Friday, 3 December 2010

1DayLater - recent happenings

Now that my brother David and I are firmly settled into The Shed, I figured it was about time we contributed to this blog and let people know what we're up to!

Besides meeting lots of interesting new people over the past months and learning about their diverse and interesting businesses, we have been cracking on with some great new projects of our own...

Our business deals with finding elegant ways of visualising and beautifying data, something which we use within our flagship software product 1DayLater . 1DayLater lets users track their everyday business activities including how they spend their time, money and mileage.

We've managed to attract around 10,000 users to the service since we launched earlier this year - a milestone to really celebrate!

So that is our main product and something we are constantly trying to improve. We also find time to get involved with other projects too, the most recent being with a local company called Montrose River and their exciting product CPOMS (Child Protection Online Monitoring System)

This software has really grabbed our attention because of it's unique nature. It allows teachers to effectively monitor bullying, abuse and vulnerable children so that their schools can offer the right support when it is needed.

Now we are using our experience to help improve the software and we are looking at ways to visualise the interactions between students - this can come in very handy when a supply teacher visits a new school for example and has no idea about the dynamics of a classroom!

The response from schools so far has been overwhelmingly positive. So positive in fact that I have taken on a sales manager role within the company to help them get off the ground. It also happens that I'm good friends with the managing director of the company and really want to see him succeed.

My next goal is to get CPOMS into as many local schools and authorities as possible. If anyone from The Shed (or otherwise) could introduce me to deputy headteachers or headteachers in the area, that would be a great help indeed!

The King Brothers

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Shed presents:

It’s a Wonderful Shed.

A Christmas selling event from the regions brightest stars featuring a selection of art, design and craft gifts encompassing a range of practices including ceramics, jewellery, interactive media, painting, film and more.

The Shed Creative Studios would love to invite you to ‘It’s a wonderful Shed’. True to the ethos of the heart warming Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, we’re all plugging in together, as creatives do best, to make this event the perfect start to your Christmas.

Venue:                           The Shed
348-354 High Street South

Dates and Times:          Thursday 2nd Dec, 6-10pm (Private View)
                                       Saturday 18th Dec, 12-6pm (Last minute Shopping)
                                       Saturday 15th Jan, 12-6pm (January Sale)
Price: Free Entry


The Shed is an innovative project by Gateshead Council where workspace has been provided to support businesses in the creative sector.

Monday, 22 November 2010

LAST CHANCE TO SEE! Monkfish Productions Present 'The Dead That Never Lived'

GOTH (Gateshead Old Town hall)
Sunday 28th November
Bar 7pm
7.30 - 8.30pm in Theatre

£7/£4 conc
Bookings 0191 4336965

Enter a circus of words where the dead converge. GOTH is transformed into a funeral chapel, playing host to mourners for famous fictional characters, including Scrooge McDuck, Darth Vader, Cathy from Wuthering Heights and The Milk Tray Man to name but a few.

As the show progresses even Death himself puts in an appearance.

Join the congregation for this funeral service with a difference, where we will be paying tribute to the many characters who have meant so much through theatre, spoken word and comedy.

This ground-breaking theatre and spoken word show is brought to you by North East spoken word multimedia hub and fellow Shedmates Monkfish Productions and is fresh from its sell out performance at Late Shows Newcastle Gateshead 2010.

It features members of the critically acclaimed Word Tank Collective and emerging national talent Ross Sutherland, who was featured in The Times Online top ten new young writers in 2008.

If you haven't seen it by now this may be your last chance!

Mourning attire and hankies encouraged!

“A highlight of The Late Shows 2009” – Journal Culture Magazine

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

CIRCA Contemporary Art Projects

Preview: Saturday 20 November
21 - 25 November | 18:00-20:00

Stuart Pearson Wright
Maze, 2010

The film installation, Maze, casts the artist as Edmund, an Elizabethan courtier trying to reach his lover - Constance, played by the actress Keira Knightley. Split across two screens that cannot be watched simultaneously, the viewer must choose which character to follow: Romantic artist or fickle muse? Earnest male or inconstant female? Visual artist or Hollywood actress?


Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

A programme of dramatic international artist moving image works, receiving their first presentations in the North East, at the historic Stephenson Works, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The selected exhibitions, by Stuart Pearson Wright, Henry Coombes and Lu Chunsheng, imaginatively explore histories, playing with reality and fiction to create narratives, which resonate on a personal and universal level.

The selected works represent visual storytelling at its most beautiful, strange and beguiling.

Wrap up warm and join us for the opening of each work on Saturday evenings, supported by Wylam Brewery.

All screenings are FREE and warm drinks will be available alongside a selection of publications and printed matter. Other parts of the historic building will also be open and accessible to the public, making this an opportunity to see this incredible heritage site in a uniquely atmospheric light.
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Cecilia Stenbom - Preview: Friday 19th November 2010


Cecilia Stenbom

Homeland Security

20th November - 23rd December 2010
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Preview: Friday 19th November, 6 - 9pm
Workplace Gallery is pleased to present Homeland Security the first UK solo exhibition by Swedish artist Cecilia Stenbom.

Bringing together works from across media including: performance to video, painting, sculpture, installation, and drawing, Homeland Security explores Stenbom's investigation into her conviction that in the consumer driven culture of a 21st century over saturated with information, fear has become a more powerful motivating factor than sex.

Appropriation and re-enactment are central to Stenbom's methodology. Taking her source material from public distribution media such as television, movies, advertising, government information broadcast, 24-hour news, and the internet, Stenbom frequently casts herself as the protagonist of a pastiche that examines our anxieties and desires, reinterpreting scenarios within mass media, retail, and domestic life.

"...I have become specifically interested in what triggers fear in contemporary life and how that fear is used to capture our attention and imagination, making us 'happy customers' and ultimately controlling us."

State of Emergency is a 6 channel video installation based on interviews extracted from Rescue 911, the hugely popular US docu-drama from the 1990's hosted by William Shatner about real life rescue situations and amazing stories of survival. In State of Emergency Stenbom performs 6 characters from the Emergency services; the 911 Dispatcher, the Police officer, the Paramedic, the Fireman, the Doctor and the Nurse, all talking simultaneously of their experience, delivering a constant barrage of almost indecipherable narrative.

You've Had Me Again is an installation of paintings made on the underside of clear acrylic Perspex. The images are a mix of symbols and detail taken from Stenbom's ongoing collection of material associated with real life drama including: 'The Swine Flu Suit' sold to provide the public with protection from the virus, Gas Masks sold for domestic use, a list of resuscitation drugs, and emergency service equipment and patterns. They are presented  alongside patterns and objects that are taken from everyday life, this is echoed in Play Dead, a diptych of giant self portrait ink drawings depicting the artist entirely in monochrome save for a pair of marigold gloves and a red and white gingham apron.

Happy Endings Stenbom's series of highly glossed paintings also derive from the overly sentimental concluding scenes of Rescue 911 that brings together everyone involved in the accident to react to it's outcome. A counterpoint to the sensationalism of Stenbom's interpretations of mass media, The Scene is a silent, looped video animation based on emergency vehicle lights. Projected into the darkened domestic interiors of Workplace Gallery's upper floors The Scene recalls the effect of an event outside, spilling in through the window and trailing around the room prompting a more poignant moment of reflection.

Much of Stenbom's new work plays on her own susceptibility to be manipulated by mass media and popular culture and her real anxiety around how best to navigate fact and fiction. The sculptures Bio-Terrorism vs. Natural Defences bring together the container of one of the worlds most popular pro-biotic drinks with the Latin names of bacteria and viruses used in biological warfare. DEFCON is an installation comprised of 2 line drawings covering 2 walls of the gallery. The first image is a fictitious depiction of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) taken from the 80's film War Games; the second image is a flowchart diagram of Stenbom's own personal list of threats to her daily existence.

