36 Lime Street is the oldest and one of the largest studio groups in the North East. Situated in the heart of Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, this former flax mill is now home to over 60 artists, makers and designers. The diverse mix of creative talent includes sculptors, painters, glass artists, jewellers, ceramicists, textile artists, furniture makers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, designers and photographers.

Established in 2009 the gallery at 36 Lime Street has hosted over 60 exhibitions. An open call at the beginning of the year establishes an 8 show programme that provides a platform for recent graduates, emerging and established artists, makers and designers to present, experiment and collaborate. Artists who have exhibited at the gallery have subsequently gone on to exhibit their work at BALTIC, BALTIC39 and WORKPLACE Gallery.

The guiding principle of 36 Lime Street is to provide secure, affordable studio space for artists and other creative businesses to rent, thereby contributing to the regeneration of both the building and the area. Fostering the principles of cooperation in members’ involvement with industry and commerce, training and education and leisure and recreational activities is central to the organisation and creates a distinctive ethos.

Allenheads Contemporary Arts

ACA hosts artists’ residencies, exhibitions, public talks, performances and conference events from its Victorian Schoolhouse with panoramic views over the North Pennines landscape.

At ACA artists are invited to immerse themselves in a remote rural environment where ideas about place, space, community, history and the future can be explored. The dark skies, vast open fells, wooded valleys and extreme weather conditions of England’s highest village provide a fresh platform and fertile ground for artists to invigorate developments in their work.

Artists can get involved at ACA through our curated residency programmes, or independent self-funded residencies. This year’s programme will involve our European partners in France and Lithuania as well as artists from the region and across the UK.

Allenheads offers some of the darkest night skies in the country and in 2017 artists can take advantage of the wonderful new observatory facilities and stargazing events on site.

ACA facilities include a spacious accommodation wing for up to 12 people, a smaller private flat, 2 large studio spaces, screening facilities and a gallery space.

Amino is a contemporary arts projects production agency based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It was founded in 2002 to develop, commission and produce ambitious and innovative contemporary art projects, particularly in the fields of performance art and technology-based art.

Ampersand Inventions

The aim of Ampersand Inventions is to create and manage a multi-functional space that will provide a creative and supportive environment for experimental and participatory events, charities and artists. This is an augmentation and aid to the other floors in Commercial Union House. It envisages that the floor provides a project/performance space, lecture rooms, studios and workshop space for a broad range of creative practitioners (including Fine Art, Craft, and professionals from other creative industries) as well as acting as a conduit for collaboration between these individuals and groups and non-arts professionals and community groups.

To make the creative vision a reality, Ampersand Inventions are establishing the Ampersand Inventions-Studios Users Group. Individuals who wish to access Ampersand Inventions must make application for membership of this group. Floor 4, 6 of Commercial Union House is a developing design which has a significant studio build, so allocation of creative space for members to use as studio space will be negotiated on an individual basis, and the monthly costs of membership will be dependent on the amount of space required.

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 21,000 members. It was established in Sunderland in 1980 and retains a base in the region with its main office at the Toffee Factory in Newcastle.​

It supports artists and those who work with them in many practical ways, such as bursaries, insurance, blogs, resources and professional development; it provides guidance around artists’ day rates and exhibition payment, acting on behalf of its membership and the visual arts sector to improve artists’ livelihoods. It provides extensive, free daily news about the visual arts from across the UK and beyond.

Arts & Heritage is an agency based in Northumberland, working nationally with heritage organisations and museums to advise, promote, initiate and curate contemporary art projects within their locations and collections responding to their context and history.

A&H brings contemporary artists, architects, designers and performers to the heritage sector and vice versa and is currently delivering Phase 2 of Meeting Point - an action research project with museums across the North funded by the ACE Museum Resilience Fund. Arts&Heritage also initiates its own projects and has brought contemporary art to agriculture fairs, village shows and ancient historic sites.

Arts Programme at Tyneside Cinema

The Gallery is Tyneside Cinema's exhibition space and cinema screen.

Located on the Cinema's third floor, The Gallery is a unique, state-of-the-art space, celebrating the exciting creative crossover between artists and filmmakers working with moving image.

You'll always be able to find something different and interesting in The Gallery, and the daytime programme is free for you to enjoy!

AV Festival

AV Festival is a leading international Festival of contemporary art, film and music, based in North East England.

