I have recently received funding from both the Community Foundation North East Fund for the Arts and UnLtD Star People Do It Award to continue the project into 2015 and to develop the project into a social enterprise. This will enable me to develop into a sustainable community led project that would benefit the community […]
On the 17th April, Pete Ross, the Scribblers group and some of Progressive Players of the Little Theatre performed and read poetry, plays and spoken word inspired by Bensham Grove and a visit to the Tyne & Wear Archives to research the Spence Watson collection. Sound artist Nick Williams interviewed and created an audioscape of […]
The Robinson Library special collections has a great archive of letters from people to the Spence Watsons. These include letters from Arthur Conan Doyle, German revolutionist and writer on politics, history, mythology and German literature Karl Blind, Russian revolutionary Sergius Stepniak amongst others.
As part of the Spence Watson project I am organising two free workshops and performances at Bensham Grove Community Centre run by artists Stevie Ronnie and Jane Dudman. These workshops are part of the Arts Council funded digital arts and heritage project, ‘The Spence-Watson Archive’, I am currently undertaking with Tyne & Wear Archive and […]
The Lit & Phil has quite a good collection of material related to Robert Spence Watson including books of poetry written by him, tracts of speeches that he presented at the Lit & Phil on a variety of subjects as well as a dissertation about Elizabeth Spence Watson which is very helpful for there is […]
A few images of Bensham Grove inside and out. The internal photographs show the house after the restoration, which was achieved through a Heritage Lottery grant to try and bring the house back to its Arts & Crafts history as well as keep and maintain it as a working community centre. Also included are a […]