Cobalt Too CIC, has received £45K in funding from Big Issue Invest to help refurbish its current premises and expand its offering to local artists by providing further studio space.
The not-for-profit, community interest company was created in 1999, and works to bring people together through creativity and arts by programming high quality culture which is both affordable and accessible, and through offering learning opportunities to the local community.
Cobalt aims to support all creative production and champion new and underrepresented culture, ensuring inclusivity is at the heart of the organisation and to prioritise people over profit. It does this by providing affordable workspace for artists and through a multi functioning venue which offers a diverse programme of cultural and music events as well as creative learning opportunities.
The organisation contributes to the economic and cultural landscape in Newcastle and, increasingly, a wider national cultural economy through the programming of national (and international) artists.
The founders of Cobalt are creatives themselves and believe that shared space and cultural activity can improve mental health, increase confidence, support general wellbeing, and help with social isolation.
As part of its mission give back to the community, Cobalt promises to: