Join us at Springbank Pavilion in Leazes Park this summer as we get creative with Newcastle Hospitals Charity

Springbank Pavilion – our hugely successful partnership with Newcastle Hospitals Charity and local arts organisations Chilli Studios, Curious Arts and GemArts – is back this summer to deliver an exciting and inclusive programme of free creative workshops in the heart of Leazes Park, as well as self-led artists’ activities you can enjoy anywhere.

Since it launched in 2022, the Springbank Pavilion programme has helped hundreds of people connect with art and nature.

To celebrate the summer season of art workshops at Springbank Pavilion, which run from 12 June – 19 July, and 07 August – 13 September 2024, we spoke to some of the amazing organisations that help make it all happen.

To find out more about all the activities taking place at Springbank Pavilion in Leazes Park this summer, and to book your place, please visit our dedicated Springbank Pavilion page on the Urban Green Newcastle website –

Newcastle Hospitals Charity: Being in green space has proven benefits on wellbeing and we have been able to witness the unlocking of creativity as people find inspiration within the nature that surrounds them.

GemArts: While GemArts value creativity as a wellbeing tool, involving nature and green spaces really underpins the benefits of making. Participating artists get a chance to connect to where they are, slow down while they make and explore spaces they might usually feel unwelcome visiting. 

Newcastle Hospitals Charity: Being creative in green spaces affords a different type of engagement, allowing the mind to relax and feel connected to nature. It creates an opportunity to observe more closely the changes in seasons and spend time in cleaner fresh air.

GemArts: Belonging to your environment as artists and makers is hugely empowering – observing and responding to the natural world is a rewarding way of slowing down and paying attention. A lot of our workshops go further than that and invite our participating artists to feel connected to their landscape by using materials from the park in their art, and discussing memories of other landscapes. 

GemArts: Activities at Springbank Pavilion with GemArts range from heritage crafts to contemporary practices that reflect the diverse culture of Newcastle and Gateshead. Whether it’s traditional natural dyes, making illustrations with risograph prints, or adult forestry craft!

GemArts: Wellbeing is at the core of everything we do; the artists we work with are experts at engaging participants from every background. Using their skills, they make sure participants are able and supported to express themselves, and share an informal time exploring their creativity with low-pressure workshops. 

Newcastle Hospitals Charity: Having witnessed staff and patients from the hospitals develop their creative skills and interests, to the point that they have taken up more creative hobbies in their spare time. Also witnessing strangers create new friendships, reducing social isolation, and hearing people talk about the Springbank Pavilion project being of huge benefit to their mental health.

GemArts: Springbank Pavilion has benefitted the participants hugely, but one of the most rewarding things about the work we’ve undertaken with Urban Green Newcastle and Newcastle Hospitals Charity has been seeing our artist leaders push their practice to explicitly engage with wellbeing, nature and develop their skills even further. We’ve been able to work with new artists and mentees to make sure our artists have the scope to work in ways that would usually be impossible in an urban project like ours.