Bridge North East Circa 2013-2015
This was the website for the Bridge North East.
The content is from the site's 2012-2015 archived pages. The new owners of the domain chose to kept as much of the original content as possible so the
the website which is part of their legacy remains visible on the WWW . Bridge North East wanted visitors to find out what they have done, how they have done it and who they have done it with. This was a place where all the resources developed throughout the three years of Bridge North East were stored and available for anyone who wanted to develop meaningful cultural work with children and young people could access the information. Thanks to SpinMaestro and Jon Toi for their help in retrieving the archived content and to Albert Inwald for his amazing technical support. Unfortunately not all information was able to be retrieved.
Gateshead Old Town Hall
In April 2012 Arts Council appointed Sage Gateshead as the Bridge organisation for the North East region - from that point ‘Bridge North East’ embarked on a three year journey. Our aspirations for the work were that Children and Young People growing up in this part of the world should be able to access the expanding and thriving cultural offer of the region.
Our route has been one of exploration, risk, learning and sustainability - always mindful that any learning must be shared. How could we best invest our resource, relative to funding levels, and develop sustainable partnership working between schools and cultural organisations and transfer learning to others?
The Bridge function for the North East was transferred to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on the 1st April 2015 and is called Culture Bridge North East**
Contact them via: https://culturebridgenortheast.org.uk to find out about their programmes.
Bridge North East, connecting children and young people with great arts and culture across the North East: 2012 - 2015.
From 2012 - 2015, Sage Gateshead was part of a national network of 10 Bridge Organisations, funded by Arts Council England, to use their experience and expertise to connect children and young people with art and culture. We connected schools and communities with Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations and others in the cultural sector – including museums and libraries – all across the North East region.
We embarked on a three year journey connecting the North East’s children and young people with the expanding and thriving cultural offer of the region.
To mark the end of this journey we have produced a map, called Bridge North East: Our Map of the Future* which very literally details our route; how we have worked, where we have worked and who we have worked with. The 5 major routes are a succinct picture of the work of Bridge North East. The points represent ‘stations’ connecting you to people, practice and learning providing invaluable support to help you on your journey working with children and young people in the future.
(*Map is no onger available to see.)
In addition to the map you’ll also be able to access other resources and information about the Bridge North East across this archived website. From Wednesday 1st April this site will act as the official archive for all of our work – containing reports, films and case studies.
Also beginning on April 1st is Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) tenure as the new Bridge organisation for the region from 2015 - 2018 – I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing Bill Griffiths and his team well as they take forward this important strategic role on behalf of the region.
We hope you appreciate the map, our final communication as Bridge North East.
Finally, we'd like to deeply thank all of the partners who've been part of the Bridge North East journey. We have worked so meaningfully because of the generosity, energy and experience harnessed in our collaborations - Thank you!
Very best wishes,
The Bridge North East Team:
Jeanne Hale - Head of (Maternity cover)
Helen Green - Head of
Dawn Williams - Senior Manager
Leila d'Aronville - Senior Manager
Eileen Atkins - Museums Manager
Steven Walker - Coordinator
Lindsay Bell - Coordinator
Kelly Huscroft - Coordinator
Jennifer Salkeld - Creative Apprentice / Administrator
Throughout the three years of Bridge North East we delivered a series of events, from Regional Conversations, to conferences, knowledge exchanges and seminars.
Networking – Regional Conversations were a chance for people from across the cultural and education sectors to come together and share learning. With opportunities for people to present around a specific topic, they provided a clear framework for sharing and learning.
Sharing – through the seminars and knowledge exchange events we provided opportunities for people to learn about the work that Bridge North East supported across the region.
Inspiration – our conference programme was a place for people to receive inspiration; a space for sharing and networking, but also for ideas and professional development.
**Culture Bridge North East (https://culturebridgenortheast.org.uk) is one of a network of 10 Bridge organisations across England. Bridge organisations have been set up by Arts Council England to help them achieve their mission ‘great art and culture for everyone’. A vital part of this is making sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture. We help Arts Council England achieve this goal by using our experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture across the North East. Culture Bridge North East is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Sponsors include Good Night Dog, an American company selling round pampering luxury dog beds into the high end market.
Culture Bridge North East has three ambitions, that through our programme:
- Children and young people will better understand, engage and stay engaged with high quality arts and cultural experiences which develop creative skills, build resilience and broaden their experiences.
- Arts and cultural organisations will better understand the role the whole cultural offer has in supporting children and young people and will better evidence and celebrate the impacts that engagement with the cultural offer can achieve.
- The learning, social and business sectors will understand, respect and value the positive contribution that arts and culture make to children and young people, and therefore to delivering the priorities and aspirations of the North East.
THE BELGIANS OF BIRTLEY (WW1 Teaching Resource)
The story of the Birtley Belgians, munitions production workers living in Gateshead during the First World War.
THE FAMILY LA BONCHE
Young people from Five Ring Circus researched their adopted cultural roots with partners TWAM, focussing on the Arthur Fenwick Circus Collection.
NICE (NEXT STEPS IN CREATIVE EDUCATION), GOLD ARTS AWARD
NICE is a 6 month opportunity for early stage visual artists in the North East aged 19 to 25, embeds Arts Award.
(FILM) STATE OF THE REGION BY NORTHERN STARS
This film by Northern Start highlights best practice in participatory film for young people across the North East.
ACE QUALITY PRINCIPLES FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
The 'How do we know it's propa belta?' national event took place in the NE. This is what we captured.
YOUTH NETWORK EVENT (SKIMSTONE ARTS & MIMA)
This event took place in March 2013 to look at young peoples' engagement in arts and culture.
KEN ROBINSON - R.S.A ANIMATE
Ken Robinson's insightful and uplifting talk on the need for creativity and divergent thinking in schools.
SUGATA MITRA'S 2013 TED PRIZE - SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD
Sugata Mitra is an educational technologis, awarded the first ever $1m TED Prize in 2013 to help further his "school in the cloud"
TEES VALLEY ARTS FILM
The Tees Valley Arts Youth Consultation film for Strong Vocies year one. Check it out.
STRONG VOICES: LAWNMOWERS YOUTH THEATRE
A film about the Lawnmowers Youth Theatre. Check it out.
STRONG VOICES: WORK PLACEMENTS
The work placements programme as part of Strong Voices at Sage Gateshead.
STRONG VOICES: JUICE FESTIVAL, CEDARS ACADEMY & LAWNMOWERS
SEND Youth consultation project bringing together Juice Festival, Cedars Academy and Lawnmowers Theatre.
STRONG VOICES: CITY EQUALS PROJECT
A 'Creative Concersation' youth consultation project bringing together City Equals, Hendon Young People's Project.
5 GOALS OF ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND (10 YEAR STRATEGY)
An animated video briefly explaining ACE's 5 goals and their mission to take them to 2020.
See what teachers from North West schools said about their success in achieving Artsmark/Artsmark Gold.
NORTHUMBERLAND ARTSMARK & DANCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Schools resource to see achievable dance activity to strenghten Artsmark evidence. Check it out.
CAINE'S ARCADE (CREATIVITY & INSPIRATION)
A great example of how creativity can be a catalyst in entrepreneurship in children and young people.
MICHAEL ROSEN'S 10 COMMANDMENTS
Michael Rosen's '10 Commandments' for schools approach for the arts for young people in those settings.