Current news: On Friday 14 October 2016, there was a launch of the region's ten-year visual art strategy at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. It was presented by Sarah Munro, the new Director of the Baltic. At the core of the strategy was a plan for a new International Festival of Contemporary Art on Tyneside in 2019. In her introduction, Sarah proceeded to say that the project was based on, and would build upon, The Tyne International which I initiated and ran in the 1990s (see below for a little more detail). She called that project ‘visionary and way ahead of its time,’ and that it 'blew her mind' ... and 'changed the way she thought about contemporary art'. Although this event (The Tyne International) happened many years ago, it is still an example of current impact and demonstrates the value and importance of socially engaged practice (which I talk about in my application). I have now been asked to give lectures at the Baltic about The Tyne International in the coming months as a prelude to the new project, setting the scene.