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7 06, 2019

Decorate your Boardroom and help Meadow Well Connected

By |2019-06-07T14:43:39+00:00June 7th, 2019|Community Works, News|

A European survey of 2,000 employees in the UK, France and Germany found the typical staff member spends a total of 187 hours – or the equivalent of 23 days a year in meetings.

So having a board room or meeting room which is not only comfortable for staff, but that also looks good is really important. The board room style also reflects who the company values and their ethos, and is often visited by new customers and suppliers.

How many times have you had a meeting in a room where in the corner there’s cardboard boxes and ‘junk’ which was stored there a few months ago and it’s still not been moved? Or pictures resting against the wall that have remained ‘unhung’ for months?

We here at North East Art Collective have 150 artists in our gallery in Eldon Garden, Newcastle upon Tyne, and aim to be the essence of Art, Culture and Luxury. But unlike most we don’t pick our artists for their names and monetary values, we select them based on their talent. Their standards are high and quality is even higher.

North East Art Collective chose Meadow Well Connected as our charity of the year to support in 2019. As part of our ongoing support we are going to donate 10% of all workplace and boardroom art sales to Meadow Well Connected

The picture above shows art from artist Ivan Lindsay in a meeting room in Newcastle.

Ivan is a self -taught artist who lives and works in Tynemouth, and draws inspiration from the stunning local landscapes & scenery. He began working life as an engineer, however, during this period he spent his spare time indulging his passion for painting. Private commissions began to steadily increase and consequently Ivan established a reputation as a fine artist. As one of the founding artists of Armstrong Bridge Sunday Market his profile grew substantially, after several years and due to increasing demand he made the decision to become a full time artist. For years now Ivan’s work has been sold in Fenwicks, Newcastle, and the Mall Galleries, London. Best known for his outstanding local scenes of the North East, he has recently commenced a series of more abstract works, in keeping with demand for contemporary style


If you would like more information on Meadow Well Connected and why we choose to support them this year why not take a look at their website or contact Vicki Stone Meadow Well Connected, Charity No. 1070839
T. 0191 3410033 M. 07763 672820 The Meadows, Waterville Road, North Shields, NE29 6BA

27 03, 2019

Message in a Bottle, Meadow Well Connected

By |2019-03-27T15:49:45+00:00March 27th, 2019|Community Works|

Yesterday  saw our first workshop with the Positive Pathways group at Meadow Well Connected


To celebrate their 25th anniversary we are working with Meadow Well Connected to help tell the story of the community. Yesterday their Positive Pathways group met as usual at 10am but this week they were joined by Artist Fiona Gray to teach them how to make garden decorations from 2 liter plastic bottles.


Fiona did a brilliant job keeping this chatty bunch on track to make the plastic flowers. It was great to see the group getting involved at each stage and helping each other out when things weren’t going to plan. The group showed great team skills and enthusiasm for the project throughout and made a wonderful set of decorations between them.


Each recycled flower had a personal message added inside by the members of the Positive Pathways group, based on how they ended up at Meadow Well Connected and how the centre has helped them, the bottles were then tied together with garden twine to seal the message inside. Some of the flowers where then sprayed with gold and silver paint so that once they are hung in the orchid they will glisten in the sunlight.

15 03, 2019

Peter (Deetz) Davidson Artist of the Month March 2019

By |2019-03-15T13:34:54+00:00March 15th, 2019|News|

My name is Peter Davidson, I am a self-taught artist born in the mining town of Ashington in 1968.

Tell us how you first started out as an artist?
As a young boy I showed great promise as an artist but never really did anything with it. After a 25yr sabbatical I decided to see if I was still any good and started sketching again for personal pleasure. Things just snowballed quickly from there.

What’s your background? What did you do before you were an artist?
I left school and went to work as a paint sprayer at Benfield Motors before moving on to work in heavy industry at Alcan Lynemouth Smelter. I was made redundant at the same time as my artwork was starting to take off, so I took a job at Thermo Fisher then my final “proper job” at Piramal Pharmaceutical. During my time there my artwork was becoming a full-time job in itself. Finally, something had to give so I decided to take the leap of faith and follow my dream.

Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do simply because I love it, this isn’t work at all, I also love the fact that through my art I can touch other people’s lives and bring happiness to others.

