The Customs House showcases a range of visual art forms reflecting our work with our local community.


The Customs House. has four key exhibition spaces.

  • The Customs House Gallery – The Takeover Open
  • Upper Fusion Gallery – The Treasure Group Imaginary UK Tour
  • The Stairwell and Lower Fusion Gallery – work by Drawn Together.
  • The Step Up Gallery – celebrates the amazing creative talent of children across South Tyneside.



The Takeover Open Two

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Our Takeover Open Exhibition is for artists aged 25 and under living in the North East of England. It follows the success of our first Takeover Exhibition last year.

When was the last time you made an artwork? It can be quite daunting to put art on show to the public. An open exhibition is one where anyone can enter and there is no theme. For many of the artists on show this is their first chance to show their artwork in a public gallery, and we are of course delighted to see some of our previous exhibitors take part again.

What inspires you? Take a moment to explore and think about where these young artists took inspiration from whether it was their personal life, global issues or other artists. You will notice an incredible range of subjects. The exhibition has everything from from self-portraiture to abstract artworks. Look at the variety of artistic mediums used! The Takeover Open celebrates everything from the humble HB pencil to assemblage (a type of sculpture where you combine found objects).

The Customs House is incredibly proud to showcase work of young artists across the region. We hope you enjoy seeing the work and think about how you can take part in The Takeover Festival in 2020 as a young artist, writer, performer, Takeover Team member, volunteer or supporter.

With thanks to:

All the young artists; Takeover Team Young Coordinator with special responsibility for The Takeover Open Lauryn Lamb; The Takeover Team; The Takeover Coordinator Natasha Haws; Technicians Cam and Arnaud Moinet; Colin at Incite Design; The Customs House staff and visitors

This exhibition was made possible with generous funding from The ScottishPower Foundation.

Upper Fusion Gallery

The Treasure Group – An Imaginary Tour

Our Imaginary UK Tour exhibition in the Upper Fusion Gallery.

Our Imaginary UK Tour exhibition in the Upper Fusion Gallery.

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


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.