Oh what a year!
If you were putting of on getting on our bandwagon, don’t. Although we are still grieving the sudden loss of one of ours, we are going to look back on the year that was as a celebration of his life. Often times it is only in retrospect that we see how far we have come and what we have achieved. And despite all the setbacks and frustration of the past year we can pause and really reflect on what a year the previous one has been, and if it is any measure of the future, we truly are on an upward trend.
Discussion rounds on Art & Community, Hong Kong
The discussion rounds on Art & Community took place throughout 2014 at various locations. The first of the discussion round was in April 2014 at CONNECTING SPACES HONG KONG.
The Newcastle Creative Network was invited by FOA–FLUX, a research venture based in Zurich. The founder of NCN was invited to the discussion rounds on ‘Art & Community’ that took place in Hong Kong in April are related to the ongoing FOA-FLUX research on Functions of Art in Global Contexts and on Visualization Strategies & Public Spheres. The latter is made possible by CONNECTING SPACES, which is a hub and an exploratory platform for collaborative projects between Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and various institutions in Hong Kong. In this context the Newcastle Creative Network was discussed and presented in relation to other projects happening the global south context.
Newcastle Creative Network on Exhibition in Zurich!
On the 06th of July the Newcastle Creative Network will be exhibiting some documentation of its previous projects and festival in an exhibition at the Museum Baerengasse in Zurich as part of a research project by Connecting Spaces on community based arts organisation. If you have been following us on our facebook page you might already know that in April the Newcastle Creative Network also took part in Discussion Rounds is Hong Kong on the intersections of Art and Community and as such we look forward to future collaboration with partners made in Hong Kong and Zurich in the upcoming year.
Malawi: Positive Spinoff
The Project: Interdisciplinary Performance, Exhibition, and Discussion Round
“Kugwira ntchito limodzi & masisebenzisane, sibambisane & zämeschaffe” too place in Blantyre (Malawi) September/October 2014, and in Newcastle (South Africa) late October 2014. It brought together artists (visual artists, performers, actors and musicians) from different regions (Malawi, South Africa, Switzerland) to coproduce an interdisciplinary performance, to exhibit their work, and to exchange knowhow on collaborative work.
It was accompanies by a curated exhibition featuring the works of Nobukho Nqaba, Simhiwe Ndube, Maya Minder amongst other. The exhibition also then travelled to Madadeni where it appeared alongside the works of local artists like Mbongeni Mahlangi.
Home Ground Festival 2014
The 2014 festival hosted artists from Malawi, Switzerland, and Germany, and other parts of South Africa. We were particularly pleased to have the work of prominent International South African Artist Candice Breitz on show at the festival. We thank the community who once again opened all their doors and hearts to us and hope that you will open them again to us as we build up again for this years iteration of the festival we have all come to love.
Back to Hong Kong again
The festivals in Malawi and in Newcastle were followed up by another festival that took place again in Hong Kong in November and represented the documentation of the festivals to a new context and audience.
At the end of October last year the until the middle of December NCN embarked on a research trip to East Africa to explore the context and perhaps create meaningful relations and possible avenues of exchange between the artist in the Newcastle Creative Network and their counterparts in East Africa. The research residency was supported by Prohelvetia Johannesburg. We look forward on drawing on these new found relationships in the future and believe that the community of Newcastle will be truly blessed by these developments .
We will be posting the projection for this years plans very soon, please bare with us.