Original urban music

Northumberland based sound artist and composer Michael Freeman ran workshops in the Newcastle City Futures exhibition, offering participants the opportunity to investigate Newcastle’s soundscape and make downloadable recordings using a range of instruments made by Michael from recycled materials.

The recordings were taken by Michael back to his studio and he has composed a piece of city sound art, available at  https://soundcloud.com/michael-freeman/in-quay-a-city-soundscape.

You can find out more about Michael and listen to more of his compositions at


Exhibition comes to a close

19 days, 17 partners, 24 free public events, and 2300 visitors later and the Newcastle City Futures exhibition has come to an end. Leader of the Council Nick Forbes officially closed the exhibition at a reception on Tuesday 10 June.

We have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to the question ‘What would you do?’  The exhibition and events series became an innovative public engagement process as well as an excellent exhibition and rumination on the city’s heritage and future.

Huge thanks go to all of our partners, who have taken a leap of faith in entrusting us with archive material and agreeing to contribute to public debates, and our volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to open the doors!

We are currently in discussion with the city council and its partners about the future for the physical exhibition and have many ideas for what’s next.  Watch this space….!

Nick ForbesLeader of the Council Nick Forbes officially closing the Newcastle City Futures exhibition.