Saturday, 26 March 2011

Mothers Day at MiN

Friday, 25 March 2011

Monthly Newsletter

With the help of the ever faithful MiNions and MiNies will now be producing a monthly newsletter to keep you, our lovely supporters and fans updated.

The newsletter will inform y'all of all the forthcoming MiN events, exhibitions, workshops as well as any other exciting creative ventures outside of Made In Newcastle.
Alongside this you will also be some of the first to find out about any sales, special offers and promotions in the shop and opportunities to get involved in MiN activities.

To entice you further we will also be doing the occasional 'newsletter giveaway' exclusive to those who are on the mailing list, which will allow you to enter into a prize draw and win a goody or two from one of our makers.
You gotta be in it to win it so sign up for the newsletter now by sending an email to: with the subject header 'NEWSLETTER MAILING LIST', include your full name (1st name and surname) and your email address.

Paper Jam Comics Collective party!

Just a reminder, that the
Wonderful Paper Jam Comics Collective are having their launch party for the comic, and closing party for the exhibition, runs from 7pm till 9pm on Friday 25th, after which we'll be wandering up to the Bodega. Do join us

Thursday, 24 March 2011



26 March – 02 April 2011

Made in Newcastle and Intercultural Arts presents an exhibition by Mehrangiz Modaress Tabatabaei, a new show by one of the region's most talented female artists whose works reveals influences from her Iranian heritage and follows her artistic training from Shanghai, Persia and China, to sunny Newcastle. Opening on Sat 26 March, 10am – 6pm, the exhibition held at Newcastle's volunteer-run Made in Newcastle, a centre for art, craft and creativity, incorporates new works and works not yet seen in the region. These include oil paintings, calligraphy and banner pieces which utilise traditional techniques learned from master artists around the world and presented in a modern context. Common motifs in Mehrangiz's work range from Persian and Arabic calligraphy, through to botanical floral imagery.

Workshops: In addition to her week long exhibition, the artist will be holding Persian and Chinese painting and calligraphy workshops on Sunday 27 March, 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm, and on Saturday 2 April, 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 4pm. Workshop participants will be assisted by a Made in Newcastle artist and a volunteer. Workshop costs are adults: £3, Children: £2, and there will be refreshments available to attendees.


MEHRANGIZ MODARESS TABATABAEI was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967 and lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has exhibited throughout Tehran and has worked with Zendeh Theatre Company, Intercultural Arts, Pakistan Cultural Society and as delivered workshops for Hatton gallery in collaboration with the British Museum.

Mehrengiz is interested in the strong inter-relation between Persian art and literature
and has studied under Chinese master artists for two years in Shanghi, learning two methods of Chinese painting known as “Gong bi” and “xie yi”.

The two core inspirations in Mehrangiz's work are the Iranian revolution, and the subsequent eight years of war, and travelling around the world for the last 18 years to understand the diversity of cultures and arts.


Intercultural Arts is a development agency for culturally diverse arts in the North East of England. It’s website is an information resource for cultural professionals.

Intercultural Arts is a charity set up to help people from other cultures who are looking to work in ‘the Arts’ in the North East of England. This could be people creating art, people who want to develop as arts professionals, or people who want help setting up a group to support and promote artists within their community.

Intercultural Arts gives support to large organisations in the North East of England who want to understand the needs of minority communities, and programme artists and performers that these communities would enjoy.

Intercultural Arts gives priority to those from minority communities but are happy to work with artists who practice culturally diverse art forms regardless of their nationality or ethnicity.


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A great article announcing our involvement in Newcastle Fashion week this year from The Journal live:

CELEBRATING the cream of fashion talent in the region, this May will see the first ever Newcastle Fashion Week

From May 14-21 there will be a host of events at locations across the city including a catwalk show, celebrity fashion auction, workshops and fashion prizes and promotions.

Celebrity fashion designer Scott Henshall, who has dressed Madonna, Kylie and Victoria Beckham, is an ambassador for Fashion Week and Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway will also give a lecture.

Scott, famed for creating the world’s most expensive dress, says: “Newcastle is a beautiful and vibrant city with a wealth of culture and diversity at its core from the Baltic to the Sage to the architecture and its world-class universities.

“Having studied fashion at Northumbria University I am very proud to be an ambassador for Newcastle Fashion Week where emerging and recognised talent will showcase their collections and Newcastle will take centre stage as the perfect backdrop to any catwalk.”

Newcastle Fashion Week has been organised by NE1 Ltd, which represents businesses across the city.

Wayne Hemingway will deliver a lecture on May 16 and said: “I enjoy the creativity and vibrancy of Newcastle. I am very happy to take part in the inaugural Newcastle Fashion Week. On Tuesday, May 17, a catwalk fashion show showcasing Newcastle’s homegrown talent will take place in As You Like It in Jesmond and on May 19 Fashion Week will support Northumbria University’s BA (Hons) Fashion Show at the Baltic.

