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International Men’s Day 2021

19/11/2021

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 five years supporting more men to engage in arts and cultural activities has been one of our priorities and our research shows that engagement in art and cultural activities can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

To mark International Men’s Day 2021 we asked some of the men who have been involved in the Museums Northumberland bait programme over the years, how their work has supported more men to get involved in creative activities.

Mik Critchlow

Museums Northumberland bait, working with Andrea Hawkins, has commissioned Mik as an artist in residence for two projects in South East Northumberland.

Mik began photographing Ashington in 1977, after seeing an exhibition by the Ashington Group of artists (also known as the Pitman Painters). It was the honesty with which they recorded their lives, painting the ordinary, the mundane, the everyday that inspired Mik.

Museums Northumberland bait, working with Andrea Hawkins, has commissioned Mik as an artist in residence for two projects in South East Northumberland.

‘The Share’ explored the role of Guide Post Working Men’s Club and aimed to put the club back at the heart of the community as a cultural and social hub through arts and creative activities. Mik spent considerable time in the club building relationships, getting to know people and capturing everyday life. Mik also supported club members to develop their own photography skills in a series of workshops.

‘Hirst 2018’ saw Mik as an artist in residence for an 18-month project in the Hirst area of Ashington. Mik often describes himself as ‘one of the tribe’ and with deep roots in the area it gave him unique access and trust within the community. The extraordinary photos Mik captures can only happen with the participation of local people. The projects helped to bring the communities together, shining a light on the people and places often ignored or forgotten.

You can see Mik Critchlow: Coal Town, an exhibition featuring over 100 of Mik’s photographs at Woodhorn Museum, until Sunday 6th March 2022.

Belal Aljibouri

Museums Northumberland bait works with the Asylum Seeker and Refugee team at Northumberland County Council to develop arts projects for people who have recently resettled in South East Northumberland.

Museums Northumberland bait works with the Asylum Seeker and Refugee team at Northumberland County Council to develop arts projects for people who have recently resettled in South East Northumberland.

Belal’s involvement over the years is significantly more than providing translation services for participants. Getting involved and trying new creative activities for himself encourages participants from the community to give it a go and the confidence to get more involved. Encouraging men to join in can be a challenge. It needs to be something they’re interested in and feel confident talking about.

Belal’s consistent presence and leadership within the refugee community has enabled participants to feel more connected to life in South East Northumberland and also play active roles in the development and creation of new projects with Museums Northumberland bait and also through the British Council’s Active Citizens programme.

Stephen Ward

Stephen is Project Manager at MIND Active, a Bedlington-based charity that supports meaningful quality of life activities to promote mental and physical wellbeing of older people living in residential care and nursing homes and socially vulnerable from their own homes.

Stephen is Project Manager at MIND Active, a Bedlington-based charity that supports meaningful quality of life activities to promote mental and physical wellbeing of older people living in residential care and nursing homes and socially vulnerable from their own homes.

MIND Active has worked with Museums Northumberland bait since 2016, delivering a range of arts activities in residential care homes. Through shared experiences and group activities, the artists and creative facilitators supported the older generation to get involved. The projects stimulated conversations and the participants felt valued, respected and were meaningfully engaged.

The key to getting more men involved is to find out what interests them. They tend to be more motivated by practical, hands-on activities. The MIND Active men’s group sessions have proved enormously successful, with them ‘digging-out’ photos to share. It gave the men a focus and time to collect items of interest and their thoughts to share. And once they started to chat, they pretty much ran the sessions themselves and we acted as prompts to stimulate further discussion. After each session we discussed and agreed each subsequent topic helping keeping motivation and stimulation high.