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Newcastle Arts Centre Ltd was founded as an arts development company in 1981, it is a 'not for profit' social enterprise that supports Newcastle Arts Centre Trust a registered Charity.
The Arts Centre is one of a very few sustainable independent arts organisations in the UK.
It has received a Times/RIBA community enterprise award and has been recognised by
the Georgian Group for historic building restoration

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All vehicles can now use the loading bay
outside of the Arts Centre
Following a 4 year campaign the Loading Bay that was previously limited to Vans and Trucks is now open to all. A traffic order is in place to permit this although the sign is yet to be changed. Traffic Wardens are no longer obliged to fine visitors for loading their cars on this bay.

Central Gateway project to cause disruption with more road works around the Arts Centre and Central Station. We will be posting updates to direct visitors to the clear routes. Meanwhile we will continue to make representations to the Council objecting to 24/7 no car lanes.
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Could an independent Scotland be very good for Newcastle?

Soon we may need a passport to get north the Tweed! An independent Scotland will shake up the North East as Newcastle will once again become the Northern outpost of the English. Could we see Newcastle re-emerging as a centre of regional government and commerce? Maybe this is the time for our Councils to think seriously about our relationship with London. Some think that it was a great pity that we turned down a Regional Assembly as a North East government and we now really need to believe that we can do things for ourselves. If the Scots vote Yes then maybe we should wave some flags and stand up for this Region to have some real power devolved from London.



Welcome to our
Autumn Programme
this year we kicked off with a Late Shows Evening in our gallery to launch a new exhibition by Lewis Robinson, followed by a Late Late event with Lindsay Hannon at the Jazz Café.

 The refurbished Jazz Café is a vital live venue and a new daytime Café of real quality. We welcome the whole Jazz community. Our commitment to live events continues with the launch of a larger more flexible venue upstairs at the Jazz Café this Spring We celebrated this step forward by hosting the Late Night Club of the Sage International Jazz Festival on the weekend of April 4th and 5th.

Upstairs at the Jazz Café is a small unique space where you can expect a broad range of original live events from traditional music to the more challenging performance art. This June the improvisation Foundation launch New Comedy Improv Workshops at the Jazz Cafe click

New web address
New phone 0191 2229882
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Check out our programme page for more listing information

Jazz Café 25-27 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne. 2 minutes from the Central Station.

Open from 11am daily. Closed Sunday and Monday.

The Jazz Café is a fresh addition to the Art Centre's existing Performance, Exhibition, Conference and Studio spaces which are available to hire at attractive rates. So if you a planning an event for as few as 8 people or as many as 200 why not book a time to visit the Centre and see what we have to offer.


As Newcastle’s re-vamped Jazz Café approaches the first anniversary of its re-opening on December 7th it can look back on a year in which it has doubled its size and begun to introduce into its menu of regional bands, national and even international outfits.

The increase in size came in early April with the re-opening of the upstairs room, named for two nights as the official Late Night Club for the Sage International Jazz Festival. The increase in non-regional bands is partly due to a monthly partnership with Jazz North East, partly to bands clamouring to play at the re-furbished venue.

Kicking off the Café’s Autumn season by out-of-towners is an in-house promotion at 8pm on Friday 19th September in the upstairs room featuring outstanding British reedsman (all the saxes, clarinet and flute), composer, arranger and compere Alan Barnes, accompanied by his regular Northern collaborator, pianist Paul Edis with his trio Triptych.

In a professional, mostly freelance career spanning 35 years Alan has played for four years with the Humphrey Lyttleton Band, with Jules Holland, with Brian Ferry’s band in the US and Europe, with Charlie Watts’Tentet at the Blue Note Clubs in New York and Tokyo and with the cream of British and US Mainstream jazz musicians. He was named 2001 and 2006 Instrumentalist of the Year in the BBC Jazz Awards.

County Durham - born, Paul Edis gained a music degree in London and is now based back in the North East.The Paul Edis Trio plays monthly at the Café. On 25 September his sextet officially launch their new album ‘Mr Hipster’ at The Sage, Gateshead (where Paul also teaches), part of a national tour.

Tickets for the Alan Barnes concert from Sept. 2nd
The Arts Centre. Craftshop 0191 2229880

Further information from : Mike Tilley 0191 222 9882 (Jazz Café)


Touring bands coming up at the Café this Autumn are :
Tuesday 30 Sept – Lana Trio;
Saturday 11 Oct – Gypsies of Bohemia;
Friday 24 Oct - EyesShuTight Band;
Tuesday 28 Oct - Paragon; and
Friday 31 Oct – The Philip Clouts Quartet
 Jazz Cafe, Pink Lane, near Central Station -
tel 0191 2229882

Jazz at the Black Swan
Larger Jazz events are being programmed into
Newcastle Arts Centre's basement venue

Thursday 11th September -Juliet Kelly
Saturday 20th December -
..The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s Christmas bash


The One and Only
Jazz Café Pink Lane


Check out our programme page for more listing information




Over the next year we will further develop our popular programme of
art and craft classes and workshops lead by professional artists in our studios. These are short well focussed courses aimed at encouraging creative talent and developing skills.

