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July 2013 Newsletter

As we bask in the lovely Northumberland sunshine the Whistle Art Stop grows from strength to strength developing a diverse programme of events and community arts activities. This month has been especially active attracting tourist visitors to the SHED, the Haltwhistle Carnival, Love Northumberland 2013 awards and the first Summer Salon.

Winner of LOVE Northumberland 2013 Best Business Project for the SMARTZ Club Yard Project:

On Wednesday 10th July, we were invited to Alnwick Garden for LOVE Northumberland 2013 where the Duchess of Northumberland presented us with an award for the Best Business Project and a cheque for £250.

Love Northumberland Awards 2013


The SMARTZ Club is a family art club and has been running for over a year now. Since we moved into Scarth's Yard on Westgate, they have been sprucing up the Yard to turn it into a Tourist attraction and attracting a lot of media attention in the process.

With sponsorship from Dulux Let's Colour, young and old painted an old run down shed with bright colours; made planters out of old tyres, bath tubs and other weird and wonderful objects and created a 7ft alien roman soldier to stand on guard at the door.

Love Northumberland


Summer Salon
Our first Summer Salon was selected from submissions from across the North East of England and produced a variety of contemporary work from 18 artists from various stages of their careers. Video, sound and image installation, photographs, drawings, prints, paintings and even proggy matwork bring a diverse snapshot of the art that is being produced in this region. The show runs until 30th July - please check website for opening times. We are also pleased to announce that one of the selected artist, Louise Winter, has instead been invited to curate a group show ‘Placeless, Place’ that will run for three weeks from mid August.
               Summer Salon

Haltwhistle Carnival 2013 sent the SMARTZ Club into a frenzy of extraterrestrial activity over the last two months!  A 7ft Alien Roman Soldier for the Scarecrow Competition, and spaceship and outer space costumes for the Carnival parade all had a more serious note to them. We are supporting the Northumberland National Parks Dark Skies and helping to raise public awareness. Earlier in the year we hosted workshops with local atronomer Emma Guerarro and the SMARTZ Club produced a walk in universe installation as a result. They then went stargazing at Cawfields and experienced one of the most amazing (though cold) astronomy evenings.

Duncan Wise, who is leading the Dark Sky Reserve Project for the Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Dark Sky status will help us protect the quality of the night sky. With public support we believe we can make this happen. It will be a spur to sustainable tourism, help cut energy costs and benefit nocturnal wildlife.”

Haltwhistle Carnival 2013
haltwhistle Congratulations to Megan Findlay (age 10) for winning first prize in the Carnival Photographic Competition for her photo of Newcastle Bookbinding shop window and to Ben Schollick (age 11) for winning second prize for Alston arches. All photographs taken by SMARTZ Club members will be available as postcards and greetings cards in our shop soon.




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