Mr. Drayton

Our Winter Tales Commission for 2016 is Mr. Drayton’s Human Jukebox. The Mr. Drayton team is comprised of Steve Drayton and Helen Spencer. Steve Drayton a.k.a. Mr Drayton is a presenter and producer at BBC Radio Newcastle. When he’s not on air he performs as his alter ego Mr Drayton. Mr Drayton is a music aficionado and… Read more

Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox is the curator for our Autumn Lights Commmission for 2016: Inventors! Sunderland born, Dominic Wilcox works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects. Recent projects include the design of a pair of shoes with inbuilt GPS to guide the wearer home, a Binaudios device… Read more

Invisible Flock

Invisible Flock are an interactive arts organisation based in Leeds, formed in 2009 by three lead artists Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton. Leading 2015’s Winter Tales commission, Bring The Happy, Invisible Flock mapped the happiness of 1031 people in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Invisible Flock

Southpaw Dance Company

Easter Sunday 2015’s mass movement spectacular RUSH was produced by Southpaw Dance Company and Event International. Two locally based events companies, they worked with over 100 dancers from Sunderland and South Tyneside. Southpaw Event International

Garry Hunter – Great North Passion / Autumn Lights

Garry Hunter – Great North Passion / Autumn Lights / R&D Visual artist, creative producer and author of books on street art, Garry is Director of the Arts Programme at the Old Boiler House, Trinity Buoy Wharf, where he is currently designing a Faraday Cage sonic interface to capture visual representations of dialect that migrated from… Read more

Ross Millard – Great North Passion / Summer Streets

Ross is a guitarist and vocalist in The Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings, and attended Newcastle University where he studied English literature. Sunderland-born Ross performed a duet with fellow Futurehead David ‘Jaff’ Craig at the Great North Passion and was The Cultural Spring’s artistic director for the Summer Streets festival and for Sunderland’s Split… Read more

Bad Taste Cru – Great North Passion

Bad Taste Cru are a professional breakdance cru / dance company based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK. The company battles at international competition level and produces theatre pieces that combine breakdancing with physical theatre. BTC are also professional breakdance instructors who deliver one-off classes, residencies and workshops throughout the UK. www.badtastecru.co.uk @badtastecru

GemArts – Great North Passion

GemArts is a Gateshead-based arts development organisation which profiles and programmes culturally-diverse arts though concerts, events, festivals, workshops and commissions. GemArts works with regional, national and international artists across a wide range of art forms. www.gemarts.org @GemArtsUK

NE Photography Network – Great North Passion

NEPN was established in 2009 to promote and develop photography in the North East and beyond. Working with photographers, artists, curators and a wide range of cultural partners, NEPN aims to create a lively and informed context for photographic activity and to encourage new audiences for photography. NEPN is hosted by and is an initiative… Read more

Kate Fox – Great North Passion

Kate is a stand up poet, writer and BBC Radio 4 regular. She’s been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival and originally trained as a radio journalist, working in Yorkshire and the North East. She has toured comedy shows all over the country and is also an experienced speaker,… Read more