More Than a Hundred Stories

We are two artists, interested in how art can animate, challenge and create communities. We’ve been commissioned by Creative People and Places to creatively map and respond to its achievements, the problems it faces, and the questions it has generated.

We are interested in the programme’s ambition to change how art is commissioned and experienced and will be exploring how and to what extent this ambition has been realised across all 21 projects.

We will be posting creative responses to conversations, observations and research throughout the project and will share our final work with you in autumn 2016. Do join us and follow our creative journey on this blog.

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Sarah Butler and Nicole Mollett

‘We are not a wasteland’ – visiting bait , 5th May 2016


I started my Northeast ‘tour’ (not on my bike this time!) visiting bait in South East Northumberland. We started off at their base at Woodhorn Museum, a fabulous complex of old colliery buildings plus a new building housing the region’s archive and a new exhibition, Common Ground, commissioned by bait, which brought together local groups with professional artists to create new work. I was struck by the variety and depth of the work, and particularly interested in how artists Robert Parkinson and Aaron Guy had created contemporary text and image pieces documenting their process working in Guide Post social club which stood up strongly in a gallery context and gave a glimpse of process-based work in a way I haven’t seen before.