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Creative Programmers

Our Creative Programming leads share information about their plans and activities, discuss potential cross-cultural collaborations and also explore opportunities to link in to festivals and events.  These currently include:

  • Edinburgh Festival - Venue for the wider North curated by Northern Stage
  • Great Exhibition of the North 2018
  • Juice (NewcastleGateshead's annual festival for Children and Young People)
  • Other significant events in NewcastleGateshead and the region (Great North Run, Winter Festival)

Talent Development

In 2012, NGCV’s Creative Programmers completed a review of the support for artists, creative and cultural practitioners and professionals being delivered by the ten organisations, to better understand the range and breadth of support and to share with others across cultural forms. This is available to download here.

Artist Development Network (North East)

NGCV Creative Programmers and others across the region came together to discuss how they could best support creative and artistic talent in the region. One of the ways this is being done collaboratively is to host networking events for artists (performing artists) with programmers from across the region's venues and festivals.  Following a successful pilot event in April 2012, events continued to be held in September and January each year, with artists pitching, programmers giving information and useful networking opportunities. 

The Passionate about Artists ebrochure provides artists and programmers with information about the artistic policy, focus of work that venue, festival and other programmers are interested in and suggestions on the best ways to contact programmers.

In addition, NGCV Creative Programmers have helped shaped the regional Artist Development Network, which launched in September 2012 and is developing proposals to support artists in a range of different ways.

Further information


Passionate about Talent was NGCV's 2012 review of the support for artists, creative and cultural practitioners and professionals is available to view or download below:

NGCV Talent development review (March 2012)

The ebrochure produced for the Passionate about Artists (Meet the Programmers) events is regularly updated and this and the event reports are available to view or download below:

Passionate about Artists ebrochure (January 2013)

Meet the Programmers Event report Sept 2012

Passionate about Artists event report (April 2012)