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Artist Uses Her Work To Help Raise Funds For Children's Music Project

Posted on 10 April 2015

Artist Gina Southgate, best known for painting jazz musicians whilst they’re performing live, is supporting In Harmony NewcastleGateshead’s fundraising challenge with an art exhibition at Sage Gateshead.

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.

Back in November, Gina Southgate visited Hawthorn Primary School, the home of In Harmony NewcastleGateshead, to paint In Harmony’s Hawthorn Primary Symphony Orchestra. Those paintings are now part of a temporary art exhibition which runs until Monday 13th April at Sage Gateshead. The original paintings, and limited edition prints will be on display during this weekend’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival at Sage Gateshead. They will be available to purchase and 40% of sales go directly to the In Harmony NewcastleGateshead project.

Funding from Arts Council England and Department for Education has already provided access to a musical instrument for every child in the school and has enabled music tutors from Sage Gateshead to work with the pupils, their parents and the school staff on a daily basis, but more funds are needed in order to ensure the work continues beyond this initial funding and to ensure the children’s music learning experience continues.

Katherine Leadbeter, Head of Fundraising at Sage Gateshead, said “We’re really grateful to people like Gina who are supporting the In Harmony project. This is in amazing project that is changing the lives of young people but we need to continue to raise funds; we need to raise £50,000 this financial year alone.”

Gina Southgate said: “The vibe at Hawthorn Primary School is joyous and industrious; painting there gave me insight into how creative teaching and learning can unify and uplift a whole school community. In an intense series of live painting sessions I strove to capture the childlike qualities of these young musical talents. The resulting exhibition documents, for me, a moving few days that stemmed from an idea by the visionary head teacher Judy Cowgill.”

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For further information please contact:
Gaynor Ellis, Marketing & Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. gaynor.ellis@sagegateshead.com T. 0191 443 4613 M. 07826 552945

Find out more about In Harmony NewcastleGateshead here

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