Thursday, 30 September 2010

Bye Bye 22 Nun St Closing Event

Come and join our farewell to 22 Nun Street closing celebration on Sunday 10th October from 12noon - 5pm.

The current inhabitants of 22 Nun Street, Newcastle, otherwise known as MINnies will be leaving for pastures new to form fresh projects & empty-shop endeavors. The last trading day will be Sunday 10th Oct and to celebrate we will be offering some tasty nibbly treats and refreshments to entice you in. We'll also be holding a special YARD SALE to raise funds for a new project coming out of MIN - so drop by and see what bargain oddities you might find.

After closing the MINnies will be having a goodbye drink at Lord Leigh Park & Lady K's Funky Butt Club at the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn if you would like to join us.

22 Nun street may soon be a distant memory but there is exciting news on the horizon, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Its for charity folks...

Monday, 27 September 2010

Newcastle Craft Mafia - MIN craft Market

If you would like a stall at this event, there is a few paces left, please contact:

Saturday, 25 September 2010

charity auction success

A fantastic Auction was held today by the lovely Miss Pearce for Crisis Skylight...thank you all who attended and a bigger thank you to those who purchased!

The bidding auction commences...

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

So Long, Farewell, Auf wie-der-sehen, Good-by-ee!!

Our time is up...

Made In Newcastle is closing on 10th October because the landlords of 22 Nun Street have found a commercial tenant. No Moaning Minnies please. This is the deal with pop-up shops - we embrace the temporary and make the most of what we are given, for the short period we have it.

I set up Made In Newcastle as an anti-capitalist project, offering Newcastle people free use of city centre space within which their creative ideas could be developed. It was built on my belief that encouraging creativity is a powerful way of resisting the cloning of our city and the stereotyping of local people solely as consumers.

Made In Newcastle has been a multi-use space that encouraged all creativity. Anybody was welcome to be involved if they were willing to contribute to the running of the project. Because of this policy we’ve had poetry, dance, political discussions and public meetings, we’ve had meditation, graffiti, sewing, massage, chess, book groups, comic making and visual arts such as sculpture, photography and painting, there’s been music, crafts, skills-sharing and retail. And as everyone’s involvement is based on their own creativity nobody has made financial profit from other peoples work.

Being a ‘pop-up shop’ has been intrinsic to our success. Having limited time and budget has meant that people have been energetic, resourceful and committed to working together. My hope was that in using this temporary free space everybody would feel inspired, extend their networks and develop skills which could lead to some people setting up their own projects.

Setting up a pop-up shop is easy, it’s exciting and it can be a radical response to the branding of our city by shit fashion chains and bland coffee shops. I’m going to set up another pop-up Made In Newcastle – it won’t be exactly the same because doing this has helped me develop new ideas about creativity and I’ve made mistakes that will help me do better next time. I’m also happy to give advice and support to others who want to resist the branding of our city.

So bloody well done everyone who’s been get out there and do-it-yourself.

Rachael Streather

Founder of Made In Newcastle

Well we have some sad news. Unfortunately a few days ago Made In Newcastle was given notice to vacate the premises at 22 Nun Street.
As is the temporary nature of empty shop projects we knew it was coming at some point, although we had hoped it wouldn’t be quite so soon. However a tenant has come along and our last day of trading will be on Sunday 10th October in order that we can be cleared out by 13th October.

But wait this is not the end! Like a phoenix we rise from the MIN creative ashes and even now as you read this, we are beavering away to find ourselves another space and other ways to continue a similar project.
Although Made In Newcastle in its current form will be no more, the group of makers & artists formed out of MIN will be re-christened with a brand spanking new name to fit in with the collective spirit of the project which we are taking forward. A bit like the artist formerly known as Prince, only not a squiggly symbol. Anyway squiggle or no squiggle it will be amazing, so watch this space.

We hope to have some kind of bitter-sweet celebratory event to wish 22 Nun Street goodbye and thank everyone for their support, so we will keep you updated.

There are now 18 days left until we close and this is the start of a count down to new things, but while you still have a fleeting chance, get yourselves down to Made In Newcastle at 22 Nun Street before it transforms into a Halloween/Fireworks/Christmas shop type thing (which it will inevitably be).

18 days to go and counting

Monday, 20 September 2010

Thank you to photographer, Magali Pettier for her kind donation to our charity auction

Magali Pettier is a freelance filmmaker and photographer who graduated in 2005 in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging from the University of Sunderland. Nominated the same year for The Guardian Student Media Award as Student Photographer of The Year, Magali went on to being commissioned by the IPRN (Sunderland) to undertake a two-month photographic research on migrant workers in Singapore. Since then, Magali has worked on multimedia projects including the publication of the book ‘I see, you don’t, see’, a sound and photography project with women sex workers based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2010, Magali was commissioned by Darlington Arts Centre to direct, film and edit a series of five short documentaries about 5 community groups. Following this, Magali has been working with the theatre director and filmmaker Alan Lyddiard to produce ‘Virginia House’, a film looking at the progression of homeless people over six months, as well as an installation called 100 faces, 100 stories. Finally, Magali is now working on a documentary film with Veto Films looking at the lives of farmers in England and France ( For more information on her work visit

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Made in Felt - Neelde Felt workshop at Made in newcastle

Thanks to all of the attendees of the Felt workshop on Thursday evening. A good evening was had by all and some wonderful pieces of work were produced as you can see by the array of photographs below:

Should you be interested in more felt making activities, drop me a line at and i will add you to our mailing list.

