Announcing the second Artists’ Agency Newcastle Commission

Posted on: 7th December 2023

Announcing the second of our Creative Central:NCL funded commissions

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Announcing the second Artists’ Agency Newcastle Commission

As part of Artists’ Agency Newcastle we offered free real life learning training for artists and future artists who wanted to learn how to develop participatory and community-based arts projects.

The 12 artists who took part in the training programme each received a £500 bursary and had the chance to pitch for a paid commission of up to £5000 to make a public artwork with the community in the Creative Central:NCL area. 

Running between July and September, the training helped artists gain key skills in creative production, enterprise development, working in regeneration areas and public art. The artists produced plans across the workshops for a participatory arts project to create a public artwork and pitched their ideas to get them funded. 

We we’re pleased to previously share the first of the Artists’ Agency commissions for Creative Central: NCL has been awarded to Rachael Brien to realise her project, Newborn Parents. We are now excited to announce the second commission to be funded through Artists’ Agency Newcastle has been awarded to Sofia Barton and Lindsay Nicholson for their project Younity.


Through their project Younity, Sofia and Lindsay will be working with diverse communities in the Creative Central: NCL area to create a mural. The aims of the mural will be to send a message of hope and unity to those who experience or have experienced hate crimes. They hope this message of hope and unity will be positively uplifting and also act as a hallmark of the welcoming multicultural and diverse community of the North East.

Sofia Barton is a multidisciplinary South Asian artist with a passion for storytelling through visuals. Her work is often a unique fusion of Indian matchbox art, brightly coloured graphics and Punjabi-inspired masterpieces. Sofia’s work transcends boundaries weaving together tradition and contemporary flair.  

Lindsay Nicholson is a performance artist and social engagement practitioner using creative methods for connection and co-creation with various North East communities.

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Thank you to our funders

This project has been supported by Creative Central: NCL, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Newcastle City Council.