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Cross Arts Ukrainian/Tynedale Artists Collaboration

SEEDS OF HOPE

MARCH - JUNE  2024

Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice



Ladycross Quarry/ Launch 17 March

Queen's Hall Arts Centre/ 

Forum Cinema/ 

Hexham Abbey

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, several displaced Ukrainian artists have come to live in Tynedale, Northumberland. Their arrival has brought a richness and diversity to the area’s creative community. They have acted as a catalyst to bring together local artists, from different art forms, into a new creative community. Over the past year, the group has met regularly, sharing artistic and cultural practice. 
We are now planning the following programme of creative events and workshops for Tynedale audiences.

Each event will be led by a pair of Ukrainian/Tynedale artists and embrace a range of art forms. They will take place monthly, between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice 2024, marking the increasing daylight and sowing seeds of hope for a more peaceful future.
Local people will be able to engage with the project as both audience and creative participants.

Seeds of Hope is a new cross arts project, comprising four public events entitled

  • DEPARTURE: Ladycross Quarry 17 March
  • ROUTES: Queen's Hall  9-12 April
                       Forum Cinema 28 April
  • LOST & FOUND: Queen's Hall 5-22 June
  • ARRIVAL: Hexham Abbey 22 June
For further information contact
john@tsf.org.uk

Short video trailer of research 
and development for our future project

preparation for the project

PERFORMANCES and EVENTS (tbc)

  1. 17 March, 2024
    Departure
    Departure is an outdoor devised movement and physical theatre piece taking place within the standing stones at Ladycross Quarry (nature reserve). Departure explores themes of displacement, travel and journeying into the unknown, through the elements and facing potential dangers.
    Volunteers needed: contact john@tsf.org.uk
  2. 9-12 April, 2024
    Routes 
    Routes is a participatory filmmaking project for Ukrainian and Tynedale 12-15 year olds. Routes will teach young people documentary film-making skills and enable them to make their own films using their mobile phones. Routes will explore what it means, as a young person, to journey to a new country seeking safety and sanctuary, to meet new people and adapt to a new language, culture and environment. The films will be shown at Hexham’s Forum Cinema.(28 April)
  3. 5-22 June, 2024
    Lost & Found 
    Lost & Found is an art exhibition at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, featuring the many Ukrainian and UK visual artists in the group and their individual responses to what is lost and what is found when one leaves home and finds oneself in a new country: meetings, connections, place and identity. The exhibition will be accompanied by Renga poetry writing and earth bead making workshops (8 June), for visitors to contribute their own lost and found experiences.
  4. 22 June, 2024
    Arrival 
    Arrival is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that will explore and celebrate our arrivals together, sharing our common humanity and seeking new pathways to peace. The performance will take place in Hexham Abbey and involve song, theatre, masks and dance, celebrating the richness and diversity of the group’s combined creativity. The performance will be accompanied by a film and visual exhibition, highlighting elements from the previous events, as well as documentation of the creation process of the project.
Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice
UKRAINIAN AND BRITISH ARTISTS
YULIIA ACHKASOVA, Ukraine
Yuliia is a Ukrainian visual artist, designer and architect.
She is a craft maker and textile designer, co-founder of art-project "The Tapestry of Life" working with the Hexham community.
JO ARIS, UK
Jo is an artist and educator, working most recently with neurodiverse adults. Her practice includes installation, making objects, painting and writing.
JOHN COBB, UK
John trained in physical theatre in Paris with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux. He is a founder member and joint Artistic Director of TSF. He has also worked extensively with renowned Canadian director Robert Lepage, touring world wide in many of his shows.
LINDA FRANCE, UK
Linda is an award-winning poet, with ten full collections and many pamphlets published. She leads creative writing workshops, particularly focussed on deep ecology and the collective experience.

REBECCA JAMESON, UK 

Becky is a theatre artist from Northumberland. She has over 20 years experience in crafting visual narratives having worked and trained around the world. She is co-founder of Miscreations Theatre working with schools, community groups and arts venues across the North of England
SARAH KEMP, UK
Sarah is joint Artistic Director of TSF and has directed or appeared in most of the company's shows. She has extensive experience of running cross-curricular drama projects with teachers and young people in schools and universities. Sarah also runs the Queen’s Hall Adult Drama Group, making theatre with older people.
LINDA KENT, UK
Linda lives in Northumberland’s North Pennine hills where she built her studio and where her return to painting full-time laid the foundation for her current work. She is primarily an abstract painter, working with how life feels rather than how it looks on the surface.
YARYNA KVITKA, Ukraine
Yaryna is a Ukrainian performer and a free movement dancer. Singer and founder of music group Folknery, Yaryna came to the UK through the ‘Artists at Risk’ programme and has performed at WOMAD. Yaryna is a visual artist who explores the sensuous essence of a woman as a mother. Skilled in improvisation, co-creating art festivals, and physical theatre.

KAREN MELVIN, UK 

Karen is an American photographer living in the UK. She lectured in photography at Middlesbrough College of Art and Design and was an advisor on Northern Arts Film and Photography panel. She mixes painting, photography, video and bookmaking to construct narratives.
LUCY NYCHAI, Ukraine
Lucy is a Ukrainian visual artist and curator. She is co-founder and project curator of Nazar Voitovich Art Residency (NVAIR). She has been working over the past year on a curatorial residency programme at D6: Culture in Transit in Newcastle and curated their recent (Re)Grounding exhibition, funded through the British Council.
NATALIIA PETRYK, Ukraine
Nataliia is a Ukrainian visual artist, a psychologist using art therapy methods and facilitator of group processes. She is organiser of on-site seminars for studying folk artistic traditions of weaving in Ukraine and took part in a collective exhibition in the museum of Cherkasy.
SVITLANA POHASIY, Ukraine
Svitlana is a Ukrainian film and television director, founder of film camps for young Ukrainians, teaching them film making skills. President of the International Ukrainian Children's Film Festival "Kids Movie Fest".
TIM RUBIDGE, UK
Tim is a choreographer with over 45 years experience of collaboration with theatre practice and particularly site-specific projects, in national and international cities and communities. He has a depth of experience in innovative and devised work often alongside writing, film making and music composition.
LYA VOLLERING, UK
Lya is a Dutch sculptor and peace activist living in Northumberland. She has recently exhibited in Newcastle, Hexham and Coventry.
CHRISTO WALLERS, UK
Christo is a British film director, postdoctoral film researcher and university lecturer. Christo co-founded the Star and Shadow Cinema. He organises an annual film festival called "Losing the Plot" in the Northumberland countryside.