What inspires you?
My inspirations come from my recollections of growing up in this wonderful area in a time now long gone now and the beauty that often goes under the radar.

How would you describe your work?
My work is split in two, one which is very heavily based on nostalgia and memories of “playing out” as a young lad. The other is my very quirky take on iconic places in the region, where fact gives way to fiction a bit but still catches the essence of the subject.

Can you tell us what you aim to achieve through your art?
My aim of my artwork is to put a smile on the face of people and hopefully bring some happiness to them, either through reminiscing of times gone or the humour I try to put in my work.

How do you work?
My process starts with several ideas playing around in my head, I’m not an artist who strictly sticks to the plan though and I never sketch out a painting first. I let things naturally develop as the work comes to life, once the sky is painted pretty much anything can happen.

How have you developed you work?
My development has seen me experiment with many different mediums, I started doing pencil sketches and now paint oil paintings, I feel my awareness of composition has come more to the fore as my journey continues.

Who or what are your biggest influences?
The biggest influences in my career to date are a desire to maximise what talent I have and a curiosity to see how far I can take me artwork.

What influences from The North East have inspired your work?
I would say the single biggest influence from the North East in my artwork has to be “the back street” a place that was my playground and the home of some of my fondest memories.

What work are you most proud of?
The piece I’m most proud of is really tough to say, my own personal mantra is to try and make the next one better than the last, I may not always achieve it, but I try. I really don’t have a piece that stands out.

What has been your most challenging creation?
My most challenging creation would be the next one, as I said earlier my mantra is to constantly improve with each piece of work, to this extent my next piece is always my most challenging.

What’s your favourite piece of artwork?
My favourite piece of artwork is pretty much anything by Yorkshire artist Bob Barker. I love the mood he creates in his work.

What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambitions for the future are simple, keep getting better, continue improving my technique and understanding of the mediums I use and to continue bringing a smile to people’s faces.

What is your story with North East Art Collective?
Way back John was the very first gallery owner to give me a chance, to this day I owe him and North East Art Collective a great debt of gratitude, I have managed to stay in the gallery ever since and through the hard work the gallery and myself working together we have built up a good relationship and a strong body of work. The gallery is invaluable to the local artists of the region and deserves great credit. I’m very proud to be part of the North East Art Collective family.

12 02, 2019

Anne J. Gill February Artist of the Month 2019

By |2019-02-12T15:49:31+00:00February 12th, 2019|News|

Introduce yourself please…
My name is Anne Johnston Gill and I’m from Berwick upon Tweed.
Tell us how you first started out as an artist?
I have been painting for as long as I can remember. After selling my first painting at the age of 13 I continued to paint commissions of my local area
What’s your background? What did you do before you were an artist?
I went to Art college but the other career on my mind had always been the RAF. The RAF took over and I stayed in for 12 years before I had my family. When my youngest started school I decided to do what I enjoyed and became a full time artist.
Why do you do what you do?
I’m an artist because there’s nothing I enjoy more and life’s too short.
What inspires you?
Wildlife inspires me. I started out painting local scenes but soon became bored so I turned to animals. Pet portraits are what I was asked for most but I enjoy doing animals in the wild.
How would you describe your work?
My style of painting is detailed and I try to get them as realistic and 3D as possible.
Can you tell us what you aim to achieve through your art?
I hope people get pleasure from my art as much as I get pleasure from painting it
How do you work?
I work from amalgamated photos and I like to work big. The bigger the better
How have you developed you work?
I try to keep evolving by using different mediums and surfaces. I’ve gone back to oil at the moment
Who or what are your biggest influences?
British wildlife has inspired my work but I also love to paint tigers and wolves.
What influences from The North East have inspired your work?
My favourite wildlife artist has to be David Shepherd
What work are you most proud of?
I’m probably most proud of my oil on wood paintings as they seem to have caught people’s imaginations. I tried for 2 years to get prints on to wood but was never happy with the results. I decided to paint directly on to the wood instead before someone else got the same idea
What has been your most challenging creation?
My most challenging paintings are probably the big stags on wood. There’s no painted background and you can’t really make any mistakes.
What’s your favourite piece of artwork?
My favourite artwork is probably the one I’m working on at the time but I do love painting stags
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambitions are to keep on growing and become better known and have my own exhibition in London
What is your story with North East Art Collective?
I became friends with John on Facebook and asked him if he would be interested in seeing my work. That’s how I got into the gallery. It’s amazing how many people I’ve met at various shows who have said they’ve seen my work in NEAC

1 02, 2019

Charity of the Year 2019

By |2019-02-01T16:11:57+00:00February 1st, 2019|Community Works|

Storytelling arts project for Meadow Well Connected

At Meadow Well Connected we are celebrating our 25th year at the centre of our community in North Shields.