This years exhibition programme features more new and interesting work by talented artists and we look forward to several shows by artists that have not been seen in this region before.
Look out for the Grainger Town Festival 28th June - 5th July a city centre community programme promoted by St John's Church, Westgate Road.

Explore our website for news of what is on offer with a regular update of events, courses and shows. Information is also available in our shops and gallery. To keep up to date please sign up to our e-mailing list, just mail a request to or complete a short form when you next visit the Centre. Be assured that your information will not be distributed outside our office.

Events are supported by Newcastle Arts Centre Trust Limited a Registered Charity

Juliet Kelly

presented by Jazz North East
8pm 11th September 2014
Black Swan Venue
Newcastle Arts Centre
One of those rare singers that tells a genuine story with her music, through her passionate performance and naturally warm voice, it's a beguiling combination that's hard to resist. One of the UK's finest singers in any genre"

Juliet makes her first visit to Newcastle with a superb backing band, and a programme of original songs inspired by some of her favourite books.

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions
Alan Barnes
with Paul Edis Triptych
8pm 19th September
upstairs at the Jazz Cafe
Ticket £8
Newcastle Arts Centre

Craftshop 0191 2229880

“Whatever the instrument, Alan plays it hard and fast with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style and could not be easily confused with another player. And in these days of musical conformity that is quite something.”
Jazz Journal


a new series of
Schmazz @ the Jazz Café


Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone); Kjetil Jerve (piano); Andreas Wildhagen (drums)

Tuesday 30th September | 8.00pm

Admission £8.00 | £6.00 concessions

Adventurous Norwegian trio, with the unusual line-up of trombone, piano and drums, for their first ever UK gig, playing freely improvised music that explores different possibilities for instrumental interplay while remaining engaging and accessible.


Peter Ehwald (reeds); Arthur Lea (piano); Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass); Jon Scott (drums)

Tuesday 28th October | 8.00pm

Admission £8.00 | £6.00 concessions

Acclaimed Anglo-German quartet returns to Tyneside after a four year absence, featuring superbly expressive saxophone playing from leader Peter Ehwald, and a right up-to-the-minute contemporary approach that is still clearly rooted in the whole history of post-bop jazz.


The Jazz Café on the ground floor is now open as a Café by day and a Bar by night,a relaxed venue for drink, snack or meal. Locally sourced and cooked in our kitchen.
Full Kitchen service 11 am – 7 pm
A complete Menu, Breakfast, Lunch and snacks
Evenings 5pm -7pm , Panini , sandwiches , cakes and scones

Open Tuesday – Saturday –Tuesday –Thursday 11 am -9pm. Later with events. Friday and Saturday 11 am -1am.

Full Bar licence with a choice selection of local ales, good wine, spirits and excelent coffee

family friendly up to 9pm. Free Wi-Fi, Childs high chairs and wheelchair accessible WC.

Hours Tuesday – 11 am -11pm.

wednesdays & Thursdays 11am -7pm
Later with events

Friday and Saturday 11 am -1am.



Jazz Café part two,

A new venue for performances, parties and meetings. Following the successful reopening of the Jazz Café for the new year we have reopened the Upstairs venue in time for the Jazz Café to be the officiaL Late Night Jazz Club for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the beginning of April. It also become a venue for the Late Late Shows on May 17th

Upstairs at the Jazz Café

is a completely refurbished venue for Live performance, meetings and parties.

Licenced for Music, Dance, Theatre and Cinema from early until late this is a very flexible and creative space.

Fully equipped for sound, lighting and cinema, complete with private bar, wi-fi and kitchen service. This new venue compliments the Art Centre’s Black Swan and is available for hire from 8th of April.

The venue is open for private or public events for
20 to 65 people, from 10am until 2am.

Book now - for Christmas !

Jazz Café, 25-27 Pink Lane,
near Central Station
tel 0191 2229882

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am
programme information at

Central Gateway stepping forwards and backwards !