Alive - An Essential Guide to Survival is the latest in an ongoing series of video works in which Stenbom performs an unsettling monologue to camera. Past works have included a guide to her collection of gadgets and a sideways look at US fat fighting drugs. In this case she provides us with a contemporary survival guide made up of official and unofficial advice on how to stay alive such as how to avoid being killed by an accident, by an infectious disease, or how to survive a terrorist attack. In Homeland Security Stenbom presents a humorous and self defeating world of narcissism and neurosis where everything from washing up to watching TV is fraught with danger and the potential to discover another way to die.

Cecilia Stenbom was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland in 2003 and a Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 2005. From 2009 to 2010 she was artist in residence at ISIS Arts in Newcastle. Past exhibitions include: 13th Media Art Biennale, WRO 09 Expanded City, Wroclaw, Poland, Trickle-down Theory, Korjaamo, Helsinki, Finland, The Public Realm Project, Curated by /sLab, Sunderland, TOMORROW THE FUTURE, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, All my favourite singers couldn't sing, Workplace Gallery, Connecting Principles, Culture Lab, Newcastle, Breslau CV Rydek, Wroclaw, Poland, King Fisher's Tales, Union Gallery. London, False Witness, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, Daily Escapes, MUU Gallery Helsinki, Helsinki International, Korjaamo, Helsinki, Formal Dining, Hales Gallery, London, Blue Star Red Wedge, Glasgow International, Glasgow, Glasgow/Beijing, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, Exit Strategy, Tramway, Glasgow, UK, The Games We Play, Magyar Képzömüvészeti Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary, When Subjectivity Meets Reality, Gallery 3:14, Bergen, Norway, One Day Stands, ID:I Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, Crowd Pleasers, The San Francisco Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco U.S.A. and Helsinki, Finland. Cecilia Stenbom lives and works in Gateshead, UK.

Workplace Gallery was founded by artists Paul Moss and Miles Thurlow; based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs. Workplace Gallery opened in 2005 at 34 Ellison Street, Gateshead - part of Trinity Square Shopping Centre particularly noted for its iconic Brutalist car park designed by architect Rodney Gordon for the Owen Luder Partnership, which featured as a key location in Mike Hodges 1971 cult British gangster film Get Carter starring Michael Caine. Since the original gallery was demolished in 2008 as part of the planned regeneration of Gateshead Town Centre, Workplace Gallery has relocated to The Old Post Office in Gateshead; a listed 19th Century red brick building built upon the site where the important British artist, engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) lived and died.

The next exhibition at Workplace Gallery will be a solo exhibition of new work by Mike Pratt opening on 14th January 2011. To celebrate the opening of Homeland Security please join us afterwards at Central Bar in Gateshead.

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Shed @ The Shipley Lates

We're taking The Shed on tour.  Please join us for one night only at the fabulous Shipley Art Gallery for an evening of design and wine...

The Shed @ The Shipley Lates
Design Overtime

Venue:                           The Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Road
                                      NE8 4JB

Date                               6-10pm 26th November 2010

Seven of The Shed’s finest designers take The Shed to The Shipley Art Gallery for one night only.

Step inside The Shed to view a range of design products including lighting from Aether and Hemera, jewellery by Laura Hebron and Corinne Lewis, textiles by Jo Dale, ceramics by Chris McHugh, photography by Laura Jane Vest Photography and designer wallets by Boreal.

This is a rare chance to buy directly from the designers who will be present on the evening to showcase their latest designs.

For more information on The Shipley Lates visit:

The Shipley Art Gallery's popular series of late night events continues on Friday 26 November, with Design Overtime. The event will feature rising stars from the design world using their skills to address questions of space, cost, style and sustainability.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Hello from The Shed

Hello and welcome to The Shed Blog.  We've been going for almost a year and all four of our studios are brimming with creativity.  We'll be posting news of Shed events, what exactly goes on here and what all 35 resident 'Shedmates' have been getting up to, so please check back.

In the meantime as the nights are getting darker, we thought we'd show you what we look like at night, because well, why on earth not. 

Image courtesy and copyright of Laura Jane Vest Photography

If you like those vinyls and want some of your very own.  Check out Shed resident OneNineFourStudio a graphic design and events studio who look after all of our marketing and promotion.