North East Exhibition showcases £1m Olympic Legacy

Iconic Tyneside rail works hosts exhibition celebrating region’s £1m legacy from London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Online PR News – 29-August-2012 – August 28 - 2012 Newcastle Upon Tyne – Young North East artists are transforming a historic Tyneside rail works this weekend for an exhibition celebrating a £1m cultural legacy left to our region by the London 2012 Olympics and Cultural Olympiad.

Artists from NE-Generation have transformed Newcastle’s Stephenson Works for a free two-day public exhibition that tells the story of how 11,000 young people from North East England participated in national cultural celebrations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over the past three years, young people co-commissioned £1m of cultural activity from 15 youth arts projects, funded by NE-Generation, the Legacy Trust UK programme for the North East; creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

The NE-Generation Collective Showcase takes place from September 1-2 in the historic locomotive works where George Stephenson created Rocket, the pioneering steam engine which influenced developing railways the world over.

Ben Ayrton, programme leader for NE-Generation, said: “We have chosen to celebrate the creativity, talents and achievements of young people from this region in a place where ideas born here shaped the world and left a profound cultural legacy in rail travel.
The NE-Generation project was funded to build a lasting legacy putting young people at the heart of cultural activity in the North East.

The vision of the modern Olympics is about more than just sport, it is about the world coming together, sharing cultures and being united. This project has helped our museums, cultural organisations and practitioners better understand how to work with and tap into the potential of young people.”

Over the past two years, young people from the NE-Generation programme have delivered projects including transforming a derelict Gateshead Police Station into an arts venue, landing a national award for an educational time travel experiment, and staging the largest festival of Urban sports and arts in the North of England.

The 10,000 square foot, two-storey building and adjoining Dove’s Yard will showcase young film makers, DJ’s, musicians, singers, actors, multi-media artists, circus performers, free runners, dancers, animators, rappers and graffiti artists.

What to look out for?
• Giant Light Tree by The Factory at Tyneside Cinema
• Space Invaders presents ‘Exploding Shed’
• Young people’s Manifesto hangs up its vision for a new Newcastle
• Trigger Shift hack the X-Box to create beautiful movement based art
• Dale Force present Two sheep and the forgotten art of drystone walling
• Playing with Fire – Five Ring Circus style – 20 minute Circus shows
• Athletes from the Urban Olympics – Urban Gamers perform edgy arts and sport
• Stories of the world told in a flash by Culturise

A team of young creative producers have curated the event.
They worked with young people from each NE-Generation project on ideas which bring together the broad cultural activity of the programme and shaped it into a single celebration.

Sara Jackson, 18, from Heaton, is one of the producers, she said:
“This event is going to be special. Two days of free gigs, shows and exhibitions entertaining everyone from a museum lover, muso, art buff or technology geek, to people who simply love it when human beings do cool stuff. Come down to the Stephenson Works and celebrate a bright future for arts and culture in the North East.”

Several NE-Generation projects have already secured funding to continue beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including Five Ring Circus – a network of circus clubs in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Stockton – and The Factory, a programme of drop-in coaching sessions for young film makers at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema. Others are actively seeking funding.

The NE-Generation Collective Showcase is free and open to all members of the public and runs on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2, from 12 noon until 7pm, at Stephenson Works, South Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3PE.

Full programme for the NE-Generation Collective Showcase is included in a table in Notes to Editors, along with a list of achievements by young people in the programme over the past two years.

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