Shieldfield Art Works Blog

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. There are several essays within it that explore different aspects […]

Humour: A Mixing Bowl Blog
16th June 2020

“Humour is such a wonderful thing, helping you realise what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time.” Lynda Barry, cartoonist I don’t think I have ever written about humour before. It’s difficult to know where to start really, I think everyone has a different idea of the word. A […]

Meaningful Hospitality
11th June 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. There are several essays within it that explore different aspects […]

Connections: A Mixing Bowl Blog
9th June 2020

“Do you know why we have the sunflowers? It’s not because Vincent van Gogh suffered. It’s because Vincent van Gogh had a brother who loved him. Through all the pain, he had a tether, a connection to the world. And that is the focus of the story we need – connection.” Hannah Gadsby Having a […]

Hospitality: At the Threshold
4th June 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. There are several essays within it that explore different aspects […]

Gratitude: a Mixing Bowl Blog
2nd June 2020

I’m involved in leading mindfulness sessions at the Northumbria University. At the moment the sessions don’t include gratitude exercises, but I’m working on it because research does keep showing up strong correlations between practices cultivating conscious gratitude and good mental health outcomes. Indicators of happiness tend to improve and incidence of and severity of depression […]

Bearing Witness
28th May 2020

Our origins as ‘Holy Biscuit’ came from a partnership between the Biscuit Factory and Newcastle Central and East Methodist Circuit with the refurbishment of Shieldfield Methodist Church into Holy Biscuit art gallery. In 2009, Methodist minister Rev Rob Hawkins and The Biscuit Factory owner Mr Ramy Zack shared a vision, a creative new use for […]

Bearing Witness: The Chief End
21st May 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. There are several essays within it that explore different aspects […]