Posts by Will Hughes

Cool stuff in and around our Neighbourhood. 

Currently compiled as a blog by our Team. This list is ongoing and not exhaustive. 

(During Covid - 19 venues will be closed, please check their websites) 

 

  • by Will Hughes
    Chilli Studios

    Chilli Studios

    The Blackfriars Centre

    Newbridge st,

    Newcastle upon Tyne,

    NE1 2TQ

     

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    Fcebook

     

    Chilli Studios main aim is to improve mental health through creativity. They are a registered charity and have been operating since 2004. They work with people who are at risk of experiencing diagnosed mental health problems and those who have experienced some form of social exclusion...

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    Northern Print

    Northern Print

    Stepney Bank

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 2NP

    OPEN: Gallery Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 4pm

                Studio (Members Only) Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am - 5pm

                                                        Thursday 10am - 8:45pm

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    Northern Print is a Gallery and Print making studio with learning and participation at the heart of everything they do. They run a program of classes and events throughout the year...

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    SHIELDFIELD ART WORKS EXHIBITION
    SHIELDFIELD ART WORKS EXHIBITION

    Shieldfield Art Works (Formerly Holy Biscuit)

    1 Clarence Street

    Shieldfield

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE2 1YH

     

    Opening hours vary please see there website for details

     

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    Shieldfield Art Works is an arts organisation that is based in the Shieldfield area of Newcastle upon Tyne. they deliver a program of theological reflection, community activism and Contemporary art. Through their arts program they articulate, question and enquire, seeking positive change in the community and the wider would...

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    Brick Works

    Brick Works

    Hannington Street

    Ouseburn

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE6 1JT

     

    Website

     

    The Brick Works has 12 studio / workspaces, ranging in size and facilities which are appropriate for a range of creative people and businesses...

  • Equal Arts

    Improving older people’s lives through creativity
    by Will Hughes
    Equal Arts

    Equal Arts

    Newcastle City Library

    33 New Bridge Street West

    Newcastle

    NE1 8AX

     

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    Art is for everyone no matter your age. Today I’m shining a spotlight on Equal Arts an organisation based in Newcastle which helps improve older peoples lives through creativity. They work across Gateshead, Newcastle and the UK providing support to older people and people living with dementia, helping them live in the moment through musical, visual and movement based creative activities...

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    National Glass Centre: Sunderland

    National Glass Centre

    Liberty Way

    Sunderland

    SR6 0GL

     

    OPEN: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

     

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    The National Glass Centre is dedicated to the history of glass making. they have a number of galleries with changing exhibitions. One really exciting thing about the glass centre is that they do daily live demonstrations from glass blowing to flameworking...

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    Platform A gallery: Middlesbrough

    Platform A gallery

    Former Parcel Store & Fish Quay 

    Middlesbrough Train Station, 

    Middlesbrough 

    TS1 1EG

     

    OPEN: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

     

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    In the unique position of being at Middlesbroughs central railway station you have no excuse not to give them a visit...

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    Sage: Gateshead

    Sage

    St Mary's Square, 

    Gateshead 

    NE8 2JR Sage Gateshead

     

    Opening hours vary please keep an eye on their website or social media.

     

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    Facebook

     

    Looking down the Tyne you can’t help but notice the striking architecture of the Sage. This iconic building was designed by Foster + Partners who are also known for designing Londons city hall and are currently redeveloping Battersea Power station...

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    The Python Gallery: Middlesbrough

    The Python Gallery

    Royal Middlehaven House, 

    21 Gosford St, 

    Middlesbrough 

    TS2 1BB

     

    OPEN: Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm

     

    Website

     

    Facebook 

     

    Python is a mixed use creative development in the Middlehaven area of Middlesbrough. They have a fantastic cafe area with lots of lovely snacks and drinks which is great when you have been trekking round looking at art all day...

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    Angel of the North

    Angel of the North 

    Durham Rd,

    Low Eighton,

    Gateshead

    NE9 7TY

    Public Sculpture 

     

    Website

     

    One of the most iconic structures in the North East is the Angel of the North. Constructed started in 1994 and was completed in 1998 by artist Antony Gormley and fabricated by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications...

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    Blackwells: Newcastle

    Blackwells 

    141 Percy St,

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 7RS

    For opening hours please check their website

     

    Website

     

    I really enjoy the large stock of art materials at Blackwells, If your like me and really fussy about the paper you use to draw on, then this is the place to go to identify which paper is for you. As well as stocking a huge range of paper they have a good range of paints...