A biennial event, the Festival is thematically curated to engage audiences with current ideas across contemporary artistic practice and wider society.

B&D Studios is a community interest company located on the 3rd Floor of Commercial Union House on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

We house over 30 different artistic and creative people, painters, sculptors, print makers, photographers, musicians, magazine company, violin maker and even a record shop!

We offer affordable studio membership and have a great communal area for events and workshops.

The B&D Gallery shows as many different new/old artist as possible with turn arounds at least once a month.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution.

BALTIC has gained an international reputation for its commissioning of cutting-edge temporary exhibitions. It has presented the work of over 350 artists from over 50 countries in over 190 exhibitions to date. Since opening to the public in July 2002, BALTIC has welcomed over 7 million visitors.

BALTIC 39 is a vibrant community of practising artists located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

This publicly accessible cultural hub for contemporary art practice and research opened in April 2012 as a unique collaborative venture between Newcastle City Council, Arts Council England, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.

The former Ward’s printing warehouse and distinctive Grade II listed building at 39 High Bridge Street is home to BALTIC’s project space - a stunning top-floor gallery, 33 artists’ studios and the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art.

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) is one of the UK’s leading festivals for new cinema and artists’ moving image.

BFMAF supports fresh artistic voices to develop and attracts audiences hungry for complex and challenging art.

Recognised for its innovative programme and critical engagement, BFMAF presents artists’ and filmmakers’ work in the cinema as well as exhibition, installation and performance.

“Berwick shows how art remains vital to public debate and the tattered public sphere […] it demonstrates the way in which a small community with real intent can educate, provoke and resist” (John Douglas Millar, Art Monthly).

Berwick Visual Arts

Berwick Visual Arts is an initiative managed by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, which also manages The Maltings Theatre & Cinema.

We are committed to developing a welcoming and engaging environment of exceptional, ambitious visual art to inspire, challenge and encourage learning and enjoyment for those who work, visit and live in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most northerly town and the communities it serves.

We achieve this aim through a curated programme of exhibitions, artists residencies, events and projects. We programme exhibitions at The Granary Gallery which aims to be recognised as a venue that shows work from the best regional, national and international art collections and also The Gymnasium Gallery which we commission and touring high quality contemporary and conceptual work from regional, national and international artists.

Our residency programme offers the opportunity for 2 mid career artists per year to live and work in Berwick to develop their practice and respond to the town itself.

Breeze Creatives

Breeze Creatives is a registered Community Interest Company running cultural projects in the North East of England. Arts and cultural projects in the North East of England. Creating opportunities for a diverse range of practitioners, Breeze Creatives fills the gap between the artist’s studio and the contemporary gallery.


Founded in 2014 by Joanna Riddell (owner) and Matthew Jarratt (curator), Cheeseburn supports creative projects and presents sculpture and art exhibitions in the grounds of Cheeseburn Grange in Northumberland.

In its ten acres of landscaped gardens is a curated selection of contemporary sculpture and artist installations, designed around a walking route for the public to encounter new and established work from emerging and well-known artists alike.

In its converted stables, Cheeseburn presents exhibitions from a range of artists, both local and international.

Cheeseburn Sculpture is a recognised charity dedicated to supporting contemporary sculpture and the development of the regions artists and creative community, as such it works closely with local universities, colleges and academic institutions. Cheeseburn is also known for its North East Young Sculptor of the Year award supported by the Gillian Dickinson Trust – which gives a young artist £5,000 to start their career in the North East.

Cherryburn, an unassuming Northumbrian farmstead, is the birthplace of famous artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. Set in a tranquil garden with views across the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn is surrounded by the natural world that inspired his work. Now in the care of the National Trust, discover Bewick’s birthplace cottage and farmyard with glorious views over the Tyne Valley, plus a traditional 19th century farmhouse - the later home of the Bewick family, now a museum - with an unrivalled collection of his work.

CIRCA Projects

CIRCA Projects is a non-profit curatorial organisation, active since 2009, that produces contemporary art projects from our base in the North East of England. We approach artists who want to develop new artworks for a specific site of display: this could be a printed publication, an online domain, a transmitted audio broadcast, a building, a region or a de-centred, multi-national business.

