Factory Night @ Queen St. Masonic Temple, Hendon, Sunderland
Friday 9 May, 2008
Deep in the heart of the oldest part of Sunderland, in the corner of an unkempt car park stands one of the oldest buildings in the town. From the outside it appears to be in the early stages of dereliction which in reality is a disguise for its magnificent interior, for this is the Phoenix Hall, built in 1785 by the members of Phoenix Lodge to replace a similar hall nearby which had been destroyed by fire and is now the oldest purpose built Masonic meeting place in the world and incredibly still being used by the Lodge that built it 213 years ago.
AIMS OF FACTORY NIGHTS:
rednile hope to bring together artists in the areas of North Tyneside and Sunderland, open up art and artists’ practices, whilst forging relationships with businesses and utilizing interesting spaces in each area.
The programme aims to build on rednile’s relationships with business that have developed since 2005 (from initiating projects such as re:gen and Space) and aim to bring new people each area and create interest in their regeneration strategy and redevelopment. Factory Nights is also a channel for creative people to become more visible and therefore increase the opportunities for more events and build a stronger cultural community that the local authority are aware of and can potentially work with. Each venue chosen to house a Factory Night, have the enthusiasm for future creative collaboration within their spaces and want to work with artists.
BACKGROUND ON PROJECT:
Factory Nights is the first programme of creative working sessions rednile have initiated (past projects have involved artists residencies, exhibitions and education programmes). Frustrated by the lack of studio space available and opportunities for artists to make work, rednile envisage that creative working sessions will bring together those who normally work at home or in isolation and provide a fuel to feed the creative fire!
MORE ABOUT PEOPLE INVOLVED:
rednile Projects Ltd. is creatively directed by 3 artists, Suzanne Hutton, Michael Branthwaite and Janine Goldsworthy. Over the past 4 years rednile have coordinated 8 major projects in the North East all in temporary venues giving over 30 opportunities to artists in the form of residencies in businesses, exhibitions, new commissions and temporary public art commissions. We have also supported artists by providing free studio space, opportunities for writers, mentoring and education for students and opportunities to be involved in projects in various roles. We have worked hard to secure funding for all our projects, both regional and elsewhere in the UK, to ensure all involved are paid for their time, work and talent. We aim to continue working in interesting temporary spaces, to collaborate creatively and provide opportunities to artists and businesses to help build strong cultural communities.