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Sage Gateshead reaches half way point of Birthday Appeal as it is named one of ten new Clore Learning Spaces in UK

Posted on 2 October 2014

Sage Gateshead is thrilled to have a wing of its Music Education Centre named one of ten brand new Clore Learning Spaces by the Clore Duffield Foundation, one of the UK’s leading philanthropic institution in the field of arts, heritage and education.

This announcement has been made as Sage Gateshead approaches its 10th Birthday (December 2014), recognising the organisation’s internationally admired, long-term commitment to improving the lives of people across the whole of the North East through its music-based education and participation programmes. Recognising the Foundation’s support, Sage Gateshead has renamed a five-room wing in its dedicated Music Education Centre in honour of the Clore Duffield Foundation’s work. This ‘Clore Learning Wing’ provides an inspiring environment where young people, senior citizens, university students and more have opportunities every day connect with music and education, and also to forge new friendships and relationships with others from the region.

In tandem with the announcement, The Clore Duffield Foundation has made a donation towards Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal – the fundraising programme designed to bring long-term financial security to Sage Gateshead’s valued work with communities across the North East, and it will also attract match funding from Arts Council England.

Anthony Sargent, General Director of Sage Gateshead, said:

‘We are honoured by the Clore Duffield Foundation’s recognition and support for our deep-rooted commitment to learning at Sage Gateshead – not least because this donation has helped us to reach the halfway point of our £6m fundraising appeal designed to strengthen our financial foundations for the long-term. There’s still a way to go, but to have this level of support from such an influential Foundation is extremely encouraging as we develop our learning plans for Sage Gateshead’s second decade.

Sage Gateshead has always been so much more than two concert halls – with education, training and the support of deprived communities just as fundamental to our core purpose. To know that through this donation even more people will now be enabled to build their confidence, skills and talents through music is a wonderful thing, and I am confident the support of such an influential Foundation as Clore Duffield will encourage other people to help us ensure another decade of this vital work’.

Sage Gateshead’s Clore Learning Space is announced alongside The Art Room, London; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft, East Sussex; The Etches Collection, Dorset; The Hepworth Wakefield; Hillsborough Castle, County Down; House of Illustration, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London and Tate Liverpool. This announcement was made by Dame Vivien Duffield and the artist Grayson Perry at Barlby School in London on 1st October.

In December 2014, Sage Gateshead celebrates ten years since opening its doors to the public as part of the cultural regeneration of Tyneside, and we are now building an endowment to provide long-term sustainable income to secure our work for decades to come. Our target is to raise £4m by July 2015 which will leverage an additional £2m in match funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst Programme on which we were proud to win a place. Put simply, this means that every £1 donated to the appeal before July 2015 will trigger an additional 50 pence investment from Arts Council England.


For more information on this release, contact Sage Gateshead’s press office on 0191 443 4567.

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