Monday, November 23, 2009
Last Friday night Hilton, Gateshead held the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2009. The awards ceremony was hosted by Women into the Network, and was an evening dedicated to the North East's leading female business women; lots of successful women in one very large room. It was a glitzy affair.
And our Mushroom Worker, Joanne won the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Best Creative Business category. If you'd like to know more about Joanne (and to read her thank you speech in full! No tears though,) click through to visit Joanne's blog.
Monday, November 16, 2009
There's less than two weeks now until the eight artist studios based in the Ouseburn Valley throw open their doors and welcome in the public for Ouseburn Open Studios weekend. Here at Mushroom Works, we are all very excited! It's probably one of our favourite weekends of the year. Last year over 7,000 people came to the Ouseburn to chat to artists, buy Christmas presents and commission new works.
All the artists at Mushroom Works have been working hard and late into the night to have as many 20x20s ready as we can get on the walls. (It all gets a bit competitive, really, but it's great fun nonetheless). For the uninitiated, 20x20s are original artworks that won’t break the bank! They're now considered an Open Studio tradition, a fantastic opportunity to purchase artworks (measuring 20cm by 20cm) by leading North East artists for the special price of £20, making them perfect for unique Christmas gifts!
But you've got to be quick, we have people queuing up to get one (or 10!) on our preview night (which is Friday 27th November 6pm. See you there?)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
A stunning stretch of golden sand. The beach is deserted except for an odd looking shape half way up the beach. A beached whale? When Jimmy, a nine-year-old boy trips over it whilst flying a kite, he thinks he's discovered a dead body. But then the mysterious man stirs and a battle of wits begins as the boy must try and save him from the tide. Not easy when the man is twice his size and has gone there to die.
This determined little kid doesn't know it yet but he's just stumbled on his greatest hero. Now all Jimmy's got to do is trick him to his feet. That and give this brutish, has-been of a man a reason to live...
An uplifting tale about discovering heroes on the very day we need them most
For those of you who aren’t big football fans, fear not, this film’s not really about football, it’s a about courage, love and hope - all in the space of ten minutes. Fans, friends and fellow studio holders can support Fiona and her team by buying a ticket for the screening.
To find out more about Fiona’s new venture you can visit the Substitution website www.substitutionfilm.co.uk/ or follow its progress by following Substitution09 on Twitter
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Artists from the Ouseburn are opening their doors and welcoming people to come and have a chat about their work! The studios in the Ouseburn Valley are home to a wide range of creative people including artists, jewellery and furniture makers, graphic designers and printmakers. With a free bus service to get you around, you have no excuses to get yourselves down and have a great day out at Ouseburn Open Studios!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Last night was the opening of the Design Event 09 Design Mart at Baltic. Quite a few of the Mushrooms were there exhibiting their beautiful products, namely Michael Armstrong (Afid Design), Sarah Blood, Nick James and Bettina Nissen.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Yes it's true if you come down to the Mushroom Works not only will you be able to see Nick James new range of furniture and see him at work but you'll also be able to make your own plant pot, plant an acorn in it and watch your oak tree grow!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Katie and Nicola are hard at work sticking and stuffing envelopes with our new Selected Works and the invitation for Nick's show. Keep an eye out for Mr Postie! (and if you're not on our mailing list you can join it at www.mushroomworks.com)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
From 1st – 4th October the Largest Commercial Art Fair in the North East returns to the Sage Gateshead. This is an opportunity to see the wealth of creative talent in the region as well as from across the globe, including the Mushroom Works very own Joanne Wishart, Amada Rabey, Eva Bauer and Jim Edwards. An exciting range of artwork will be on sale. The event also includes print workshops and seminars about collecting art!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Mushroom Works are planning a spectacular Christmas selling exhibition and are looking for regional artists, designers and makers to exhibit - commission FREE!
We have a limited number of 4x4ft spaces, which can be rented from the beginning of December until the lead up to Christmas. The stall won’t require manning as the gallery will be invigilated at all times. Spaces will cost a mere £40 (remember it's commission FREE and your work will be on display for over two weeks) and we will be holding several special events to entice shoppers, including a preview evening and two make your own baubles and wrapping paper workshops (with mulled wine and mince pies of course).
The theme of this year’s Christmas exhibition is affordability! We are looking for lower end price ranges (anything from £5 to £50 - although the odd higher priced item may be able to creep in).
