36 Lime Street Open Studios
36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2PQ
Open 26 and 27 November 2016, 10am-5pm
Preview Friday 25 November, 5-8pm
Forget the Black Friday sales, this weekend sees the return of one of the most popular open studio events in the North East.
36 Lime Street is the oldest and largest studio group in Newcastle, offering affordable spaces to over 40 artists and creative businesses. Painters, glass artists, jewellers, sculptors, printmakers and textiles are all represented, with a few furniture makers, puppeteers and musicians thrown in for good measure.
This weekend’s open studios event gives the public a chance to explore the labyrinthine building and discover the hand-crafted gems spread across five floors. The studio holders will be there too, talking about their work and offering an insight into their practice.
Some will even be working hard, letting visitors watch them in action. Hole Editions (located in Studio 2H) will be producing a new lithograph by artist Alfons Bytautas, which will be editioned during the event and available to purchase. Master Printer Lee Turner will be on hand to answer any questions about the art of lithography, and his experience making prints with the likes of Yoko Ono, George Shaw and Ray Richardson.
Further upstairs, jewellery designer Jay Smart will be showing unique silver pieces in Studio 3E. His work is inspired by ‘nature and the seaside and occasionally by whatever is playing on Radio 4’, featuring organic shapes and intricate swirls.
36 Lime Street is a Grade II listed building, and as an organisation proudly contributes to the regeneration of both the building and the wider Ouseburn area. With every open studios event, a new set of limited edition raffle tickets are designed by studio holders and letterpress printed by Hole Editions to raise funds for the maintenance of the building. At £3 each, they’re a great way to take home a little piece of art, and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes to boot.
The Open Studios event is open Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27, from 10am to 5pm, with a preview on Friday, November 25 from 5-8pm. Admission is free and a warm welcome is guaranteed!