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Songlines

"Brilliant project which gives the silenced a voice"

Find out what people are saying about our Songlines installation...

Dates announced for Songlines Installation

Our installation piece ‘Songlines’ which is the final phase of the A Song To Sing project will be shown in Newcastle and Middlesbrough at the beginning of December.

Creating art with women from minority communities

Our next project gives women from minority communities living in the North East the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate their individual voices through their own piece of art.  

A Song To Sing Report launched

Launched today, the A Song To Sing Report details our key findings and recommendations and gives a flavour of the project.  




“what we see and hear – richly accented voices, sometimes wistful but often bubbling with laughter, and faces wreathed in smiles and full of character...

There is sadness, if not overtly expressed then occasionally discernible in tone or turn of phrase. But Songlines is much more about resilience in the face of adversity than broken pessimism and hopelessness. You will undoubtedly feel better for seeing it... and hearing it, for this is a multi-faceted installation.” David Whetstone, The Journal, December 2013

Songlines is a powerful multi-media installation created from interviews and conversations with women from minority communities living in the North East. Through discussions on the sea and other places, they shared stories of their childhood and home, leaving people and places behind and of their new lives in the North East of England.

The piece was developed in collaboration with 26 women from minority communities from Byker Sands Centre - Sure Start East, Open Door North East and West End Women & Girls Centre, working alongside photographer Phyllis Christopher, visual artist Taryn Edmonds and filmmaker Kate Sweeney.

This installation is the final phase of the A Song To Sing project which informed the play The Space Between Us bringing the truth of experiences of women who are Czech/Roma, Slovak/Roma, Travellers, women seeking asylum, those who are refused and experiencing destitution and Arabic women, from Libya, Syria and Kuwait to a wide audience.

Songlines was shown to over 220 people in the East End of Newcastle and Middlesbrough over two weeks in December 2013 and we have plans to further show the work in 2014.

This multi-media installation is the final phase of the A Song To Sing project which informed the play The Space Between Us bringing the truth of experiences of women who are Czech/Roma, Slovak/Roma, Travellers, women seeking asylum, those who are refused and experiencing destitution and Arabic women, from Libya, Syria and Kuwait to a wide audience.





Songlines was shown to over 220 people in the East End of Newcastle and Middlesbrough over two weeks in December 2013 with a great reception.

“what we see and hear – richly accented voices, sometimes wistful but often bubbling with laughter, and faces wreathed in smiles and full of character...

There is sadness, if not overtly expressed then occasionally discernible in tone or turn of phrase. But Songlines is much more about resilience in the face of adversity than broken pessimism and hopelessness. You will undoubtedly feel better for seeing it... and hearing it, for this is a multi-faceted installation.”
David Whetstone, The Journal, December 2013

Brilliant project which gives the silenced a voice

The stories were very touching and inspiring

Made you think and appreciate your life more. Songlines made me smile, you could feel the happiness. Fantastic.

Lovely and welcoming. I hope lots of people come and enjoy these women's stories

Feedback from audience members, December 2013