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Four prolific designers will be returning to the North East this spring for a series of talks with Design Event and the Northern Design Centre.

The talks series follows on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium in October 2016 as part of the Northern Design Festival which also took place at the Northern Design Centre.

Councillor Gary Haley, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Showcasing successful design entrepreneurs is exactly the type of activity the Northern Business Centre was conceived for. It not only has high quality event spaces to host innovative and thought provoking talks like this, but it’s also home to some of the best design talent in the digital and creative sector in our region.”

First up will be Bryan Edmondson, who, after studying graphic design at Newcastle polytechnic moved to London and in 1996 established the renowned design consultancy SEA.

Karen Nairstone director of Design Event said “ Its great to be working with the Northern Design Centre following on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium which created a real buzz. We are excited to be bringing outstanding speakers to the region to share their insights”

Other designers in the series include Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire who studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and Newcastle University and went on to launch the iconic Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, enamelware and ceramics.

Programme:

15 February 2017 – Bryan Edmondson, SEA

30 March 2017 – Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns

More to be announced..

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Often described as ‘cult Brit homewares brand’,Mini Moderns was established in 2006 byLondon based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.
The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers,fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics. A recently launched colour collection made from recycled paint complements the growing range.

The duo’s design influences encompass mid-century British textiles, ceramics and collectibles. Sharing a passion for social history, their work is often informed by childhood memories, literature and travel. As well as launching their own collections,
Mini Moderns work on a number of commissions, including recent collaborations with the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and the London Transport Museum.

They uniquely create ‘pattern with a story’ where all their pattern designs are created with a strong personal narrative.

Mark and Keith’s collective design experience spans fashion, product and interiors, as well as corporate branding and design. Keith’s graphic design degree took him into the world of fashion, where he held senior creative roles at Pepe Jeans London, Dr Martens and Red or Dead. Mark’s journey took a more circuitous route. Armed with a degree in English Literature, he worked in publishing and children’s television before establishing himself as a designer maker, eventually sidestepping into branding. The pair met whilst working in a London branding and design agency.
Finding the world of corporate design too restrictive, Mark and Keith followed their joint passion for interiors, reigniting people’s interest in wallpaper design with their first collection. What was originally intended as a creative outlet quickly established itself as a successful business, and Mini Moderns now sells throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

Key to the brand’s success are the long term relationships forged with trusted suppliers, helping to support UK business whenever possible. Products created in this way bear the standard: ‘Made in the UK by nice people’. Recently the design duo have worked with licence partners such as Wild & Wolf, Ulster Weavers, The Window Film Company, Vlaze, John Lewis and KMI Brands.

The brand has just celebrated ‘10 years of Pattern with a Story’, and Keith and Mark will be talking about the development of Mini Moderns from its launch in 2006 to the iconic brand it is today.

When : 30 March 2017 18:00 – 20:00
Where : Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF

Tickets : £7.50 / students £6.00

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Head Carrier artwork credit Vaughan Oliver & Ian Pollock

Legendary US rock band Pixies release their hotly anticipated new album Head Carrier today, and next week artwork for the record by long-time collaborator Vaughan Oliver will go on display for the first time at the 2016 Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

Born in Sedgefield, County Durham, Oliver studied at Northumbria University (then Newcastle Polytechnic) and is best known for his iconic covers for albums by influential artists such as the Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses and, of course, the Pixies, with his striking cover for their 1989 album, Doolittle making the Guardian’s list of greatest record sleeves of all time.

He explains, “Working with the Pixies over the last 30 years has always been full of natural inspiration for me as art director and designer. Their lyrics are packed with strange and wonderful imagery and their music delivers all on a visceral salver.

With their last album I started collaborating with Ian Pollock who was able to bring characters in the songs to terrible life. Charles (Pixies’ creative lead otherwise known as Black Francis/Frank Black) gave me a bag full of lyrics and briefed Ian and myself with plenty of space to interpret. Charles likes the fact that his work goes through my filter and also Ian’s. Ian spewed out his art. I commented, guided and myself and Joshua Price (my current intern form University of Greenwich) collaged the package together. Joshua added some wooden lettering he’d designed and shot so it was all very collaborative.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to see artwork for the deluxe album set alongside work by nine other internationally renowned designers at the Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle as part of graphics exhibition, Where Do Ideas Come From?  Split across ten themes including Pattern, Process, Typography, Pop Culture and Visual Puns, the exhibition features the work of leading graphic designers and image makers presented alongside unique insights into their inspirations and creative process.

