Newbiggin Hall Creates

In Newbiggin we have been working out of the Galafield Centre, developing relationships with local residents and partner organisations. We have been given significant funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to explore and deliver a co-creative approach to cultural development in this community, working with local residents and key partners over the next three years.

Discover our current projects below, and keep an eye out for more opportunities coming soon!

If you are interested in either of these groups or want to get in touch about our work in Newbiggin, please email: [email protected]

Newbiggin Creative Writing Group

This is a free group for adults living in and around Newbiggin Hall who want to have a go at creative writing and socialise in their local community. It is delivered by New Writing North, Chain Reaction and Mental Health Concern. If you would like to join this group you can just turn up. You will be asked to provide contact details at your first session. Suitable for people aged 18+.

Time and date: 1.30-3pm, Thursdays

Venue: Leazes Cafe, Trevelyan Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE5 4EG
This venue has step free access and an accessible toilet. Please note, the venue is at the top of a short but relatively steep incline.

Price: Free

If you need more information before attending, please contact [email protected]

Newbiggin Hall Young Songwriters

Try out songwriting or develop your musical talent in a free songwriting group led by professional musicians!

Newbiggin Hall Young Songwriters is open to anyone aged 12-19. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Bring along a musical instrument or just come along and give it a go!

Time and date: 4-5.30pm, Wednesdays in term time

Venue: Galafields Centre,  Newbiggin Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 1LZ

Price: Free

Find out more and sign up


Creative Catch Ups for over 55s

Spend some time chatting, taking part in creative activities and trying something new. Activities will include crafts, writing, drama games, sharing stories, gentle movement exercises. Come and meet new people, share a cuppa have a chat and get creative together.

Time and date: 10am-12pm, Thursdays

Venue: St Wilfrid’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 4BP

Price: Free

Find out more and sign up


Meet the producer

Philippa Crossman is working as a Creative Producer in Newbiggin Hall. She is getting to know people living in the area, meeting organisations and making partnerships with the aim of creating creative projects, activities and opportunities for the community.   

Philippa has been working in creative roles for over 15 years. Before working in Newbiggin Hall, Philippa worked at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as Community Producer. Working on a programme called Local Exchange, which saw the theatre take up residency in different areas across Greater Manchester. Working in depth over a number of years to develop relationships, projects and a pop-up community theatre festival.  

Philippa has also worked for Northern Stage and Sage Gateshead on engagement and community programmes. Before returning to the North East Philippa worked in London for many years at the National Theatre, and the Royal Court. Philippa’s passionate about creating equal opportunities to creativity, and strongly believes in the benefits it can have to connect people and support wellbeing.