Through taking into account the mediums, people, places and histories that define 'site' and produce contexts for art, we aim to produce an experience of contemporary art that is different to how it is experienced elsewhere – stimulating new ways of thinking about how contemporary art is made and how it is shown. This approach in turn produces new audiences for contemporary art and new possibilities for what an art exhibition might be.

This might be through an exhibition in a regeneration site which transforms over its duration ('Space Release', 2012-13), an improviser's concert in the oldest social club in Newcastle ('GIG', 2014) or a photo-book documenting a fictitious rockfall in Wales (Richard Rigg: ’N’, 2016).

Cobalt Studios Ltd

Our building contains 14 high quality affordable artists’ studios (the basis of our formation), a venue with permanent license to hold events, and a top floor co-working project space (under construction). We also hope to develop a maker area in the backyard with additional studios. Cobalt is a not for profit project, with a number of social impacts and outcomes at its core. The studios enable 15 people to make their living as self-employed artists, most of whom exhibit in public galleries, and facilitate creative engagement in many other ways. We take part in key cultural annual events that play an important part in Newcastle's cultural landscape (including Open Studios, The Late Shows and Evo Emerging).

We are artist-led and have been renovating the building for the last 16 years. All of the internal building work has been done by ourselves and we continue to evolve. This is a 'slow' development and all the richer for it! The venue space supports a wide variety of cultural activity, profit and non-profit making. Ticket sales from all Cobalt curated events go directly to the artists performing. We also allow other not for profit performers and artists to utilise the space to showcase their work.

Student retention is important to us; we believe they are more likely to stay in a city that offers alternative independent options for culture and nightlife. We offer a graduate studio space and are planning graduate open days. We are welcome to exhibition / event suggestions from undergraduates.

We firmly believe that projects such as Cobalt bring a great deal to creative regeneration and cultural tourism and are especially important in our particular area which continues to see it's character and integrity degraded as developers gobble up land, flatten old buildings and re-develop with little consideration for community engagement or longer term urban planning.

D6: Culture in Transit is an international visual arts producer with a 25-year history of working with excellent local and international artists to develop projects within communities in the northeast of England and further afield that explore myths and preconceptions about our neighbours.

Our programme reflects this country's diversity and regularly visits themes of migration, home and identity; developed with local and international artists whose work reveals the hidden, the silent or the forgotten, giving voice to the marginalized and access to audiences where access is geographically or culturally restricted.

Our projects provide a meeting space for artists, participants and audiences to explore issues of importance and we are committed to the role the arts can play to change and enrich lives. Working with partner organisations, we present work in new and accessible ways within public settings, putting artwork onto the streets and in unusual places.

Starting with local people and partners, our projects look into the community and then out into the world to draw threads and connections with other artists and communities.

We are active advocates of the value the arts have to society on national, European and wider international levels. We are active members of Culture Action Europe, the political platform for culture based in Brussels, What Next? and CVAN.

DRAWING is a programme of exhibitions and events across the North East of England which aims to examine and celebrate drawing in art and design and also in the everyday areas of science, technology and engineering.
DRAWING is a collaboration between many of the region’s universities as well as galleries (private and public) museums and other venues and organisations.

Durham University is distinctive - a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values.

East Durham Creates

East Durham Creates aims to get more people involved in the arts and creative activity. It is a Creative People and Places project, funded by Arts Council England and managed by a consortium of Beamish, East Durham Trust, East Durham Area Action Partnership and Durham County Council Culture and Sport Services. We’re a strategic project, leading a visionary and ambitious creative programme to reach our long-term vision where by 2024, we will have created ways for the arts to contribute to the cultural wellbeing of our people and make a difference to our place.

Empty Shop

Empty Shop CIC is a Durham based arts organisation specialising in the transformation of space. Beginning life as a pop-up gallery in 2008 the organisation has since utilised 37 separate spaces to deliver an eclectic programme of exhibitions and site-specific projects.

The organisation operates two semi-permanent hubs in Durham city including visual arts focused TESTT Space. TESTT Space was set up in 2017 and features three gallery spaces, artist’s studios and a black-box space supporting for performance based and digital work.

Gallery North

Gallery North opened its doors in January 2009 as an important contemporary exhibition space with vision and great potential; a public space for the free exchange of ideas. Since 2009 the gallery has moved several times and now resides in Sandyford Building at Northumbria University.

