North East’s talent celebrated at ‘Art in the Garden’
16 September 2015
The first ever ‘Art in the Garden’ day to celebrate art, design, craft and food in the North East is taking place this weekend.
The event will showcase the region’s artistic talents with more than 30 exhibitors showing and selling their work. Garden attractions will also be attending and there will be workshops and demonstrations.
Active Northumberland and North East Art Collective, Newcastle’s newest art gallery with more than 150 artists and designers, have joined forces to organise the celebration which takes place in Eldon Garden Shopping Centre on Saturday 19 September from 10.30am-4pm.
Dawn Goodwill-Evans, Senior Business Development Officer for Culture, Heritage & Libraries at Active Northumberland, and Catherine Howard, Manager and Curator at North East Art Collective, have organised the day to bring together an eclectic mix of music, art and craft.
North East Art Collective is also an ambassador for the Small Business Top 100, so in addition to celebrating art and culture, ‘Art in the Garden’ aims to promote and raise awareness of small businesses in the region.
John Thompson, owner and managing director of North East Art Collective, said: “The region has a reputation for innovation and creativity, with many successful and talented artists, so it is important that this is celebrated for all to see in an enjoyable environment.
“There are many hidden gems within the different arts and crafts communities throughout the region and ’Art in the Garden’ will provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate small business and the creative talent that we have here in the North East.
“We are grateful to Active Northumberland and Eldon Garden Shopping Centre for their support, as without it, this special occasion wouldn’t have been possible, not to mention the artists and exhibitors on the day who will be flying the creative flag for the North East.”
As part of the event, tenants at Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, including its niche retail shops and food outlets, will be open throughout the day to celebrate ‘Art in the Garden’ and welcome visitors. There will be a free prize draw to win two free admission tickets to Belsay Hall & Gardens or Longframlington Gardens.
Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council said: “This is a great opportunity for visitors to Eldon Garden Shopping Centre to be made aware of all of the fabulous and creative talent in the region.
“There will be ideas and festivities to fuel artistic inspiration, and information available about our stunning Northumberland gardens which are open to the public to visit and to walk in.”