Cultural Partners

NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues

(NGCV) is a consortium of 10 non-profit distributing cultural organisations, operating 22 venues across visual arts, performing arts, music, dance, film, writing and literature, heritage, archives and museums and science communication in Tyne and Wear. We work together to maximise the creative, social and economic potential of the cultural sector in the North East by developing strategic and creative initiatives, sharing practice and resources and by being a strong collective voice. You can find out more about our collaboration at http://ngcv.tv

The 10 organisations are:

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: The North East’s internationally acclaimed centre for contemporary art, housed in a landmark ex-industrial building on Gateshead Quays.
  • Centre for Life: A landmark Millennium project, this unique science village houses new research alongside facilities devoted to ethics, public engagement and education. 
  • Dance City: The National Dance Agency for the North East, raising the profile of dance for young people in partnership with key youth dance partners such as Youth Dance England and Public Health North East. 
  • Live Theatre: One of the leading new writing producers in the country, working with national and international co-producers. Its drama education programme is considered a national exemplar. 
  • Northern Stage: The North East’s major producing theatre, making and presenting a repertoire of new work and contemporary classics in collaboration with partners such as Robert Lepage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kneehigh. 
  • The Sage Gateshead: The pioneering international hub for music performance, learning and participation delivering across 10,000 square miles from Foster’s iconic building, as well as leading national programmes. 
  • Seven Stories: a new national home for children’s literature, bringing together original manuscripts and artwork, involving young people, their families and educators in exploring creativity, literature and art. 
  • Theatre Royal: Newcastle’s landmark receiving and touring theatre and the regional home for, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North, The Dance Consortium and Rambert Dance. 
  • Tyne & Wear Archive & Museums (TWAM): England’s largest regional museums service, with 12 museums, galleries and Heritage sites. TWAM leads NE Regional Museums Hub (Renaissance), and has agreed links with five national museums (Victoria and Albert, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate).

  • Tyneside Cinema: The North East’s leading independent cinema, a resource for learning and development of moving image and new media and an important hub for the North East’s creative industries. 

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We've teamed up with our friends at nine leading cultural venues to create The Insider - a new invite list that'll bring you the best exhibitions, shows, events and a special offer or two. It might be a screening at Tyneside Cinema, a private view at BALTIC, a backstage tour here at Live Theatre, Northern Stage or Dance City, a family day at Seven Stories or Discovery Museum, winter ice-skating at Centre for Life or a special event at Sage Gateshead.

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 Venues North 


This new guide has been compiled by Venues North, a group of 20 venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. The group’s aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally. 

The group meets regularly to develop and share best practice around talent development, and the compilation of this new guide is a response to the group’s experience of being approached by artists and companies trying to get their work programmed. 

As well as some hints and tips about how to build relationships with venues, the 50 page guide includes full details of each venue’s artistic policy, how to approach them and current talent development initiatives. 

Click here to view the guide

Annabel Turpin of ARC Stockton, who chairs Venues North, said:

“We believe that the process of touring and programming could be more effective, if only venues were more proactive about stating what they are and aren’t interested in, and if artists and companies were more targeted in their approach. Routes In is designed to help with this by providing clear information about artistic policies and programming processes. The General Information section is aimed at those just starting out, whereas we envisage the venue specific information will be of value to a wider group.”