Shieldfield Art Works Exhibition

Shieldfield Art Works launches its new vision and celebrates the people of Shieldfield through a programme of events, an eponymous exhibition and publication.

Shieldfield Art Works seeks to further focus its work upon using art as a means of enquiry into the wider world, with a particular focus on art’s relationship to community activism. We are an artist-led organisation, primarily funded by the Methodist Church, and founded on values of seeking truth, challenging injustice, social activism and operating for the common good. Shieldfield Art Works also underlines our wholehearted commitment to celebrate the community of Shieldfield, an area a few minutes walk from Newcastle city centre, that has undergone rapid developmental change over the past few years.


[21 May – 6 July]

Open every Tuesday – Friday 11am-4pm | Saturdays 25 May & 22 June 1-4pm

Featuring portrait photography of local residents by renowned photographer Phyllis Christopher; a map imagining a future, greener Shieldfield by Mikey Tomkins and local residents; a 3D map which tracks the money used to fuel the rapid urban development in Shieldfield by Dwellbeing; films produced by local residents as part of North EastEnders and a Shieldfield Art Works publication, which will feature writing by academics, supporters and community members, exploring the success of our past projects, our transition period from Holy Biscuit to SAW and commitment to future action.

The Late Shows

[Friday 17 May, 7-11pm]

Join us for the grand opening of the SAW exhibition. Meet the artists and engage in some intriguing activities organised by Newcastle University Fine Art students.

Shieldfield Art Works Launch Celebration

[Friday 7 June, 6-9pm with a kid’s party tea at 5.30pm]

Introducing Shieldfield Art Works, a celebration of our new name and brand. Enjoy the delights of our re-launch exhibition which presents our current and future work, hear some readings from some of the publication writers on the night of its launch, enjoy a feast of local Syrian food and dancing with a live DJ. Come and help us celebrate our new vision.

Shieldfield Walks

[19 – 23 June] 10-11.30am and 2-3.30pm

Take a walk around Shieldfield with Dr Mikey Tomkins who has worked with local residents to reimagine Shieldfield as an urban garden. This is an opportunity to explore urban green spaces and their opportunities within Shieldfield. Please sign up for £1.66 on our eventbrite page at:

Discussion Evening

[Friday 21 June, 6 – 8pm]

Come and delve deeper into our exploration of our Shieldfield Art Works exhibition and publication. Over a shared meal, we will discuss the work alongside writers and artists involved. Soup and bread will be provided.  

Mixing Bowl

[Tuesday 25 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm]

An evening of ‘Toppings and Tales’ to celebrate the Mixing Bowl community. Come with a ‘tale’, (or poem, art piece, dance – anything goes) to perform or show for 3 minutes, PLUS bring a savoury topping of your choice to share and enjoy with wraps. Please feel free to just contribute a topping if tale-sharing is not your thing! We will also make fabric bunting to share something that we value or enjoy about Mixing Bowl. RSVP via or 0191 447 6811 so that we can get an idea of numbers.

Beach Trip and Closing

[Saturday 6 July, 10am – 4pm]

A fun summer trip to Whitley Bay to eat, draw and explore together. One of our core values is to bear witness to our own stories and others‘ and what better way to signify this than a to journey a lighthouse. We will drive to Whitley Bay and walk along the Promenade to St. Mary’s Lighthouse where we will spend time relaxing, eating and drawing. We will then return to SAW to take down the exhibition together, bearing witness to the transition from HB to SAW. Please sign up via or by ringing 0191 447 6811 as transport spaces are limited. There is a cost of £1 per person (bursaries available) to cover transport costs, this is paid on the day. Meet at SAW at 10am. Bring a packed lunch for the picnic.

Shieldfield Art Works Exhibition

Photography by Matt Pickering