Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Shopping Evening

Christmas Shopping Evening at Mushroom Works
Thursday 13th December, 6 - 9pm
FREE Entry

Christmas is a special time and with only three weeks left until the big day, Mushroom Works' Christmas shopping evening is the perfect opportunity to come and buy unique handcrafted gifts that will 'add a touch of festive magic'. You'll be able to buy direct from the talented artists and designers at Mushroom Works, who will be around to delight you with their exceptional work of jewellery, paintings, illustrations, ceramics, furniture, and lots more besides. 

We know that you all love a pre-Christmas bargain, so we'll have a wide range of 20cm x 20cm original artworks on sale in our gallery for only £20. And our Christmas market will have an assortment of affordable bespoke gifts on sale from our creative friends at hooboobunny, Applique Originals, Muddy Fingers Pottery, Snug Interiors and Design Event. 

There's so much on offer, so come and welcome in the festive season with us around the Christmas tree with a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and carols.....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Shopping Evening

Christmas Shopping Evening at Mushroom Works
Thursday, 13th December, 6 - 9pm     FREE ENTRY

With the dark nights drawing in and thoughts of Christmas on the horizon, Mushroom Works will be holding it's very first Christmas shopping evening 'with all the trimmings' on Thursday 13th December, 6 – 9pm to help kick-start the festive season.

We'll be opening up the doors and inviting you in to our creative grotto with bespoke art and design-led work available to buy direct from the folk based in the studios. There’ll also be lots of other inspirational and original gifts on offer from a range of regional craftspeople that would be a welcomed surprise to any Christmas stocking.

So, get wrapped up and pop in to buy that special someone in your life a truly unique Christmas gift. There’ll be plenty of festive cheer on offer with hot mulled wine, mince pies, a Christmas tree and lots and lots of creative magic....ho, ho, ho!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mushroom Works @ Open Studios

Mushroom Works @ Ouseburn Open Studios 2012

Preview: Fri, 23rd November, 6 – 8pm
Open Studios: Sat, 24th & Sun, 25th November, 10am – 5pm

FREE Admission

We're almost ready to throw open the doors for this year’s much anticipated Ouseburn Open Studios weekend. We'll be kicking off this year's event with the preview of our now famous 20x20 exhibition of original ‘must have’ 20cm x 20cm artworks that are priced at just £20.

We'll also be showcasing exciting new work by the artists and designer-makers based at our two other studio buildings (Brickworks in Byker and the newly opened Brighton Road Studios in Gateshead) drop in and meet some new faces.

As ever, our open studios weekend will offer a very unique experience with encouraging visitors to come and explore the creative workspaces of some of the region’s most innovative artists and designer-makers. There'll be a huge variety of affordable work for sale from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, prints, or come and commission a piece of work that is personal to you.

This year's open studios also see's us joining a national campaign championing 'the innovation and creativity' of independent retailers and businesses. The ‘Celebrate an Independent Christmas’ campaign being launched on 12th November, encourages consumers to buy from local independent businesses. Their message and ours to consumers is that buying from an Independent guarantees them a more unique experience. Pop along, meet with these creative folk and see the exciting work they create!!!

There'll be a free ‘Hop-on, Hop-off’ shuttle bus service running between each of the eight venues over the open studios weekend, so there’s no excuse for not getting to see everything on offer.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

To Wooler and Back Again

"To Wooler and Back Again."
An exhibition of landscapes and cityscapes
by Jim Edwards and Natalie Bell

Preview: Fri, 19th October 7 – 9pm
Exhibition: Sat, 20th & Sun, 21st October, 11am – 4pm
Sat, 27th & Sun, 28th October, 11am – 4pm

Summer Road to Bamburgh - Jim Edwards
Mushroom Works are showcasing a joint exhibition of new work by our creative friends, Jim Edwards and Natalie Bell.  This wandering pair returned to Newcastle last year after deciding to upsticks and move to Wooler in deepest Northumberland. Jim and Natalie spent a year painting new work, which was directly inspired by the rural landscape around them.

Thankfully they decided to return and reconnect with a more urban environment, but the experiences of their year in Wooler helped them to appreciate different environments from a new perspective.

To Wooler and Back Again is a visual narrative of their creative journey during their time away....

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NEW! Exciting classes for 2012!

We are thrilled to announce we will be hosting a new Saturday workshop in felt appliqué and embroidery, to be run by the very talented Jane Smallcombe of Applique Originals.

Jane and the Mushroom Works are old friends and Jane held a solo exhibition in our gallery space just last year, she makes beautiful and original brooches, fascinators, necklaces, scarves, bags and framed pictures by hand. If you haven’t seen her work before, you can find it on her website and other sites including Etsy and Folksy.

If you’d like to find out just how she makes her lovely brooches, this workshop will show you how. Jane will provide enough materials to make a brooch in class and to take some away with you to continue at your own pace, making this course amazing value for money. We expect places to fill up very fast, so make sure you get in quickly!

As usual, we have more of our 6 week tutored and untutored life drawing classes and have launched a variety of workshops in using metal clay to make jewellery. Our Silver Clay Ring workshop this month is fully-booked, so we've arranged another in May and there are still places available on our Metal Clay Jewellery Taster Workshop later this month and our next Silver Clay Jewellery workshop in May.

We’re also very pleased to offer a new course on 11th February, Valentine’s Jewellery Making for Boys! This class gives you a brilliant opportunity to make a unique and original gift to cherish forever and earn you some major brownie points! Our tutor will show you how to work the clay into whatever you think your other half would love, we think heart-shaped bracelet charms will prove very popular.

You can book your place on any of our courses now on 0191 2244011 or at