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CoMusica and Juice Festival inspiring young artists

Posted on 29 September 2014

The creativity of young people is boundless and Sage Gateshead is working on a number of entertaining and engaging projects to inspire young minds including the CoMusica programme and Juice Festival.

The CoMusica cross arts programme is based in the Arches behind Sage Gateshead but delivers its work across the region. Working with specialist aerosol and street art professionals the team has worked with young people to decorate skate parks, subways, youth centres and schools. From one-off sessions, art courses, fun days and commissions, the CoMusica team help to make our communities a brighter place!

The latest commission, is a stunning mural in Trinity Square painted by Hannah Rose who first joined CoMusica aged 17 and started coming down to some of the weekend art activities. She did her first ever spray paint wall mural at Juice Art Jam in 2012 (a Bobby Robson portrait) and became more and more active with getting her art work seen. This year she went to Berlin to represent the Arches project at the Summer Jam event there. The mural piece at Trinity Square is fantastic and a great farewell present to us all as she leaves this month for London and to study at Central St Martins art college.

Hannah said: “The Trinity Square mural depicts the affluent, architectural history of the city. The wall itself is designed to tell a story, starting from the black and white Edwardian buildings like the Town Hall and the iconic clock that represents the change that the city has undergone over time; the painting then progresses into modernity and colour, describing the transition into the new vibrant image of the city-centre. The Arches Youth project has provided me with a platform to progress from a personal hobby with sporadic commissions, to gaining regular work as an artist through recognition promoted by this enterprise aimed at young people.”

Tony Pickering, Centre Manager at Trinity Square comments: “It’s been amazing to see Hannah’s mural come to life here at Trinity Square. We’re really excited to be part of the CoMusica project, giving Gateshead’s young people a creative platform and injecting a new energy into our outdoor spaces. We can’t wait to hear the response of our shoppers to Hannah’s work.”

Covering an area of 10,000 square miles, CoMusica works right across the North East of England with young people aged 5 to 24 and in February 2013 celebrated delivery of over 15,000 workshops and over 2,400 workshops, reaching more than 43,000 young people.

The valuable work of the team has been recognised by leading international artist Hush who has donated approximately £1300 worth of spray paint and acrylics to the project. UK based Hush’s mix of crazy animation inspired characters and pop-infused imagery create a fascination commentary on urban culture. He made the donation in recognition of the part CoMusica play not only in engaging kids but also in nurturing talent and supporting the regional underground art scene.

The paint will be used in Art Jam at the CoMusica Arches, behind Sage Gateshead on Saturday 25 October. Part of Juice Festival, this year’s Art Jam has a theme of Fantasy & Fairytales and there will be free workshops with world-famous street artists including Sune, Inkie and The Gov’ner.

Juice Festival, produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative brings ten days of inspiring experiences for children and young people. Other must go to Juice Festival events delivered by Sage Gateshead include the scarily fun Halloween GOTH Takeover, Skimstone Arts Album Launch and little ones can get in on the action too with Musical Rumpus.

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