Our photographs from last year’s event at the art gallery highlight the standard of work produced by students who go on to gain jobs with some of the world’s leading fashion houses.

Pop-up shop Made in Newcastle, on Grainger Street, is creating a themed Fashion Week boutique to showcase city-based designers. Krista Puranen, stylist and founder of the Make ’n’ Mend market, will host a Make ’n’ Mend Your Style event on May 14 at the Star & Shadow Cinema in Stepney Bank. There will be a fashion show featuring local designers, workshops and a fashion-themed market.

Sandra Tang of NE1 Ltd said: “Launching Newcastle’s first Fashion Week is so exciting. The programme is coming together and there’s so much going to be happening during the eight fashion-filled days in May.

“It’s fantastic to be working with the University of Northumbria and supporting their graduate fashion show as part of Newcastle Fashion Week.”

The public will also be able to get involved with have-a-go fashion workshops, personal shopper sessions, makeovers, a shop crawl and tour of independent stores and VIP evenings. There will also be a host of retail fashion promotions and offers throughout the city centre.

Details of the catwalk shows, fashion makeovers, shop crawls, make ’n’ mend events and other activities available on

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Paper Jam Comics Collective Exhibition!

The Paper Jam Comics Collective have set up camp in the gallery space at Made In Newcastle for one week only: 19th to 25th of March.

The exhibition features art by North East Comics Creators, based (loosely) on the subject of their most recent '...and That' anthology: "History ... and That".

The launch party for the comic, and closing party for the exhibition, runs from 7pm till 9pm on Friday 25th, after which we'll be wandering up to the Bodega. Do join us!

So if you like your speech in bubbles and obscure historical troubles, and prefer your art sequential featuring events most consequential you'll find a visit to this show essential. Yes.

Art and Comics can be found by:

Zines and Comics by Made In Newcastle Members feature: Tales of the Hollow Earth, Not Mushroom for Thought (a 24 hour comic), Opinionated Geordie Monsters and Things (a 24 hour comic) 

Get your tweet on at @min_tweets and @paperjamcc

Many of these artists and writers can also be found in the brand spanking new Sugar Glider Stories anthology. Get in on the ground floor with this one, folks, it's going places. Also, do check out the selection of comics done and dusted in under 24 hours, especially Giga and The Device.

These artists suffered for your entertainment folks!

Monday, 14 March 2011

Maker Faire day 2

The second day at the Maker Faire was equally as busy and fun. There are a lot of creative chrildren and adults around .

The Tyne Twestival at MiN

Ballot-Box Auction

A selection of local handmade, unique items are up for auction, all you have to do to win is fill in a ballot slip with the highest bid.

Winners to be announced at:
The Tyne Twestival, on 24th March
venue: The Tyne Bar, from 6.30pm
Tickets available from now.

Winners will also be announced online via Made in Newcastle’s Facebook page, Twitter (@min_tweets) and the Tyne Twestival Twitter (@tynetwestival).

The last ballot slip will be accepted right up until 2pm on the 24th March
at which point we will be finding the highest bids ready for the evenings events.

Don’t worry if you aren’t on Twitter, you can still take part, this is all about raising money for a fantastic cause, we don’t want anybody being left out.

The auction is on now and until the 24th March, good luck to everyone taking part.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Maker Faire Day 1

Well, the first day of the Maker Faire is over and what a day we have all had...

The Newcastle Craft Mafia and Made in Newcastle collaborated on supporting the Maker Faire public make use of the everyday things that we discard to create a wonderful array of arm bands, bracelets and neck pieces with the odd great idea of recycled knitted cuffs and bag charms thrown in for good measure!

Leeanne Lowe from Sitting on the wall, Brittania Douglas from Rule Brittania, Christine White from Threadspider Textiles, Lucy Farfort from Lucy's happy place , Joanna Sullivan and Brigid Campbell from Irish Granny all lent a hand to make the day as creative and exiting as possible for all the wonderful visitors we had to our stand...and as you can see by the pictures below, there were many.....

Monday, 7 March 2011

Newcastle Fashion week

Made in Newcastle are looking for people currently not involved in MiN & fashion students/graduates to showcase & sell their handmade fashion etc in the gallery space for Newcastle fashion week 14-21 May. We are now mainly looking for fashion designers (with particular focus on clothing) and fashion illustrators.

The shop will be heavily promoted during this time by organisers of Fashion Wk & MiN and each guest designer will have a feature on blog.

Please contact if you're interested in more info. Please note at the moment this opportunity is only for the fashion week.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Made in Newcastle are video stars.

Thanks to Tim's great friend Sam Dibb for making this lovely documentary short of us.
The video really captures the eclectic, creative atmosphere that is Made in Newcastle! Great work.