Pas Moi was an exciting site-responsive to Broadacre House in Newcastle upon-Tyne.
Broadacre House is the home for charities, social action and creativity in the heart of Newcastle. It is a unique space blending working for positive social change with a creative thread and a collaborative way of working. Broadacre House is a meanwhile (temporary) project, turning an empty office block into a thriving community space.
We offer affordable office, meeting, event and exhibition spaces for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises but we’re not just another office block.
They especially want to support those organisations working to tackle poverty and inequality and working with those most affected by funding cuts.
Meanwhile use is about making as much use of a space when it is empty and waiting for something to happen to it. Broadacre House is in the East Pilgrim Street Development Zone and will be demolished in the longer term. We have signed a five-year lease (to end August 2019) and will make good use of the space until then.
The project is run by Northern Creative Solutions (NCS), a new charity that makes creative use of empty space and brings the voluntary and art sectors together to do great things.
But Broadacre House hasn’t always been a lovely creative and voluntary sector hub for Newcastle. This utilitarian building was once the home of The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and once a Job Centre. It has seen a bunch a changes and will continue to evolve - and that’s what we want to explore.
Over 6 weeks in November/December 2016 , three artists : Helen Collard ("Public Address"), Stabbing Les ("WORK") and Simon James ( "Krapp's Last Tape") responded to the building: it’s current use, its previous lifeand the hopes and aspirations of tenants and visitors.
You can see the poject blog here.
Thanks needs to go out to all the team at Broadacre House and of course Arts Council England for funding this project :)