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Water and People

An exhibition and creative workshop programme by the Water Security Hub

15 March 2024


Water and People

23 March – 13 April 2024

Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG

Open: Monday – Saturday, 09:30 – 17:00

Featuring Christie Chan, Aidan Doyle, Ellen Harrold, Maura Hawkes, David de la Haye, Hazel Soper, Sue Spence

Curated by Helen Underhill and Cat Button

‘Water and People’ is a group exhibition exploring our ways of seeing, experiencing, and relating to water. Through painting, sculpture, poetry, sound, and embroidery, artists explore how we communicate about water, and whose voices are heard in conversations around water security, river health, and climate change.

Alongside artwork flowing from the River Tyne and the Northeast of England, we present creative outputs from community-focused research from the Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub by our partners in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

The exhibition is accompanied by Confluences’ – a series of creative workshops, open to all, designed to bring people together to discuss the material, social, cultural, and political aspects of our relationships with water. Find out more and book a workshop via the links below.

Water and Words

Sat 23 Mar 2024, 11:00 - 13:00

Explore water myths, place and identity in this writing workshop with poet Jo Bell. Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary!

Book here

Water and Words

Sat 23 Mar 2024, 14:00 - 16:00

A cut-and-paste 'make a manifesto' session, to make a poster or booklet declaring your commitment to clean water and healthy rivers. Drop-in during this afternoon session with poet Jo Bell. Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! 

Book here

Water and Woodcuts

Tue 26 Mar 2024, 14:00 - 16:00  

Make your own woodcut stamp inspired by animals and plants from around the River Tyne. A workshop to design, carve, ink and print a stamp with artist Maura Hawkes. 

Book here

Water, Collage and Comics

Thu 4 Apr 2024, 14:00 - 16:00

A zine-making workshop where you can draw, write or collage your ideas about water. Accessible for all. This drop-in session offers space and materials to make a zine (a hand-made magazine or mini-comic).  


Book here

Water and Sound

Wed 3 Apr 2024, 14:00 - 16:00

What sounds lie beneath the water’s surface? Join David de la Haye and have a go at using sonic pond-dipping equipment. Family friendly.

Book here

Water and Sound

Tue 9 Apr 2024, 14:00 - 16:00 

What sounds lie beneath the water’s surface? Join David de la Haye and have a go at using sonic pond-dipping equipment. Family friendly.


Book here

Water and Painting

Wed 10 Apr 2024, 10:00 - 13:00 (meet at 09:45)  

Join renowned artist Aidan Doyle for a painting workshop, first studying the painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat of 1884, before exploring the ways in we interact with rivers through coloured studies.

One of two workshops running on the same date.

Water and Drawing

Wed 10 Apr 2024, 13:30 - 16:30 (meet at 13:15)  

Join renowned artist Aidan Doyle for a sketching workshop, first exploring the painting Une Baignade, Asnières, by Georges Seurat of 1884, before taking a short riverside walk with sketchbook and drawing implements in hand! 

One of two workshops running on the same date.

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