As well as regularly changing exhibitions, Gallery North hosts artist talks, symposiums and other events.

Gallery North also offers undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Arts students support with their Professional Practice Modules.

Established in 1995 Globe Gallery is a Not for Profit organisation. We have a long history of working with regional, national and international artists.

Our aim is to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible, support artists through exhibition opportunities, provide volunteers with a great learning experience and work closely with our community to encourage greater participation in the arts.

GMS/Ealaín is a visual arts practice that collaborates with artists, museums, galleries, institutions and communities in order to reveal historical trajectories and shine a light on the previously unsung. We specialise in uncovering, re-evaluating, editing and organising ephemera, objects, artworks and hidden narratives to reveal new stories, connections and insights. We engage diverse audiences in this work by presenting this material simultaneously through multiple traditional and digital platforms – through books, exhibitions, blogs, apps and live performance.


Goldtapped is an all female run, versatile gallery based in The Newbridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne. Our aim is to provide space for experimentation, development and support emerging artist practices. Our programme includes exhibitions, interviews, talks and workshops bi-monthly.

Goldtapped is looking to forge artist and project exchanges with other cities, particularly in the North of Britain. The project is directed by M I L K Co-Founder Juliet Fleming and i o u a e Founder Stacey Davidson.

Hartlepool Art Gallery

Hartlepool Art Gallery is the centrepiece of a new cultural future for Hartlepool. The Gallery is situated in a stunning and beautifully restored Grade II Victorian Church, formerly known as Christ Church which was built in 1854.

The gallery has two exhibition spaces available; The Main Gallery and The Apse Gallery. It has an extensive exhibition programme which aims to be ambitious and creatively diverse. The gallery’s programming group strive to ensure the exhibition line-up chimes with the town, is inspiring for future artists but also the audience feels that there is something there for them. This is achieved through a programme mix of in-house curated exhibitions, open artist proposals and exhibition developed in partnership.

The Hatton Gallery has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century. The gallery has a dynamic and illustrious history, unique in its relationship to Fine Art at Newcastle University.

The Hatton Gallery collection includes works from the 14th century to the present day. Key pieces include work by Francis Bacon, Richard Hamilton, Palma Giovane, Thomas Bewick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Camillo Procaccini, Patrick Heron, William Roberts, Victor Pasmore and Richard Ansdell. Watercolours by Wyndham Lewis, Thomas Hair and Robert Jobling are also held. Kurt Schwitter’s Merz Barn wall was brought to the gallery in 1965 and incorprated into the fabric of the building.

The Hatton Gallery is undergoing a £3.8 million redevelopment. Gallery improvements will include conserving the architectural and historical elements of the building whilst modernising the gallery to allow for flexible exhibition facilities, a dedicated multi-purpose learning space, improved lighting, a new picture store and conservation and reinterpretation of Kurt Schwitters’ iconic Merz Barn Wall. The Hatton Gallery will re-open in autumn 2017.

The Hatton Gallery is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle University.

Hole Editions is a collaborative printmaking workshop, specialising in hand lithography. We work closely with artists to realise their ideas. By handling the technical considerations, processing of the stones and plates and the editioning of the prints, artists are able to focus their energies on the creative aspects of the project.

We often collaborate with artists who have little or no printmaking experience and who do not usually work in a collaborative way. Artists may face new challenges and materials. Both printer and artist have to be flexible and willing. This allows for creativity, experimentation and for the artist to push the boundaries of their image making and working practices. A collaborative printmaker is a guide to the artist through the complexities and technicalities of the process, while also being sympathetic to the art.

All our work is hand printed and original. We use the most light fast inks available and high quality acid free papers. Editions are carefully curated and documented. Upon completion of projects the stones and/or plates are effaced, thereby preserving the integrity of the edition and ensuring that no further impressions can ever be printed. Documentation sheets usually accompany all editions, they are always available upon request.

Holy Biscuit is an arts organisation based in Shieldfield, Newcastle, operating on the intersection of contemporary art, theology and community activity. More often than not these worlds function in their own spheres without much interest in or knowledge of each other. Holy Biscuit brings them together under one roof.

As a project of The Methodist Church, HB builds on the rich heritage of Methodism in the North East, by committing to social activism, creativity and theological reflection and curates an engaging, high quality and challenging programme of exhibitions, workshops, meals, events, screenings, faith activities and discussions. Through our diverse programme we examine faith along with other social, political and cultural strands and themes and seek to live out our values by creating a hub of creative social practice and a place of welcome, contemplation and discussion.

