Whistle Art Stop

May 2014 Newsletter

We are delighted to be hosting a solo show by Lucy Livingstone as our penultimate exhibition in our Pilot Graduate Programme. The show opens on Saturday with a preview on Friday night from 6pm.

'A  Journey through Space and Time'

3rd May - 15th May
Opening times:
Tuesday & Thursday 10-6pm
Friday & Saturday 10-4pm
Open Bank Holiday Monday 5th May   12-3pm
and at any time by appointment.

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Artist in Residence

Sarah Riseborough's one week residency resulted in two installations that intrigued everyone, particularly the young people in Haltwhistle. As part of our Pilot Graduate Programme, we have been testing the opportunity for graduate artists to work in the SHED and Sarah's application and proposal was exactly what we hoped to attract.

"My art practice has developed as such, to ask me to question the nature of creative process as an accumulative or distributive act; does ‘art’ end after the assembling or constructing of an object?"

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Sarah Riseborough

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Arts Award

Six young men are busy preparing their portfolios for their Arts Award Bronze level assessment following a printing project alongside Northern Print and Berwick Visual Arts. Right behind them are another six youngsters eager to start their own Arts Awards.

We would like to thank the High Sheriff of Northumberland who supported our Saturday Morning Art Club with a £750 grant allowing us to buy additional materials to further develop the Arts Award work we do with the young people.

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The Whistle Art Stop's first Annual Symposium "A View is Always Worth It" was held at Featherstone Castle on Tuesday 29th April and was followed by an evening of performances and art videos... and a few ghosty things too.

Stephen Pritchard, Director of Dot to Dot, chaired the event and amongst our key speakers was Alan Smith and Helen Ratcliffe from Allenheads Contemporary Arts; Yvonne Davies from Memesis; Suzy O'Hara from Nomadic Salon; Clare Money; Lucy Livingstone; Will Strong from New Bridge Project and Alison Raimes from the Whistle Art Stop.


We were delighted at the turnout and the day provoked a number of important issues and debates about the struggles of graduating artists making their way after art school. It was an invaluable opportunity to network and form new relationships in a fantastic location seeped in history.

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Mosaic is central to Haltwhistle Park renovation

Last month we were commissioned by Northumberland County Council to provide a mosaic for the refurbishment of the Memorial Park in Haltwhistle. Working alongside Paul Hardcastle, a local ceramicist, we ran 6 workshops and 60 people aged from 2 to 72 joined us in the making of individual tiles.


The result is a fabulous piece of history that we hope will give great pleasure to all that help make it and give Haltwhistle a piece of art to be proud of.


We have also been commissioned to do the artwork for two 'talking posts' to be situated in the park and the town square and the young people have been developing drawings and paintings to provide a montage. We are also working on two sound recordings done through interviewing local people who are sharing their memories of Haltwhistle.

You can read more on Northumberland County Council's website at


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