Four New Artist Commission Opportunities

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We are delighted to be partnering with The Late Shows this year and funding creative commissions in four venues across the Creative Central NCL geography.

In four Host Venues we’ll place four brand-new commissions for The Late Shows 2024.

Host Venues

After a call out through the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024, we’re pleased to announce the four Creative Central NCL Host Venues for The Late Shows 2024.


Tracing its origins back as far as 1239, Blackfriars is an important Medieval building and cloisters tucked away in central Newcastle. Now known as the location for a successful restaurant (along with a host of other small businesses) the site has had a fascinating and rich history from the Dominican Friars (Blackfriars), its standing as a place of teaching and education, royal guests (Henry III) and the Crafts Guild.     

See the Blackfriars artist commission opportunity.

Dance City

Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance. It exists to lead and support the development of a thriving dance ecology in the region. An eclectic programme of performances and classes takes place in the Dance City building year-round.

See the Dance City artist commission opportunity.

Grainger Market

Built in 1835 by the partnership of Richard Grainger and John Dobson, the Grainger Market is still home to over 100 small businesses selling everything from groceries, meat and fish to haberdashery, vintage clothing, plants, comics and a wide range of local and international cuisines. The Market is architecturally striking with wide busy alleyways, high ceilings and open spaces, it’s a true hub of activity, well used by the many different communities it serves.

See the Grainger Market artist commission opportunity.

The Common Room

The Common Room is a charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in central Newcastle, focusing on the future of innovation and engineering from its historic roots as the Mining Institute. 

See The Common Room artist commission opportunity.

Artist Commissions

We now invite artists and creatives to apply for one of four brand-new commissions, to be situated in each of our Host Venues.

The four opportunities each have a budget of £3,000 and cover a variety of art forms, disciplines and take inspiration from our Host Venues.

The deadline to apply for these commissions is Thursday 22 February 2024, and you can find the brief and application process on our Opportunities page.

About The Late Shows

The Late Shows, now in its 16th year, is a well-established part of the cultural calendar in the North-East. It encourages participants and audiences to experience the best of Newcastle and Gateshead’s cultural offer in short taster visits after hours, exploring cultural venues, buildings and spaces. 

The Late Shows takes place in Creative Central NCL on Saturday 18 May 2024.

You can find out more about the Late Shows here


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