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NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues is a partnership of 10 organisations running 20 venues* devoted to to delivering world-class culture and engaging more deeply with a growing and diverse audience.  We encompass visual arts, performing arts, music, film, writing and literature, dance, heritage and archives and science communication.

The NGCV partnership is built on a decade of strong relationships and informal partnership working between 10 cultural leaders in NewcastleGateshead. Since 2009, NGCV has become embedded as  part of the everyday working lives of staff and volunteers across all the member organisations.  We encourage collaboration at all levels to maximise the benefits of the diversity of skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone in the partnership.

We focus on:

  • developing strategic and creative initiatives
  • sharing learning, experience and resources
  • being a strong collective voice

We explore ways to be:

  • better placed to engage with audiences and new technologies
  • more efficient and more cost-effective
  • better informed about each other and the external landscape in which we operate
  • better placed to use our shared resources
  • better able to measure and demonstrate our collective value

This in turn makes us a more credible voice in representing the case for continued investment in culture and helps to gain maximum value from all the investment of the past decade.

You can subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter on our Contact page.

You can find out more about NGCV's approach and activities  in Our work.

You can find out more about the individual organisations on the Members page.

*Note: NGCV ran 22 venues up to March 2013.  Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums now operate 9 sites,rather than 12, plus the area archives. BALTIC operates its main gallery in Gateshead and Baltic 39 in Newcastle and Sage Gateshead operates its main site in Gateshead and Gateshead Old Town Hall.  In total, the partnership is now responsible for running 20 venues and heritage sites. For details, please see our Members page.  

Further Information

You can subscribe to our quarterly newsletter on our Contact page, for updates on our activities.

NGCV partnership principles and practice

How we work together, our core principles, some examples of what we do are summarised in the following document:

NGCV In a Nutshell

How we work together

Our Sharing Protocol explains membership, sets our aims and objectives and also how the partnership works in practice.  There is also a summary of the challenges and success factors when working in a partnership like NGCV.

NGCV Sharing Protocol

NGCV Challenges and Success Factors

Demonstrating collective impact

Our annual, independent Economic Impact Assessment helps us better understand and demonstrate our collective impact on the regional economy. Headline figures from the most recent report are available in the following summary:

NGCV Economic Impact Assessment 2013-14 (Headlines)