If this sounds like the perfect Christmas selling opportunity for you then please send a quick line about you, an outline of your work and two images of what you'd like to exhibit (or similar) and a web link if you have one to Lara Robinson - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 9th October 2009. The exhibition will open on Saturday 5th December and will run until Saturday 19th December (preview Fri 4th December). As spaces are limited there will be a selection process. If you've any questions or queries please speak to Lara on 0191 2244011 or email her at email@example.com.
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Mushroom Works is fast establishing itself as the most eclectic, interesting collection of artists and designer makers in the North East. Home to a diverse range of creative businesses and a newly refurbished gallery, Mushroom Works offers the public and the arts community a vibrant programme of exhibitions, special events and courses.
The Mushroom Works gallery is open to the public five days a week offering an exciting and diverse programme of exhibitions. For more information please visit www.mushroomworks.com
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Artist Talk: Lee Turner
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Today (5th September) - 26th September PRINT is our new exhibition showcasing printers proofs of collaborative projects by Lee Turner and other artists including Ruth Root and Ellen Birkenblit. There is a fantastic variety of styles and techniques tied together beautifully in this exhibition so what are you waiting for...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
If we get the chance we usually ask all our visitors how they found out about our shows. This week one of our visitors mentioned that they'd read a review on northeaststreet.co.uk. Mushroom Works hadn't heard of this site before so we had a little look, and we're pleased we did. The article features our Quite The Character show and has some very nice things to say, particularly of two of the artists exhibiting, The Cloud Commission and Jack Fallows. Thanks northeaststreet.co.uk!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Had a lovely night last night hearing all about Eva's work, what inspires her and what her future plans are. Thanks to everyone who came along - we're sure you found it as interesting as we did and thanks to Eva for being such a good speaker (and good sport!). If you'd like to find out more about Eva you can visit her website www.evabauer.eu/
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Who'd have thought you could find winners of the Turner prize down in the Ouseburn Valley? Well, you can! Winners of the Lee Turner, (Hole Editions Publishing) Prize that is!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Mushroom Works is expanding south of the river with two new ventures. The demand for affordable creative spaces reminds high and Mushroom Works are leading the way in providing for this need. The two projects in Gateshead are Brighton Road Studios and Starter for Ten.
Brighton Road Studios is the conversion of an old church creating 17 studio spaces housing creatively vibrant people transforming the building into an inventive hub. This is currently at the planning stage and will hopefully be ready for people to move into by Christmas.
Starter for Ten is a Gateshead Council initiative to release the region’s creative potential, innovative practitioners are to be given rent-free workspace to help support them in difficult economic times. Gateshead Council approached Mushroom Works and asked us to manage the project for them because of our expertise in managing creative studio spaces of this sort. There will be spaces for twenty creative people. The lucky people have already been selected to move in and the project is set to happen in the next 6 weeks. The people range from Graphic Designers to Fashion Photographers.
Friday, June 19, 2009
This Thursday we're holding a creative swap shop.. come and exchange your unusual and quirky things for someone else's unusual and quirky things!
Bring along creative items on the theme of art, design, photography, music, film, fashion and other quirky objects for this creative exchange. (High quality swaps only please. No broken/damaged or electrical items, the better swaps you bring, the better swap you'll get!)
Thursday 25th June 6 – 8pm
A good time was had by all last week as we opened our new show Sustainable Environments (see earlier post for info about the exhibition).
Good design, within and of our buildings and homes, is an important way forward in addressing the environmental challenges of today. Too much waste, not enough energy, too many people, not enough resources, complaints and worries we all hear. This exhibition investigates how sustainability, climate change and visions of Utopia are considered by artists, architects and designers in the 21st century and gives us ideas as to how innovative design can intervene for the better.
The show will exhibit the works of UK based practitioners with an emphasis on local talents. Eco Architects, Newton Architects are an award winning environmental practice producing uncompromising good design. They will be exhibiting plans, materials and models of their work with a particular focus on ‘Eco Refurbs’ as well as new builds.
Fine Artist, Amanda Rabey will also be exhibiting in the show. Amanda’s paintings take a simultaneously beautiful and beguiling look at man's impact on the environment, at the relationship between macrocosm and microcosm and between the natural and synthetic.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Having just opened our latest Exhibition Roses are Red we have been visited by the Byker Romeo. We put a call out for artists to respond to the colour red and all of its conotations and this is how one gentleman from Byker contributed. He painted and pasted his message on our wall for all to see [including the local TV cameras] he just wanted to make people smile he said. we he has done that + the cars slow down as they pass now to look at it. [better than a sleeping policeman!]
Monday, January 26, 2009
Happy New Year!
