CORNERS of Europe in Blyth

From 9-22 May 2016, a series of unusual and thought-provoking artworks will be presented across public spaces in Blyth, created by over 20 international artists with groups from South East Northumberland as part of the CORNERS of Europe programme.

Last year artists from The Basque Country, Italy, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Kosovo and the UK visited places across the corners of Europe, including South East Northumberland, to meet local people and exchange stories. These stories and experiences have resulted in a series of new projects, which engage the local community and will be shared in public places across central Blyth.

Explore the projects across Blyth over the two weeks, from an audio walk on the Commissioner’s Quay, Blyth Quayside to an installation of woven bags across the Market Place, with a number of public talks, film screenings, workshops and events, all of which are free.

Take an alternative guided tour of Blyth and re-discover the place you thought you knew with Safari Here . Artists will explore Blyth with the help of local guides, and will collect and re-interpret what they have discovered. Meet the artists in their travel agency on Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found.

Join residents on the Croft Estate to take part in Windows ; a spectacular outdoor audio visual event, where people will be asked to answer a series of questions about local and global issues by jumping into pools of red and green light projected onto the MUGA (multi-use games area).

Discover why an installation of large bags will be built across Blyth Market Place for Oh My Home – Lost & Found , and watch a series of short performances that ask us to reflect on and re-define the meaning of the word ‘home’.

Students from Blyth Academy will create miniature art galleries in the shape of birdhouses as part of Birdhouse Gallery . The group will learn how to organize and promote an exhibition and will present their work in the town centre.

In a series of workshops, Voiceover will gather stories that will be shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast on Blyth Market Place. Hear personal stories from people connected to social, environmental and industrial change and share your own.

Listen to personal testimonies and fictional stories from the survivors of conflict and violence in Bridging the Silence, a powerful 17-minute audio walk and installation that will take place on the Commisioner’s Quay, Blyth Quayside.

A programme of short films called Flashes will be screened in unusual venues across Blyth. Films about the ancient custom of painting the faces of brides to ward off the evil eye in a village in Kosovo and the struggle of Palestinian refugees on the streets of Athens are part of this eclectic programme.

You can hear more from the CORNERS artists, the ISIS Arts team and local participants through online radio stations Corners Live and Beach Hut Radio.

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at: www.isisarts.org.uk

CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and Newcastle City Council.

CORNERS Blyth has been made possible by the continued support and involvement of our local partners:

Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Northumberland Police, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary’s Church.

Event Schedule:

CORNERS Open Day

10:00 - 17:00 @ 23-4 Market Street, Blyth, NE24 1BQ

Join us for open day at CORNERS HQ, 23-4 Market Street for a chance to meet the CORNERS artists and find out how you can get involved. Share your stories about Blyth with us over a cup of tea and cake between 10am-5pm.

Safari Here

alternative guided tour of Blyth
13 May at 10:00 to 21 May at 17:00 @ Blyth, Northumberland

Take an alternative guided tour of Blyth and re-discover the place you thought you knew with Safari Here. Artists will explore Blyth with the help of local guides, and will collect and re-interpret what they have discovered. Meet the artists in their travel agency on Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found.

Safari Here is a collaboration between Maria Anastassiou (UK), Isabella Mongelli (Italy) and Milos Tomic (Serbia).

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Tours will take place on the 20th and 21st May, and further details with times of the tours and opening hours of the travel agency will follow soon.

Oh my Home - Lost and Found

installation
14 May at 10:00 to 20 May at 20:00 @ Blyth Market Place, Blyth, Northumberland

Discover why an installation of large bags will be built across Blyth Market Place for Oh My Home – Lost & Found, and watch a series of short performances that ask us to reflect on and re-define the meaning of the word ‘home’.

Home as the domestic, the migrant and the contested. Borders and belonging, identity and rejection, struggle and intimacy, roots and mobility.

How do people “make home”? What makes a place feel home or not? How does the feeling of home change through time and space? Who gets to call a place home and who doesn’t?
Oh my Home – Lost and Found is a collaboration between Lalya Gaye (UK), Saadia Hussain (Sweden) and Ixone Ormaetxea (Spain).

The installation will be open to the public from 14-19 May between 10am-5pm and on 20 May from 10am-8:30pm.

Performances will take place on 14, 16 and 19 May at 12 noon.

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Bridging the Silence

audio walk and installation
14 May at 10:00 to 21 May at 20:30 @ Commissioner's Quay (The Staithes), Blyth, Northumberland

Listen to personal testimonies and fictional stories from the survivors of conflict and violence in Bridging the Silence, a powerful 17-minute audio walk and installation that will take place on the Commisioner’s Quay, Blyth Quayside.

Bridging the Silence is a collaboration between Deirdre Cartmill (Northern Ireland), Hrvoslava Brkusic (Croatia) and Beatriz Churruca (Spain).

The work will be open to the public on:
14, 16, 18, 21 May: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
17 May: 10am-1pm
19 May: 2-5pm
20 May: 6:30-8:30pm

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Details with opening times for the audio walk will follow soon.

Flashes

film screenings
17 May at 18:30–20:30 @ Blyth, Northumberland

A programme of short films called Flashes will be screened in unusual venues across Blyth. Films about the ancient custom of painting the faces of brides to ward off the evil eye in a village in Kosovo and the struggle of Palestinian refugees on the streets of Athens are part of this eclectic programme.

Flashes has been curated by Veton Nurkollari (Kosovo).

Join us on the 17 May from 6:00-8:30pm at St. Mary’s Church on Blyth Market Place for an evening screening of selected films from the programme, with introduction fromVeton Nurkollari from DokuFest.

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Further details with times and venues of screenings and events will follow soon.

Voiceover

workshop and broadcast
18 May at 10:00–13:00 @ Blyth Market Place, Blyth, Northumberland

In a series of workshops, Voiceover will gather stories that will be shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast on Blyth Market Place. Hear personal stories from people connected to social, environmental and industrial change and share your own. The broadcast event will take place between 10:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday 18th May.

Voiceover is a collaboration between Julie Myers (UK), Bojan Mucko (Croatia) and Lucyna Kolendo (Poland).

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Birdhouse Gallery

presentation
20 May at 18:00 to 21 May at 17:00 @ Blyth Market Place, Blyth, Northumberland

Students from Blyth Academy will create miniature art galleries in the shape of birdhouses as part of Birdhouse Gallery. The group will learn how to organise and promote an exhibition and will present their work in the town centre.

Birdhouse Gallery is a collaboration between Maciej Salamon (Poland) and Nedyalko Delchev (Bulgaria)

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/

Birdhouse Gallery will be open on Friday 20th May from 6:30-8:30pm, with a launch event on Saturday 21st May from 10am-1pm.

Windows

performance
20 May at 21:00–22:00 @ Blyth, Northumberland

Join residents on the Croft Estate to take part in Windows; a spectacular outdoor audio visual event, where people will be asked to answer a series of questions about local and global issues by jumping into pools of red and green light projected onto the Multi-Use Games Area (St John’s).

Windows is a collaboration between Michael Hanna (Northern Ireland), Asier Zabaleta (Spain) and Valeria Simone (Italy).

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/794334060701318/
http://www.isisarts.org.uk/