New creative support network to meet for first time

Published Thursday, 13th February 2020

A new creative network which aims to provide support to artists, makers, performers and crafters is being launched in Hartlepool this month.

The first-ever meeting of the WATERFRONT NETWORK, facilitated by the team behind Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, will take place on Wednesday February 19th at 6pm at The BIS in Whitby Street.

The free event will provide a relaxed space to enable artists to come together, connect and have conversations around artistic development and participation in cultural projects in Hartlepool.

Aaron Bowman, Cultural Officer (Events Development) at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We want to empower artists and inspire creativity in Hartlepool and the WATERFRONT NETWORK aims to support local creative practitioners.

“As part of our first ever get-together, we want as many artists, whether professional or amateur, full-time, part-time or even students, to feed into what an artist network in Hartlepool could look like.”

Photo credit: Francis@RAW35.

Photo credit: Francis@RAW35


The launch night will welcome local artist Kirsten Luckins for a Spoken Word performance, music from Hartlepool-based violist and vocalist Madeleine Smyth plus a micro-performance of Adam Russell’s ‘Fairground Reminiscence’, currently on tour at Byker Community Centre.  

Tickets for the event are available from Eventbrite. For more information contact Aaron Bowman by calling (01429) 402761 or visit the Waterfront Festival Facebook page.