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Arts and Creative Industries meeting and survey

The annual meeting of the Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group takes place at the Biscuit Tin Studios’ Gallery on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 5.30pm.

We will be voting for a Chair and Deputy Chair for 2014 at this meeting. Please send in names, together with names of proposer and seconder to by 5pm on Tuesday 21st January 2014.

We will also be talking about what events we should hold this year. It would be helpful if you could fill in our questionnaire about what events you might want, what you want on the website, and type of workspace you have now and/or would want in the future.


How the Speed-Schmooze went

Speed-Schmooze rosette

Speed-Schmooze rosette

The Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group organised a great Speed-Schmooze on Tuesday 19th March 2013 at The Cluny in Ouseburn.

We sat round a long table and had 2 minutes to chat with the person opposite, telling each other names and what work we do. Every 2 minutes, Charlie Snow (originator of the idea and name of the event) then shook the tambourine and told one side of the table to move along a seat. We then swapped names and work interests for 2 minutes with a different person.

The polite and slightly nervous smiles soon changed to lively and noisy chat and laughter. Sometimes, it was less than 2 minutes because people became so interested that they found it difficult to stop chatting and move.

Charlie reflected on the evening afterwards:

‘I moved to Newcastle a number of years ago, simply as my mother (born here) said to me “It’s the sort of place where if you speak to the person next to you in the bus queue, they talk back, not like everywhere else where you just get a funny look”.

‘I’ve been pondering if this style of event would have worked as well elsewhere, or even in another sector.  I think the turnout, and sheer range of interests the attendees had goes to prove what an exciting community of creative people the Ouseburn has to offer, despite being perhaps the most effected in these tough climes.’

Martin Ellis summed up the outcome of the event:

“The aim of the event was to bring people together, encourage collaboration and have a good time. We achieved our objectives and surpassed our expectations. The feedback has been tremendous and people are looking forward to future events.”

Thanks very much to the organisers of the event – Charlie Snow and Lyndsey-dee Usher (who also designed the posters, made the banner and lots of name rosettes); and Martin Ellis. And thanks to The Cluny for providing a friendly atmosphere in which to hold it.

Look out for another Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group during the summer, and, in the meantime, do talk to us if you have ideas for future events.

Ouseburn Arts & Creatives Speed-Schmooze

Poster for the Ouseburn Speed-Schmooze event.

Poster for the Ouseburn Speed-Schmooze event.

Come along to the free Speed-Schmooze at 6pm at the Cluny on Tuesday 19th March 2013.

Open to all, this is a chance to meet people working creatively in the valley. You’ll get the chance to speak to everyone for at least a minute or two, and we hope that this will be just the start of many other conversations and collaborations in the future.

This event is being organised by members of the Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group.

Meetings and events in March 2013

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring. Photographer: JE Davis.

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring.

March is a busy month in Ouseburn. Latest news about events is usually posted on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Ouseburn Developers’ Forum meeting at 3pm on 6th March 2013.

Ouseburn Visitors and Events Group meeting on 13th March 2013.

Tidy up Ouseburn! Saturday 16th March 2013. Volunteers are very welcome to join the Environment Group from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We advise wearing warm clothing and boots, and please bring gardening gloves. Meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am.

Ouseburn Arts & Creative Industries Group event with networking on 19th March 2013 at the Cluny.

Ouseburn Planning and Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on  Monday 25th March 2013. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the planning, development, design and property issues relating to Ouseburn.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group quarterly liaison meeting with Newcastle City Council on Monday 25th March 2013.

Ouseburn River Users Group meeting on at 5.30pm on 27th March 2013.

Other March meetings or events will be added here when announced.