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As skate culture is growing in popularity again, the chance to see an exhibition of artwork inspired by it is sure to be a welcome opportunity, so Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema Pop-Up Film School welcomes Dogtown from Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th June.

The free event sees North East skaters Dad? create and curate an exhibition of what skateboarding is all about. Young Writers’ City ( a New Writing North programme funded by Newcastle Culture Investment Fund) has played a major part in bringing this all together, and sees members of the Dad? crew creating art, photography, film and poetry all inspired by skating and their city. The exhibition offers a chance to see the places and faces of Newcastle through a skateboarder’s eyes and to witness tagging, tricks and injuries: badges of honour on the skateboarding scene.

Skateboarding is once again counter-culture, though has had a history of breaking into the mainstream, and this could well happen again, and seeing well-known sites brought to life as skate opportunities, and the underlying themes of friendship, freedom and creative expression is a chance to see skateboarding in a new light too.  The project – which also features a free screening of the seminal skateboarding film Dogtown and Z-Boys on Saturday 4 June – came about after 16-year old Isaac Goldsbury Murray took part in a Young Writers’ City summer school in the West End of Newcastle, where he worked alongside poet Paul Summers, and their shared passion and drive saw this massively fascinating project come into existence. So get ready for a unique glimpse into the fascinating world a board with fours wheels can create, and the people it can inspire.

Dogtown runs from Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th June at Tyneside Pop-Up Film School, Newcastle.

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