As well as Vaughan Oliver, whose work spans music, fashion and film, Where Do Ideas Come From? will include witty double-take images by award-winning international artist, Noma Bar; Prototypes by Chrissie Macdonald – inspired by her interest in kinetic devices and inventions, particularly fictional ones in films from her childhood like Weird Science, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and E.T.; WallpaperSTORE* Packaging Design by A Practice for Everyday Life; Maps by typographer Alan Kitching highlighting places he has lived, worked and visited, offering a very personal journey; and a series for Cass Art pads by Pentagram’s Angus Hyland where each cover is used as a space to ex- plore the medium that is intended to be used on that particular pad. The exhibition is supported by Newcastle creative agency, JUMP.

Where Do Ideas Come From? is one of eight exhibitions at this year’s Northern Design Festival – a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting. Ranging from Turner Prize winners to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, it features work by more than 65 designers and architects, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks including the inaugural Design NOW symposium on 7 October.

The 2016 Northern Design Festival takes place from 7-16 October at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. Download a brochure or browse the programme to find out what’s on or to book tickets online.

Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook of Deadgood Ltd

The North East’s design, architecture and creative businesses will come together at the region’s inaugural Design NOW symposium, taking place in Gateshead on 7 October.

Organised as part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, the symposium will see some of the most influential names in the UK design industry give insights into their creativity and practice. Speakers include the 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble, internationally-renowned artist Noma Bar and Newcastle-based design brand Deadgood.

Dan Ziglam, CEO of Deadgood Ltd, said: “The Deadgood brand has its roots in the North East so it’s fantastic for us to be a part of this event, speaking alongside some of the biggest names in design today. The region’s creative sector is going from strength to strength so it’s appropriate that this celebration of good design takes place here.”

Deadgood Ltd was established by Northumbria University 3D design graduates Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook. The firm produces a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products, working with clients including Tyneside Cinema, The Core and the Toffee Factory in Newcastle, as well as producing interiors for venues across the UK and Europe.

The symposium will be moderated by graphic designer, writer and Senior Tutor in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Shaughnessy. The line-up is completed by Angus Hyland, partner at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram; and Liv Taylor, Head of Research at PATTERNITY which is the world’s leading specialist organisation dedicated solely to pattern.

Karen Nairstone, Director of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, said: “The North East has firmly established itself as a real hotbed of creativity. We’ve seen a marked increase in recent years in the number of design, architecture and creative businesses choosing the North East as their base so it makes sense that a symposium like Design NOW, which will bring together the leading lights of the industry, takes place in Gateshead.”

The Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, which is home to many of the region’s creative and design-led businesses, is hosting the Design NOW symposium.

Gateshead Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Northern Design Centre is not only the place to find some of the region’s hottest design talent but it’s also a regional resource for industry to learn about what good design looks like and how it can drive and sustain business growth.

“We are thrilled to work with the Northern Design Festival again and host the Design NOW symposium, where our world class speakers will share their experience on the value good design brings.

The visual identity for the 2016 Northern Design Festival was created by Newcastle’s JUMP, a full-service creative agency which has recently announced new contract wins with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Design NOW symposium is on Friday 7 October at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. It is part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, which takes place from 7 to 16 October at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Click here to find out more and book tickets for Design NOW. 

Northern Design Festival

The Northern Design Festival 2016 takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead from 7 to 16 October, exploring the theme of ‘where do ideas come from?’. Through a programme of events, exhibitions, talks and workshops we will discover how ideas evolve into the furniture, products, posters, brands and buildings which surround us every day.

To kick off the festival, we’ll be welcoming some of the UK’s leading creative talent in the fields of architecture, design, graphics and illustration for our inaugural design symposium, Design NOW.

Curated by Design Event and supported by the Northern Design Centre, the Design NOW symposium will address questions including ‘what value can good design bring?’ and ‘how can we nurture creativity?’.

Speakers include the winners of the 2015 Turner Prize, designer and architect collective Assemble; Israel born graphic designer, illustrator and artist Noma Bar; and graphic designer, author and creative director Angus Hyland.

Festival Director Karen Nairstone, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured an outstanding panel of speakers for this, our first Design NOW symposium.

“As well as addressing the theme of this year’s Northern Design Festival, ‘where do ideas come from?’ our panel will be giving an insight into their own inspiration, output and creative practices.”

 The identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival has been created by Newcastle-based creative agency JUMP.