Opening times: during exhibitions the gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 11am til 4pm and Saturday 1pm til 4pm.


i o u a e

i o u a e is an arts organisation set up in Newcastle upon Tyne to support the practices of still studying, graduating and emerging artists. Our aim is to provide opportunities for collaboration, development and networking between artists and commission several projects a year. As a nomadic online presence we collaborate with galleries, organisations and project spaces to deliver an exciting program of work.

International Print Biennale

International Print Biennale was founded by Northern Print in 2009 with subsequent events taking place throughout the North East of England in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

The event brings together galleries, museums and libraries to present a programme of exhibitions and events which celebrate the diversity of print. Showcasing regional, national and international artists, as well as taking a historical look at print in the North East, the programme offers visitors a very special opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of printmaking.

Standing at the heart of International Print Biennale, the increasingly prestigious Print Awards showcase the most exciting artists currently working in print from across the world. Following an international call for artists, the 2016 exhibition took place across three venues and presented the work of 31 artists chosen from over 780 entries.


The Laing Art Gallery is home to an internationally important collection of art, focusing on British oil paintings, watercolours, ceramics, silver and glassware. It holds regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary art. The gallery has a programme of events including art classes, artist and curator talks and family activities. The Laing Art Gallery is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle City Council and supported by Arts Council England.

Recently the gallery became the first to benefit from the Contemporary Art Society’s Great Works Scheme with an acquisition of a Glenn Brown work.

Left Leg Gallery

Left Leg Gallery is an artwork. Left Leg Gallery is a performance. Left Leg Gallery is an exhibition platform. Left Leg Gallery is a fictional character.

Locus+ is a visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations. In each project place or context is integral to the meaning of the artwork.

Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, part of Teesside University, is moving forward with a civic agenda, aiming to have a social function and to repurpose art as a tool. With this vision, we see ourselves as a ‘useful’ museum.

We wish to have an influence on society, taking a leading role in addressing current issues within politics, economics and culture, and contributing to change. Our programmes encompass themes such as housing, migration, inequality, regeneration, and healthcare.

We offer changing exhibitions, collection displays, learning activities, projects, and community-focused initiatives that involve multiple artists and publics. These programmes promote creativity for everyone in ordinary life, exploring education, activism and making.

We have been developing relationships with constituencies in Middlesbrough and beyond. Our ambition is that these help us shape who we are: a public site, open and accessible, diverse and inclusive, and used by all.

M I L K are an artist collective based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. M I L K aim to provide a platform for emerging and early-career artists to exhibit. As practicing artists ourselves, we perceived a lack of opportunities and recognised exhibition spaces in Newcastle to exhibit. We seek to address this discord with a varied programme of exhibitions and events focussed on supporting emerging artists both regionally and nationally. Recent projects have included M I L K x Workplace, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; From the Rocks Above the Pass, House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough and Party/Afterparty, 36 Lime St, Newcastle.


Mushroom Works houses a diverse group professional artists and crafts people. Everything from furniture makers to jewellers, and print makers to painters, reside within in these four walls.

Regular open studios events and exhibitions are a great chance to come and see for yourself what goes on at Mushroom Works.

National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is a cultural attraction and venue with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything we do, we celebrate Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material.

Navigator North

Navigator North initiates, facilitates and promotes opportunities for visual artists, with a desire to raise public awareness of artists, artworks and creative practice through stimulating dialogue, interaction and engagement between artists and the public.

Since 2011, we have supported artists with space for studios, events and exhibitions in partnership with East Street Arts in Leeds. This has included providing on going studio space in 5 locations/7 buildings across Teesside.

We support artists through various programmes of opportunities and professional development offered alongside our ongoing provision of work/exhibition/event space.

NEPN was established in 2009 to promote and develop photography in the North East of England and beyond. Working with photographers, artists, curators and a wide range of cultural partners, it aims to create a lively and informed context for photographic activity and to encourage new audiences for photography. NEPN is hosted by and is an initiative of the Northern Centre of Photography at the University of Sunderland.

