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About Enchanted Parks


Enchanted Parks is part of Light up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England.

The seeds were sown for Enchanted Parks in 2006 when artists NVA delivered NewcastleGateshead’s first international festival of light Glow across NewcastleGateshead this was the first time that Saltwell Park was used as an outdoor after dark venue for contemporary art.

In 2007 NewcastleGateshead Initiative commissioned artist Geraldine Pilgrim as the creative director working with producers Arts Agenda and Magnetic Events to create a site specific after dark promenade experience for audiences to explore. In 2008 – 2012 we worked with outdoor arts producers Magnetic Events to develop the event further, commissioning artwork from a range of artists. In 2013 and 2014 we worked with Creative Producer Katy Fuller of Pinwheel who has shaped Enchanted Parks into the narrative led after dark outdoor arts experience it is today, while the 2015 and 2016 events have been produced by Jeremy Shine, the Artistic Director of Manchester International Arts.  Over the past 10 years of Enchanted Parks we have commissioned and presented 91 professional pieces of site specific outdoor artwork in Saltwell Park, the vast majority commissioned especially for the event. We have engaged with schools and community groups in the development of many of the artworks as well as directly commissioning over 30 pieces of artwork from students.      

The Team

The Artists

Click here to read about the artists taking part in this year's Enchanted Parks

NewcastleGateshead Initiative

NewcastleGateshead Initiative is a destination management and marketing agency; a public-private partnership supported by Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council and around 170 private-sector partner organisations which share our ambition to inspire people to visit and to live, learn, work and invest in NewcastleGateshead.

The Culture Team at NewcastleGateshead Initiative have vast experience of commissioning and programming both large-scale and more intimate outdoor work. Enchanted Parks is commissioned and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative as part of its programme of festivals and events.

Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council’s Arts Development and Public Art Team support the development of Enchanted Parks directly through officer involvement in the commissioning process and site planning. Gateshead Council’s Arts Development Team also support the community engagement aspects of some of the commissioned artworks and work closely with HE institutions for Student Commissions.

Jeremy Shine, M.I.A.

Enchanted Parks Creative Producer

Jeremy Shine is the Artistic Director of Manchester International Arts (or M.I.A.) which has been one of the leading presenters of outdoor festivals, spectacles, special events and installations across the North of England for the past 25 years. Notable projects  include the official programme for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Lakes Alive across Cambria including Mintfest and the commissioning of Les Commandos Percu as one of the opening events of the Olympic Arts Festival, the Streets Ahead millennial festival and the U.K.'s first light festival in Huddersfield.

The hall mark of Jeremy’s programming is to present exciting and sometimes unconventional work in an accessible way  to the widest possible audience.

Maddie Maughan
, Assistant Creative Producer

Adam Long & Tim Garbutt, TG Events Ltd.

Enchanted Parks Production Management

Fellow Company Directors, Adam and Tim have 20 years solid experience of indoor and outdoor events, managing anything from music festivals to serious theatre productions, national conferences to royal visits, unlike most run-of-the-mill events companies out there, they specialise in producing and managing the downright bizarre.

David Bilton DBG Events, Health and Safety Manager

With special thanks to…

The many volunteer guides and the stage managers working with them.

The on-site box office staff at Enchanted Parks.

The technical crew.

The staff of Gateshead Central Library.

The Culture Team at Gateshead Council including Karolynne Hart, Anna Pepperall, Gary Whittle, Mick Laidler and Jenny Allinson.

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Enchanted Parks is a member of Light up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England.

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