Lucy Batley, Co-Founder and Creative Director of JUMP, said: We are delighted to present the identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival. The visual identity responds to the overarching festival theme of ‘Where do ideas come from?’. In search of the source of our own ideas we recognise that each process is unique. The maze graphic represents the individual journeys and the paths they follow, all of which are connected to the same destination – the arrival of an idea. The identity also acts as an invitation to explore, examine and discover the festival.

“JUMP are proud to support Northern Design Festival, which showcases the best in creative design, and promises to deliver the most ambitious festival to date.”

The Design NOW symposium takes place on Friday 7 October, 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead.

A limited number of early bird tickets for Design NOW, priced at £53, are available to buy from today.

Book tickets for the Design NOW symposium.

View the full line-up for the 2016 Northern Design Festival.

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Design degree shows in the North East showcase some of the most innovative emerging designers and makers fresh out of University, it’s a fantastic opportunity to find original design and to discover new designers who could be the one’s to watch out for!

North East degree shows include:

Newcastle College – 6th – 10th June 2016

Graduates from the Foundation Diploma and Higher Education degree courses will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of work from a range of subjects including, Graphic design, Advertising, Fashion, Furniture design but to name a few. Well worth a visit to discover some of the North Easts emerging talent.

Northumbria University ‘REVEAL’ 14 – 24th June 2016

Northumbria University graduates from courses such as architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media and performing arts will be exhibiting their final degree show nationally and internationally across a range of venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, exhibitions will be taking place in Northumbria’s city centre campus as well as BALTIC, Northern Stage and Tyneside Cinema.

Sunderland University 10th – 17th June 2016

Sunderland University’s recent graduates will be exhibiting their work comprising of design, fine art, photography, glass and ceramics, across three venues, CitySpace, Priestman building and the National Glass Centre.

Cleveland College of Art & Design ‘Vision’ 3rd – 11th June 2016

CCAD graduates will be exhibiting works that span a range of courses such as fashion, graphic communication, fine art, and textiles to name only a few, this is a chance to see some exciting talent coming out of the North East into the creative industries.

Degree Shows in North Yorkshire and Lancashire include:

Leeds University school of design ‘KAPOW’ 16th – 24th June 2016

Showcasing final year, undergraduate students from each of the degree programmes, visitors will have the opportunity to discover a broad range of work spanning from Graphic and Communication design to Textile Design and Fashion.

Sheffield Hallam University 10th – 24th June 2016

Students from a range of backgrounds in architecture, design, jewellery and metalwork to name but a few, will be coming together to showcase their final degree show in Sheffield’s creative quarter in Fitzalan Square.

Liverpool school of Art & Design 26th May – 10th June 2016

This years exhibition will include an array of work from final year students spanning a range of creative courses including, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Spatial design exhibiting across five floors of the John Lennon Art & Design building.

Manchester school of Art 11th – 22nd June 2016

Manchester’s degree show will be celebrating the achievements and talents of many of its final year design students, the show will be taking place in the Benzie, Grosvenor and Chatham buildings in the Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus.

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Design degree shows are a great opportunity to gain an insight into some of the upcoming innovations and concepts right across the North.

Promising to bring together and showcase creativity in all areas of design, including Interior Design, Product Design, Graphics and Architecture, design degree shows are an ideal place to look out for the next big thing.

North East degree shows include:

Northumbria University REVEAL 16 – 27 June

Newcastle College 5-12 June

Sunderland University 12 – 19 June

Cleveland College of Art & Design 10 – 12 June

Degree shows in North Yorkshire and Lancashire include:

Leeds University SHIFT 19 – 26 June

Sheffield Hallam 13 – 26 June

Liverpool University 29 May – 12 June

Manchester School of Art 12 – 24 June

Deadgood Residency

Following on from their London residency, for two weeks Newcastle based Deadgood will be residing at Workpattern on Newcastle’s Quayside; showcasing a carefully curated selection of products from their cutting edge collection of modern British furniture, lighting and interior accessories.

New products on show will include Harvey Modular, the Tree Table, the Tyneside Lounger and Woody, alongside some familiar favourites in striking new finishes. They’ll also be showcasing items from the 2015 Accessories Collection.

Find out more including details of their evening reception on 23 April  here

The showroom is open weekdays only.

24th April – 7th May

The Deadgood Residency
Workpattern
5 Queen Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3UG

2015 MART

We are pleased to announce the open call for submissions of work to be included in the 2015 Design Event MART. Design Event invites submissions of innovative and high quality design-led work from furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, product, jewelry and fashion accessory designers and makers based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.

About Design Event

Design Event is a not-for-profit design-led organisation existing to support and promote design in the North of England. Each year, Design Event run a programme of activity that promotes and showcases design and supports designers. In February 2015 Design Event were awarded the Homes and Gardens design award for best backer of british design.

