Support Slugtown in Shieldfield

by Slugtown in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

Support Slugtown in Shieldfield
We did it
On 30th April 2020 we successfully raised £5,278 with 117 supporters in 52 days

Help us raise funds to cover the essential refurbishment of our new space so we can continue to support artists and our local community!

by Slugtown in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

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What is Slugtown?

Slugtown is an artist-run gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.  We started in 2017, in a house in Heaton; turning our front room into a gallery space and hosting solo exhibitions by early–career artists, workshops and community engagement events.   At that location we hosted 11 on-site exhibitions, and 2 off-site exhibitions. 

Our aims are to continue developing our exhibition programme, and to provide artists with the tools and support to realise ambitious solo exhibitions.  

We have always been self-sustainable, with a proud DIY ethos.  We are champions of self-responsibility, self-initiation and finding a satisfaction in creating, and will bring these ideas forward in a series of workshops and events.   

After the success we had working from our home, we wanted to continue the project and secure its long-term future.  We moved away from Heaton in 2018, became a Community Interest Company, and began the search for a new location. 

In spring/summer 2020 we will move into a disused retail unit in Shieldfield, Newcastle on a long-term lease! 

Our goal is for Slugtown to continue to support art and artists, and to help grow to the cultural offering of the North East, and provide a responsive and valuable resource for the community of Shieldfield. 

To help us achieve this, we need your support!

What do we plan to do?

In spring/summer 2020, we will move into our new premises in Shieldfield, Newcastle.  

We are delighted to have received Arts Council England funding to support our exhibition and workshop programme.  We are firm believers in paying artists, and funds will be put towards artists’fees, materials, and travel.  

In Heaton, Slugtown was a welcoming and informal space – encouraging visitors who might not normally engage with art.   We held tours for residents, hosted street BBQs, and spent time talking with visitors. In our new location we will continue this ethos, making art accessible and communal.   

The gallery will be a creative civic space, hosting regular input sessions centred around a monthly communal meal, resulting in the publishing of a Public Handbook.  The Handbook will be an ever–changing manifesto, representing the thoughts of what the gallery should be in response to the community.  It will be accessible on our website, and physically in the gallery. 

Arts Council funding will also be used to support an expanded FREE workshop programme.  

Exhibiting artists will all lead public workshops, and Slugtown will host series of workshops as well as our month–long ArtMaker workshop.  The ArtMaker workshop teaches new creative skills each week, taking participants through every stage of hosting an exhibition, and culminating in an exhibition in the gallery.  These workshops will provide takeaway knowledge, providing a gateway into contemporary art and promoting the benefits of engaging with it. 

What do we need?

We are aiming to raise £6000 to cover the essential refurbishment of the unit in Shieldfield.   Your contribution will help us to:

  • perform a full electrical rewire of the property, including: installing LED strip lights, emergency lighting, a fully compliant fire detection system and power sockets. 
  • Build an interior stud wall to create a white cube gallery space. 
  • Hire tools and buy materials to make good the interior concrete floor of the space.
  • Buy furniture (stools, chairs, tables) to use for our monthly communal meals, input sessions and workshops
  • Buy AV equipment to enable us to support video/sound exhibitions and workshops

By pledging on our Crowdfunder, you will be helping secure the longevity and sustainability of Slugtown.  This in turn will hugely benefit artists and the cultural offering of the North East, and the community of Shieldfield.  

