Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Transformation of The Shed

As mentioned in the last post, The Shed was thoroughly transformed for our Late Shows event. The in-house creative team responsible for its stunning metamorphosis were residents Kate Eccles, Jen McHugh, Molly Barrett and Verity Quinn. The girls did an outstanding job and the whole building was hardly recognisable as it was taken back to the 1920s. Each of artists studios were lit by lamp light, the foyer was dressed with red drapes and the upstairs area had its very own cocktail bar. Kate Usher Studio was enlisted to help decorate the bar and designed an amazing Art Deco inspired wallpaper. Here are a few images of the transformation and the evening itself...

One of The Late Shows team tries out the jail for size ahead of the opening!

Jen McHugh draws a skyline for the silent cinema room.

The amazing props for Laura Jane Vest's photographic portraits 

Beautiful Art Deco Wallpaper designed especially for the event by Kate Usher Studios.

Star & Shadow Cinema Organist Carl accompanies the silent movies being projected live onto a screen in the foyer.

The 1920's head-dress making workshop hosted by Kate Usher.

1920's Inspired Fun for The Late Shows

On Saturday 14th May, The Shed was transformed into a 1920's wonderland for the evening, as we opened our doors and took part in the annual Late Shows. Glitz and glamour was a plenty, right in the middle of Gateshead High Street! Visitors were invited to take part in their very own silent movie, learn to dance the Charleston or simply soak up the atmosphere and view the artists studios. Our resident photographer Laura Jane Vest was set up for the evening taking quirky 1920s portraits. Did you manage to get along for yours?

All photographs are copyright protected © Laura Jane Vest Photography

Let us know which is your favourite :)

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