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Experts from UK and Japan share ideas on art in the countryside

Newcastle University has welcomed Japanese visitors for the ESRC-AHRC-funded project Contemporary Arts in Rural Development: Lessons from Japan and the UK.

They arrived from the University of Tokyo, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Trienalle (the largest outdoor art festival in the world) and Tokyo-based prestigious Art Front Gallery.

Topics covered included how art can be used to develop and research the countryside. They also included experiences of organising art-led initiatives in the regeneration of places (for example artist residency programmes and art festivals) and how local stakeholders and academics can work collaboratively  with artists.

The residential week at Newcastle included trips to see the iconic Angel of the North. They visited Berwick-upon-Tweed to speak to representatives from organisations including Berwick Visual Arts, the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and Northumberland County Council.

The event was organised by the University's Centre for Rural Economy and the Institute for Creative Arts Practice, with support from partners Berwick Visual Arts and The Stove Network.

Dean of Culture and the Creative Arts Practice Professor Vee Pollock launched the event and welcomed the guests on behalf of all at Newcastle.

A residential week in Japan is scheduled later in May with the project partners.

Project Principal Investigator Dr Menelaos Gkartzios​ said: "This new and exciting project continues our established links with the University of Tokyo and Japanese stakeholders.

"It positions us in a l​eading role globally in examining how artists, social scientists and local communities can work together for the development of rural places.

"It is a great honour to bring such visitors in our Newcastle and Northumberland communities."

Newcastle University welcomed Japanese visitors for the ESRC-AHRC funded project Contemporary Arts in Rural Development: Lessons from Japan and the UK.
Newcastle academics and our visitors from Japan discuss art in the countryside.

published on: 6 March 2019