Free activities

Take part in something new, but also observe something more complex

  • Bunting
    Saint Chad’s have a summer festival planned for next year and need your help making some bunting!
    Saint Chad’s Church, Saturday only, 10am to 5pm

  • Collage-making
    When ‘BS Alive’ recently took over an old shop premises in Bensham, they discovered some vintage rolls of wallpaper in the cupboards out back. Now they plan to offer collage-making activities – so come along and use this interesting material that’s been left behind.
    18 Brinkburn Avenue, Sunday only, 11am to 3pm

  • Collective Journey Workshop
    There will be a free drop-in workshop hosted by writer Rob Sharp who will asking participants to get involved in storyboarding, creative writing and drawing around the themes of journeys in relation to solidarity. Rob has recently been based at the Comfrey Project in Gateshead and supported the residents to produce a short documentary which is currently on display in the the gallery space.
    NewBridge Project communal space, Sunday only, 12noon to 3pm

  • Collective Storytelling Workshop
    Local poet and artist Midge Ryall will be talking about the power of storytelling and encouraging people to connect with others through the processes of collaborative writing and art making. Midge also features in the current exhibition For Solidarity and within the workshop there will be time for participants to contribute and interact with a digital body of work, which explores the process of connecting with others through storytelling.
    NewBridge Project communal space, Sunday only, 3pm to 5pm

  • Communal painting project
    Hosted by painter William Fawkes. An unpredictable but interesting piece of art will slowly evolve through a single day. A large canvas will be available for everyone to come in and spend a few minutes painting, following a loose theme. By the end of the day there will be story left by all our visitors. We will put this on display so visitors the following year can see what was created.
    Studio 11, Brighton Road Studios, Saturday only, 10am to 5pm

  • Family pottery
    Sculpting and model-making with clay
    Bensham Grove Community Centre, Saturday only, 1pm to 3:30pm

  • Live Portrait drawing
    Come along and sit for a fast scribbling live portrait drawing by Kouroush Edalat. His record is 42 live portraits in 3 hours and he is attempting to try to break this record! He will spend at least 7-8 minutes on each drawing. You can take your own portrait drawing home for £10.
    Studio 2, Brighton Road Studios, Saturday only, 10am to 5pm

  • Performance series
    Throughout Saturday afternoon there’ll be a series of performances, covering the full spectrum from quieter (spoken word, poetry, scratch performance) through to louder (music, noise) with an emphasis on testing out new ideas. Tim Croft, Greame Hopper, Competition, Will Stockwell, Ciara Lenihan and Ellie Scorah are some of the people you can see and hear perform.
    NewBridge Project communal space, Saturday only, 1pm to 7pm

  • Sign-making
    Yvonne will have reclaimed wood samples, paint & tools to make your own signs. Come visit her workshop, there will be a table for up to 10 people at a time to make their signs. It’s first-come-first served, so if the table’s full, you may need to come back later.
    Dunston Woodcraft, Saturday only, 10am to 5pm

  • Silversmithing (observation-only)
    Trish Turnbull will be demonstrating some basic metalwork techniques and the uses of low temperature enamelling which she uses in making her jewellery designs. Trish specialises in using Eco Silver, recycled metals and other materials.
    Bensham Grove Community Centre, Saturday, 10am to 3:30pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm

  • Stained glass design (observation-only)
    Observational-only demonstrations, but free to ask questions!
    Bensham Grove Community Centre, Saturday only, 10am to 3:30pm

  • Watercolour painting
    Within the dining room at Bensham Grove there will be a group of people guided by a volunteer host to allow you to experiment with watercolour painting – there is freedom to paint from observation or create your own abstract work.
    Bensham Grove Community Centre, Saturday, 10am to 12:30pm

  • Wood Engraving (observation-only)
    Carole Thirlaway is predominantly a print-maker specialising in collagraphs and wood engravings. She also works in pastel and other mixed media. Carole is bringing along her wood engraving tools to demonstrate this form of print-making.
    Bensham Grove Community Centre, Saturday 10am to 3:30pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm