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A new art project is being brought to venues across Newcastle city including Vane on Pilgrim Street and Nuns Moor Park in the West End by Newcastle-based visual arts company ISIS Arts, as it launches its Common Ground art project on Wednesday 18th October.

Common Ground forms part of Platforma Festival 2017 – which is set to showcase a range of artistic work by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It’s all built around a core idea of trying to facilitate international and inter-cultural exchange, exploring the role public space plays in free expression. It touches on social encounters and shared responsibilities, all through cross-cultural collective memories with work from Mohammad Barrangi.

The project features a new short film programme created by migrants and refugees, curated by internationally renowned artist filmmaker Juan delGado. The programme centres on Juan’s work Altered Landscapes – an immersive multimedia installation, which traces a personal narrative through the scarred vistas of Europe in the midst of the largest mass migration in living memory. It all makes for an exciting journey through the use of video, photography, light and sound.

Common Ground also highlights the work of artist-in-residence Henna Asikainen, whose project Forage involves ‘cultural foraging’ walks with migrant and refugee groups from the West End of Newcastle to heritage sites across the North East. Common Ground is produced by ISIS Arts and curated by Juan delGado for Platforma2017.

The project is supported by Vane, Platforma Festival, Counterpoints Arts, Arts Council England, Newcastle Community Investment Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and New Writing North

Common Ground launches on Wednesday 18th October at Vane at 5pm and will continue until Saturday 21st October, with opening times 12 noon until 5pm.

Juan DelGado’s film programme will also be shown in The Big M  – a specially designed, inflatable, mobile exhibition venue to be situated for one day only at Nuns Moor Park between 12-5pm on Friday 27th October 2017. Also taking place on the same day in the park is the culmination of Henna Asikainen’s Forage project to be presented at the bandstand.

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