Action Language students don’t just learn inside the classroom – in the last few weeks they’ve been out enjoying enrichment activities at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

These striking collages pictured above are just some of the work our students produced as a result of the partnership between Action Foundation and Baltic, which became the first Gallery of Sanctuary in England.

As well as two sessions on abstract self-portraiture, our learners also enjoyed an afternoon working with clay.

Raniya, from Sudan, created a traditional Sudanese bowl with lid along with an intricate model of a person on horseback, whilst Ali Hussein, from Syria, said he was ‘very happy’ with his clay modelling of, amongst other designs, SpongeBob SquarePants!

Vicky Rountree, ESOL Project Officer with Action Language, said:

“Baltic is an excellent place for language learners, really cool. Our students and volunteers were given a tour of the galleries and everybody enjoyed it.

“One particular student was over the moon and has been back with her kids several times already.”

Learners were told all about the free activities at Baltic for people new to Newcastle. Language Café is a friendly place to meet new people and informally practise English speaking and listening. They happen on the first Saturday of each month from 2.30-5pm and people can turn up without booking.

Action Language volunteers at Baltic

Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are provided and sessions are family friendly and include artist-led creative sessions.

The next language cafes happen on January 6th and February 4th 2024.

In addition, the Baltic’s Front Room café is a free space to enjoy complementary hot drinks, squash and access free Wifi that’s accessible during Baltic opening times.

A huge THANK YOU also to our brilliant Action Language volunteers who make this ESOL project what it is – and give up even more of their free time to take students on trips like these.