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    Laing art gallery: Newcastle

    Laing art gallery

    New Bridge St W, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 8AG

     

    Opening time not available at this time

     

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    Founded in  1901 the funds for the gallery were provided by Alexander Laing. The gallery has a regular exhibition program of modern, historic and contemporary art...

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    Newcastle Castle

    Newcastle Castle

    Castle Garth, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 1RQ

     

    Opening hours currently under review. Please check their website.

     

    Website

     

    The history of the Castle goes right back 1800 years when it was a Roman fort of Pons Aelius and was built to guard the bridge over the tyne. The site has been home to a number of different fortifications and even an Anglo-Saxon church but the current fortifications and castle were finalised with the Black Gate in 1250...

  • Baltic 39: Newcastle

    Art Gallery
    by Will Hughes
    Baltic 39: Newcastle

    Baltic 39

    31-39 High Bridge, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 1EW

     

    OPEN: Monday - Saturday 9am -6pm

                Sunday 10am - 4pm 

    Gallery opening hours vary please see the website

     

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    Baltic 39 is the little sister to the main Baltic in Gateshead. Baltic 39 has 2 galleries at the top of the building but is also home to many studios for creatives as well as the BxNU Institute and the Baltic Professor...

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    Life Science Centre: Newcastle

    Life Science Centre

    Times Square,

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 4EP

     

    OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm

                Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm

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    The Life Science centre opened in 2000 and is was built to inspire people in the North East to enjoy and discover science and technology...

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    Gas Contemporary: North Shields

    Gas Contemporary

    The Beacon shopping centre

    North Shields

    NE29 6QF

    Opening times vary please check social media

     

    Website

     

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    Gas Contemporary is based in North Shields and runs a program of exhibitions out of an old shop in a small shopping centre...

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    Grainger Market: Newcastle

    Grainger Market

    Grainger Street, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 5QQ

    OPEN: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5:30pm

     

    Website

     

    Grainger Market is a thriving indoor market with so many different stall holders from fresh fruit and veg to haberdasheries, clothes stalls, cafes and eateries...

  • Pineapple Black: Middlesbrough

    Contemporary Art Space
    by Will Hughes
    Pineapple Black: Middlesbrough

    Pineapple Black

    Hillstreet Shopping Centre,

    Middlesbrough,

     TS1 1SU

    OPEN: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

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    Im a big fan of arts centres on high streets and in shopping complexes, as i feel this is such a great way to integrate into a community and have people see art, even if it’s just through a window...

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    Great North Museum: Hancock

    Great North Museum: Hancock

    Barras Bridge

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE2 4PT

    Opening hours unavailable at the moment please check out their website.

    Website

     

    Facebook

     

    The Great North Museum is a great place to explore history, I’ve been multiple times and I’m always drawn to the animal exhibits but especially the dinosaurs...

  • Newcastle Arts Centre

    Artshop and so much more!
    by Will Hughes
    Newcastle Arts Centre

    Newcastle Arts Centre

    67 Westgate Road, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 1SG

     

    OPEN: Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm

                Saturday 9am - 5pm

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    Instagram

     

    Newcastle Arts Centre consists of a number of different elements, they have an art supplies shop called Details, a frame shop, craft shop, Jazz Cafe and The Black Swan...

  • The Spaghetti Factory

    Curatorial project
    by Will Hughes
    The Spaghetti Factory

    The Spaghetti Factory

    Curatorial project

     

    Website

     

    Instagram

     

    Spaghetti Factory started in 2018 and consists of Eva Cromwell and Jenny Mc Namara they often collaborate with others on curatorial projects with other organisations as well as events...

  • Vane: Newcastle

    Art Gallery
    by Will Hughes
    Vane: Newcastle

    Vane

    First Floor

    Commercial Union House 

    39 Pilgrim St,

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 6QE

     

    OPEN: Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm

     

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    Vane is at the heart of Newcastles thriving art scene. Based on the first floor of Commercial Union House, they have a number of excellent gallery spaces with a continually changing and dynamic program of exhibitions.

     

     

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    Maker Space: Newcastle

    Maker Space

    Maker Space,

    Commercial Union House,

    39 Pilgrim Street,

    Newcastle upon Tyne,

    NE1 6QE

     

    OPEN: Hours vary so please check the website

     

    Website

     

    Instagram

     

     

    Maker Space is a community owned and run workshop that is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is a space for like minded people to create, make and program. As a community they have made it possible through a monthly subscription to join and have access to a space and the tools to work on many different types of project...

