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Published 18th Jan 2012

My Place on the Isle partners

Inspired by the Olympics and its cultural diversity, GemArts (supported by Newcastle City Council) in partnership with Middlesbrough Council are working on an international art competition with MICA Gallery in London to celebrate diversity and Britain during the Olympic Games.

They are looking to recruit up to 16 participants from Newcastle and Middlesbrough.  Participants will be made up of practicing artists and individuals that, irrespective of their faith, race, gender or ability, may not have had the opportunity to take part in arts projects previously and would like to get involved.

Workshop guidelines

  • The workshops are FREE to all participants and will be held at two of the North East’s most prestigious contemporary arts venues and will be delivered by professional artists.   
  • Transport from Newcastle to Middlesbrough (and vice versa), lunch and materials will be provided free of charge to participants. 
  • The project consists of 3 full day workshops and participants must commit to all 3 workshops.  

Details of workshops are


  • Date: Saturday 4th February  10.30am to 4pm 
  • Venue: mima - Middlesbrough
  • Workshop: 'Hear Me Out' (a session exploring the issues affecting local people)


  • Date: Saturday 3rd March  10.30am to 4pm 
  • Venue: mima - Middlesbrough
  • Workshop: 'World is your visual oyster' (having mapped out personal issues - tips on visual art experimentation) 


  • Date: Friday 23rd March  10.30am to 4pm 
  • Venue: Baltic - Gateshead 
  • Workshop: 'The Master Piece' (advice on size, composition and finishing touches to the final art submission) 


The final work produced will be submitted at the end of April to a judging panel consisting of representatives from Saatchi Online, Sotheby’s, The British Museum, The Times and MICA Gallery.

 Judging will take place in May and a winners’ awards reception will take place in end May/ early June.  The winners’ exhibition will be launched in London at MICA Gallery from early July to September to coincide with the Olympics, and will include an opportunity for participants to see their work exhibited regionally. 

The focus of the project is on participation rather than winning and to be part of an amazing Cultural Olympiad programme!

Workshop spaces are limited, so will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you want to get involved please contact Vikas Kumar by emailing phone 0191 4404124 or Shahda Khan by emailing phone 01642 729219 before Friday 27th  January 2012.

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