The welcome multi million pound effort to improve the area around the Central Station as ' a Gateway to the City' will result in some improvements, a small pedestrian area at the bottom of Grainger Street, improved traffic light timings to speed traffic flow and improvements to the Station Portico, but the establishment of 'no car lanes' is being badly implemented as in practice this gives priority to the most dirty and noisy vehicles over the cleanest and quietest ones.
It can be argued that public transport should have priority over private cars to ease traffic flow at peak times but it is a complete nonsense to ban cars when bus services do not run.
The traffic orders about to come into force prohibit private vehicles 24/7 !

Furthermore these 'improvements' will actually prohibit low emission cars and light vans while easing City Centre access for noisy and dirty diesel powered vehicles that pollute our City with toxic fumes.




Pollution levels in our City are far too high, as recognised by an Air Quality Management Order for the Central Station area that this development has taken no heed of . This lack of concern comes as little surprise as government has downgraded Air Quality as a planning priority despite the findings of the World Health Organisation and the threat of legal action by the EU on the UK for failure to meet healthy air quality targets.

In Newcastle air pollution in the City Centre actually rose between 2009 and 2010 defying the officially predicted improvement .The most polluted streets being Mosley Street followed by Percy Street and Neville Street all of which exceeded the EU air quality target for Nitrous Dioxide by 50%. There is no published data for the most dangerous micro carbon particles because there are no monitors in place on the City's busiest and most polluted streets. All this at a time when it is widely accepted that the very fine almost invisible air pollution caused by internal combustion engines is responsible for over
28,000 premature deaths per year in the UK.

A time will come when our Cities will have to establish low emission zones that ban the noisy mechanical dinosaurs that foul our streets and railway station. But those in power have other priorities so don't expect our Council to take a lead, ask Newcastle City Council to define the plans it has to establish a City Centre Low Emission Zone and it's a safe bet that you won't get an answer.

Pink Lane Jazz Coop
a rival venue ?

Press reports have appeared of a group set up to develop their own Jazz Venue in a run down pub off Scotswood Road in an industrial area just outside the the City Centre and some distance from Pink Lane.

You would think that an organisation that campaigned for the Jazz Café to reopen would celebrate the fact that Newcastle Arts Centre has kept its promise to reopen the Jazz Café as a live venue for Jazz in Newcastle, but no some members of the Co-op have felt it necessary to do their own thing while confusingly still maintaining the title Pink Lane Jazz. So they have run a public subscription for shares in their venture to resurrect the Globe pub as a venue in competition with the Jazz Café. The good News is that they plan to drop the name Pink Lane and will probably trade as the Newcastle Jazz Co-op at the Globe.


Please note that the Jazz Café can only offer its ambitious programme of live music with the support of Newcastle Arts Centre Trust which has the funds to sustain its long term development. Take a look at the Cafés programme which does more than any other local venue to promote this regions most talented Jazz musicians.

These have included events programmed by the Co-op and funded by our Trust. Its sad to see that the Co-op have published a prospectus that sights the success of the Jazz Café as a threat to their plans
‘ Threat - Aggressive competition from the Jazz Café’


Newcastle Arts Centre has owned the building that became the Jazz Café since 1981. Despite considerable commercial interest in the bar license we decided not to re-let it because we wanted it to continue as a music venue and we needed the excellent kitchen space to serve functions at the Arts Centre. We now have the bonus of a second venue to compliment the Black Swan which is fully booked on most weekends. The Black Swan is too big for most small scale creative events so our investment in the two performance spaces at the Jazz Café makes a welcome platform for our programme. This Spring started with the exciting re-opening of the Upstairs venue at the Jazz Café. We were delighted to be associated with the Sage and open as the official
Late Night Jazz Club for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

At the Jazz Café we are not worried by the Globe project on Railway Street, another venue that helps build an audience for live music is welcome, after all arts development in Newcastle is a mission of our company. So we wish them well and hope that our diaries don't clash to often.


Mike Tilley

Westgate Road Milecastle

Westgate Road Milecastle now has a 'blue plaque' to mark the discovery of south-west corner of this fortified gate in Hadrian's Wall in 1985. This discovery confirmed that the Roman Wall ran along the south side of Westgate Road and is marked by a replica of the foundations that can be seen in the Black Swan Courtyard at Newcastle Arts Centre. This should not be confused with the Mile Castle pub which is further down the street. Dave Fry (top left of the photo) who led the excavation now runs the Pottery Studio at the Centre.

Councillor Nick Forbes Leader of Newcastle City Council
unveiled the plaque at the entrance to Black Swan Court on Thursday 29th September 2011.

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North of England Art Club at Newcastle Arts Centre

The City's oldest Art group the North of England Art Club has moved to the arts centre with an active membership of 80. They have their own Studios and run weekly Life Drawing and Portrait sessions.

The venue is open 6 days per week.





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