2009 promises to be an exciting year, particularly for the Mushroom Works gallery. We have a new programme (which will be announced officially with it’s launch in the March edition of The Works), we’ll be working with Business Link to ensure we’re running on all cylinders and we’ll be developing our partnerships and relations with other regional organisations to help raise our profile and increase our reach. Happy New Year!
Mushroom Works welcomes another new girl
Bettina joined us in mid November (just after the November issue of the works went to print). Bettina, a product designer, shares a studio at the Mushroom Works with Eva Bauer.
Bettina’s work is inspired by observations from daily life, she is curious about how we shape our routines and habits as well as how they shape us. She creates products and furniture that combine humour with functionality. For more information on Bettina visit her website www.bettinanissen.com
We’d like to offer a really warm welcome to Iris Priest to The Mushroom Works
Since November Iris has been volunteering at The Mushroom Works every Saturday, helping to make the tea, greet visitors to the gallery and any other little jobs that you can throw her way!
Iris graduated from Fine Art at Cumbria Institute of the Arts this year and is currently exhibiting a solo show of her paintings at the new contemporary art space ‘Supercollider’ in Blackpool.
News from the studios…
Now we are four!
Happy Birthday Mushroom Works!
This January will be the fourth birthday for the Mushroom Works and to celebrate we’ll be holding a birthday bash on evening of the last Saturday of the month. Join us from 6pm on Saturday 31st January as we pop a few corks and scoff some cake.
No presents required, just your presence!!
Last December we Toon red, well the walls of the gallery anyway with a group show of over twenty regional artists, illustrators, designers and makers.
As well as exhibiting work by studio holders the show featured work by Yvette Hawkins (book sculpture), Idiot Savant (digital prints), John Parkin (drawings), Deborah Snell (prints), , Jane Smallcombe (jewellery), Richard Short (illustrations), Larissa Robinson-Joice (craft), Much Ado (limited edition cards), Helen Schell (drawings and glass), Val James (jewellery) and Rainbird & Wright (bags and jewellery)
The show also brought new art forms into the building with live music by the Cornshed Sisters, on the opening night, and two evenings of flute and harp music by Echo for our late night shopping events.
The Sundance Kids
Mark Jobe and partner Kelly Richardson have hit International headlines with their recent collaboration (no, not that one, not yet, read on for more news about Jobe junior!). As well as the being shown at the Sundance Festival the piece has been acquired by two major museums in North America for their permanent collections. These are the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada's version of the Tate) and Albright Knox in Buffalo. It was also voted 3rd best Art Show of 2008 by Now Magazine, Toronto.
“Richardson’s magnificent glowing green stag preening in a nighttime forest was one of this year’s most arresting art images in any genre. Richardson used her consummate skill as a videographer and animator to construct videos that cleverly subverted and toyed with our ideas of what is natural and actual in both nature and art.” Now Magazine 2008
For more info visit http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/twilight_avenger/
AA greaat opportunity!
Bettina Nissen was selected for this year’s Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme (AA2A) at the University of Sunderland Glass and Ceramics Department. Bettina will be working in a new medium, ceramics, to develop an innovative tableware design.
The project looks at tableware and cutlery from a different angle. The use of fork and knife as fundamental tools of eating in western society is the basis for Bettina’s experiments in ceramic and clay. Inspired by the butter knife and the patterns it leaves on its counterpart, the tableware will be carved and marked with fork and knife.
This January Mushroom Works gallery presents a group exhibition of work by several of its studio holders, including furniture designer/makers, Michael Armstrong and Nick James, Illustrator, Bethan Laker and Jewellery artist, Bronwen Deane
Mushroom Works is offering the chance to purchase original artwork, design classics and rare pieces by its studio holders at a fraction of their original selling price (some up to 75% less!) – a great way to start buying art and design pieces from established regional artists and designers.
10th – 31st January 2008
Roses Are Red
Our second show of 2009 falls on February, the month of love. To celebrate St Valentine’s day we’ll be hosting a red themed exhibition, showing work by studio holders and other artists, designers and makers from the region.
A call for work will go out early January via several regional channels. If you would like to take part in Roses Are Red please email Lara with details of the work you’d like to include by Friday 23rd January.
Welcome Baby Jobe-Richardson
Not long now! Mark and Kelly’s little boy is due late January (21st to be precise) and as you’d expect, they’re both very excited. Mark has entertained fellow facebookers on a daily basis with his soon to be fatherly updates.
"Mark Jobe is gonna be a Dad and a husband by the end of the year! Stuntman would make it three....rawk on"
Good luck guys, can’t wait to meet the little fella!!