New Artist Commissions – Cowgate

Newcastle City Council ArtsTeam – New Artist in Residency Commissions

In 2013/4, the arts team brought together its Arts Development and Culture & Creativity in Education functions and delivered its programme through a series of extended artists’ residencies in priority communities. The Team are using the same model to deliver its programme in 2014/5. Each residency will culminate in a local Celebration Event and some residency artwork will be included in a City Centre Exhibition organised by the Newcastle Art Team.

Highmoor Court in partnership with the Arts Team is keen to explore this project through Intergenerational engagement; with a focus on socially isolated older people from the Cowgate estate. “We talk a lot about all the ways we need to help older people, but, perhaps, the old can help us. It’s the experience of life in a multigenerational, interdependent, richly complex community that, more than anything else, teaches us how to be human.” If we can improve the standing of older adults in society, and nurture what they can bring through intergenerational connections, then we can achieve a better community with a better quality of life for all ages.

Karen Rann will work closely with the community to shape and design this creative programme.

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