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I've not been to a spoken word event before and I'm pleased to have experienced it. The performers said some interesting and thought-provoking stuff! I'm pleased my girls had the opportunity to be part of the process.

Parent of youth participant, Stepping Out Of the Box

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October 2019

Us Too Soundscape

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Galgate
Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP United Kingdom
demystifying who domestic abuse affects

Us Too is a digital soundscape that weaves together classical, electronic and experimental music, with interviews from a diverse range of domestic abuse survivors who have bravely shared their stories. Our thought-provoking installation will sit alongside The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia, The Bowes Museum’s Autumn 2019 exhibition, dedicated to the Italian Baroque master, Guido Reni, & his female heroines & saints, which features outstanding work from prestigious public & private collections. The Us Too soundscape…

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November 2019

Panel Talk – Is All Art Activism?

November 4, 2019 @ 12:00 am

We're hosting a thought-provoking panel talk, asking a question which is bound to ignite many opinions - "Is all art activism"? Guido Reni's painting style is sublime, yet the subject of the central painting in The Bowes Museum's 'The Power and The Virtue' exhibition is violent- a woman who has committed suicide after being raped. This apparent contradiction raises the familiar question of whether art is purely for art's sake, or is it driven by, or accountable for, a social…

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Stepping Out of The Box Art Exhibition

November 9, 2019 - November 29, 2019
Palace Green Library, Durham University, Palace Green
Durham, County Durham DH1 3RN United Kingdom

Led by our Artistic Director Polly Turner, young people from Parkside Academy, King James I Academy, Teesdale School and Wolsingham School have created artwork that has been incorporated into our original art exhibition – Stepping Out of The Box - which kicked off at Locomotion and has now moved to Durham University. This original artistic exhibition aims to develop a dialogue and initiate conversations around gender roles and aspirations. It is the culmination of a series of creative workshops in…

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Make Do and Mend Film Screening (Free)

November 30, 2019 @ 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Galgate
Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP United Kingdom
Make Do and Mend film

This powerful short film, that audiences have called 'life changing', is full of heartache and humour and shares three real North East women’s personal stories of domestic abuse. The verbatim script was created using these thought-provoking accounts and much of the set, costumes and props were designed and made together with them. The film is full of North East spirit, and can help us all to recognise, understand and respond to those affected by domestic abuse in our communities, so…

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