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Make it Happen – Gateshead

Make it Happen Gateshead currently delivers our partnership activities with :

Find out more about the artists and producers below…

Alanna Wilson

Alanna Wilson

Alanna has a diverse artistic background having studied a BA in Politics with Law and an MA in International Performance Research, the political context of art and how it can impact the community is always essential to her work. Alanna’s previous work includes performing in physical theatre ensemble pieces such ‘Encountering the Other’ with ODDMANOUT and The Market Lab Theatre at Darlington Hippodrome and The Market Lab Theatre in Johannesburg; and ‘Without Borders’ with Regional Young Actors Ensemble, Hull Truck Theatre. Prior to this, her work included a verbatim audio piece about Brexit entitled ‘Debating with Dave’ researched between Serbia and the UK and a short documentary filmed and presented in Belgrade called ‘It’s not a big deal’. For the past few years, she has been focusing on training in physical theatre and clowning, which have led to her more recently finishing training at Philippe Gualier’s Theatre School in Paris. After returning to North East, Alanna is ready to use her new skills in a community setting to create a piece of artwork for Gateshead and continue focusing on her career in participatory arts.

Annalisa Buratti

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Annalisa has always loved to travel and to learn about different traditions and cultures. She is also passionate about cultural events that bring communities together through different art forms.

While completing an MA in Creative and Cultural Industries Management, she has come to love the North East and the cultural and artistic offer, inspiring her to engage with local communities and produce meaningful events. She is working as Administrator at GemArts and also as a freelance Assistant Project Manager for Skimstone Arts’ Reaching Out Project.

Colleen Dewing

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Colleen, born & raised in South Africa, has lived in the NE since 2001 and loves it. She recently joined the Arts & Libraries team for Gateshead Council. With a head for business and a heart for exploring and dabbling in arts of all types she is hoping that through the workshops and collaborative working she will gain the confidence and skills to provide excellent support with events, exhibitions, festivals and projects at work., Personally, she hopes to emerge with invaluable networking and personal development.

Craig Denton

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Craig is am an abstract artist from the North East of England. His artist persona is Pybus. He has been drawing traditionally and digitally for a number of years and has a special interest contemporary art forms and beginning to get his work noticed nationally.

Ellie Puckering

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Graduating from Newcastle University in 2016, Ellie’s Arts & Culture career began in small-scale theatre in an assistant producing role, supporting the delivery and marketing of a national tour. During this time she also became the North East Member Representative for the Arts Marketing Association, holding this post for 2 years. Alongside her current roles as Producer and Marketing Lead for Curious Arts and Ticket Office Assistant at Dance City Newcastle and The Fire Station Sunderland, Ellie has been a Freelance Producer and Marketing Manager since February 2018. Supporting the delivery of across art-form projects across the North East. Her most recent freelance role was Marketing Manager for Newcastle based Abbott Dance Theatre. Ellie is passionate about supporting the work of other early career creatives and is currently a Mentor for women’s collective La Floraison Collectif.

Graeme Hopper

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Graeme had a fascination with arts and music from an early age, looking through his parents record collection which was something that has resonated with him greatly.
At the age of 19 he moved to Holland and he was able to watch and hear artists from all over the world on a regular basis as their touring schedules would often pass through Amsterdam. This time of his life was crucial in the development of his production and listening skills.
Due to the constant advancement of technology, Graeme has been able to showcase his audio/sound work and his collage work to a much wider audience than just at a local or National level. It has given him a platform to translate his feelings to a wider public and tell stories through his sound and visuals. Graeme has been very fortunate over the past 5 years that the level of interest in his work has been so desirable that he has been involved in several private and public commissions both local and Internationally.

Hildy Harland

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Hildy is a multi-disciplinary performer trained originally in Contemporary Dance gaining her degree in 2010. Since leaving University she has worked as a choreographer, teacher and dancer in many different genres including ballet, contemporary, Jazz, Tap, street, traditional jazz and social dances from 1920-1960 which she now specialises in as well as working in her other trained disciplines. Hildy has performed with companies such as Kelly-Abbott Dance, Urban Jazz dance and more at venues including, Metro Radio Arena, Baltic centre For Contemporary Art, Beamish Museum, Northern Stage and Stockton ARC.

Rachel Robson

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Rachel is part-time Administrator and Project Worker at The Josephine and Jack Project. She owns 100% Proof: Proofreading and Editorial and is a freelance trainer and community worker.

Selene D’Alessandro

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Selene is an emerging creative producer living in Gateshead. After graduating with an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies from Newcastle University in 2017, she gained experience by volunteering with different community groups at Mima in Middlesbrough, supporting the Creative Age programme and cultural language classes with non-native English speakers from the local community. She now has a key role at National Glass Centre, coordinating and teaching crafts and glass techniques to young people as part of the schools, family and community programme. Selene is excited to be one of the participants of the 2019-2020 Make it Happen Gateshead Programme as she is looking to start her own freelance career as a creative producer, contributing to the lively creative scene in the North East. Selene is an Arts Award advisor, trained for Discover & Explore levels and she has collaborated in a number of projects including Tall Ships Races 2018, Nasty Women North East International Conference and Where do we go from here? exhibition part of Freedom City Festival 2017.

Sophie Hall Luke

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Sophie is a keen writer with a passion for socially impactful work. She studied French Literature and worked in charity management and as a child protection social worker before joining New Writing North, where she now coordinates creative writing programmes for young people. Sophie also runs The Table, fortnightly workshops for women and non-binary writers in the North East. She has lived in Gateshead for three years.

Tom Jordan

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Tom Jordan is a visual artist and graduate of the Glass and Ceramics BA at the University of Sunderland. Having previously studied structural engineering with architecture, he has a keen interest in the environment - built and natural. To support his creative practice Tom has worked as an exhibition installer, art fabricator and research assistant. His recent work has been based around the theme of climate change - how it’s effects might be seen and worked against on a local scale as well as a global one.

Make it Happen - Young People in Gateshead

We are working with The Soundroom and Pattinson house in Gateshead.

Do you know any young people interested in shaping their own community arts project - send them our way!

Both programmes will now be taking place in the Autumn - dates to be announced soon.

More info

Course Dates Timetable Make It Happen Gateshead Artists Long course dates

The Soundroom The Soundroom YP Call out Make it Happen Autumn Dates TBC.docx

Pattinson House Pattinson House YP Call out Make it Happen Autumn Dates TBC

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