On Saturday 16th May I attended the ever popular and truly inspiring The Late Shows in Newcastle/Gateshead. It has grown massively since it's launch back in 2007 doubling in size with venues across the city opening their doors to the public. Running over the Friday and Saturday night the line-up was jam packed full of culture related fabulousness! Its a chance for you to grab yourself a glimpse behind the scenes of a museum or gallery after hours. To visit the studio of an artist or designer that you would never usually get to see, to talk to them and see how they work. The event encourages people of all ages to visit venues and even take part in workshops that they wouldn't normally experience.
The glow stick has become an iconic symbol of The Late Shows.
I wasn't able to visit on the Friday night so I head over on the Saturday. I started my journey at The Toffee Factory with their Ouseburn Fiesta and Vamos Festival. These ladies were fantastic and there was also a selection of food and craft stalls celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures.
I then made my way to The Mushroom Works where you can find studios filled with diverse work from artists and crafts people. Above left is Just Look Twice a mother and daughter collaboration producing bright and colourful quirky designs. Above right is Jane Frazer's beautiful hand-woven creations.
Bronwen Designs are beautiful image based jewellery made with traditional silver working techniques. I've had my eye on one of her pieces for a while so I used this opportunity to buy a stunning geometric brooch.
After the enjoyment of The Mushroom Works my next venue on the hit list was 36 Lime Street it houses over 40 artists, makers and designers. The building itself is like a maze a warehouse full of studios and creative spaces. The above work is by local artist Jim Edwards his colourful depictions of Newcastle's cityscape are instantly recognisable with his distinctive style and colour palette.
Will you be attending The Late Shows 2016?
I would recommend that you do!