The Spence-Watson Archive: Two free workshops and performances

Please find below information regarding two free workshops and performances at Bensham Grove Community Centre.

These workshops are part of the Arts Council funded digital arts and heritage project, ‘The Spence-Watson Archive’, that Ben Jones is currently undertaking with Tyne & Wear Archive and Bensham Grove. The project aims to investigate the history of the building the community centre it is housed in, concentrating on the archival material of the Spence-Watson family, and through this develop community based participatory art projects and workshops to understand ideas concerning space, place and community.

The Voices of Bensham Grove
Monday 7th April, 10-3pm
Creative writing workshop with writer and artist Stevie Ronnie
Inhabit the voices of Bensham Groves fascinating past visitors in this creative writing workshop. Record a series of audio installations to be installed around Bensham Grove, creating a sense of the buildings history through the ghosts of the past

The Women of Bensham Grove
Wednesday 21st May, 1-4pm
Wednesday 28th May, 1-4pm
Visual art workshop with artist Jane Dudman
Inspired by the journal and letters of Elizabeth Spence-Watson who lived at Bensham Grove in the late nineteenth century, participants will investigate the Victorian women of Bensham Grove. Experiment with audio and visual artistic methods that will combine the creativity of the participants and the archival material of Elizabeth.

If you would like to book a place on Stevie’s and/or Jane’s workshops, or further information about the project, please feel free to contact Ben Jones at


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