NEPN creates new opportunities for photographers through commissions, critical dialogue and professional development events and curates a programme of themed symposiums and conferences to explore ideas and inspire fresh thinking in photography. NEPN works with established photographic artists to enable the production of new work and the exchange of ideas whilst identifying and supporting emerging talent, mentoring a new generation of photographers through commissioning and advice programmes. NEPN’s major project of 2012/2013 was the development and delivery of the region’s first international photography festival, The Social: Encountering Photography.

New Linthorpe

New Linthorpe is a project conceived and run by artist Emily Hesse and curator James Beighton. It recaptures the spirit of Middlesbrough’s historic Linthorpe Art Pottery whilst reflecting the character of the modern town. It asks how clay, our own clay, dug locally, can be used as a material for engendering social change.

Newcastle University

At the centre of the university campus and based in excellent purpose-built studios and workshops, Fine Art at Newcastle University has consistently been recognised as one of the leading and most innovative centres for art education in the UK. Fine Art at Newcastle University is currently ranked first in The Sunday Times and the Complete University Guides, and second in The Guardian University Guide. The department also houses the Hatton Gallery, which has seen some of the most innovative and important exhibitions of the last century. Newly refurbished and reopening in Autumn 2017, amongst its important collection is the Elterwater 'Merzbarn', the final work of the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) presents changing exhibitions of new work by artists from the UK and abroad, bringing new art to new audiences. It offers opportunities to emerging and established artists to present work at critical points in their careers, and audiences the chance to see key works of art of our time.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art opened in 1995 as part of the Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre. It has provided young artists with their first commissions and publications, including Sam Taylor-Wood in 1996, Adam Chodzko in 1999 and AK Dolven in 2001, and initiated international touring exhibitions, including 'Nothing', which was also presented in Malmo, Sweden and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art is currently relocating to the University of Sunderland, and will open a new gallery space in 2017. During this time the gallery will host a series of off-site events and exhibitions across North-East England and further afield. Please see the website for details.

NGCA is also working to create a new collection of contemporary art, in partnership with National Glass Centre, with the support of University of Sunderland, Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and other partners.

Northern Print is the North East’s regional centre for original printmaking. Its base in Newcastle’s cultural quarter of Ouseburn Valley is comprised of an open access studio, public gallery and education space. The studio is accessed via membership by a community of artists and is equipped with facilities for screenprinting, etching and relief methods as well as digital and photographic methods.

Northern Print’s gallery showcases the very best contemporary printmaking with a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year and also comprises a shop where you can obtain printmaking materials as well as original prints and gifts. The organisation aims to make printmaking available to everyone and runs a programme of regular classes and courses that caters for all abilities in addition to facilitating outreach workshops for schools, colleges, universities and community groups.

Northern Print is an Arts Awards centre and can run or support accredited projects and activities.

Northumbria University

Founded as an extension to Platform Art Studios in 2011, Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions.

Located in the railway station of central Middlesbrough, Platform A represents emerging and established artists. Platform A is committed to working creatively, exploring new approaches to arrive at the best outcomes to provide the highest calibre exhibition programme.

Queen's Hall

Queen’s Hall Arts (QHA) is the charitable company that manages the venue, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham and provides an art service to a large part of rural Northumberland.

The Queen’s Hall is a magnificent early Victorian building which faces Hexham Abbey (dating from 647AD).

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries all managed by Queens Hall Arts.

QHAC has established itself as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non professional shows put on by local community groups.

In addition to programming within the building, QHA delivers an extensive outreach service bringing workshops and performances to communities throughout Northumberland.

Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley Art Gallery is the North East’s leading gallery for contemporary craft and design including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. The Shipley’s Craft Collection contains over 600 objects spanning 35 years of outstanding British craft across the full range of media. The Shipley also boasts a spectacular collection of fine art, including William Irving's painting The Blaydon Races.

The Gallery stages a varied programme of temporary exhibitions as well as regular events and activities for all ages. The Shipley has worked in partnership with national galleries, including the V&A, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and regionally with MIMA. The Shipley Art Gallery is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Gateshead Council.

Side Gallery is committed to exhibiting the best in international humanist documentary, its concerns rooted in a long-term engagement with working class, marginalised and threatened communities in the North of England – and by extension with the experiences of those documented by some of the finest photographers working across the world. It is committed to preserving and making accessible these extraordinary bodies of work, whilst using them to inform, lever and sustain the new production that will continue to take documentary practice forward.

