Spotlight on Venues: Cobalt Studios CIC (Part 2)
We recently spoke to Kate, one of the creative brains behind Cobalt Studios, so now it is time to speak to some artists that have been working closely with the venue as well.
Cobalt Studios is one of the few truly DIY artistic spaces around Newcastle, and it is about time we shone a spotlight on the organisation and the people that have ran it with such a fierce passion.
Cobalt has not been on the radar as much as they should have, as there are countless cultural opportunities the diverse building has to offer.
We talked to artists Martha Hill and Archipelago who have both worked with the venue and studio-room over the past couple of years.
Martha organised her Women Are Mint Festival last May at Cobalt Studios, so worked very closely with the highly motivated staff at the venue.
The widely respected musician and event organiser said:
“Cobalt Studios is a massively important venue in terms of supporting upcoming music in the North East.
Not only do they take the strive for a 50/50 line-up incredibly seriously, but they always treat their artists with a lot of respect, not only in terms of attitude but also reflected in fees etc. Mark and Kate were hugely supportive during Women Are Mint Festival 2019- their knowledge and input definitely helped to shape the festival and I’m hugely grateful to them for all the support they’ve shown me over the past few years”.
Speaking to the jazz/punk/avant-garde genre-benders Archipelago, we realised how flexible and versatile Cobalt Studios really is:
“In 2018 we ran a collaborative residency project called Between Waves, inviting female-identifying musicians and artists to come and devise work with us.
Cobalt Studios were incredibly supportive, allowing us to use their venue space to perform the results of our work to their guests and helping us pull an audience down to the gigs.
They were super excited to be involved in and contribute to the project. Venues like Cobalt who understand the demands of the DIY creative lifestyle and have a flexible, adventurous vision for their spaces are a vital part of a local music ecosystem. They give it a space and opportunity to diverse and exciting local artists alongside national acts, as well as presenting a rich programme to an ever-growing, equally diverse audience.
For a city like Newcastle, which has such an eclectic scene of individual artists pursuing their own trailblazing visions, a rare space like Cobalt is even more special. We’re super grateful to them for hosting our project and continuing to showcase the vibrant local scene in all it’s unique, chaotic, unpredictable glory!”
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