Creative North

Supporting Creative Practitioners Generate Income from their work


We work with organisations who are looking to enrich their work through engagement with creative practitioners. This may occur, for example, when organisations wish to enhance the visitor or customer appeal by providing a richer choice of goods to buy in their shops, raising the profile of an area by commissioning public art, enhancing the appeal of their permanent collections, or by developing their audiences learning experiences through participatory arts.


Recent examples of our collaborative work include:

  • Working with Sunningdale School, a specialist provider of education for children aged from 2 to 11 with profound and complex learning needs to develop an action research project in conjunction with local artists to explore how the school might work with the artists to develop new arts projects that meet the needs of these children within DfE engagement frameworks.
  • Managing the commission by Amble Development Trust of artworks for the creation of a major bird-themed sculpture trail which celebrates the diversity of birdlife found in the River Coquet estuary centred on Amble.
  • Working in partnership with the Science Outreach Team of Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics to deliver a programme within the university’s Ogden Centre designed to support the commission of participatory visual artists to work with the Centre’s researchers to develop and deliver a series of workshops in local schools. The project culminated in the creation of artworks for exhibition within the centre which reflect its iconic architecture and interpret the Centre’s research activities.
  • Designing and delivering an Arts Council England funded project on behalf of Newcastle City Library which created opportunities for 20 emerging artists to participate in a professional development programme. This offered mentoring by highly successful professional artists, enterprise development workshops and networking opportunities. Bursaries were also available for artists to create work inspired by the library’s fifth size (outsize) book collection for a major exhibition curated within the library at the programme’s conclusion. The initiative was very successful and subsequently replicated within British Library Intellectual Property Centres across the UK.

For further information about these projects or to discuss new opportunities for creative collaboration please contact Jane Shaw



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We are very excited to be working with Amble Development Trust to help develop their major new sculpture trail which will launch in April 2021.

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