Fringe programme

Alongside the main Engage Conference, delegates are invited to a fringe programme of visits, talks and workshops showcasing visual arts and culture in and around Newcastle and Gateshead.

Some events have limited capacity and booking is essential. Bookings close 5:00 pm on Wednesday 9 October. There is a £5 charge for each event. 

Fringe events are only open to conference delegates and contributors.  Please note that the below schedule is subject to change.

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Monday 4 November (afternoon)

Art, Archives & Digital Learning – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Discovery Museum
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA 
Open: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Thomas Elwick will present a hands-on demonstration of Tyne and Wear Archives ‘Where do you think you are?’ workshop and present a case study about their recent Lottery funded Peace Day Project linking Archives, Artists and Arts Award together. 

Tyneside Cinema Tour – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG 
Tyneside Cinema volunteer guides will lead a tour of the building to point out historical features and disclose facts and anecdotes about the history of the cinema and its founder Dixon Scott.

The tour includes a 15 minute newsreel. 

Theatre Royal Workshop – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
Theatre Royal 
100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR 
Theatre Royal will host a workshop about their year-long acting programme, ‘Project A’, for 18-25 year olds. Project A shows that an Acting course can be accessible and affordable to anyone who has the ability to pursue an acting career.

Talk: Link at the Hatton & Laing Art Galleries – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
Hatton Gallery 
Kings Road, Newcastle, NE1 7RU 
Open: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Hatton Gallery will host a talk focussing on the work of their Young People’s group, L-INK, and how
they see their role within the gallery developing in the future.  
L-INK are a group of young people who work with the Hatton & Laing Art Galleries to organise events, work with artists, create artworks and lots more. In the past, L-INK have worked with artists to create works in response to paintings in the gallery, exhibited works in Newcastle and in London, worked with artists, curators and different teams in the gallery, visited galleries in different cities and most recently, presented an Intervention as part of the Hatton’s Gathering exhibition.   

See the Hatton Gallery website for further information about the group 

ARTiculate learning programme for primary schools – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Laing Gallery
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG 
Open: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Laing Art Gallery will host a presentation and interactive workshop on their work with primmary schools focusing on visual literacy, oracy and communication. 
With support from The Ernest Cook Trust, the Laing Art Gallery (LAG), Newcastle recruited a part-time Learning Officer to expand, deepen and develop its work with hard to reach, non-participating primary schools in Newcastle. The overarching aim of the programme was to raise the aspirations, knowledge and specifically literacy skills of KS2 children most in need of creative learning opportunities. 
The aim of the programme was to build strong relationships with three carefully selected, hard to reach primary schools to improve literacy levels of children and increase the confidence of pupils, teachers and family to access and engage with LAG more frequently and meaningfully. 

Play Lab – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA 
Open: 10;00 am – 6:00 pm, seven days a week 
Join BALTIC, Live Theatre and Sage Gateshead for a discursive, experimental and playful look at the potential of play as a means to develop and nurture relationships, encourage congregation, explore development and unpick place-making.  
This session will take place in an interactive exhibition presented by Pippa Hale where you’ll be invited to deconstruct, construct, build, tunnel and slide in a new environment. The session will present practice and enquiry through three different art forms; music, theatre and the visual arts.

THE WORD: Presentation and live performance – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Word Rap Project 
THE WORD will present and share 13 years of work done by the group — short films, documentaries, music videos and a teaching & learning tool kit addressing community cohesion. A live performance by the group will conclude the presentation.  
THE WORD is a school-based cultural, social and performing arts project addressing sensitive issues
such anti-racism, discrimination and other inspirational messages in an informative and entertaining

Monday 4 November (evening)

Fringe Reception – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Tuesday 5 November (morning)

Talk: New Writing North – 10:00 am – 11:00 am 
New Writing North

New Writing North will present their Young Writers’ programme, focusing on their human-centred 
approach to working with young people. They will discuss their open access routes into writing through Young Writers Groups and summer schools, as well as Young Writers’ City, their targeted programme 
which engages young people from the most disadvantaged communities in the North East in creative
New Writing North supports young people to find a talent or interest and provide progression routes for them to continue to develop their creative writing journey according to their own individual needs and