A group of people standing in line at the Shipley Art Gallery. Behind them is the large painting by Tintoretto.

First Saturdays


Pre-book essential. Pre-book your tickets.

First Saturday of every month (except January 2022), 10.30am - 12.30pm

First Saturdays is an opportunity for creative people living and working in Gateshead to meet, network and hear about creative projects and events happening in Gateshead. It is for creative people to hear about new projects and people’s creative practice, and develop new ideas and collaborations. There will be an opportunity to present new work and your practice to a wider audience, supported by the Shipley and Tyne & Wear Cultural Freelancers (TWCF), and gain support in developing it further.

Whether you an artist, designer, crafter, producer, curator living in Gateshead, or just have a general interest in art and craft and the cultural world you are welcome to attend.

Children and babies are welcome at this event and is open and inclusive. First Saturdays is a collaboration between the Shipley Art Gallery and Tyne & Wear Cultural Freelancers.


4 December 2021: Dr Susan Jones

Negotiating and valuing yourself and your practice and activism for social change

Susan Jones is an independent arts researcher and activist working between the arts industry and academia, with a specialist insight into the conditions conducive to artists' livelihoods and their interrelationships with arts policy. Her current study Artists livelihoods in 2021 considers the impact of Covid-19 on artists' lives, towards identifying productive infrastructures for their practices and strategies for achieving them. A mentor and adviser to artists and artists' groups, her workshops and seminars address negotiating and valuing yourself and your practice and activism for social change. padwickjonesarts.co.uk

8 January 2021: Paul Raymond

Workshop led by Gateshead based artist Paul Raymond
Paul participated in the Freelands Foundation ‘Make’ residency for artist-educators during the summer of 2021. Participants of the residency were encouraged to respond directly to materials and processes in order to create work without any preconceived ideas of ‘outcome’. He will share some of these processes in this practical and hands on session. The session will include experimental print-making, assemblage and drawing.

5 February 2022: Dr Rebecca Prescott, Northumbria University

Rebecca will talk about the research project 'Mapping Gateshead'. A five-month project over 2021, 'Mapping Gateshead' surveyed and critically re-imagined creative and cultural activity in Gateshead through three interactive online workshops. Rebecca will talk about the outcomes of the project and future plans and possibilities for creative strategies in Gateshead.


Areas Covered


monthly on Saturday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 10:30, forever
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Last session date (if known)



Venue Address

Shipley Art Gallery
Prince Consort Rd
Gateshead NE8 4JB
United Kingdom

54.9499651, -1.6005854712949