, South Shields
The Customs House has provided the group with a venue to meet as well as a wonderful gallery in which our exhibitions have been displayed. Ray Spencer MBE
, director, has provided continuous support, even though there have been times when his office was so full of pictures from A Grand Tour
that he could hardly get through the door! Esen Kaya
, visual arts curator, has been integral in the development of the group. Since our formation, the following projects were partially funded by Customs House through Arts Council
grants and South Tyneside Council
: A Victorian Christmas, A Grand Tour
and Once Upon a Time
has generously provided exhibition space at its shows in Harrogate, Alexandra Palace and Olympia.
Cleadon Park Library
The library have provided us with a second venue to meet and work on our projects. We are grateful to the staff for their help.
North East Maritime Trust
There are some expert knitters, crocheters and sewers in our group but, if one of us is a skilled carpenter, we have yet to find out who it may be. Members of the Maritime Trust, especially Dave Parker
, have spent many hours making picture frames, plinths, a fireplace and a host of other things for our exhibitions.
Have invited us to exhibit twice, paying for our transport and accommodation costs.
Port of Tyne Authority
Provided funds for A Grand Tour
which helped towards additional materials and meant we could take this exhibition to the Knitting and Stitching
shows in Harrogate and London.
Family and Friends
Members' partners, notably Tim West, Brian Wilson, John Wren and Tony Wild
, have provided tremendous support. They have constructed frames, taken countless photographs, loaded, transported and assembled exhibitions and not complained (much) when every corner of the house has been filled with yarn, pictures and stuffed figures, or cupboards have overflowed with old sheets and t-shirts, or homes filled with the sound of fabric being torn whilst dust fibres have settled all around them!