Thursday, 14 October 2010

What Now? (A tale of two MINs)

The last trading day of MIN at 22 Nun street was on Sunday just gone - a lovely day with lots of lovely people.
The yard sale raised an unexpected £102 for the new project, which is ace! So a BIG thanks to all those who contributed as this will go towards funding our new endeavor. Which brings me nicely round to the question ‘What Now?’ ....

So here is a little tale:
Once upon a time a lovely lady called Rachael lived in a city called Newcastle Upon Tyne. She walked around the city one day and felt uninspired by all the empty shop spaces she saw, once inhabited by the good people of the city selling their wares.
At that moment it occurred to her - ‘I will take an empty shop and transform it in to something wonderful’.
With a little help from the friendly Newcastle City Council genies and a lot of searching, the perfect shop was found. Rachael quickly used the power of the ‘Magic Makers Horn’ (oo er Mrs). This enchanted item was bequeathed to her at a magical craft market some months ago. She blew on the horn and summoned forth creative people from every corner of the city. Together they used their skills and powers of making and formed the mighty ‘Made In Newcastle’.....

Okay, okay this is going on a bit, so we’ll skip the next bit of the story and we’ll just cut to the present day -

Over the time in 22 Nun Street the makers and artists involved have grown, which has resulted in a really great network of creative people keen to add an independent stamp to the face of Newcastle’s High Street . This group of makers & artists created from the sea of MIN have now formed as a collective. To make this bit as dramatic and exciting as possible - this group shall hence forth be known as the ‘We Make North East’ collective.

We are happy to announce that this Tuesday we received the very happy news that we’ve been successful in securing some further funding to get us set up in a new premises.
Now it gets a little confusing, but here goes - We Make North East will be continuing the project at a different location and guess what? That shop, gallery come workshop space will still be known as ‘Made In Newcastle’. Yayy! Its back.

Thats right, just like a phoenix MIN has risen from the flames of our beloved 22 Nun Street which we expect is now coated in tinsel & baubles ; )

At the moment we don’t exactly know where the new property will be. Although, we do have a very good idea, but don’t want to tempt fate by telling you where it is likely to be until we know for sure.
Anyway it is expected that in a few weeks time we will have everything sorted and we can rebuild a fresh & very tasty Made In Newcastle (MK II).

In the words of the Terminator...’I’ll be back!’


  1. Yay! All the best for the new property :D

  2. How exciting! Look forward to seeing the new MIN. Hope you will be including some workshops - I came upon MIN late and missed them first time round! Catherine x

  3. Great news, lots of luck!
    Kandi x