About Design Event MART

Design Event MART is a curated selling exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary design from the North of England. 2015 Marks Design Event’s tenth birthday and we will be celebrating in style by holding this year’s Design Event MART in a beautiful grade II* listed building in Newcastle’s city centre. In 2013 Design Event MART was held at Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, and attracted 1,500 visitors. Exhibiting designers achieved on-site and post-event sales exceeding £40,000. The event has received extensive press coverage in both regional and national publications including features in Design Week,  Living ETC and The Independent. Four exhibitors were presented with awards nominated by; Confessions of a Design Geek, Formica and British by Design.

About Design Event MART 2015

Design Event MART 2015 will take place from 21-25 October 2015 with an opening event and awards ceremony on 20 October. We will also host an architects’ breakfast in partnership with the RIBA on 22 October. The exhibition will showcase the work of 15-25 designers from the North of England working in a range of design disciplines, in a stunning grade II* listed venue in Newcastle’s city centre, not usually open to the public.

Selection panel

Works to be exhibited will be selected by our panel of industry experts. Our panel for 2015 includes :

Sara Ley –  Head of retail, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Carmel Allen – Creative director, Heals

Rickard Whittingham – Programme leader 3 dimensional design, designers in residence, Northumbria University

Karen Nairstone – Director, Design Event

Where you come in!

We are now seeking applications from designers interested in exhibiting at Design Event MART 2015. Design Event MART is open to designers living and working across the North of England (North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber). Designers producing innovative new work from all design disciplines including; furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, product, jewellery, fashion accessory and print-based design will be considered

Criteria

In order to ensure the exhibition is diverse, engaging and provides maximum opportunity to the designers involved, we are looking for innovative work at various stages of production including; new prototypes, one-off pieces and commissions and batch produced items. We will accept applications from designers living and working in the North of England; North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber. Submissions of products that are the result of a collaboration between 2 or more designers are welcome

Work submitted:

– can relate to any design discipline, and use any materials and tools for manufacture provided that products have a high quality finish

– should not have been widely exhibited in the North of England or as part of previous Design Event MARTs

– should ideally have selling potential either as a ‘carry out’ item or be available to order.  However, a small number of innovative prototypes may be included

– must represent the designer’s original ideas and be non-derivative

Submission and Selection

Applications must be submitted by 12 April 2015

Selected designers will be informed by 30 April 2015

Selected designers must submit a high quality image of their product by 1 June 2015

Terms and Conditions

  • Design Event will cover the costs of the exhibition including exhibition build, graphics, promotion, staffing of the event
  • Design Event will undertake a national and regional PR campaign
  • Design Event will design, curate and install the exhibition
  • Exhibiting designers will be able to show up to 5 products (selected by Design Event) and will have their products available for sale in a pop-up shop within the exhibition
  • All products exhibited and available for sale will be selected and displayed by Design Event
  • Applications must be submitted with the £15 Application fee which goes towards costs of administration and selection process.
  • Exhibiting designers will be required to pay an exhibitor fee of £155 including VAT.  Full payment or a 50% instalment of the fee must be paid within 6 weeks of receiving an offer to exhibit
  •  Exhibiting designers will retain100% of sales of exhibition pieces made as part of the exhibition Additional pieces may be selected for the pop up shop and Design Event will take 40% commission on these additional selected pieces.
  •  Exhibiting designers will be responsible for bringing their products to the exhibition venue and removing them at the close of the exhibition at dates and times agreed with Design Event
  • Exhibiting designers will be responsible for providing images of their work and information on themselves and their practice for marketing and interpretation purposes.  This information is to be provided in a timely manner and in the specified format
  • If possible, exhibitors will be present for the duration of the exhibition

Benefits

Selected designers will receive:

·       a dedicated exhibition space from 21-25 October with an opening event on 20 October

·       The opportunity to present their work to architects at the RIBA partnered Architects’ breakfast

·       inclusion in Design Event national and regional press campaign

·       coverage through Design Event e-bulletins and social media activity

·       consideration for Design Event Awards 2015

·       100% of sales of exhibition works made at the exhibition

·       60% of sales of additional shop pieces

·       exposure to regional commissioners, specifiers, retailers and buyers

·       inclusion in web directory on Design Event website for 1 year

Apply!

To apply for Design Event MART 2015, please produce a powerpoint presentation to the specifications below and send to Karen Nairstone at karen@design-event.co.uk by 12 April 2015.

