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Cultural Threads Programme

Cultural Threads Programme

GemArts Cultural Threads programme is a series of Arts, Health and Wellbeing projects. Working with diverse communities across Gateshead and Newcastle, we use creative engagement to address isolation and loneliness and to improve health and wellbeing.
The projects enable people to develop new creative skills and interests, engage with others, build their own confidence and develop community networks to improve health and wellbeing and celebrate cultural identity.


GemArts Lockdown Arts Workshops
Taking care of your mind and body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19). GemArts artists are working to create a variety of arts for you to try at home by yourself, or with your family and friends during this time.

Below are a list of workshops, videos and resources for your to access for FREE.

Download your free GemArts Cultural Threads Booklet 

Kathputli Puppets with Sofia
Have a go and create your own puppet with artist Sofia. Download the Puppet templatePuppet instructions and Colour in Puppets sheet. To watch the step by step video visit here.

Bollywood Dance with Breeze
Try out GemArts Bollywood lockdown dance routine with dancer Breeze George here

Mini Zine Making with Mani
Get creative and express yourself with Mini Zine Making with Mani. To download the printable instructions and watch the demo video visit here.

Block Print Making with Pui
Get crative and design a Block Printing with Pui. To download the printable instructions and watch the reveal video of the artwork.

Heart Origami with Michelle
Get creative and learn how to make a Heart Origami with Michelle. To watch the demo video visit here.

Origami Bird and Popper with Pui
Try out the origami paperfolding Bird and Popper with Pui. Dowload step by step Bird instructions here and Popper instructuions here. You can also watch the Bird demo video and Popper demo video.

Mandala with Sofia
Relax, create and draw your own Mandalas with Sofia. Download step by step guide here and watch the how to video.

Diwali Concertina Fold Book with Michelle
Get creative and learn how to make a Diwali Concertina Fold Book with Michelle. Download your Diwali printable here and watch the demo video.

Funded by:
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

European Union - European Social Fund