Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 15.18.09ONE of Tyneside’s historic monuments will be combining the old with the new, when it showcases some unique contemporary art at a special one-off event.

Newcastle’s Chilli Studios works with people with a range of mental health issues and provides creative opportunities, from painting to sculpture.

And now the work of the studio, along with a film which features the project, will be on show to an invited audience at an event on May 21.

Apples in the Castle will take place at the newly refurbished Castle Keep, where guests will be able to pledge support in exchange for their artwork and watch Apples is Apples, a screening of the movie about Chilli Studios.

The organisation provides opportunities to adults who are or are at risk of,” experiencing diagnosed mental health problems, and those who experience other forms of social exclusion within their communities.”

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk about the work of the studio, with live music throughout the evening and refreshments.

“The event is going to give people a real taste of what we do at Chilli Studios and how talented many of the people are who come here,” said Bob Malpiedi, Studio Manager.

“At the same time the chance to see Apples Is Apples is something not to be missed as it will give a real insight into people living with mental health issues.”

The organisers are now interested in hearing from any business people who might like to attend the event and help support the organisation.

Tickets can be booked by visiting