Our focus for the year is on telling stories and, like centre users, volunteers and staff past and present; we all have a different story. These stories will be collected and represented in pieces of community art, developed by groups from our community and facilitated by local artists like you.

We will use the idea of storytelling as a route to engaging local people to share their experiences of living in the area alongside recollections of Meadow Well Connected, with the support of the North East Art Collective.

How are we going to collect stories?

The project will involve asking people to tell and share their stories, which will be coordinated by the Meadow Well Connected community team. We will be capturing stories from people of all ages, working in partnership with schools and other voluntary sector groups. For the first round of stories we will be focusing on young people at our kids club and the older generation.

The idea we have had is for people to write their stories down and insert them into plastic bottles and for those bottles to be made into art installations to display in our community gardens.

We will start work on the arts project (which needs a name) in February/March and we will reveal the first two installations at our large community event at Meadow Well Connected on 4th July, marking our 25th Anniversary. The secondary stage will start at the large community event, where we will work with the community to collect more stories to build further installations.

People of all ages living in and around our centre will benefit. We plan to welcome around 500 local people to the summer launch event.

The project will take place in our centre on Waterville Road, North Shields and in outreach sessions at local schools, shopping centres and other significant local sites, e.g. churches, care homes, other voluntary centre organisations.

The project will provide a legacy of positive stories, challenging the negative stereotypes which are often applied to our local community; it will also provide a range of engaging activities during school holidays around the theme of story-telling.


We’re hoping the project will receive PR coverage which will help us raise awareness and change perceptions of Meadow Well across the North East.


How do you get involved as an artist?

Come along and visit us at Meadow Well Connected on Monday 11th February between 1pm and 3pm. It gives you a chance to meet the team, ask questions and we’re giving some guided tours so you can see what we do.


If you have any questions you would like answering before the 11th please email Gabby

16 10, 2018

Rasa Zilinskaite, October 2018 Artist of the Month

By |2018-10-16T09:32:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|News|

Introduce yourself please…

I am Rasa , your adopted Georgie. I have married Nick and moved here to live 23 years ago from Lithuania. We have 2 grown up children and still very happy together.

Tell us how you first started out as an artist?

I’ve always painted as a child. I studied Art and Design in Lithuanian Art Academy where I had an opportunity to develop my skills in painting and drawing.

What’s your background? What did you do before you were an artist?

I have worked as an signwriter, window dresser, art technician and a support worker.

Why do you do what you do?

I love art and beauty and the challenge to create something new and exiting. Painting for me is trying to find a deeper connection with my surroundings and people. It is taking time to admire a particular location or a person.

What inspires you?

I love architecture, old and new, and human stories behind it. I am inspired by forces of nature meeting and clashing with man made objects. In my paintings you can see a lot of bridges reflecting on the water, crashing waves and the lighthouses. I deeply admire men and women who worked hard to created such amazing buildings for us to use and enjoy.

How would you describe your work?

My work is acrylic on canvas paintings, mainly cityscapes, seascapes and portraits, painted in spontaneous and vibrant way.

Can you tell us what you aim to achieve through your art?

My aim is to create a colourful, attractive, decorative  addition to homes and public places. I would like my paintings to be joyful colourful but real, like an old friends arm around your shoulders.

How do you work?

I look for ideas and inspiration; take photos and paint from them in my home studio

How have you developed you work?

I started of painting watercolours. I love sensuality and fluidity provided by water-based paints. In time I discovered that acrylic inks suited better the feel I would like to achieve and I have been painting in my current style for around 7 years.

Who or what are your biggest influences?

I love and admire a great many artists, but my absolute favourites are Francisco Goya and Henri Mattise.

What influences from The North East have inspired your work?

