Retired people asked to share their creative flair

People of retirement age are being encouraged to let their creative side flourish as part of a new project starting this autumn.

Launched as part of national libraries week Art Diamonds is a new three-year project taking place in libraries across Gateshead. Supported by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation, Gateshead Council will be working with 64 Million artists and Gateshead Older People's Assembly the initiative will offer retired people a new way of trying their hand at different creative activities.

From creative writing to photography, painting to making mini movies there will be something for everyone to enjoy while learning a new skill or reigniting a passion for an old hobby.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, says: "This is a fantastic project for residents to get involved in. Whether people are looking to learn a new skill or renew a hobby they may have enjoyed previously Art Diamonds will offer a range of activities for residents of retirement age to enjoy.

"We're looking to make Gateshead a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. This project will not only offer workshops, artistic challenges and visits to different venues it'll also give people the chance to meet others who share similar interests.

I'd like to encourage people to give our sessions a try - they're free and you don't need to have any art experience you just have to be willing to give it a go with support from our friendly artists."

The project will include a wide variety of events including workshops, group meetings, weekly challenges and visits to venues across the north east.

To get involved or find out more email or telephone 0191 433 3864



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