We’d like to thank all the brilliant artists who have donated work for this Crowdfunder.  To see HD images of works, and for more info visit:

Please note that all prices include UK shipping. For outside UK shipping, please contact: [email protected]



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

16 of 20 claimed

Hannah Lees –– Magdalene Hands T-shirt

Limited edition of 20, printed cotton t-shirt, XL, 2020

£12 or more

16 of 50 claimed

Slugtown 'Croc' Tote Bag

Single colour orange print on black cotton Tote Bag

£15 or more

5 of 8 claimed

Jack Lewdjaw –– Risograph prints

Jack Lewdjaw –– fotocopia, risograph print, [edition of 50, 4 available], 2019 /// Jack Lewdjaw –– play it cool, risograph print, [edition of 50, 4 available], 2017

£15 or more

20 of 30 claimed

Max Lee –– Lightweight

Max Lee –– Lightweight, air dry clay and acrylic, 14 x 6.5ø, [edition of 100, 30 available], 2016

£35 or more

14 of 30 claimed

Sam Venables | Mike Pratt

Sam Venables –– Crispi Crisps, 3 colour risograph print (edition of 15 - with 5 APs, 15 available), 42 x 29.7cm, 2020. Produced in collaboration with Slugtown ///// Mike Pratt –– Brick and Fork, 2 colour risograph print, instruction sheet (edition of 15 - with 5 APs, 15 available), 2020. Produced in collaboration with Slugtown.

£35 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Richard Magee –– Approaching a Rejection of...

Richard Magee –– Approaching a Rejection of Conclusion (False) Rumour, original pages, drawing and risograph on paper, [all unique], 29.7 x 21cm, 2019. 10 available

£40 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Karanjit Panesar –– Untitled, drawings on paper

Karanjit Panesar –– all works graphite on paper, 21 x 15cm, 2020. Signed and dated by the artist. For more details on the works, visit our website.

£50 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Chris Alton –– Handwritten posters

Chris Alton –– This Would Look Great in the Downstairs Toilet, handwritten poster on recycled paper, 29.7 x 21.4cm, [edition of 10], 2020.

£70 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Jemma Egan | Jock Mooney | Genevieve Slater

Jemma Egan –– Nails, pen on paper, 21 x 29.7cm, [unique], 2019 /// Jock Mooney –– Brexit Cat, screen print on paper, 30 x 40cm (framed 42 x 52cm), [edition of 20, 1 available], 2017 /// Genevieve Slater –– Combined Comics (Are You Sure No One Will Laugh?), Indian ink on tracing paper in perspex, 32.3 x 21.1cm, [unique], 2019

£80 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Jake Kent | Michaela Cullen and Declan Colquitt

Jake Kent –– 'Peace Wagon', screenprint on newsprint. 42.0 x 29.7cm, [unique], 2020 /// Michaela Cullen, Declan Colquitt in collaboration with Alfie Strong –– Morrigan, costume from film Double Dropping on a Phantom Island, craft felt, 35 x 25 x 5cm, [unique], 2018

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Ellie Macgarry –– Helmet

Ellie MacGarry –– Helmet, etching, 30 x 24cm (framed 32 x 26), [edition of 15, 1 available], (signed and numbered 13/15), 2018

£150 or more

2 of 7 claimed

Martin Lukáč –– Risograph prints

Selection of limited edition risograph prints. Numbers of To see more details about each print, please refer to our website!

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Verity Birt –– Ceramics and chiffon

Verity Birt –– Deformation Attends Her, glazed ceramic ribs and horn, 37 x 26 x 7cm, [unique], 2018 ///// Verity Birt –– from Her feet are talons, her hands are unclean, digital print on chiffon, 191 x 128cm, [unique], 2018

£200 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Rebecca Kay | Paul Merrick

Rebecca Kay –– Liverpool road, Manchester, silver gelatin handprint on aluminium mounted with glass, 12.75 x 18 x 0.8cm, [unique], (signed and dated by artist), 2020 /// Paul Merrick – In The Dance Of The Skeletons, collage on perspex, 25.5 x 16.5cm, [unique], 2020

£200 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Kara Chin | Noel Clueit

Kara Chin –– Dehumidifier, glazed ceramic, plywood and grout, 16 x 12cm, [unique], 2020 /// Kara Chin –– Spacesuit, glazed ceramic, plywood and grout, 15 x 10.5cm, [unique], 2020 /// Kara Chin –– Screen Time, glazed ceramic, 13 x 16 x 22cm, [unique], 2020 /// Noel Clueit –– Pick up, try again, MDF, skateboard hardware, bulbs, lamp fittings, cable, 24 x 41 x 15cm, [unique], 2019

