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About Creative Central NCL

Creative Central NCL a place for independent artists, creative professionals and cultural organisations to thrive in central Newcastle.

We want to see a city centre that is brought to life by artists and creatives, where their skills, practice and experience is a cornerstone of what makes the city attractive and unique.

To do that, Creative Central NCL have received funding from the North East Combined Authority to support independent artists, creative professionals and cultural organisations in a whole range of ways from 2022 – 2027.

At the moment, this includes:

Over time, there will be more and more things the creative community needs and Creative Central NCL will adapt to meet this need.

The geography of Creative Central NCL is anchored around Clayton Street as a central spine and spreads outwards encompassing the conservation area from Grainger Market to the Centre for Life, including The Common Room and the Discovery Museum.

The area has untapped potential in terms of listed buildings and heritage assets, surrounded by established cultural and creative organisations, excellent transport links, and serving as a gateway to the city centre. We’ve identified an urgent need for affordable artist studio spaces and we hope that we can bring empty properties back into use for this purpose, which will form a major part of the work we’ll do during the project.

View the map for more information about where exactly Creative Central NCL covers…

View the map for more information about where exactly Creative Central NCL covers…

View the opportunities pages to see if there is a grant or commission that could help your creative development or business…

How we got here

In 2022, Creative Central NCL received funding of £1.7m from the then North of Tyne Combined Authority (now North East Combined Authority) as part of a their initiaive to develop Cultural and Creative Zones in the North East.

A Cultural and Creative Zone is a place-based approach to investing in the development, sustainability and growth of the culture and creative sector.

The Cultural and Creative Zone in Newcastle City Centre (now called, Creative Central NCL) sits alongside existing and long-standing creative areas in the city like Ouseburn and Sheildfield, and together we can make sure that no matter what part of the city a business or creative professional is in they have access to the networks and support they need to make a sustainable, creative career.

Creative Central NCL will deliver a programme of activity that puts artists and creative professionals at the heart of Newcastle City Centre and embeds creativity within economic development.

The programmes and opportunities that Creative Central NCL will provide will change and adapt over time to meet the needs of the creative community, but always with these core objectives in mind:

Read more about the North of Tyne Combined Authority Cultural and Creative Zones