Back in 2019 The Arts Council awarded NUL £1.75m to expand the appetite project into NUL which will see and array of projects and events come to the town to encourage footfall and bring something exciting and different.
The BID are part of the consortium for the Appetite expansion and have made a match funding contribution to the project.
There has been lots of work going on behind the scenes on projects and there is an exciting opportunity for artists in residence for The Newcastle Common!
The Newcastle Common, a three year programme in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, which will look at the changing use of the town centre. It will test empty shops as sites of production of culture, rather than consumption, and as useful community spaces.
Newcastle Common will sit alongside our other projects in development for the same period in Newcastle-under-Lyme which are a Town Centre Map by Chloe Breeze Illustration; Familiar Facesby Adina Lawrence in partnership with GRAIN; and Every Other Seat with Dust Rising CIC. It will also follow the tour of the Three Counties Cubes outdoor exhibition being located in the town centre.
We now have two short residencies tied into Newcastle Common. These short residencies are a response to the different situation Covid-19 has put us in, and will help us to gently launch the project and start a discussion with neighbours, shoppers, and other people who might want to work in our shop spaces.
All submissions will be looked at by Appetite and Newcastle Common lead artist Dan Thompson.
Artists do not have to be from Newcastle-under-Lyme, but because of the way Covid-19 has impacted on these commissions, the timetable for the Town Centre Residency is short so we need somebody who can be working in the place quickly.