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News: South Shields Customs House Pilots New LGBTQ+ Arts Group

South Shields Customs House Pilots New LGBTQ+ Arts Group 

The Learning and Participation Team at The Customs House is launching a new arts group for LGBTQ+ young people. Ours/Us/We sessions, which are free to attend, will take place on a Wednesday evening and are suitable for anyone aged 14 to 21. The first session takes place on Wednesday 13th November from 6pm to 8pm.

Izzy Finch, learning and participation officer at The Customs House, said: “We will be working each week with multi-faceted artist and lead practitioner Melody Sproates, who is Gender Fluid and passionate about creating safe spaces for young people to try new things. This project will be led by the interests of the group, with the opportunity for young people to develop an existing arts interest or try something completely new.

“We will also be working with inspirational LGBTQ+ creative role models who will be delivering sessions throughout the 12-week pilot.  We would love for this opportunity to have a wide reach and continue beyond the pilot.”

Melody Sproates
Melody Sproates is a writer and cabaret artist based in Newcastle and a graduate from Northumbria University’s drama and scriptwriting programme. Their work ranges from lip sync, playwriting and cabaret performance to zine making and lino printing.  Melody won the Live Theatre’s 2018 New Writing Award and is currently part of The Writing Squad and Northern Stage’s NORTH company development programme.

To find out more about Ours/Us/We, e-mail

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