North North Symposium

A national symposium bringing together artists and arts organisations for discussion, critical conversation & debate on Tuesday 6th March 2018.


We are thrilled to a be hosting a national symposium bringing together an exciting collaboration of stakeholders from within the arts community with artists, arts organisations and venues coming together for discussions, critical conversations and debate.


The North North Symposium will look at themes such as:

– What does quality mean for learning disabled artists?

– How can the status of artists who are learning disabled be raised?

– What can we do together to strengthen this sector?


The programme will include Guest Speakers:

Sarah Watson (Carousel, Oska Bright International Film Festival, South Bank Centre)

Gus Garside (Carousel, National Co-ordinator Creative Minds)

Geof Keys (Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham)

Prism Arts (Carlisle)



Hold Your Peace (a new drama from Headway Arts Inclusive Theatre Co. Directed by Allie Walton-Robson. Script Consultant Dave Napthine.)

PrintAble (an exhibition of print/ design.)


During the day you will hear from a number of guest speakers and innovators who will question the concept of quality, why it matters and how we get it out there. There will be a performance and critical evaluation from Headway Arts Inclusive Theatre Co. and lots of teas and coffees to keep you going!

The day will run from 10am- 3.30pm with a networking lunch. If you would like to attend please book your free tickets via the Eventbrite website.


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NORTH NORTH Symposium (flyer)

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust