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The Turning Point Network is coalition of artists, independents and leaders from visual arts organisations of all shapes and sizes, working together towards a stronger visual arts.

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Platform A Gallery and Studios have successfully won a contract to manage a 12 month pilot scheme running a Skills Timebank for the Visual Arts Community in the Tees Valley. The scheme initiated by Turning Point North East will enable visual arts professionals to register on the database and swop skills using a non cash economy model. Platform Arts will be trained and mentored by Sue Ball (MAAP) and Sarah Spanton (Waymarking), who have been part of a similar pilot scheme in Leeds for the past 2.5 years.

The purpose of this scheme is to enable visual arts professionals to seek or develop skills and expertise that will assist them in their own continued professional development and career in a way that is sustainable.

More information will be posted soon on how to engage with the scheme.

A second pilot scheme will be launched on Tyneside in due course.


Symposium Number 2

Desired Futures #2: A Sense of Place
A Symposium organised by mima and Platform A
mima, Thursday 9 February 2012 5.30-7pm, FREE, booking required

This special event provides a forum for creative practitioners, researchers and educators to debate the issues around how art is made, exhibited, interpreted, and taught.

Featuring an expert panel including Sharon Bailey, founder member and Director of ISIS Arts, artist Kraig Wilson and a guest curator to be confirmed, Desired Futures #2 will be chaired by Jill Morgan, Assistant Dean Learning and Teaching, Teesside University. The symposium explores how artists' international experiences can be shared with other artists and audiences from our region, and how we can make a global impact in our work.

Booking required. RSVP BY 2 February, call mima reception on 01642 726720 or email your details to

mima’s car park is free after 4pm on this date. 



He may not have won the Northern Art Prize this year, losing out to Leo Fitzmaurice, but North East based artist Richard Rigg was voted the people's choice in the public vote. This vote of support and confidence is well deserved for Richard and he should be congratulated on his work which featured in the Northern Art Prize Exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery.

Richard is one of a number of artists featured in Turning Point North East's 11 for 2011 Artists Films series, which focuses on and celebrates artists living and working in the North East who are gaining national and international profile. If you want to see this film scroll down to see it on this site.

It has been a fantastic time for art in the Greater North this over the past four months and demonstrates that the North has so much to over in terms of contemporary art and is really leading the way in nuturing and supporting artists to establish their careers and in showcasing fantastic art.



As part of its commitment to Continuing Professional Development within the Visual Arts Sector, Turning Point North East is inviting Expressions of Interest from visual arts organisations and collectives in the North East interested in hosting a cash-free platform to facilitate skill and knowledge exchange for the wider visual arts sector.

 We are now looking to recruit and support the set-up of the first of what will be two  timebanks in the region. This first one being in the Tees Valley region.

 The Creative Timebank has been developed for the visual arts community and supports the ethics associated with the arts – flexibility, transparency, free-sharing of information, self-reflection and critique, and the production of alternatives – as part of its values. 

 The Creative Timebank is not a stop-gap measure; it is an ambitious project that accumulates trust and learning through the exchange of time as time credits amongst its extended network of members, which include designer makers, community artists, writers, digital media designers, museum curators and arts administrators. 

 It recognises the proven impact of community based timebanks and in the ethos of re-cycle, a pilot scheme was run in Yorkshire by MAAP to trial its potential for everyday use by individuals and organisations in the creative sector and its impact on members and the wider network. We are now looking to pilot two Creative Timebanks in the NE region in two phases, the first of which will be in Teesside.

 The  Host agency will be supported through a structured consultancy and offered a fee of £4000 to cover essential costs of the timebroker. We will be looking to work with agencies that can demonstrate how such a programme compliments or extends their programme, a legacy for the agency and visual arts network, and additional resources that they could bring to the Timebank.

 For further information on a Description for the Host and details on application requirements please click here.

For further Background information on Timebanks in general please click here

 Deadline for Expressions of Interest; 17th January 2012 17:00

All Applications to be sent via email to: 

Interview; 24th January 2012 (location to be confirmed)

Timebank Induction period; February 2012



 Emerging Artist Thomas Whittle is the latest artist to be profiled in the 11 for 2011 Artist films programme produced by Turning Point North East. A graduate of Newcastle University, Thomas is one of a number of young artists who collectively received a Turning Point North East Critical Dialogue Bursary to produce the first edition of Spectrum Almanac, a reflective publication featuring in depth conversations, critiques and and final exhibition that was held at New Bridge Street Studios and Gallery this year. Thomas and his peers continue to produce this magazine as a result of this initial investment and is now sold in a number of outlets across the North East. Click here to get further information on Thomas and his work.