About the Chapter
What Next? Newcastle Gateshead held their first meeting on 3 September 2015. For two years we met regularly every Friday lunchtime to discuss current issues, listen and talk to invited guests and to respond to local, regional and national consultations relating to culture. Our meetings were attended by independent artists, representatives from cultural organisations of all sizes, funded through a range of sources and working across the cultural sector, both arts and heritage. The meetings also attracted producers, funders, people who had been working in the sector in Newcastle Gateshead (and the region) for 30+ years and some who were new graduates.
Meetings were a good way to keep the sector up to speed on national, Northern and regional policy, spending and political issues which affect the sector and wider issues affecting independent artists in Newcastle and Gateshead. Meeting regularly, however, is a huge commitment for everyone and eventually we agreed that What Next ? NG could be more effective as an information and consultation network and a powerful voice when called on to respond to consultation or pending issues for the sector.
Our WHAT NEXT? Newcastle Gateshead facebook page has more than 570 members and we try as far as possible to use local networks to promote any opportunities for people to be involved in What Next? Newcastle Gateshead and to receive any reports or responses we may produce. We welcome all comers with an interest in the future of culture here in the North East.
To keep up to date with our meetings, agendas and information and to share your thoughts and activities please join our Facebook page: whatnext?newcastlegateshead We also appreciate that not everyone wants to be on facebook. If you want to be added to our What Next? Newcastle Gateshead email list please let Alan Butland know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: we discourage the use of our facebook page to promote commercial activities and ask that you tell us why you want to be part of our Chapter when you request to join our facebook page.
Details last updated: 1 September 2020