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Shieldfield Art Works (or ‘SAW’) is an arts organisation based in Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne. SAW operates on the intersection of contemporary art, theological reflection and community activism. As both an arts space and a project of the Methodist Church, we are committed to understanding how these three spheres can speak, interact and learn from each other. SAW believes art and creativity are integral parts of human life, and with art’s unique ability to articulate, question and enquire, we can enact positive change in our communities and the world. Visit SAW’s Values page to read more about what is important to our organisation.

Shieldfield Art Work’s broad programme includes developing high quality art exhibitions, events, workshops, conferences and publications. Although we support all forms of art making and development, Socially Engaged Art is integral to our practice as an organisation, and is often used to discuss, question and give voice to local and global issues. We have a longstanding commitment to our community of Shieldfield, an area which has undergone rapid urban development. We also support emerging artists by providing opportunities for development, curatorial support and exhibition opportunities.

SAW works with people of all faiths and none – artists, schools, universities, community members, charities, churches, community groups, artistic collectives and other partners. We gladly welcome people of all backgrounds to participate in our programme.

If you are interested in supporting the work of SAW, please visit our Give to Shieldfield Art Works page.

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Blog

Print and Protest
4th October 2019

Sister Corita Kent is probably my favourite nun and definitely my favourite pop artist. For those that haven’t heard of this wonderful woman, she taught and practised art at the Immaculate Heart College in California in the ‘60s and ‘70s. She produced brightly coloured screen prints often about God and groceries.  Kent’s life and practice […]

Everybody Wants to Be a Cat
19th September 2019

Hello and welcome. I am Benji, I’m the recent graduate of a BA in Illustration and even more recently the intern at Shieldfield Art Works. At three weeks in I would describe my role so far as a witness – learning all that’s going on in this community, watching, questioning and being amazed by it. […]

Mixing Bowl Tenebrae Evening
18th April 2019

Last month at Mixing Bowl, Andii Bowsher put together a reflective evening inspired by the tradition of ‘Tenebrae’ services.  Tenebrae means darkness or shadows, and services are sometimes called ‘A Service of Shadows’. Tenebrae can be seen as prayerful theatre, with ways to recognise the sadness and tragedies of the world within a framework of bittersweet […]

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