Field sites: Newcastle

Culture Connect

Established in 2010, Culture Connect connects volunteers from different communities to hold cultural events and activities. Often centered around food or music, such meetings are an opportunity for individuals to learn new skills and learn more about different cultures. In 2011, the organisation launched Culture Kitchen, a subproject that delivers community food projects throughout Newcastle and Gateshead. To date, Culture Connect has worked with volunteers from across the North East, as well as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, to name a few. More about Culture Connect.

Greening Wingrove

Greening Wingrove began as a residents movement in 2011 to tackle littering and fly tipping around Newcastle’s inner West End. The movement strives to improve the visual appearance of Wingrove by bringing the community together and harnessing their collective energy to initiate change. They regularly organise events, ranging from gardening workshops to park walks, and generate resources on green living and sustainability. More about Greening Wingrove.

The Magic Hat Cafe

Part of the Real Junk Food Project network, the Magic Hat Cafe ‘upcycles’ surplus food to feed different communities across the city. They operate ‘pay-as-you-feel’ system, where recipients can make a donation of whatever they feel the food is worth – whether monetary or skills-based. Magic Hat regularly runs pop-up events across Newcastle including, most recently, the North East Skinny Dip. More about The Magic Hat Cafe.

Magic Hat serves hungry skinny dippers at Sunrise (image c/o Magic Hat, FB)

The NewBridge Project

The NewBridge Project is a both a space and community for artists, curators and creative practitioners. NewBridge was founded in 2010 and aims to support their artistic community through not only space provision but also collaboration opportunities and development programmes. They regularly deliver exhibitions, performances and workshops in response to Newcastle’s civic and socio-political environment – such as Hidden Civil War in October 2016, which explored the impact of austerity in the fragmentation of communities. More about The NewBridge Project.

The Station Master’s Community Wildlife Garden

Located next to the Whitley Bay Metro Station, the Station Master’s Community Wildlife Garden was founded by local residents in May 2010 after the original site had fallen into a state of disrepair. Residents were keen to preserve the area for local wildlife and, after successfully bidding for planning permission and funding, the space was cleared and sympathetically landscaped. Today, the garden is maintained by residents and volunteers and hosts various community events, including food surplus sharing, planting demonstrations and composting parties. More about The Station Master’s Community Wildlife Garden.

We Are Our Media

Founded in 2017, We Are Our Media is a collective of people based in the North East who are challenging traditional forms of mainstream media by developing alternative outlets, platforms and practices. Their projects include An Alternative Tabloid for the North, a free newspaper that aims to ask difficult questions, scrutinise hidden issues and tell unheard stories. We Are Our Media also runs community workshops with traditionally marginalised groups – with a view to uncovering untold stories from hidden voices – and recently held a DIY Journalism course at The Recovery College Collective to train more citizen journalists. More about We Are Our Media.

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