Culture is at the Heart of coping with lockdown and will be at the heart of our recovery.

NGCV member organisations together contributed £93.9 million Gross Value Added to the economy of the North East in the 2018-19 (the most recent figures available) and provided learning and engagement opportunities for 919,219 people of all ages. Across NGCV, work has gone on throughout the repeated lockdowns to ensure that those benefits carry on as far as possible and that we continue to serve – and find new ways to serve – the communities of Newcastle-Gateshead as they begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants of Baltic art lab on the beach

Participants of Baltic’s Art Lab

Tyne and Wear Museums and Galleries in partnership with Northumbria University has developed a Museum, Health and Social Care resource with the aim of using museum resources to support quality of life improvements for older people. BALTIC’s Art Lab holiday club in Birtley usually addresses food poverty through face-to-face art sessions with lunch and has adapted to the pandemic by providing creative packs and food deliveries or supermarket vouchers for families who usually have free school meals. Sage Gateshead has moved its Creative Learning online so that young people and adults can continue to participate in music making and enjoy the sense of community that brings, and has opened a dialogue with audiences to shape a Future for Live Music in the North East. Each of these cultural projects is helping people and communities cope with the social effects of the pandemic and will play a significant part in the region’s recovery.