I love beautiful Newcastle city, the Tyne bridge, Durham, countryside and the seaside. Newcastle is such a beautiful and vibrant city an amazing place to live . it is an inspiration.

What work are you most proud of?

I love my new painting named ‘Kay’

What has been your most challenging creation?

Most challenging paintings are double portraits such as ‘Little Sisters’ ( please view on ) because they are very complex. Not only I had to capture very gentle and delicate girls features; both sitters had to mach in scale, mood and light conditions

What’s your favourite piece of artwork?

Maybe one of my Tyne Bridges

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would love to continue painting. I am dreaming of beautiful and dramatic colour combinations, fast and expressive brush strokes falling together and creating a wonderful paintings for people to enjoy.

What is your story with North East Art Collective?

I have been exhibiting in North East Art Collective for about 6 years. I am very proud to be a part of this beautiful Gallery for all this time. Many thanks for John and Gabby for showing and selling my work alongside other exiting artists from North East.

24 09, 2018

£10k for Newcastle foodbank

By |2018-09-24T11:56:59+00:00September 24th, 2018|Community Works, News|

Art auction inspired by a North East artist struggling to make ends meet has raised £10k for Newcastle foodbank

An art auction inspired by a struggling single-mum has captured the hearts of big-name artists and even NUFC manager, Rafa Benitez, – and raised an impressive £10k to help thousands of people living in food poverty.
When the owner of a Newcastle art gallery, John Thompson, learned that local artist, Serann, was auctioning off an original piece of her work to support a foodbank because she describes herself as being ‘always one step away from having to use one herself’, he knew he had to get behind her cause.
Serann’s painting, which was inspired by the film I, Daniel Blake and a 200-year-old poem by Percy Shelley called Masque of Anarchy, sold for £1000 and following this, Mr Thompson launched an appeal to every artist and celebrity he knew to provide paintings for an art auction.
The charity auction included over 100 six-inch by six-inch original pieces of artwork created by various artists including Alexander Miller and several Newcastle United players and the manager also submitted autographed creations.
Silent bids flooded in for the paintings which were displayed in the North East Art Collective gallery in Eldon Garden and two artists in particular drew in crowds when they donated mini masterpieces – Kerry Darlington’s artwork raised £1,200 and Alexander Miller’s piece went for £790.
John Thompson said: “When I heard what Serann had done and I went up to the foodbank to see for myself what’s happening, I was incredibly moved. That people are having to rely on foodbanks in this day and age is horrendous.
“We were overwhelmed by the support we got from artists and famous people and we didn’t expect to raise the amount of money that we did.”

The money raised is helping the UK’s largest foodbank – Newcastle West End Foodbank – provide around 10,000 local people with food parcels per year and, in addition, around 6,000 hot meals a year are prepared for those in need.
The Lilia Centre in Benwell operates two days a week and each year collects and hands out around 106 tonnes of food – worth £209,000 – from individuals, supermarkets, manufacturers and other foodbanks. The service also provides free hot drinks and puts people in touch with a range of support services to explore the exact nature of their crisis situation and look at options for their long term resolution.
Chief Executive of Newcastle West End Foodbank, John McCorry, comments:
“We are very grateful to everyone involved in the art auction. One in five people in the UK live below the poverty line and around half of those families have children. The money raised allows us to help those who are usually having to choose between eating or heating their home.
“I would like to stress though that it’s never ‘job done’ here – the foodbank is just like your cupboard at home it’s rarely full and empties quickly after it’s filled.”
The woman who inspired the auction, Serann, works fulltime in art and giftshop Artful in Hexham, is an artist in her spare time and is bringing up two children on her own. She explains why she got involved:
“I work hard but I’m always one step away from having to use a food bank. It incenses me that the disparity between the rich and the poor is ever growing and that in one of the richest countries in the world, people are having to use foodbanks.”

4 03, 2018

Mothering Sunday

By |2018-03-04T14:50:11+00:00March 4th, 2018|News|

It’s not long now until the day we all tell our mothers how much we love them.

As you grow older you realise that your mother is the most important person in your life, she made you the person you are today, and on this one special Sunday we get the chance to reminder her that we know how special she is; even if we don’t always show it.

