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Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined

Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined is the result of a New Writing North partnership project with Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkpsur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School.

The project invited pupils to create an exhibition in response to the Saltwell Collection at Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

The Saltwell Collection is made up of objects donated by residents of Bensham and the surrounding area in 1933. The objects in the collection, along with their catalogue entries, tell fragmented stories of life in Gateshead in the early twentieth century.

In Spring 2022, pupils from three local schools worked with writers Laura Lindow, Rowan McCabe, Bob Beagrie and Amelia Loulli to share their own stories – real and imagined – of Gateshead. They created a collection of writing, drawings, film and audio work for the exhibition and online.

Collage Poems by Kingsmeadow Community School

This is a selection of poems created for ‘Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined’, an exhibition of work by pupils at Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkspur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School. It is the result of a New Writing North partnership project, which invited pupils to respond to the Saltwell Collection at Shipley Art Gallery.

Year 7 & 9 pupils at Kingsmeadow Community School worked with writer Rowan McCabe and producer Becci Sharrock to share their own stories – real and imagined – of Gateshead.

The project is part of New Writing North’s Gateshead Young Writers’ programme, made possible with the generous support of the Kavli Trust.

In Gateshead by Kelvin Grove Primary School

‘In Gateshead’ is an extract of work created for ‘Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined’, an exhibition of work by pupils at Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkspur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School. It is the result of a New Writing North partnership project, which invited pupils to respond to the Saltwell Collection at Shipley Art Gallery.

Year 5 pupils at Kelvin Grove Primary School worked with writers Bob Beagrie and Amelia Loulli to share their own stories – real and imagined – of Gateshead.

HERE, NOW by Larkspur Community Primary School

‘HERE, NOW’ was created for ‘Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined’, an exhibition of work by pupils at Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkspur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School. It is the result of a New Writing North partnership project, which invited pupils to respond to the Saltwell Collection at Shipley Art Gallery.

Year 5 pupils at Larkspur Community Primary School worked with writers Laura Lindow and Amelia Loulli to share their own stories – real and imagined – of Gateshead.

‘Our Museum’ by Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkspur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School

‘Our Museum’ was created for ‘Gateshead: Past, Present and Imagined’, an exhibition of work by pupils at Kelvin Grove Primary School, Larkspur Community Primary School and Kingsmeadow Community School. It is the result of a New Writing North partnership project, which invited pupils to respond to the Saltwell Collection at Shipley Art Gallery. Year 5 pupils at Larkspur Community Primary School worked with writers Laura Lindow and Amelia Loulli to share their own stories – real and imagined – of Gateshead. The project is part of New Writing North’s Gateshead Young Writers’ programme, made possible with the generous support of the Kavli Trust.

The project was part of New Writing North’s Gateshead Young Writers’ programme, made possible with the generous support of the Kavli Trust.

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