Listen to a journey of recovery

January 10, 2020

The NRP (Northumberland Recovery Partnership) group of men worked with artist Ruth Johnson. At the start Ruth asked the men what they would like to achieve and the outcome was a “recovery map” showing the pitfalls of early recovery as well as the amazing new opportunities on offer for someone becoming abstinent from their drug of choice.  Over the course of eight weeks a detailed map was formed and Ruth made a pamphlet, which folded out into the recovery map.  When completed the idea of narrating the map in the style of someone from ‘Trip Advisor’ was put forward.  The result is a 17- minute audio recording featuring the ideas and voices of the men involved.  It tells the story of recovery in stages delivered in an extremely poignant and authentic way.

Travel across over time and space with the Journeymen

January 10, 2020 Journeymen member, Tom Higgins, shares with us the development of the ‘Portal’ animation. We started our project as Brothers in Art. This was to encourage older men in South East Northumberland to become more involved in the Arts. The problem is, that when people say “Art”, they immediately think of painting and drawing. That … Read More

Maiden Voyage for the Journeymen

October 8, 2019

The Journeymen touring exhibition launched in Ashington last month, with a successful run at Hirst Pavilion in Ashington. Across six days, visitors were invited to share the stories of five groups of local men, who came together to share their own unique journeys in South East Northumberland. From intimate portraits and peach melbas, to reflective … Read More

A woman propelled by the power of words

August 21, 2019

Ruth Mary Johnson is a Theatre Director, Performer and Facilitator based in the North East of England. Creating work with and for people and families is her passion and she is interested in the power of words.   “Working with companies such as The National Theatre, New Writing North, Unfolding Theatre, Open Clasp, bait and Woodhorn … Read More

Meet the woman who’s inspired the Men Behind the Lens

August 21, 2019

Phyllis Christopher is a freelance photographer based in Gateshead with a wide range of photographic knowledge gained from 30 -year experience as a magazine, portrait and event photographer.  Men Behind the Lens has been a wonderful meeting place to learn about photography and facilitate sessions for men who have had a lifelong interest in the … Read More

Mixing mediums to celebrate the everyday and overlooked

August 21, 2019

Tommy Anderson’s artwork combines typography, photomontage, aerosol art, animation and music – celebrating the everyday and overlooked. He is an experienced arts facilitator and mentor, managing and delivering progressive participatory and educational arts programmes inspired by his practice. As a graphic designer he delivers innovative and exciting design solutions for public, private and voluntary sector … Read More

Connecting, communicating and celebrating communities

August 21, 2019

Jason Thompson is a digital filmmaker, photographer, director, producer and editor, and owner of Sound Ideas Media, a North East based digital production company. I am passionate about using digital photography and video to connect people, communicate their personalities and enthusiasms, and celebrate their shared journeys and stories.   Jason shared with us, some of … Read More

A local lad, exhibiting worldwide

August 20, 2019

Jamie has worked with two of our younger Journeymen groups; Real Deal and the Refugee Group. In each instance he has explored the use of aerosols to create art and married new techniques with the old- resulting in a bringing a fresh, young voice to the exhibition. Jamie Evans’ work blends a graffiti-inspired aesthetic with … Read More

Knopfler-inspired male art group

August 20, 2019

Brothers In Art is one of the groups of men who are sharing their journey of growing up in the North East of England. “We are a group for men and, although we come from different backgrounds, we all share an interest in being creative and experiencing new things.  We are open-minded and like to … Read More