Where is the North East of England?
Our region stretches from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the far north, on the border with Scotland; through Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham; and down to the Tees Valley, including Middlesbrough. It includes the conurbations of Tyneside (comprising Newcastle and Gateshead), Sunderland and Teesside.
The total population of the North East is 2.17m, of which 823,000 is the metro area population of Newcastle upon Tyne and 345,000 Sunderland (both 2023). Northumberland, by contrast, has the lowest population density in England.
The North East comprises County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside and Tyne & Wear.
Areas covered: Addresses in postcodes DH, DL1 – 6 and DL12 – 17, NE, SR, TD15 (England) and TS.
North East Artists’ Fund: history
The first year of the North East Artists’ Fund ran as a pilot project, to test whether a micro-bursaries scheme would be useful. It ran between September 2022 and March 2023.
The fund was possible thanks to partners Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Council, MIMA, The NewBridge Project and Sunderland Culture. The fund started off with a total pot of £8,800, but thanks to Gateshead Council’s intervention in its last round was raised to £10,800.
North East Artists’ Fund: application data
Total fund: £8,800 (original fund) rising to £10,800
Available for bursaries >£100: £1,400
Available for bursaries <£100: £9,400
Total eligible applications: 311 (from a total 361)
Total amount requested: £74,319
Awards made: 60
Amount awarded: £10,800
Total fund: £18,800
Available for bursaries >£100: £3,800
Available for bursaries <£100: £15,000
Applications to date: 216
Awards made to date: 46
Amount awarded to date: £7,744