Local talent makes waves across the world

Newcastle Creative Network (NCN) is making waves at an international level.

The organisation was recently selected by the British Council in South Africa, as well as the Department of Arts and Culture, to be one of the recipients of the SA-UK season project grants.

“We are very excited about the opportunity,” explained NCN co-founder and acclaimed artist, Nkule Mabaso. “The grant will enable two young artists to travel from Newcastle to Ireland as part of an exchange project with the Newcastle Art Festival in Ireland later this year.”

Miss Mabaso said the organisation looked forward to the prospects that would develop from the exchange. “We would like to invite businesses who are interested in a partnership to get in touch with us about the possibilities this exchange will bring.”

The project, Two Newcastles: Searching for a shared Context, will aim to stimulate the scope of visual art and inspire communities through engagement. Both the Newcastle Arts Festival, Northern Ireland and NCN have actively encouraged creativity in youth.

“NCN is passionate about seeing young people succeed in all their creative undertakings,” explained Miss Mabaso. “They do this to change their lives and enliven their communities for the better through creative ideas and cultural innovation.”

How can you get involved?

There will be an array of opportunities for young artists to get involved, including participation in discussion rounds and exhibitions, hosting visiting artists, lending expertise to the project and becoming engaged in the festivals.

“We welcome all kinds of support that can be offered. You can find out about previous projects on newcastlecreativenetwork.org,” concluded Miss Mabaso.

Reveshni Moodley

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