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Culture Awards Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists: Simpsons Malt and BVA; PoT and Various Partners, and Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre

Bringing L.S. Lowry to Berwick; inspiring documentaries by young people; and a melting pot of culture projects to benefit the North East

Berwick Visual Arts and Simpsons Malt: Lowry in Berwick

L.S Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland was Berwick Visual Arts’ most popular exhibition to date with over 17,000 people visiting the exhibition between June and September 2014.

The exhibition brought together for the first time many of Lowry’s original works of Berwick-upon-Tweed including works of The Market Place, Spittal Sands and a Football Match on the ‘Stanks’ and included loans from The Lowry Collection, Salford; Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, The Lowry Estate and private collections.

First established 150 years ago, Berwick’s Simpsons Malt provided support for the ambitious exhibition, playing a key role in securing Lowry’s piece ‘A Market Place, Berwick Upon Tweed’ and allowing a number of Lowry’s works to be brought to Berwick for the exhibition.

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LS Lowry In Berwick exhibition, The Granary Gallery, Berwick

Richard Simpson, Vice-Chair of Simpsons Malt says: “Simpsons Malt is thrilled that this incredible exhibition, which was so warmly welcomed by residents and visitors to Berwick-upon-Tweed, has been shortlisted for the award. We were thrilled to be involved and we wish the organisers every success on awards night.”

James Lowther, head of visual art, Berwick Visual Arts, says: “It is wonderful that our ‘L.S Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland’ exhibition has been nominated for a Culture Award. The exhibition was our most ambitious to date and could only be realised with the support from a number partner organisations in Berwick and Northumberland.

“We are pleased that this and the generous support from Simpsons Malt has been recognised through these nominations and that they support the profile of Berwick as a place where culture of the highest quality can be experienced.”

Website: www.berwickvisualarts.co.uk and www.simpsonsmalt.co.uk

Twitter: @BerwickVA and @SimpsonsMalt

Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu Metro Centre

The Northern Stars Documentary Academy is a partnership between Northern Stars at Tyneside Cinema and Intu Eldon Square and Intu Metro Centre which provides a unique opportunity for young people from across Newcastle and Gateshead – as well as the wider North East – to create short documentary films with the support of industry professionals.

Through the intensive four-month education and training programme participants develop a wide range of industry-specific skills as well as a wider set of employability skills.

Copyright 2014: Tony Hall Photography - All rights reserved Northern Stars Documentary Academy Gala Screening at the Tyneside Cinema
Northern Stars Documentary Academy Gala Screening at the Tyneside Cinema

Films produced in the programme have gone on to screen at film festivals across the UK and have picked up awards from the Royal Television Society and The Barbican’s Focus Film Festival (London). The young people involved use their experience to gain access to further or higher education as well as gaining access to industry-based work experience opportunities.

The Documentary Academy is now a key part of Intu’s corporate responsibility strategy, as well as being a fantastic resource for young people to wishing demonstrate and develop their Documentary making skills.

Ian Fenton, creative director at Northern Stars, says: “Everyone at Tyneside Cinema – where Northern Stars is based – and Intu Eldon Square and Intu Metro Centre are delighted that our collaboration has been nominated as a finalist in the Journal Culture Awards.

“We’ve worked hard together over the past three years to provide an exciting and inspirational opportunity for young people across the North East who are interested in cinema and filmmaking and to instil in them a sense of confidence and achievement. For our work to be recognised in this way is wonderful.”

Website: www.northernstarsdocacademy.co.uk

Twitter: @madebyNStars

Port of Tyne and Various Partners

In 2014, the Port of Tyne teamed up with The Customs House to support a year-long programme of events and exhibitions at the theatre in South Shields. It was the latest initiative in a long relationship with the venue, which has included arts projects such as Piers In, Cargos, Coat for a Boat and more recently Songs from the Shipyards, Tyne by Michael Chaplin and the Great North Passion.

The latest partnership kicked off with Follow the Herring a project combining singing, arts, crafting and knitting centred on the heritage of East coast fishing towns and communities. Touring from May 2014 it will travel from Musselburgh in Scotland and down England’s East coast, ending in Hastings in August 2014.

The Port of Tyne Reflect Photo and Video Awards at the Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Winners L-R: Edmond Kelly, Aleksandar Vuletic, John Reed, Toby Costigan, Keith Saint, Lewis Stubbs, Andy Martin, Tom Armstrong and Owen Humphreys
The Port of Tyne Reflect Photo and Video Awards at the Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Winners L-R: Edmond Kelly, Aleksandar Vuletic, John Reed, Toby Costigan, Keith Saint, Lewis Stubbs, Andy Martin, Tom Armstrong and Owen Humphreys

This was just one example of the Port’s continuing support to the arts and culture sector (and its associated scene), which has enabled and enhanced a melting pot of projects in the North East.

The Port’s support of the arts contributes to its key role in supporting communities along the river and its surrounding areas.

Other cultural partnerships during 2014 included ones with AV Festival, Baltic, Juice Festival, the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Live Theatre, Tyneside Cinema and Newcastle Theatre Royal.

And then there was their own Reflect photography awards and the ongoing Writer in Residence programme, which has seen Michael Chaplin celebrate the history and culture of Tyneside, focusing on the river which runs through it.

Website: www.portoftyne.co.uk

Twitter: @port_of_tyne

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