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Love Jam 2015 Supports A Cause Close To Home

Posted on 12 February 2015

Valentine’s Day sees the return of Love Jam to Sage Gateshead. Now in its 5th year this eye-zapping event brings together renowned street artists and a host of talented musicians.

Artists taking part on Saturday 14 February include graffiti writers Bubs (from the Girls on Top Crew) and Sune (Trans Pennine Nomad crew) and others, and there will be buskers performing in the painted arches behind Sage Gateshead’s iconic building. Also along will be rising Newcastle rapper Rick Fury, who’ll be filming scenes for his brand new video. The infamous graffiti writer Byker Romeo will also be leaving his love nest to come and support the cause (12 – 1pm) – you may remember seeing news coverage of his epic “I Love U” graffiti piece on top of the Byker Carpet Warehouse.

This year’s Love Jam is in memory of film maker Lee Halpin, who tragically died during the making of a documentary about homelessness in Newcastle in 2013. In honour of Lee, artists and performers are giving up their time to support a charity very close to their hearts, Crisis – the national charity for single homeless people, which is dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

The day’s events will provide an opportunity for all to donate to this cause, and romantics amongst the audience could even take away a unique canvas art piece, personalised and created for the love in their life, in return for a donation to the charity.

Organisers are grateful to all guest artists and give a special thanks to Colours Newcastle paint store, who have donated materials for the fundraiser.

Sandy Duff, programme leader for Sage Gateshead said: “The annual Love Jam has always been an important date in our creative calendar, as it’s the first chance we get to come together and paint outside after the cold winter. This winter has been a particularly cold one and many of the artist team found themselves reflecting on those having to cope with life on the streets at this time and in particular, the loss to the creative community when our friend and film-maker, Lee Halpin, passed away trying to highlight the plight of Newcastle’s homeless. We hope to raise as much cash as possible to help support the awesome work of Crisis in Newcastle, and to honour the memory of a dear friend.”

There are still spaces and materials available for artists who wish to join in on the day. Love Jam at Sage Gateshead runs from 10am to approx 5pm, and entry is free but all donations greatly appreciated.

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