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An art exhibition, inspired by Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra is open outside of Sage Gateshead’s Hall One. These paintings are all available for sale from artist Gina Southgate. Each painting is £880 and Gina has kindly agreed to donate 40% of the proceeds of sale to the In Harmony project. To purchase a piece of work please contact Gina on firstname.lastname@example.org or text her on 07887911443.
In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities within the UK, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.
In Harmony NewcastleGateshead is inspiring families and the wider community, increasing opportunities for children in one of the most deprived wards in the country. In Harmony is modelled around the schoolchildren participating in an orchestra, and Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, are central to this project working with Hawthorn Primary School and Ashfield Nursery.
Funding from Arts Council England and Department for Education has bought a musical instrument for every child in the school and enabled music tutors from Sage Gateshead to work with the pupils, their parents and the school staff on a daily basis.
Gina Southgate is best known for painting/performing on the British jazz and free improv music scene. Audiences wow as they see the wet gloss, splodge mark, pencil creak, colour zap turn into images of instruments and performers. She works in an international arena, capturing the frisson of live music at gigs and festivals. The resulting imagery is used in music graphics and for press purposes; site and stage decoration. Recently she has been projecting interactive live visuals.
Southgate has a 25 year history of collaboration with world class musicians and her current relationships with, among others, Vortex Jazz, Jazz on 3, Jazz in the Round, Kings Place, Jazzahead! She first exhibited in the North East in 2009 with a solo show at Newcastle Arts Centre exhibiting work made as resident artist at Jazz North East’s ‘On the Outside’ festival, she subsequently exhibited and was artist in residence at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2010 and 2011.
“As a painter I have a stronger relationship with the music scene than I do with the art scene. I’m interested in the essence of the moment and my alignment to that moment. Musicians fuel my output and though I have a ‘style’ it is the result of what I hear and see live.“
You can also donate to In Harmony directly: