The Customs House showcases a range of visual art forms reflecting our work with our local community.
The Customs House has several exhibition spaces.
- The Customs House Gallery – We are installing a winter wonderland
- Upper Fusion Gallery – The Treasure Group Imaginary UK Tour
- The Step Up Gallery – celebrates the amazing creative talent of children across South Tyneside.
The elves are busy transforming our gallery into a cosy winter wonderland.
Step Up Gallery
Schools’ Drawing Exhibition
Tucked away next to our studio be sure to visit our Schools’ drawing exhibition all about Snow White. This exhibition presents drawings by children from Barnes Infant Academy, Dunn Street Primary School, Sunningdale School and Harton Primary.
Reception children from Barnes Infant Academy have drawn the main characters from this well known and much loved story. Elizabeth Kane Learning and Participation Officer The Customs House said:
“ This is the first year that Barnes Infants have taken part in our annual schools’ drawing exhibition. We hope when they visit our pantomime, as they do every year, all the artists are thrilled to see their work proudly displayed at our busiest time of the year.”
For the second year Harton Primary have submitted a superb selection of drawings. These drawings are by pupils from across the school. They have used a wide variety of materials. Elizabeth said:
“I am impressed Harton’s artists have had the freedom to create such personal and varied responses to the theme Snow White. It’s clear the arts are really valued at Harton primary.”
Children from Dunn Street created an observational drawing by looking closely at photographs of our cast. After making their first sketch they made a second drawing refining their drawings. We added a splash of colour inspired by award winning designer Paul Shriek costumes.
“ Mrs Giles class were eager to try new things. They showed great determination when I set them some tricky drawing challenges. What’s more I had a lovely surprise with the school kindly donating money towards our Heart of the House campaign. Their generosity helps ensure more young people like them can work with The Customs House to have excellent arts experiences. ”
Finally we have a set of Snow White portraits from Sunningdale school. Sunningdale school are the only school in Sunderland for children aged two to eleven with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties including Autism.
“ I love the children’s use of glitter adding some panto pizzazz and how they incorporated their hand prints in their artwork. Making these artworks would have been a really rich sensory experience.”
We hope you enjoy exploring this exhibition as much as we have enjoyed displaying their work.
For more information about our work with schools please email Elizabeth@customshouse.co.uk
Our next opportunity for young people to exhibit work will be during The Takeover in May. For more information about Takeover email Izzy@customshouse.co.uk
Upper Fusion Gallery
The Treasure Group – An Imaginary Tour
Exhibition opens to the public on May 14th until date tbc.
The Treasure Group is our regular arts group for children aged 7 to 13 with experience of the care system. The Customs House wishes to thank National Lottery Players for supporting this project.
Members of The Treasure Group present a mixed exhibition of sculptural souvenirs and artworks made on a virtual journey around the British Isles. What delights have they put together using all sorts of novel materials and techniques?
North Tyneside based artist and design Alizon Bennet has steered the group on their imaginary journey. They’ve traveled all over. They’ve taken in the sites from local cites like Newcastle and Durham. Thought about textiles woven in Manchester. Gone north of the border to Scottish cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow and finished off in the capital London.
For more information about this project please email Elizabeth@customshouse.co.uk
Learn and Take Part
If you are a teacher and interested in completing a creative project or workshop with your class or CPD please see our Schools Learning Programme page.