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New Year 2021

With the new year comes hope that there may be a route out of the Covid-19 pandemic and into recovery. NGCV are at the forefront of putting culture at its heart. 
With exciting projects to keep communities engaged with our work and new appointments at the executive level, 2020 did not knock our network off course in ensuring culture is accessible to all in our region and beyond.
We look forward to what 2021 has to offer as we wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Culture is at the heart of coping with lock down and will be at the heart of the recovery. 

Across NGCV, work has gone on throughout the repeated lockdowns to ensure that arts and culture continue to benefit the communities we serve.  Member organisations have worked hard to adapt to this and to bring arts and culture to people in their homes.

We know that the harm individuals, communities and the economy have suffered can be reduced by arts and culture, and that arts and culture must be at the heart of the recovery. Together we contributed £94 million to the economy of the North East in the 2018-19 and provided learning and engagement opportunities for nearly a million people of all ages.

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It's been a big year for change in the Chief Executive's Team.

During a challenging year for all, NGCV saw the standing down of long-term CEOs and NGCV leaders Jim Beirne of Live Theatre, who will depart in the spring, and Iain Watson from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.  Philip Bernays postponed his departure as CEO of Newcastle Theatre Royal to help the organisation through the early stages of the pandemic and will now retire. New senior appointments have been made at at Tyneside Cinema and Seven Stories, as well as those at Dance City and Northern Stage reported in our last newsletter.

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A Statement regarding the future of our 10-year Children's and Young People's Programme City of Dreams.

Ben Dickenson, Executive Producer for City of Dreams, left his role on 11th December 2020 to continue his outstanding work with young people helping them into employment. NGCV co-chairs, Sarah Munro (Director, Baltic) and Abigail Pogson (Managing Director, Sage Gateshead) outline plans for City of Dreams and how it will help young people recover from the effects of the pandemic.   

Ben was appointed by NGCV in 2017 and is leaving at the end of 2020. He has accepted a permanent role with the Careers and Enterprise Company as their Regional Lead for the North East, ensuring all young people have an excellent introduction to the world of work and routes to sustainable careers. Given sharp rises in youth unemployment, this is an opportunity to make a real difference.

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There is still opportunity to sign up to the North East Anti-Racism Statement

Launched last summer as a reaction the the Black Lives Matter protests, the North East Anti-Racism Statement, hosted on NGCV's website, now has over 150 signatures and has gone beyond the cultural sector. If you would like yourself or your organisation added to the list of signees, email

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The Learning Diaries: Poverty Proofing, by North East Family Arts Campaign Ambassador Sallyanne Flemmons

I write this in the week the End Child Poverty Coalition revealed the North East has seen the biggest increase in children living in poverty anywhere in the UK. Their figures state a 35% fall into this category, 5% more than the country’s average. Depressingly, as Covid-19 hits the economy, this figure continues to grow.

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