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Celebrating International Men’s Day 2020

18/11/2020

Museums Northumberland bait is a Creative People and Places project, funded by Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council Public Health. Our mission is to support more people in South East Northumberland to create and take part in inspiring and high-quality arts experiences.

In 2016 a resident survey commissioned by Museums Northumberland bait found that engagement in the arts amongst men in South East Northumberland, at 62%, was significantly lower than that of women. Over the past four years supporting more men to engage in arts and cultural activities has been one of our priorities.

Thursday 19th November is International Men’s Day – the aim to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues. Our research shows that engagement in arts and cultural activities can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

To mark the day, our Arts and Wellbeing Manager spoke to three inspirational male artists who have been involved with some of our projects.

Tommy Anderson
Baseline Shift

What do you think is the most rewarding part of your job? 

I’m passionate about providing creative opportunities for people who wouldn’t usually have access to the arts. The most rewarding part of my job are those special moments when someone I’m working with who might not consider themselves creative, someone who might doubt themselves or doubt their abilities produces something that makes them proud, something that makes them feel good about themselves, something they love and want to share with others, something that inspires them to do more, a spark to explore their own creative potential. 

What skills do you think are crucial to succeed in your career? 

Being able to help put people at ease and free to express their creativity in a comfortable and safe environment without judgement. Understanding engagement and ability levels – being able to gauge the room and adapt an activity to whomever you’re working with. 

What is the best bit of advice you have been given that has helped in your chosen career? 

When working with a new group, don’t assume anything.  

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Bob Beagrie
Poet / Creative Writer

What do you think is the most rewarding part of your job?  

The most rewarding part of my job is the obvious growth in confidence in people’s creativity. I see this often while running projects and the self-belief that comes from producing a piece of art or writing is a truly wonderful thing. 

What skills do you think are crucial to succeed in your career?  

There are the artistic skills that come from your own practice and ongoing research into your chosen discipline, but other crucial skills are often more subtle, things like ‘listening’ and ’empathy’, an ability to explain and discuss things in a non-patronising manner, having fun and playing are also essential aspects of the creative practitioner’s approach. 

What is the best bit of advice you have been given that has helped in your chosen career?   

“Just do it, don’t worry if it’s going to be good or bad, or if anyone will like it. Just do it and trust the creative process.” 

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Narbi Price
Artist

What do you think is the most rewarding part of your job?  
As a practising visual artist (and curator and lecturer!), there is no typical working day, a week might involve a couple of days in the studio, a day teaching or speaking, a day of research or travelling, and an admin day. This keeps things fresh and prevents any one thing becoming stale. Having this kind of flexibility and variety is rewarding in itself.

What skills do you think are crucial to succeed in your career?  
Flexibility, adaptability, the ability to think on your feet. I think it’s important to help people whenever you can, and not to be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Try to build a reputation as someone who can be relied upon. And be punctual!


What is the best bit of advice you have been given that has helped in your chosen career?   

I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one thing, but the ability to avoid getting hung up and to move past blocks is essential. It is important to see things in a productive and realistic perspective – it’s not life and death – it’s only art! 

You can view and buy Narbi’s work on his website 

Image credit: Christopher Owens