We need your help to soundproof Cobalt!

Since converting the wood workshop into a pop up venue in October 2015, we've programmed and hosted a number of events from live music and DJ's to story telling and urban planning groups. It's brought a very welcome stream of new people into a public space at Cobalt providing opportunities to converse, engage, celebrate and dance!

However ... since applying for a permanent premises license in January the whole landscape has changed. A single noise complaint from a nearby resident student has seen a number of events cancelled as the council are now very reluctant to issue any more temporary event notices until we meet the terms set down by the license agreement. A key part of this is noise reduction and while we were expecting to have to do work in this respect, the enforced timetable and cancellation of events has made it very difficult.

So we've set up a crowd funder which will enable us to keep moving the project forward and ensure the doors open again for all the wonderful things we have planned! 200 capacity venues are virtually non existent in Newcastle, especially those that are artist led with a DIY aesthetic and spirit. We've had tremendous support from many of those that have attended events and we're confident that the community will want to see this project survive so please click on the link below for more information and to pledge whatever you can afford. Nothing is too small and there are a host of rewards up for grabs!

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/soundproof-cobalt

INTO Newcastle University Architecture students visit

We recently welcomed a group of architecture students from Newcastle University to support a current brief they are working on to design a dwelling for three artists to be used for living and studio practice. Organised by David Goodricke of the INTO programme the large group of international students were shown around the building and given a good flavour of artists at work in the Ouseburn!

More information can be found here:

http://issuu.com/intonewcastle/docs/into_newcastle_university_yearbook_

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WINTER

Thanks to all the performers, staff and public that made this such a fantastic night! Spring is coming very soon ...!

David & The Graduate Space

Our graduate space is made available for one year (from November) and is currently occupied by David Donald.

David specialises primarily in painting , drawing and sculpture. His work revolves around interests in advertising and draws from a number of influences from 20th century music sheets to contemporary high end fashion, looking at how novelty is used alongside consumer goods to close a gap between recognising images and perceiving them. He is also writing a book which expands some of his observations within advertising and architecture. The book is semi-fictional and uses invented vocabulary and observations from real and corroborated situations as well as a model city called 'Toy Town' which is used as a case study to inform these ideas.

http://www.davidhenrydonald.com/

Michele Allen

We have commissioned artist Michelle Allen to photograph Cobalt over the course of a year. For us this offers an opportunity to try and understand the breadth of activity that happens here through the eyes and observations of another. It also helps us to communicate what we do. We hope that it will culminate in an exhibition.

www.michele-allen.co.uk

Michele writes:

I am a photographic artist and researcher based in North East England. My artistic and academic work is broadly concerned with sense of place, and is often created in response to specific locations.  My art practice incorporates documentary, video and oral history often involving some degree of collaboration with particular communities in its production, and has been exhibited in gallery spaces, site-specific installations and community settings.  I am interested in revealing hidden histories, or unfamiliar views of places and I’m fascinated by the variety of different perspectives that can exist in connection to any given place or situation.

 

All images copyright Michele Allen

We Are Sanguine

Over the last six months I have been working on a project in Cobalt studios, documenting events in the pop up space and art studios. In this short time I have photographed a remarkable series of events ranging from live art performances and open studios to community cookery, film screenings, a treasure hunt in fancy dress and dancing toddlers. As anyone who has visited Cobalt will know the space has a very distinctive style and colour scheme which, despite it’s name, is predominantly pink, not blue. At times I began to wonder if I’d end up producing a series of photos lit entirely by pink neon, so I began to think about this colour as a way of titling the project. Searching for something evocative, I happened across the word sanguine, which describes both a blood red pink and also a mood of happiness and optimism (often in the face of adversity). At a time when the arts are increasingly marginalized in our education system and independent spaces are pressured by commercial developments it seems a fitting description for the positivity and determination of artists who continue to make work and build creative spaces in our city.