Learning and Participation Projects

More information on our arts and cultural projects in and around South Tyneside.

Regular Youth Arts Groups

Our regular groups offer young people interested in theatre, filmmaking and visual art a chance to develop their skills and experiences on a weekly basis.

Schools Learning Programme

We work in partnership with schools in South Tyneside, delivering projects and standalone workshops. Projects can be themed around an area of interest for the school and can include Arts Award. Find out more.

Mini Maker Mondays

These fun art sessions for those aged 12 and under (and their adults!) take place during school and bank holidays. Come along to make something new, and explore different materials and techniques together. Find out more.

Step Up and Dance

The Customs House is delighted to host the annual community dance platform for North and South Tyneside, in partnership with OneDance and Dance City. The event takes place in the first quarter of each year with ten groups performing at The Customs House and two groups progressing to perform at Dance City. To register interest in performing in Step Up and Dance 2019, email Izzy.


The Customs House features a number of exhibition spaces; The Port of Tyne Gallery, Upper and Lower Fusion, The Stairwell and The Green Room. Our new Step Up Gallery is dedicated to work created through our schools programme. Our galleries showcase region, national and international artists, allowing visitors to engage with a broad range of contemporary art. Find out more.

Gallery Masterclasses

Our creative art classes are delivered by experienced artists. Participants can learn new skills and try fun new techniques in a friendly environment. See our latest classes.