Side is centrally concerned with visual narratives: the quality of the imagery; the aesthetic and moral questions that are raised; sharing visions of the world and the marginalised experience to which they are able to give such insistent power.

Slugtown is an off-site project run by members of the artist collective M I L K. Set in a residential property in Newcastle upon Tyne, Slugtown provides the opportunity of solo exhibitions for emerging and early-career artists. Open by appointment.

The project space is run by M I L K members Matt Antoniak, Max Lee, James Hindle, Joe Shaw and Matt Wilkinson.

South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

At the very heart of its community, South Shields Museum celebrates the rich heritage of South Tyneside and the people who shaped it. Our art gallery shows a regular programme of exhibitions featuring our own collection which includes work by significant artists such as John Scott, Carmichael and Charles Napier Hemy, alongside spotlight loans from national collections.

Star & Shadow Cinema is more than a cinema. It is an alternative social, cultural, arts and community hub run by a collective of volunteers. It operates a unique system of open programming whereby grass roots community organisations, independent artists and any member of the public can come and promote their own social causes via film, music, discussions and working groups. We provide the space and facilities for this to happen and have done for the last 10 years.

We are currently building our new cinema bigger, bolder and more ambitious than ever before – we will have a cinema, an independent music venue, dark rooms, studios, a library, a cafe, a crèche and more. At the Star and Shadow anything is possible where you become the programmer, the film maker, the pint puller and the anything else you can dream.

Teesside University

Teesside University generates and applies knowledge that contributes to the economic, social and cultural success of students, partners and the communities we serve. Through education enriched by research, innovation, and engagement with business and the professions, we transform lives and economies.

The Biscuit Factory

Established in 2002, The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft and design gallery.

Housed in a former Victorian warehouse in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the Ouseburn Valley, the gallery is set over two floors with exposed beams and brickwork providing the backdrop to exciting displays of contemporary fine art.

The Biscuit Factory exhibits and sells artwork from more than 200 North East, national and international-based artists every season; encompassing paintings, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramic and textiles. It also boasts a diverse collection of contemporary handmade jewellery, design-led homewares, stationery and gifts.

The gallery nurtures and develops the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the North East through its charitable arm, The Biscuit Factory Foundation, and also has two floors of artist studios on-site.

Visitors can also enjoy the gallery’s in-house cafe, The Factory Kitchen, or sample a modern British inspired menu from its à la carte restaurant, artisan, which is also listed in this year’s prestigious Good Food Guide.

The Biscuit Factory is open seven days a week and entry is free.

Named after its founders, John and Joséphine Bowes, The Bowes Museum, a Grade 1 listed French-style château in the historic, picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, is one of the most important museums outside London. Full of wonderful treasures, at every turn there are significant and precious works from around Europe, including paintings by El Greco and Goya – the only works by these artists outside the national collections in London and Edinburgh. 

Furniture, ceramics and sculpture are also well represented, and the collections have received Designated status from the government in recognition of their significance.

While the magnificent legacy that John and Joséphine Bowes left has been cared for to retain its charm and romance, a sympathetic change has taken place which allows for a greater part of the collections to be displayed to best advantage. This year sees The Bowes Museum celebrate its 125th anniversary, with a full programme of events and exhibitions taking place throughout the year.

The Bowes Museum is also home to the extraordinary Silver Swan, a lifesize 244-year-old musical automaton housed adjacent to a stunning gallery dedicated to the Museum’s silver and precious metal objects.

The Customs House is the only arts venue in the North East offering a full combined arts programme (theatre/visual arts/cinema), which is integrated with a Learning & Participation Department that delivers Arts Award, Artsmark and a comprehensive formal and informal programme for children and young people, adults, families, older people and specialist community groups.

The Customs House Gallery offers a programme of six exhibitions a year of work by regional, national and international artists at all stages in their career. Through key programmes of work, The Customs House creates opportunities to produce, present and promote excellence in arts practice by artists, makers and performers at all stages in their career whilst engaging, inspiring and enabling audiences of all ages and abilities, to experience and participate in Great Art and Culture For All.

The House of Blah Blah

The House of Blah Blah is a multi-purposed creative space in Middlesbrough which provides artists, creatives, musicians, photographers, independent businesses, designers and filmmakers low cost space to create and promote their work.

