Ideas Factory

Published: 9th October 2019

Ideas Factory

Since opening as an arts centre twenty-five years ago The Custom House has been a place where ideas are made into plays, exhibitions and inspiring experiences.

The Project

Alongside our large scale commission ‘Heart of the House‘  in partnership with The Cultural Spring and the creative team Novak celebrating 25 years of The Customs House children have been making their own exceptional artwork. The Learning and Participation team worked with inspiring artist from Ashley Primary School, Dunn Street Primary and Hadrian Primary.

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Artists from Ashley, Hadrian and Dunn Street Primary

With Elizabeth Kane Learning Officer children explored the idea of increasing numbers of people moving from ‘being makers of things to makers of ideas’ in the creative industries. Together we learned about the building’s history as a working customs house. We also explored our purpose as an arts centre bring arts and entertainment to all across South Tyneside.

The children from each of these primary schools have explored the difference between perception (sensing things), thoughts and ideas. We are sure you’ll agree this is quite a challenging topic. However, they all enjoyed the opportunity to work on a project combining local history, science and the arts.

Elizabeth Kane said,

The neurons were all firing in imagination land! All the young artists rose to the challenge and produced some brilliant work.

Don’t Miss The Children’s Intriguing Artwork

The children’s digital collage is made up of over 100 drawings. These were created by around 70 young artists aged seven to ten years. Make sure you take time on your next visit The Customs House you make time to look at their artwork proudly displayed by the River Tyne.

Big Thanks

With thanks to Emma Douglas for her design work. She has preserved the charming character of the children’s drawings and captured the fun atmosphere of our extraordinary Customs House.

The team at BiggerScene for printing and installing their artwork with so much care and attention, just as they do when they install the giant artworks at places like BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Staff from the Regeneration Team at South Tyneside Council who helped guide us through this project, a first for L&P team member Elizabeth.

Teachers Mrs Giles at Hadrian Primary school, Mrs Lawson at Ashley Primary and Mrs Giles Dunn Street Primary.

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