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Paul Barlow | Jesse Wine

Paul Barlow –– Untitled, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 22 x 30.5cm (framed 32 x 40cm), [unique], 2019 ///// Jesse Wine –– Young Man Red, One colour lithograph on white Somerset satin, 30.5 x 23cm (framed 42 x 34cm), [edition of 120, 1 available], (signed and numbered 97/120), 2014

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Matt Antoniak

Matt Antoniak - Rainbow, oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm, [unique], 2019

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Mark Wallinger –– The Underworld

Mark Wallinger –– The Underworld, giclée print with archival ink on Somerst 250gsm velvet enhanced paper, 29.7 x 21cm (framed 35.5 x 27cm), [edition of 150], (signed and numbered 17/150), 2004

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Harley Kuyck-Cohen –– Mosquito

Mosquito –– Assemblage; wood, paint, filler, 30 x 35 x 25cm, [unique], 2019

£20 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Garth Gratrix –– High res digital prints

Series of limited edition hi-res digital prints on 300gsm paper. For detailed info on the works, please visit our website!

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Matt Wilkinson –– ADRIFT

Matt Wilkinson –– ADRIFT, 35mm matte print w/ white frame, 53 x 43cm framed, [edition of 20, 1 available], 2016

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Kevin Hunt x Liam Fallon –– Wallpaper (glory)

Kevin Hunt x Liam Fallon –– Wallpaper (glory), single colour screen print on hand cut Hahnemühle paper, 42 x 37.8cm, [edition of 50, 1 available], 2019. Courtesy of PINK, Manchester.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Rosie McGinn –– Gazza

Gazza –– digital print, 29.7 x 21cm, [edition of 30, 1 available], 2019.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Bex Massey | Sarah Roberts

Bex Massey –– Ominpresent Jessica Fletcher #13, graphite on paper, 20.2 x 28.1cm, [unique], 2015 /// Sarah Roberts –– Legfie with Rock, collage and watercolour on paper, 42 x 29.7cm framed, [unique], 2020 /// Sarah Roberts –– Legfie with Sunset, collage and watercolour on paper, 42 x 29.7cm framed, [unique], 2020

£45 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Claire Dorsett | Stephen Palmer

Claire Dorsett –– Edit, acrylic on watercolour paper, 14.5 x 10cm, [unique] 2011 /// Claire Dorsett –– 1, 2, 3, 4, acrylic on watercolour paper, 14.5 x 10cm, [unique], 2011 /// Stephen Palmer –– The dead and alive songs, 7 inch vinyl record and 2 colour screenprint in full colour spined sleeve, 18.8 x 18.8cm, [limited edition of 175, 1 available], 2008

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Alex Sickling –– Bud Vases

Bud vase #1 – Glazed ceramic, 16 x 10 x 16cm, [unique], 2019 Bud vase #2 – Glazed ceramic, 16 x 10 x 16cm, [unique], 2019

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Joanne Dawson | Jack Lavender

Joanne Dawson –– Untitled, embroidered cotton beanbag, 13 x 18 x 2cm, [unqiue], 2016 //// Jack Lavender –– NOW, three colour lithograph w/thermographic powder on white Somerset satin, 33 x 25.5cm (framed 45 x 37), [edition of 120], 2015

£140 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Joanne Masding –– Tile Shard

Joanne Masding –– Tile Shard, screen print and hot foil on ceramic shard, with day-glo fixing, 20 x 16cm, [unique], 2019.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tom Sewell –– Imaginary Standing Stone

Tom Sewell –– Imaginary Standing Stone, graphite on paper, 30.5 x 23cm (framed 32 x 24.5cm), [unique], 2016.

£750 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jack Otway –– Untitled

Untitled –– acrylic on gesso panel, 40 x 30cm, [unique], 2019

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