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Enchanted Parks returns with new creative producer

29th October 2013

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NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council have appointed Katy Fuller of outdoor arts company Pinwheel as new creative producer of its hugely popular Enchanted Parks event, which returns to Saltwell Park, Gateshead, from Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 December.

Katy, originally from Cumbria and now living in County Durham, is one of the country’s leading outdoor arts specialists.  Pinwheel’s work in the North East includes The Birthday Blaze, an ambitious and memorable celebration for Theatre Royal Newcastle’s 175th birthday which closed Grey Street for four days in 2012.  Katy has also worked on some of the most memorable and iconic public art events in the UK, including; Piccadilly Circus Circus (London 2012 Festival), and as associate producer for Artichoke; The Sultan’s Elephant (Royal de Luxe, 2006) and One & Other for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square (Antony Gormley, 2009).

As creative producer of Enchanted Parks, Katy has developed a theme and story to this year’s event that centres on the enchantment that takes over the park once night has fallen, and the Park Keeper, guardian of this secret, who must now pass it on to someone new.  Katy, along with colleagues from NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council, has commissioned artists who will help bring the story to life with a series of magical installations throughout the park.

Carol Bell, head of culture and major events at NewcastleGateshead Initiative said: “Enchanted Parks is one of the most popular events in our Winter Festival, attracting around 19,000 visitors every year.  We were really keen to bring in some new ideas and make sure the event continued to engage audiences. I’m delighted Katy is working with us on Enchanted Parks; her creative ideas and experience of major arts events makes her the perfect person to continue the event’s success.”

Councillor Linda Green, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, says: “Enchanted Parks has now become firmly established as one of the must-see events of the year. In fact, nowadays Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Saltwell’s enchanted Park!

“The appointment of a new creative producer will bring a whole new impetus to the event and I’m confident that this year’s Enchanted Parks will sparkle like never before.”

Katy Fuller, creative producer of Enchanted Parks said: “Visitors are being invited into Saltwell Park to see the enchanted world it becomes once the gates are locked and night has fallen.  They will journey through the Park uncovering the tale of the Park Keeper, who has protected this secret for many years.  Now it’s time for him to retire and pass on the keys, and the secrets, to the People’s Park.” 

Now in its eighth year, Enchanted Parks sees Gateshead’s famous Victorian park, Saltwell Park, transformed into a magical after-dark arts adventure, featuring visual arts, performance, sculpture and interactive works.

Artists involved in this year’s event include: sound and light artist, Mark Anderson; projection specialists SDNA; winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award Davy and Kristin McGuire; local sculptor Richard Broderick and fire and pyrotechnic artists, And Now.

Katy, alongside NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council, has worked closely with the region’s universities to offer students a range of opportunities to be a part of the event this year.  A number of student commissions will feature at Enchanted Parks giving budding artists the opportunity to show their work alongside professional artists.

Enchanted Parks takes place from Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 December.  Tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £1 for children and young people aged three – eighteen years, and free for children aged three years and under.  Tickets for Enchanted Parks go on sale on Monday 4 November at 13:00.  Information on how to purchase tickets is available from

Enchanted Parks is funded by Arts Council England and Gateshead Council.  It is developed and commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council as part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s festivals and events programme.


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