Holy Biscuit wins cultural approval from Olympic organisers

The London 2012 Organising Committee has given the go-ahead for a community arts project linked to the Methodist Church to feature as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

LOCOG awarded an Inspire Mark - its official seal of approval - to the Outside/In project, which will see young people and adults from different parts of Newcastle telling stories about themselves, their history, culture and communities through art. The artists' work will feature as four exhibitions at The Holy Biscuit from March through to July 2012. The Holy Biscuit (formerly Shieldfield Methodist Church) is a community arts space partnered with The Methodist Church and The Biscuit Factory - an independent art gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ish Lennox, Olympic and Paralympic Games Coordinator for the Methodist Church, said: "It's fantastic that a Methodist project has won an Inspire Mark. We are completely committed to engaging with the Cultural Olympiad. Methodist Christian Discipleship is life-long and whole life. Arts and culture is a vibrant and essential part of that wholeness. Being awarded an Inspire Mark from LOCOG is a great achievement."

The Outside/In project will showcase as four exhibitions: The St James Drama Project; Images of our Newcastle; Togetherness and Playtoon. The overall goal of the project is to widen social integration and personal development, as well as provide space for a legacy of community engagement with the arts. 

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