A creative exploration of our personal heroes
Join writer Bob Beagrie and visual artist Tommy Anderson in this series of online workshops to create writings, images and artworks that reflect our personal heroes and what makes them special.
Bob and Tommy will be working with CELL Big Local to deliver a series of creative activities through Facebook and will be available to chat and share your work with them through messenger. We hope you take part and invite you to upload your writings, images and artworks onto the Facebook page to create an online archive and gallery of, and for, our Heroes.
To take part please join the CELL Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cellbiglocal2017/ or search @cellbiglocal2017.
You can also view content from the project on the CELL Big Local Youtube channel.
CELL has been working with Museums Northumberland bait delivering art taster workshops with residents young and older in Lynemouth since February 2019 and in that time worked with professional artists, in partnership with community groups/organisations. The taster workshops included visual art, typography and model making with young people, and with older residents from Park View Sheltered Housing and clients from Lynemouth Day Centre included textiles, ceramics, lino printing, creative movement and music.
The taster workshops culminated in a pop-up exhibition in December 2019, the first of its kind in the village of Lynemouth. The exhibition was named Switch Shift; Intergeneration Art Exhibition, showcasing all the creative work produced during the workshops.
You can see some of the images from the exhibition here.
Following the success of the pop-up exhibition a community meeting was held in February 2020 inviting all groups and organisations who took part in the taster stage, and also new members of the community to plan and develop an arts project involving all groups in 2020. An action plan was developed at the community meeting, identifying the art forms and artists to be commissioned to work in the village starting in March 2020.
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Following the Covid-19 government guidelines CELL along with Museums Northumberland bait Arts for Wellbeing Manager have used the action plan themes and aims to develop an online arts activity programme for the residents of CELL to access.
Bob is a widely published poet, performer and playwright who has worked with community groups and individuals across South East Northumberland through the BAIT programme for the last five years. Most recently with the Blast group in Ashington and on the Bedlington Festival of Arts. He is a founder member of the experimental poetry and music collective Project Lono and a part time lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University.
Bob’s workshops will take place on:
Monday 27th April workshop 1
Friday 1st May on-line chat
Monday 4th May workshop 2
Friday 8th May on-line chat
Monday 11th May workshop 3
Friday 15th May on-line chat
Here are a few links to some of Bob’s most recent books:
Here is an online interview with Bob in case you want to know more about him and how he got into writing:
There is a lot of footage of Bob reading and performing online if you want to Google him, but here is a link to some footage from the launch of his latest book ‘Civil Insolencies’ which he performs alongside five musicians:
Tommy’s visual arts practice celebrates beauty in the everyday and overlooked. As a graphic designer he delivers innovative and exciting design, print and new media solutions, and has curated exhibitions in galleries and public spaces (including Switch Shift in Lynemouth). He is an experienced arts facilitator and mentor, managing and delivering progressive participatory and educational arts programmes inspired by his practice and believes that not everyone can be a great artist, but great art can come from anywhere, and he’s passionate about providing creative opportunities for people who wouldn’t usually have access to the arts.
Tommy’s workshops will take place on:
Monday 18th May workshop 1
Friday 22nd May on-line chat
Monday 25th May workshop 2
Friday 29th May on-line chat
Monday 1st June workshop 3
Friday 5th June on-line chat