Application Fee

The application fee is £15 and is non refundable. The fee will go towards the costs of processing applications and the selection process. Please make payment via paypal to karen@design-event.co.uk. Applications will not be processed without this fee.

Things to Consider

This application asks you to submit images of your product (s).  If you are selected to exhibit at Design Event MART, we will request that you supply high quality photographs of your product or a high quality prototype version by 1 June 2015.  Submitting images when requested will maximise national promotional opportunities for your work

Design Event may contact you for further information to support your application in advance of the deadline for confirming the outcome of your application.  A prompt and full response to these requests will strengthen your application

Application Format

Slide 1: Personal details

Include: your name, the name of your company (if applicable), telephone    number, email address, website, postal address, postcode

Slide 2: About you

Please tell us a little about yourself as a practitioner.  Include information such as your training (if applicable), the materials/tools/techniques you work with, your previous projects and your particular interests/sources of inspiration

Slide 3-6: About your product

Please tell us about the product(s)/prototype(s) installation you propose to show at Design Event MART.  Include:

–      Product name/ title

–      Product type

–      Materials used

–      Making/manufacturing technique or process used

–      Concept/ intended use

–      Production stage (is the product at prototype stage/or complete?)

–      Any environmental/sustainability issues that your product addresses, either through manufacture or intended use

–      Expected retail selling price

–      How many  units will be available for sale at Design Event MART 2015

–      Any further information you feel is relevant

Please write about each element as fully as possible

You may submit up to 6 products/ranges for consideration, provided they meet the criteria described above

If you are submitting more than one product/range for consideration, please provide a separate block of information about each

Slide 7: Other exhibition experience/press

Please list :

any exhibitions your work has been featured in in the last 24 months.

any press coverage that your work has received in the last 24 months

any exhibitions that your work is due to feature in before October 2015

Slide 8-13: Images

Please supply a maximum of 6 different images of your product(s).  If your products are still in development, good quality sketches or CAD images are acceptable.

Please only supply images to which you hold the copyright or rights for reproduction and ensure details of the photographer are clearly stated, if necessary.
Please note: Design Event will assume any photography supplied to us will have your copyright permission to use for press/reproduction purposes. If your     work is selected, product images supplied may also be used on Design Event website or other promotional material.  The exhibitor is responsible for any copyright issues which may arise from publication.

Additonal retail items

If you have additional works you would like considered for our pop up shop please include a line sheet or catalogue with your submission.

Done?

Thank you for completing your presentation.  Please send it Karen Nairstone at karen@design-event.co.uk by 12 April 2015 along with your application fee via paypal to karen@design-event.co.uk

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact Karen at the email address above, or on 0191 276 2227

Catherine Bertola

Acts of Making is a two-week festival that celebrates contemporary craft through performances, live installations and workshops taking place in Bilston, West Midlands, from 14 to 28 February 2015 and in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, from 7 to 21 March 2015.

The festival will present craft in unexpected spaces and allow the public to interact and collaborate with internationally-exhibited artists.

Visitors will be able to witness the creation of a patterned carpet made entirely from dust, create their own music via logs and wooden horns, watch a folk procession of Vespa and Lambretta scooters through the streets, become part of an ongoing project exploring our relationship with jewellery, watch a performance piece using un-fired ceramic pots and sculpt sandstone benches by skateboarding on them.

The six artists: Catherine Bertola, Keith Harrison, Owl Project, Mah Rana, Clare Twomey and Richard William Wheater will create moments that are curious and fascinating with many involving collaboration with local communities in Bilston and Gateshead.

Acts of Making is a Crafts Council touring project organised in partnership with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Bilston Craft Gallery. Full details of events can be found here.

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In September 2014 Design Event showcased work by ten designers from across the North of England at designjunction.

Showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, designjunction presents world-class brands striking a balance between creative and commercial, offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show during the London Design Festival.
Over the five day period the show saw more than 25,000 visitors at London’s iconic Sorting Office, making designjunction 2014 the biggest yet. Our stand was designed by Xsite architecture, and Design Event exhibited alongside more than 180 other brands, 35 pop-up shops, onsite eateries, live flash factories, a dedicated lighting show, a leading seminar programme, charity auction installation and four floors of design products.

Designers featured were :
AFID Design / Newcastle
Annabel Perrin / Manchester
Anthony Hughes / Leeds
Daniel Schofield / Sheffield
Jamie Josef Fry / Newcastle
M-Dex Design / Sheffield
Nick James / Newcastle
Psalt Design / Sheffield
Laura McKay / Newcastle
RASKL / Newcastle