  • NARC

    Magazine and Online
    by Will Hughes
    NARC

    NARC

    Magazine and Online 

     

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    NARC is an Online and in print magazine an independent guide to culture and alternative music in the North East. Their aim is to showcase the best music, art, literature, comedy, film, etc the North East has to offer...

  • Pandemic Programme: Online

    Online list of art content
    by Will Hughes
    Pandemic Programme: Online

    Pandemic Programme

    Online resourse of arts content to be enjoyed while under lockdown.

    Curated by Kevin Hunt

     

    Google Document 

     

    Pandemic Programme is an evolving list of some of the most interesting, entertaining, useful, relaxing, recommended and critically engaged art content produced by individual artists as well as arts organisation...

     

     

  • Slugtown: Newcastle

    Artist-run Gallery
    by Will Hughes
    Slugtown: Newcastle

    Slugtown

    Shieldfield, Newcastle

    New Venue opening soon

     

    Website

     

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    Slugtown is a non profit Community Interest Company, based in Shieldfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne. They are an artist run gallery who support early-career artists and have a program of events consisting of public exhibitions as well as free workshops and events...

     

     

  • 36 Lime Street: Newcastle

    Studio Complex and Gallery
    by Will Hughes
    36 Lime Street: Newcastle

    36 Lime Street

    Studio 4D, 

    36 Lime St, 

    Newcastle upon Tyne 

    NE1 2PQ

     

    OPEN: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm

     

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    36 Lime Street is a studio complex of over 40 artists and is the oldest and largest studio group in the North East...

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    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art: Gateshead

    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

    South Shore Road, 

    Gateshead 

    NE8 3BA

     

    OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

                Sunday Reduced opening times

     

    Website

     

    Baltic is the largest dedicated contemporary art institution in the UK. Comprising of 5 floors, 4 of which host Galleries each with its own unique character...

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    The Teahouse: Newcastle

    The Teahouse

    Claremont Buildings,

    1 Eldon Pl,

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 7RD

     

    OPEN: Monday - Friday 10am - 11pm

                Saturday 9am - 11pm

                Sunday 10am - 4pm

     

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    In the City Centre Teahouse serves over 60 loose leaf teas and is a late night alcohol free venue serving delicious cake and other foods....

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    Thought Foundation: Birtley

    Thought Foundation

    Clarity House, 

    Durham Road, 

    Birtley 

    DH3 2TB

     

    OPEN: Wednesday - Friday 9am - 4pm

                Saturday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

     

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    Thought Foundation is a community hub, consisting of a gallery and cafe environment which is popular with the local community...

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    Tyneside Cinema: Newcastle

    Tyneside Cinema

    10 Pilgrim Street,

    Newcastle upon Tyne,

    NE1 8QG

    OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10am - 11pm (Box Office closes at 9pm)

                Sunday 11am - 11pm (Box Office closes at 7pm)

     

    Website

     

    Well worth a visit is Tyneside a refurbished 3 screen cinema with 2 cafes and airy bar, i especially enjoy the cocktails. 

     

     

  • Breeze Creatives: Newcastle

    Artist Studios and Gallery
    by Will Hughes
    Breeze Creatives: Newcastle

    Breeze Creatives

    Bamburgh House,

    Market St, East,

    Newcastle upon Tyne

    NE1 6BH

    OPEN: Monday - Fridat 9am - 5pm

                Saturday 11am - 5pm

     

    Website

     

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    Breeze Creatives is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in the North East. They have a number of artists studios as well as a gallery called Abject Gallery which has recently been renovated...

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    Hey Art What’s Good?

    PODCAST

     

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    Hey Art What’s Good is a podcast run by two Geordies, Alice and Rosie. They offer a light hearted and positive approach to art. Reviewing projects and exhibitions taking place in the North East...

  • Pink Lane Coffee: Newcastle

    Cafe and Coffee Roaster
    by Will Hughes
    Pink Lane Coffee: Newcastle

    Pink Lane Coffee

    1 Pink Lane,

    Newcastle upon Tyne,

    NE1 5DW 

    OPEN: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6pm

                Saturday 9am - 5pm

                Sunday 10am - 4pm

     

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    Pink Lane Coffee is one of my favourite cafes in the centre of Newcastle offering single origin coffee which is ethically and responsibly sourced...

  • Totaller

    Artist Collective
    by Will Hughes
    Totaller

    Totaller

    Artist Collective based in Newcastle and Sheffield.

    Website

     

    Instagram

     

    Soundcloud

     

    Totaller is a collective of four core members, their aim is to work within the bounds of an imagined or new Dark Age. To foster new forms of creation...