Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region's Art Institutions Picked for Brexit Project

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Region's Art Institutions Picked for Brexit Project

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Byline: David Whetstone Culture Editor david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk

BREXIT may mean Brexit, but it also means an ambitious national art project involving two North East institutions and culminating in a festival.

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead are two of the partners in Art 50, initiated by Sky Arts.

The TV channel announced the project after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 this week, beginning the process of Britain leaving the European Union.

The idea is to commission 50 artworks that will explore what it means to be British in this country post-Brexit.

Sky Arts say they are looking for artists, individuals or groups from all walks of life with diversity of opinion key to the project.

Applications are open now, with ideas invited across all artistic disciplines including the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, the spoken word and more.

Other partners in the scheme are London's Barbican arts centre and Storyvault Films, makers of the Sky Arts series Portrait of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year.

It is to be funded by PS1m from the Sky Arts Amplify fund, set up to encourage arts organisations and production companies to collaborate on new ideas.

"Brexit inspired passions on both sides of the debate, not least around the idea of cultural identity," explained Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts.

"We wanted to take that question of what it means to be British as a starting point for a diverse range of voices to respond to over the next two years as we prepare to leave the EU.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and Baltic for what promises to be quite the ride."

Sarah Munro, director of Baltic, said: "At a time of great debate and renewed thinking about what it means to be British, the arts provide us with a unique platform to both reflect on who we are and, more importantly, who we want to be - to imagine what kind of world we want to create for future generations to flourish. …

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