About Us

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Skimstone Arts exists to support diverse artists, people and communities at risk of social isolation to create work with, for and about the world that matters to them. We are one of the North East’s leading companies for inclusive music-driven arts practice and social action. Our approach is to co-create high-quality work with diverse artists, researchers and communities inspired by real stories and lived experiences, which reflect current social narratives, challenges and inspirations we face in today’s diverse society.

Artistic Director Claire Webster Saaremets’ professional practice reflects 20 years work and more than 50 collaborative artistic projects and commissions with more than 5,000 people of all ages, regionally and internationally.

"Skimstone Arts [is] a vital part of the cultural ecology in Newcastle and we are pleased to be able to support them through a variety of funds held at Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.  As an organisation they are approachable and responsive and very easy to deal with.  Everything they do has their core beneficiaries at its heart.

"Skimstone [is] uniquely placed to provide quality, long term engagements for young people facing multiple barriers to accessing arts provision. And they do it with such a sense of ambition and fun! Furthermore it feels mutually respectful and there is always a sense that everyone is learning and growing together." Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

To find out more about Skimstone Arts take a look at our Artistic Annual Report 2020/21 and our Trustees Annual Report.

Our Mission

Skimstone Arts exists to support diverse artists, people and communities at risk of social isolation to create work with, for and about the world that matters to them.

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Why are we called Skimstone Arts?

 Skimstone Arts supports everyone we work with to be playful, take risks, to actively choose and pick up skills, ideas and concepts. We positively work with people to make something – a mark, a performance, an artwork, a song – and see its skims and steps of momentum. We don’t know how far the impact of the experience will travel, but the ripples continue and the stone remains unseen on the sea bed, like the change in confidence and public recognition and celebration of who we are.

 

"Skimstone Arts flies the flag for artistic activism... to be inquisitive, to challenge norms, accept differences, interrogate equality, discover new ways of seeing... to forge individual and collective meaning and in doing so connect to others."
 
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We create a voice for our artists and we promote inclusion, collaboration, ownership and respect. Read our Artistic Policy to find out more about how we work.