Council 'disappointed' Family Sculpture Day not taking place

Sculpture Day

Gateshead Family Sculpture Day will not be taking place this year. This popular event held on the last weekend of September in Saltwell Park, regularly attracted hundreds of families of all ages, giving them the chance to work together to build their very own monumental artworks out of timber and a handful of nails.

The event which has taken place annually for 33 years involved the Council providing several tonnes of scrap wood, tools and nails along with professional artists to help families get creative with their hammers.

Once a free event, recent participants were encouraged to 'pay as you feel' to help towards the cost of running the event, with an additional small charge for tool hire and the nails.

Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Councillor Angela Douglas said: "Continued cuts in government funding sadly means events like this, which have been at the core of our arts and cultural events programme for many years, can no longer be funded."

"We're deeply disappointed to see this popular and much-loved event not happen this year, but we have no choice. Our spending has to be prioritised on those people in our communities who need it most. We will try to explore new options for the event with partners and funders in the future, as we know how much local people value these types of activities and events."

Sculpture Day
05 September 2019

Gateshead Family Sculpture Day will not be taking place this year. This popular event held on the last weekend of September in Saltwell Park, regularly attracted hundreds of families of all ages, giving them the chance to work together to build their very own monumental artworks out of timber and a handful of nails.

The event which has taken place annually for 33 years involved the Council providing several tonnes of scrap wood, tools and nails along with professional artists to help families get creative with their hammers.

Once a free event, recent participants were encouraged to 'pay as you feel' to help towards the cost of running the event, with an additional small charge for tool hire and the nails.

Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Councillor Angela Douglas said: "Continued cuts in government funding sadly means events like this, which have been at the core of our arts and cultural events programme for many years, can no longer be funded."

"We're deeply disappointed to see this popular and much-loved event not happen this year, but we have no choice. Our spending has to be prioritised on those people in our communities who need it most. We will try to explore new options for the event with partners and funders in the future, as we know how much local people value these types of activities and events."

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