In 2010

  • In November Brian Debnam, Andy Balman, Vikas Kumar and Jenny Dewar travelled to Doha, Qatar to carry out stakeholder interviews and research for the Cultural Forum project.
  • We were awarded a contract to be the Cultural Consultant for the planning phase of the Doha Cultural Forum, Qatar
  • The Newbiggin Maritime Centre is now on site and due for completion in the summer of 2011. Brian Debnam and Associates provided the business and strategic planning and fundraising for this £3.4 million project
  • Heather Minto was appointed as our new administrative assistant in August.
  • Company TSU - We are working with Middlesbrough Council and Taproot theatre company on the development of a new theatre company in Middlesbrough.
  • Jenny Dewar was in New York in June 2010 meeting with Elsie Management and the Big Apple Circus.
  • Brian Debnam was in South Africa in June 2010 working with the South African State Theatre and Newtown Improvement district.
  • We continue to provide office, company secretarial services and co-ordination for the Swallows Foundation (UK) and administration and coordination for residencies by South African artists in the UK.
  • We continue to work with Let’s Circus and the newly formed North East Circus Development Trust on the development of a Circus training Centre in Newcastle.
  • We continue our role as coordinating consultants and managers for the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust
  • We have produced a Fundraising Strategy for Making it! Discovery Centre Mansfield
  • We have been working with Live Theatre to develop their policies and capacity to engage with training and work placements
  • We will continue our work with South African State Theatre delivering its 2010 Strategic Plan.
  • Brian Debnam attended the ISPA Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • We have hosted the Swallows Residency - 27 South African performing artists were resident in the NE for 6 weeks in March / April.
  • Brian Debnam was in South Africa from 23rd January to 6th February 2010 to undertake a programme review with the Newtown Improvement District and work with Cultures in regeneration and Isiseko Senkonjane on organisational development issues.