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

Graeme Danby – Great North Passion

Consett-born Graeme is an operatic bass who has performed at most of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the English National Opera. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is currently a visiting professor of music at the University of Sunderland. As well… Read more

Will Todd – Great North Passion

Will, from Country Durham, is a composer and musician whose work encompasses a wide range of musical styles and genres – from jazz to contemporary liturgical music. Will composed The Call of Wisdom, recorded by Tenebrae with the English Chamber Orchestra for the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service. For the Great North Passion, Will worked with… Read more

Joseph Hillier – Great North Passion

Sculptor Joseph studied at Falmouth College of Art and then at Newcastle University, where he then held a research post for several years while completing a series of exhibitions across the UK. In 2000, Joseph was named Arts Council England’s Year of the Artist Award and in 2004 was elected associate member of the Royal… Read more

Music in the Minster – Summer Streets

A production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludd in 2007 was the starting point for Music in the Minster, based at Sunderland Minster. The then High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, Marj Barton was the inspiration for the production and after its success it was clear there was an appetite for an organization capable of taking… Read more

Gilly Rogers and Aly Stoker – Summer Streets

Sunderland-based Gilly is an artist comfortable working in a variety of settings – including theatre, design projects, art and health projects and art festivals. She also teaches degree students. Gilly was joined by fellow Wearside artist Aly Stoker to work on the Bed of Roses project for The Cultural Spring, using a pop-up shed to… Read more

Frank Styles – Summer Streets

Frank is a freehand spraycan artist, specialising in photo-realistic murals, freehand graffiti art and stencil graffiti. For the past four years, Sunderland-based Frank has also been facilitating spray-can art workshops for young people of carrying backgrounds and abilities. He also runs a studio/gallery/workhsop complex. www.frankstyles.com

Invisible Flock – Winter Tales

Invisible Flock is an organisation led by three artists Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton, they work together from their studio in Leeds. Throughout 2014, they’ve been touring their Bring the Happy project across the UK and internationally too. The project is a digital archive of happiness, taken from around the world. www.invisibleflock.co.uk @invisibleflock