Thursday, December 11, 2014

January Super Sale

Preview Friday 30th January 6 - 9pm
Saturday 31st January & Sunday 1st February 12 - 5pm


It’s almost the start of a whole New Year and 2015 will be a very special one for us as we'll be marking 10 years since Mushroom Works began supporting some of the North East’s best artists and designers.

To celebrate, we'll be having a Super Sale at the end of the month that see’s huge discounts on prices of some truly fantastic art and design.

This Super Sale weekend is a great opportunity to grab a real bargain on a wide selection of work with paintings, illustrations, furniture, pottery, jewellery, drawings, textiles and other handmade items all reduced by up to 70%!!.

As it's our birthday, we'll be having a little party at our preview night so come and have a drink and a piece of birthday cake with us to celebrate.

If you're someone who loves fantastic art and design or you’re simply someone who can’t resist an outstanding bargain, then this January Super Sale is a chance to buy something unique at an unbelievable price that you won’t find anywhere else.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mushroom Works @ Ouseburn Open Studios 2014

Preview: Friday, 28th November, 6 – 8pm
Open Studios: Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th November, 10am – 5pm

FREE admission + FREE shuttle bus

Late November sees one of the highlights in the cultural calendar as open our studios and give visitors a unique chance to meet with artists and designers over the Ouseburn Open Studios weekend. We've painters, furniture-makers, potters, illustrators, jewellers, textile artists, product designers and many other creative people here for you to meet.

Mushroom Works will be showcasing our much anticipated exhibition of 20 x 20 original artworks. Always a firm favourite, our 20 x 20 exhibition will have quality original artwork measuring 20cm x 20cm for sale at an unbelievable price of £20!!!

If you're a regular visitor to our 20 x 20 showcase, you'll get here early on the Friday night to make sure you grab any 20 x 20's to add to your collection or give as gifts.  As ever, the artists and designers will be here to chat to over a glass of wine and tell you what else they've been up to. Get here early as there's usually an enthusiastic queue of eager 20 x 20 aficionados waiting for us to open the doors at 6pm!

The Ouseburn Open Studios weekend is a great chance to come and explore our building, meet with the artists and designer-makers in their work spaces and find out what really goes on here. Our gallery will be have even more affordable work to browse and buy just in time for Christmas.

If you're looking to create your own Christmas decoration or gift for the tree? Then book your place on Muddy Fingers Pottery raku workshop and make something special for the festive season.

So come along to the Mushroom Works and roam the building, meet our artists, get hands on and buy work you won't find anywhere else. When you've done all that, sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake or grab a colouring pencil and fill in one of our children's fun packs. There's plenty to do regardless of age.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Make It in the Ouseburn

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September
10am – 5pm


This September see's the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days and to celebrate we’ll be opening the doors and taking visitors on a 200 year journey of our building. As we're stuffed to the rafters with creativity, we’ll be running a selection of heritage skills workshops for people to pre-book onto. Choose from one or more with silver clay jewellery, stone carving, tool sharpening, crochet, mug and teapot making and wood carving all on offer.

There’ll be plenty to see and do over the whole weekend with an exhibition of tenant's work, heritage skills workshops, demonstrations, a talk and tour and an opportunity to meet and buy or commission work direct from the artists and designers. Once you’re here, grab a bite to eat and a drink from the region’s best food and drinks producers.

Please pre-book onto heritage skills workshops as places are limited. The talk and tour (12 - 1pm) is limited to a max of 25 people.

Go to to pre-book onto any of the heritage skills workshops.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Down at the Bottom of the Garden...

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th May 2014
7 – 11pm 

Strange things are happening in the building as the invisible boundary between our world and that of the fairies magically collide. Their powerful influence will be felt over the two nights at our Late Shows event this month, so be on your guard!  