The House of Blah Blah gallery and event space offers a platform for creatives to showcase their work.

The NewBridge Project

Supporting artists to investigate and challenge the boundaries of contemporary art practice. The NewBridge Project is a triple award winning artist-led community supporting the development of artists and curators through the provision of space for creative practice, curatorial opportunities and an ambitious artist-led programme of exhibitions, commissions and events. The NewBridge Project was established in 2010 to provide exchange and support in an engaged and discursive community of artists. We develop artistic talent through artist development programmes, curatorial opportunities and provision of space. The shared workspace is a critical and collaborative environment that allows artists to discuss and develop new ideas and projects.

We aim to deliver an outstanding programme of exhibitions, performances, screenings, educational talks and workshops in consultation with artist members, creating a programme responsive to the socio, political and civic environment within which it exists and seeks to be a genuine community resource.


University of Sunderland

Our forward-thinking teaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities and strong links to world-renowned companies will provide you with the support you need to embark on your career journey. Develop your own creative style. Capture a moment in time using photography, craft beautiful glass and ceramic creations, or create a fine art masterpiece.

Develop your intellectual and technical abilities, maximise your creative potential and generate a professional working practice in our outstanding creative spaces. Learn in The National Glass Centre, a nationally recognised glass production and exhibition environment, or explore our fantastic Northern Centre of Photography and be part of the North East Photography Network. Join one of our courses and you’ll be allocated personal studio space and have access to digital, video, sound editing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, woodwork and metalwork facilities.

The University of Sunderland is a member of the highly respected Design and Art Directors Association (D&AD), an influential body that rewards creative excellence. In addition to our strong industry contacts we have 'world-leading' research in Art and Design, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Whether you join us full time or part time, at the University of Sunderland, we'll prepare you for an exciting career in the arts and creative industries.

Established in 1997, Vane operates a gallery space, as well as a flexible workspace for artists to develop new work. Vane is based within the Orbis building, a community of creative organisations in Newcastle city centre.

Vane represents a group of critically engaged artists from the North East of England, across the UK, Europe and the USA through projects at the gallery and elsewhere. The gallery exhibition programme also provides a platform for the work of invited artists at all career stages, often working in partnership with other regional, national, and international galleries, festivals and guest curators, including hosting projects developed by artists themselves. These are accompanied by a series of talks, performances, workshops and other events.

Beyond the gallery, Vane has presented projects across the UK and internationally, including in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

Visual Arts in Rural Communities

Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) funds and manages an on-going programme of residencies for visual artists in rural communities. It is based at Highgreen, Tarset, a remote part of rural Northumberland.

Through its activities, VARC aims to offer opportunities to artists to develop their work in response to the remote rural landscape and its community, as well as to foster, promote and advance the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art and enjoyment of creativity through exhibitions, events and workshops in the community and with local schools and visiting groups, particularly young people with additional needs.

WORKPLACE is a contemporary art organisation founded in 2002 by artists Paul Moss and Miles Thurlow. WORKPLACE opened a Gateshead gallery in 2005 with the objective of working with artists to achieve critical acclaim. WORKPLACE has become an integral part of the UK’s cultural landscape through a respected programme of exhibitions, participation in leading international art fairs, and long-term partnerships with local and international artists and galleries. WORKPLACE combines a progressive, countercultural spirit with an independent D.I.Y. attitude, connecting to a new generation of artists, collectors and curators worldwide. WORKPLACE opened a second gallery in Mayfair London in 2013.


Wunderbar makes stand-out creative projects that bring audiences and artists together on journeys of intrigue and wonder. We turn the everyday upside down to inspire and nurture new ways to work, think and play. Settings range from hair salons to car parks, concert halls to football fields. Participants have included inner city youth groups, campers, pet owners, professors, shoppers, mental health workers, dancers and walkers.

We specialise in innovative and high quality participatory art experiences and so far our work has involved 300 artists, 1,600 participants and over 35,000 direct audiences.

Achievements include two acclaimed festivals in 2009 and 2011 and producing a major national tour of Opera Helps by Joshua Sofaer in 2016. In 2013, the UN published the first signed translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a direct result of our BSL performance of
Monica Ross' Anniversary in 2011.

We warmly invite you to take part, watch what unfolds and join the
conversation. Come and play! To find out how, visit