In the news!

Evening Chronicle 28 August

Friday, 17 September 2010

Mono-printing workshop

Yippee!! The multi-talented Becky of Rawfish Designs will be holding a mono-printing workshop for all you budding creatives on Saturday 9th October at 10.30am - 2pm.

Over the course of the day you will be shown how to produce these effective one-of-a-kind prints using different coloured inks to create a series of mono-prints. From these you will select your favourite image and frame the result.

This will be held at Made in Newcastle, 22 Nun Street, City Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The cost of the workshop is £20. If you would like to take part please register at the shop. A £5 deposit will be needed to confirm your place.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Thanks you artist Christine Charlton for donating to our auction

Christine Charlton is Charlie’s Missus.
She loves stepping out with her vintage and toy film cameras and capturing the world in a slightly obscure but thoroughly beautiful manner.
Christine also paints, draws, pastels, sketches and digitally photographs lots of other nice things too, so contact her to commission something a bit special.
Visit her website and find something nice to hang on your wall.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

BoBu Couture Autumn Collection of Ridiculously Desirable Things!

Oh Yes! BoBu has been beavering away at her ‘Tinkers Mantle’, creating a range of new-to-you customised shoes and accessories.
Now on sale at Made in Newcastle - a delicious selection of one-off designs using new and vintage materials.

The shoes are nearly new or once worn, sourced from all over! They are then revamped, reworked, restyled and revitalised using my treasure trove of embellishments and fabrics. I use industry standard adhesive and hand sewing – ensuring the finished product is not only a work of art, but can withstand normal wear, as would any embellished fashion shoe.

The shoes may have the odd minor wear from previous owner or storage, however, I would not sell anything I would not wear myself, and they are sold in near mint condition unless stated.

If you own a pair of shoes that you would like customising, do get in contact,
as I may just have the finishing touch you are looking for. Prices on request.

Enjoy life. Enjoy shoes!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Thanks for the kind donation from textile artist Mandy Pattullo to our charity auction

Mandy Pattullo re-cycles and re-uses old textiles to create contemporary heirlooms and garments. Her current body of work relates to the thrift and ‘make-do and mend- culture of past times, in particular needlecraft created by women in domestic settings. The work evokes an era when scraps of fabric were saved for making quilts, linen was repaired and buttons were kept. Evocative compositions force us to re-examine fabrics that have become flawed through wear and tear, to find in them a new beauty.

More of Mandy’s work can be seen at

Friday, 10 September 2010

Beading workshop anyone?

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Sea Glass Jewellery Workshop

After a wonderful first round Emma's fab sea glass workshop is back by popular demand.

On Saturday 11th Sept at 10am to 5pm (approx) you can discover how to drill your very own piece of sea glass and all the different techniques you can use in your jewellery making.

The group will start the day off by meeting in the shop, then together you will take a trip to the beautiful Seaham where you'll be able to find a collect some sea glass treasures of your own. The group will then re-fuel with the aid of a cuppa and cream scone and after which you will head back to the Made In Newcastle shop where you will be given a demonstration and tutorial on drilling the sea glass.

The workshop is £27.00 - this includes your train fare to the beach, refreshments (tea & scone) and the tutorial at the shop.

If you would like to register your interest for this workshop please contact Emma on either: 07765937521 or email
A £5.00 deposit will be required to secure your place.
Don't miss out as there are limited places!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Ben Lawson Free science for artist talk

Kirsten Murray-Borjerg coming soon

Thank you Theresa Easton for her contribution to the Charity Art Auction

Theresa Easton uses printmaking techniques in a variety of media including glass, paper, brick clay and metal. She is interested in pushing the boundaries of printmaking, creating unique printed glass, paper and artist’s books. Easton’s area of work spans commissioned public art, such as the Metro Centre’s 2009 hand printed glass cubes, located in the Yellow Quadrant to international exhibitions such as the 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial in Vilnius 2009. Easton’s practice centres on museum, heritage and social history interpretation. For a number of years, Easton has worked closely with Newcastle’s Literary & Philosophical Society, initiating projects connected with identity, artist’s books as well as completing a year long residency in the library.

Charity art auction for Crisis Skylight @ MIN

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Needle Felting workshop

Roll up, roll up!

Following the success of the felt workshop delivered at The Shipley lates a few weeks ago, we have decided to offer a dedicated evening to the art of needle felting at Made in Newcastle:

Leeanne Lowe, from Sitting on the wall will host a fabulous evening of creating a range of wares with needle felting, provide you with the opportunity to consider activities to do in the comfort of your own home with you as well as providing a list of useful contacts to source materials, should you wish to invest in this therapeutic craft in the future...

Should you wish to book a place, contact:
or book a place with the MIN team at the shop

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Shipley Late Show

Fun was had by all at the Shipley late shows on Friday evening. The workshop on needle felting was a huge success as can be seen in the photos below!