Monday, 16 April 2012

Old news is good news.....

The saying goes that no news is good news...or is it there's no such thing as bad news? ANYway....this was a little while back but thought it was worth sharing....

Liam Murray & Colin Davies outside The Shed Gateshead

Follow this link to read the article....


Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Shed @ The Late Shows 2012

Saturday 19th May 2012 7pm-11pm

3…2…1…BLAST OFF!!! Join us on a voyage into the unknown and jump aboard the good ship Shed 3000 as we teleport ourselves into outer space and explore all things sci-fi.

Grab your jetpacks and get ready for an evening of immersive theatrical experiences, interactive workshops and creative activities, hosted by our on-board super-computer, WOR HAL. Set your phazers to stun and film your adventures on our Live Feed to mission control, whilst another crew provides a live soundtrack, take part in the rings of Saturn Hoola Hoop Tournament, bounce your way through the galaxy at the Space Hoppers disco, sing-a-long with the Klingon Opera…and much more.

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The Late Shows Website


Its been a while.....

So we need to apologise here at Shed HQ as we have been a bit distracted by making and creating and designing that we forgot to update you all about what we had been up to. Sorry about that!

But we are here now and happy to keep you all up to date as best we can from now on.

So where shall we start.....

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 :)

And if you were at The Shed and took your own photographs we'd love to see them. Please email them to

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Women's Day

We're undergoing a bit of a blog overhaul, so please bear with us while this happens.  We aim to have regular blog posts to keep you updated with all things Shed!  We also provide regular newsletters to anyone who is interested just what goes on here.  If you're not on yet and would like to be included, email

Since we opened in 2009 we've grown to provide rent and rate free studio space to 38 creative businesses who all span practices across the creative industries.

In light of it being the 100th International Women's day we thought it might be a good idea to profile some of The Shed's female creative entrepreneurs, so read on to find out what they do.

Corinne Lewis

Corinne is a visual artist who works with lens based media and digital reproduction and is interested in exploring the relationship between technology and the natural world.

Corinne also makes these wonderful jewellery pieces using her photographic imagery and other drawn processes.  These wearable art pieces make her practice accessible to a wider audience.  Corinne was also recently commissioned by Gateshead Council to make art for empty spaces through the project Shop Art.  Head down to Gateshead Interchange to see her work.  Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment.

Corinne is currently working on a collection for an exhibition of John Martin paintings at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  Check back to see the finished products or visit Corinne here.

Kate Usher

Kate is our resident wallpaper designer and has been working very hard to produce a stunning collection of wallpaper.  Kate has showed her work at 100% Design and New Designers in 2010 and is definitely a designer to watch.

Here is one of our favourite designs, Turtle Turtle.

To see more of Kate's designs visit her website.

Jen McHugh
Jen Mchugh is an illustrater with a disctinctive playful style.  She was also recently commissioned by Gateshead Council through the Shop Art project to design a shutter.  Watch this space for the final design.

Jen works to commission and has produced an enchanting range of t-shirts and jewellery based on her whimsical designs

Visit Jen here.

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