in collaboration with our partner organisatipns, as a way of developing a mutually beneficial programme that has meaning and integrity and which will create a longer-term opportunity for us all to work together.

The outreach projects are with:

Woodhorn Museum – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with the Learning Team at Woodhorn to support the allocation of an artist. This artist will develop a workshop exploring drawing in relation to the context at Woodhorn and the exhibition programme. This activity will be designed to target audiences that least engage with Woodhorn and gain feedback on their views of Woodhorn prior to the participatory workshop and afterwards. The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and Woodhorn, collaborating to engage with and develop new audiences.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with the Learning Team at BALTIC to support the allocation of an artist. This artist will develop a workshop exploring drawing in relation to the context at BALTIC and the exhibition programme. This activity will be designed to target audiences that least engage with BALTIC and (whilst these will undoubtedly be different from Woodhorn, due to location and demographics, etc.) we will gain feedback on their views of BALTIC prior to the participatory workshop and afterwards.

The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and BALTIC, collaborating to engage with and develop new audiences.

Grainger Market, Newcastle – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with the Alison Flanagan Wood, Arts Development Officer at Newcastle City Council to support the allocation of an artist in residence within the Grainger Market, in Newcastle City Centre. This activity will be designed to target audiences that least engage currently and gain feedback on their views of the existing residency programme prior to the participatory workshop and afterwards. The residency programme aims to explore how art and culture might be relevant to people’s everyday lives. The use of drawing aims to foster these connections and engage more directly with these audiences (traders and consumers). The activity will happen in and around an empty shop unit which will provide a base for the residency. The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and Newcastle City Council, collaborating to engage with and develop new audiences.

Gateshead Library – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with Karolynne Hart to support the allocation of an artist. This artist will develop a workshop exploring drawing in relation to the context at Gateshead Library, their exhibition and wider programming. This activity will be designed to target audiences that least engage with the Gateshead Library its arts services (whilst these will undoubtedly be different from the other partners, due to location and demographics, etc.) we will gain feedback on their views of Gateshead Library and their activities prior to the participatory workshop and afterwards. The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and Gateshead Library, collaborating to engage with and develop new audiences.

MIMA – Outreach Engagement Activity: MIMA’s learning team together with DRAWING will develop access and learning activity to examine MIMA’s collection in relation to access and use for teaching of drawing at Teeside University. The aim is to enable a cross departmental dialogue and exchange on drawing within MIMA’s collection to both students and academics at the university. With the relatively new relationship between the academic institute and the arts organisation, this activity aims to encourage greater access not only for fine artists but also staff and students in design, engineering, technology and sciences.

Empty Shop – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with Empty Shop to develop ideas on how we might better support their studio artists. We will gain feedback on their views of the challenges for emerging artists, particularly outside of the main cities and how DRAWING can be used to support their development as well as engender a community of practice. The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and Empty Shop, collaborating to engage with artists and audiences in Durham.

National Glass Centre – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with Sunderland Culture’s Learning Team to develop activities for target audiences across all three venues linked to key exhibitions at each partner organization. For example, at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, activity will be linked to the major drawing exhibition of works by Leonardo Da Vinci from the Royal Collection. The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and Empty Shop, collaborating to engage with artists and audiences in Durham.

The Comfrey Project – Outreach Engagement Activity: DRAWING will work with Eleni Venaki, Development Coordinator at The Comfrey Project to support the allocation of an artist to develop a participatory workshop programme for their members. The Comfrey Project is a charitable organization who support and sign post individuals who are refugees and asylum seekers. The artist appointed will develop a workshop exploring drawing in relation to the context at The Comfrey Project and their wider programme – the Language Café, the allotment and drop-in sessions and how best this collaboration can work across the programme and support their aims and needs.

The ambition is to develop feedback for longer term engagement between DRAWING and The Comfrey Project and its participants.

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