ixia: public art think tank

ixia has taken over the ownership and management of Public Art Online from Arts Council England. The design and content of the website are currently being reviewed.

Bookmark and Share

Inspire: the South East Northumberland Public Art & Design Initiative

Inspire is the South East Northumberland Public Art & Design Initiative, set up in 2003 to improve the built and natural environment through the involvement of artists and advocating quality design. The aim is to change perceptions, make a contemporary environment and raise aspirations for the future.

The initiative is a partnership of three local authorities; Wansbeck District Council, Blyth Valley Borough Council and Northumberland County Council, the South East Northumberland and North Tyneside Regeneration Initiative (SENNTRi) and Northumberland Groundwork Trust with support from Commissions North and Northern Architecture.

From 1 April 2008 Inspire and Commissions North have worked in partnership under the name Inspire Northumberland to advocate, advise on and deliver public art & design projects in the priority regeneration areas in Northumberland.

Inspire Northumberland is funded by One Northeast, Northumberland Strategic Partnership, Arts Council England North East, Wansbeck District Council, Blyth Valley Borough Council and Northumberland County Council. The programme focuses on the priority regeneration areas of Northumberland, including the SENNTRi priority projects of South east Northumberland including Ashington and Blyth town centre and Blyth Quayside, and the rural market towns programme; including Berwick, Alnwick, Amble, Seahouses, Haltwhistle, Wooler, Hexham, Morpeth and Prudhoe.

A major aim of Inspire Northumberland is to help young people connect to their environment through providing exciting and contemporary art and design experiences. Artists are invited to join the Inspire Northumberland database. If you have an idea for a project that connects to projects Inspire Northumberland is developing please email us with a short summary of a project you would like to deliver.

Since Summer 2006 Inspire has been managed by a full time Public Art & Design Officer, Wendy Scott and a part time Project Assistant, Janine Goldsworthy.

For further details please visit:


The Northumberland Public Art Action Plan 2004 - 2008

The Northumberland Public Art Action Plan 2004 - 2008 offers a summary of the detailed review of public art opportunities across the county of Northumberland which was carried out by Commissions North, the regional public art agency, for Northumberland Strategic Partnership between June and December 2003.

The document recommends key objectives and the practical steps necessary to create a new climate for the development and realisation of future high quality and innovative public art projects within Northumberland. It is illustrated with selected project examples from across the region and a specially commissioned personal visual review of the county's public realm environments by North East photographer Sally Ann Norman.

Five key zones across the county: Market Towns; South East Northumberland; Rural; Coast and Countywide networks. For each zone, relevant comparator projects in the north of England or in Northumberland are briefly described and opportunities for future public art projects in Northumberland are identified. The Action Plan itself sets out tasks to achieve each Key Priority Aim indicating lead role and timescale.

The Action Plan encompasses the Inspire initiative - the South East Northumberland Public Art Initiative which provides public art delivery for Wansbeck and Blyth Districts.

Follow this link to download the Action Plan as an Adobe Acrobat format document: 1.35MB

 Fast Find

Go to specific information related to you.

 Editor's Choice

What's New

ixia update

 Join our elist