These mythical super natural beings will be helping us celebrate the 420th anniversary of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Our merry band of seductive fairies will be trying to trap any unsuspecting visitors into their woodland realm. There'll be other temptations on offer with Tipsy Pud bringing their old style bar with a selection of alcoholic puddings and Olivia Rose Bakery creating a mountain of delicious fairy cakes.

Fairies love creativity and so do we, so we've Titania's Tree where you can write and pin your own Fibonacci sonnet or decorate your own fairy-themed Raku with Muddy Fingers Pottery

You can also transform yourself into a fairy character in our fairy photo booth and share the experience with your friends on social media. We'll choose our favourite photo each night and will give away a personalised fairy block for you to keep. For a chance to win, come along and share your image on Instagram or Twitter using #fairyselfie or #thelateshows. 

As ever, all of the studios will be open so take the opportunity to meet all of the artists and designers, buy or commission work from them direct and find out about their magical hidden world. 

For further information on our programme of events and updates on courses and workshops, please go to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Salon

Mushroom Works' Spring Salon on Sunday 23rd March will be showcasing the very best on offer in art and design. Some on the region's most exciting artists and designers are busy putting the finishing touches to new work and will be on hand to talk to you about their newest creations.

The Spring Salon is a one-day open studios event with our Ouseburn Open Studios partners, The Biscuit Factory, The Toffee Factory, Northern Print and 36 Lime Street.  There'll be lots to see, buy and do at each of these studio venues just in the run up to Mother's Day.

All of the artists and designers are looking forward to meeting you and giving a personal insight into their creative world. There'll be unique affordable work to buy from paintings, jewellery, furniture, pottery, drawings and illustrations, as well as lots of small products for the home such as this gorgeous lamp by James Design.

If you're feeling in a creative mood, we'll be giving away 200 'grow bags' packed full with ingredients that you can use to create a bird, animal, insect, flower or shrub and help our Spring garden grow. Our friends at Ouseburn Farm are bringing some 'live' cute and cuddly animals down to spend the day with us.

Marv and Diane from Muddy Fingers Pottery will be firing up the raku ovens in the yard for you to come and decorate a tile or pot with your own colourful designs. Create a unique gift for your mum, handmade by you. Get here early though as the last firing is at 2:30pm.

All we need is blue skies and you.....

Friday, March 7, 2014

Down at the Bottom of the Garden...

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th May 2014

7 – 11pm FREE ENTRY

Do you believe in fairies, nymphs and sprites? These mythical enchanted beings are bringing their woodland realm to Mushroom Works, using their dangerous and powerful ‘fairy dust’ to bewitch any unsuspecting humans.

To celebrate the 420th anniversary of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a band of mischievous fairies, ‘Moth, Cobweb, Mustardseed’ and their friends will be tempting to trap you in Fairyland with their ‘naughty’ but ‘nice’ fairy cakes and fairy cocktails.

There'll be lots of interactive fun happening over the two nights, so come and explore this hidden magical realm before it disappears.

As ever, all of the artists and designers based in the building will be around for you to meet. Come and talk to them, find out what they do and buy or commission work from them direct in their studios.  

For further information on our programme of events and updates on courses and workshops, please go to

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring Salon

Mushroom Works’ Spring Salon 
Sunday 23rd March 2014, 10am – 5pm

Free Entry

Mushroom Works’ Spring Salon is a one-day showcase exhibition presenting the very best of the best in groundbreaking art and design from the region.

This one-day Spring Salon is a unique opportunity to come and meet these artists and designers in their studios and find out what fresh ideas, designs and products they are currently working on and developing.

The artists and designers will be encouraging you to explore your own creative-ideas in our ‘creative garden’, where with the help of your little ‘bag of ingredients’ you’ll be able to plant your own seeds of creativity and watch them grow.

The Spring Salon is also a great opportunity to pick up affordable paintings, furniture, jewellery, pottery, textiles, illustrations and design or commission work direct from the artists and designers just in time for Mothers Day.

There'll also be more information on our programme of events and activities, as well as workshops and classes taking place at Mushroom Works that you can sign up to join.