Over the past few months I have been meeting with all of the artists to see what’s new and what 2018 and can bring for us…

Last week I met with Laura Edgar, a wonderful textile artist with work on display here with us, but on top of that she is wonderful mother and daughter, juggling work and family. Her work in textiles means that she gets to recycle and re-use every item. Her bangles are made from her daughter’s ballet shoes and her nans spare bed linen can often be found in her framed originals, each piece of work comes with a small memory from Laura’s family… Perfect for Mother’s Day, a gift from one mother to another.

Another artist I will be meeting up with is Anna Johnson, a talented artist whose mother is always there for her. We often see Anna’s mum more often than Anna, dashing in with deliveries for us as Anna continues at home producing more work. Without our mothers where would we be!

And finally, to round off my Mother’s Day tribute, Emily Ward is a mother and full-time artist, but Emily like many of us, classes her four-legged friends as extra children and is often requested to produce portraits of customers cats and dogs. With a passion for colour Emily can truly capture the mischief in our four-legged family members

So I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers, Grandmothers, Great Grandmothers and those of you out there waiting to become a mother for the very first time.

March 11th is Mother’s Day put a note in your diary now.


22 02, 2018

The Heart of Every Geordie

By |2018-02-22T12:15:38+00:00February 22nd, 2018|News|

It isn’t hard to guess that in the centre of most hearts around here lays our great N.U.F.C. It doesn’t matter where you live now but your heart is always here at home with the toon army!

December 9th 1892 is the date we all need to remember when Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End decided on their new name to celebrate the merger of the two teams,

‘Newcastle United Football Club’

Jan Radwanski is an artist with a unique gift for us all; he dedicates his days to cleaning and repairing original glass plate photography dating back to the 1800’s. Here is the team in 1895 just 3 years after the merger.

N.U.F.C. continued to grow and in 1998 a final redevelopment began to give us the  St James Park we see today. Standing all mighty at the top of our skyline like the great temple we treat it as.

Artist Gary Smith recently delivered this original Pastel drawing depicting our home game pilgrimage to the match. Every young Geordie young’uns dream to gan  doon to the Strawberry with their da before the game…

It’s a dream to be a part of the magpie family, as young child you enter that great stadium and you look at the legends it has produced…

Sir Bobby

‘Not the building or the Directors of the people who are paid to represent it.

It’s not the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.

It’s a small boy clambering up the stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his Father’s hand, gawping at the hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.’

Artist Peter Francis grew up as one of beloved magpie fans and he captured every fans first memory in this blissful pastel drawing.

Alan Shearer

The Legend of Newcastle, starting out as the son of sheet metal worker from Gosforth he made himself a home in every Geordies heart, every young lad wants to be like shearer when they grow up!

Artist Edward Tibbs catches the pride that Shearer instils in every fan, the hope that one day well get a striker just like him again.

We are United 

But lately the fans of our N.U.F.C. have relocated their hearts to support a cause that in present society shouldn’t exist. Here in Newcastle we house the UK’s largest Foodbank and our Geordie lads and lasses have been supporting them all season, through the N.U.F.C Fans Foodbank and what an amazing job they’ve done!

Artist Serann has captured the spirit of the Fans Foodbank, one day we shall rise like lions and demolish the need for anyone to use a foodbank.

21 02, 2018

Rise Like Lions

By |2018-02-21T12:49:11+00:00February 21st, 2018|Community Works|

This painting, using acrylic and spray paint over level stencils on wood, depicts local actor Dave Johns playing I Daniel Blake as he affirms his dignity against an unsympathetic system.
The artist ‘Serann’ wonders why foodbanks are now part of normal life in our rich country and why the 19th century views of Shelley are still relevant now, in the 21st century.
All Proceeds from the painting were donated to feed local people using Newcastle Food Bank at St Cuthbert’s Church on The West Road. This is the largest foodbank in the UK and collects via NUFC Fans Foodbank outside home matches at Gallowgate End with full approval of all at Newcastle United, including Rafa Benitez himself.

The painting was auctioned off in November 2017, the winning bid was for £800. However when the gentleman came to collect the painting he handed over a Cheque for £1000 to support the foodbank.

The painting has full approval and permissions in writing from Ken Loach, Director of ‘I Daniel Blake’.
Giclee prints have been produced from this painting and are being sold for £50 each with all profit being donated to the Foodbank.

E-mail to order your print.