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Connor Gribben, Gold Arts Award

We’re thrilled to have supported Connor Gribben to achieve his Gold Arts Award in graffiti and breakdance. Voicemag.uk caught up with Connor to find out more. As part of his Gold Arts Award, Connor attended the Just Jam Intl breakdance event in ... Read more

We’re thrilled to have supported Connor Gribben to achieve his Gold Arts Award in graffiti and breakdance. Voicemag.uk caught up with Connor to find out more.

As part of his Gold Arts Award, Connor attended the Just Jam Intl breakdance event in Newcastle, and City of Colours, a graffiti festival in Birmingham. He worked with a professional graffiti artist who taught him new skills and techniques, and gained an insight into the working life of an artist. Connor then went on to lead his own project by organising an under 18s breakdance event, and achieved his Gold Arts Award.

What did you find inspiring?
“Working towards something, having a goal and achieving this. This whole thing makes me believe in myself and that I CAN achieve.”

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Connor is now studying Fine Art at Northumbria University, and plans to create his own exhibition of work, continuing to compete in breakdance battles and organise his own events.

Drawing Sound Project

‘Drawing Sounds’ took place over four weeks at Sage Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Schools in the region were given the opportunity to visit Sage Gateshead and watch Bridges, a brand new animated children’s f... Read more

‘Drawing Sounds’ took place over four weeks at Sage Gateshead as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Schools in the region were given the opportunity to visit Sage Gateshead and watch Bridges, a brand new animated children’s film by Ed Carter, and then respond to this through creating their own sound drawing thinking about the relationship between music and image.

Over 6000 children and young people have been able to take part in this opportunity as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering quality music provision and we were delighted to fund 483 young people to achieve an Arts Award Discover in a Day certificate.

Discover Classics 4 Kids

A huge hit with both children and grown-ups last season, Classics 4 Kids returned with even more fun and classical music in Sage One and activities on the Concourse. Young people got the chance to try new instruments, attend a concert and take part in ... Read more

A huge hit with both children and grown-ups last season, Classics 4 Kids returned with even more fun and classical music in Sage One and activities on the Concourse.

Young people got the chance to try new instruments, attend a concert and take part in other arts activities. For the first time we also offered young people a FREE Discover in a Day Arts Award.

The venue was packed with excited and enthusiastic people all getting a taste of classical music, and over 35 young musicians took part in the Arts Award!

They got a chance to reflect on the concert and activities they took part in at Classics 4 Kids and also drew themselves playing instruments and shared how they felt about the day.

“The music felt amazing and relaxing!”

“I loved when we sang and danced”

“Classics 4 Kids was so much fun, I love the sound of the Cello too!”

“Today I have been inspired to start playing the Obo”

“The music made me think about lots of things, like moving clouds, rainbows and our family walking under a rainbow”

“The Harp made me feel so happy”

Ravenswood Primary School: Discover and Explore

January 2018 saw our Arts Award programme kick off with an exciting project between Sage Gateshead and Ravenswood Primary School. As part of an Artsmark Journey with Sage Gateshead exploring music inclusivity, Head Teacher Clive Maddison commissioned ... Read more

January 2018 saw our Arts Award programme kick off with an exciting project between Sage Gateshead and Ravenswood Primary School.

As part of an Artsmark Journey with Sage Gateshead exploring music inclusivity, Head Teacher Clive Maddison commissioned our resident artist, Toby Heaps, and Project Leader, Paul Martin, to work with a group of students who were interested in graffiti art as a way to make their school music room more inviting.

The young people came up with a design that they wanted to paint on the wall of their new music room and over two days, the young people worked with the artists to create the mural. They learned spray can techniques, assisted on fill in duties and helped choose the colours.

As part of this project Paul designed a bespoke Discover in a Day Arts Award for the group. The group completed this in advance with their teacher and passed with flying colours!

The group also started an Explore Arts Award as part of this project and are currently working on completing the award over the next few months.

This project was a huge success and the school loved their new artwork. The group had a great time being part of the creation of the piece and engaging with a new art form.

We will update soon on the progress of the group. Thanks to all the staff and children at Ravenswood Primary School.

Take a look at our film of the artwork in the making! Watch here.

Silver Case Study

This young person has had an amazing journey through our CFT Programme and the Arts Award journey. He had been excluded from all schools he had attended and this has been the first course he has successfully completed. To begin with he had little inte... Read more

This young person has had an amazing journey through our CFT Programme and the Arts Award journey. He had been excluded from all schools he had attended and this has been the first course he has successfully completed.

To begin with he had little interest in the arts, however his journey through Discover to Silver Arts Award has seen him try many new art forms and take on many challenges. These included graffiti art, design, rapping, DJ’ing, beat making, sculpture, film and editing, event organisation and public speaking. As part of his Silver Award he helped to organise the Discover in a Day Arts Award event at SummerTyne Americana Festival 2018 where he was involved in pre-organisation, delivery and working with artists on the day

Working on his Silver Award has had a huge impact on him; we have seen his whole demeanour, attitude and work ethic change. His creative and social skills have hugely improved. He really enjoyed it and would like go on to achieve a Gold Arts Award.

“I never thought I could achieve Bronze, and definitely not Silver! I was the only person in my school to achieve a qualification like this. I really enjoyed doing my Silver and learned a lot”.

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Project Shields Steel

Over 133 children from Hadrian, Laygate and Marine Park Primary School took part in Project Shields Steel. The Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils learned about steel pan percussion and achieved their Discover Level Arts Award. Read more

Over 133 children from Hadrian, Laygate and Marine Park Primary School took part in Project Shields Steel. The Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils learned about steel pan percussion and achieved their Discover Level Arts Award.

“Doing the Arts Award was fun, because I could share what I learned.”

“I loved learning about steel pans and joe the artist!”

“I liked it and we learned songs and other instruments.”

“My favourite was playing the steel pans.”

“We did a lot of different things, learning about different types of drums, how to play the hand chimes and importantly how to hold a drum. It was awesome.”

Gold Case Study - Arches Advance

Through the Arches Advance project, Sage Gateshead and The Customs House helped a young person achieve their Gold Arts Award. The young person is a break dancer and graffiti artist. After leaving school with little or no qualifications he got a job in... Read more

Through the Arches Advance project, Sage Gateshead and The Customs House helped a young person achieve their Gold Arts Award.

The young person is a break dancer and graffiti artist. After leaving school with little or no qualifications he got a job in the dance industry and currently teaches, performs and travels Europe as a dancer. He was keen to apply to university and was encouraged to achieve a Gold Arts Award to support his application.

As a result of achieving this award, he was accepted at Northumbria University to study Illustration. The process of the Gold Arts Award both motivated and challenged him and it was extremely important in helping him progress in his career as an artist. He has also branched out into music and undertook a course where he and his friends made a professional rap album. They have also been booked to perform at various events/festivals including The Bridge, Summer Blast and Lindisfarne CoMusica Stage.

“Without Gold Arts Award and my advisor, I would not have been accepted into University to do an Illustration degree. It really challenged me, made me be more creative but also organised. I had a lot of fun and learned so much doing the Gold Arts Award.”

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