Welcome to The Tin Shed's Tyneside and Wearside Art Studio.
This is where you can meet artists and makers living and working across these vast and beautiful areas. Browse from the lists below and click on the links to visit their own websites to see more of their work and visit their shops. It's a great way to support these small independent businesses.
Our Studios are great places for artists to get together too, because with so many venues closed and events cancelled, it's never been more important to strengthen creative communities.
Please visit our Artists' Studios in other areas, including Northumberland/Scottish Borders and Durham/Teesside/Yorkshire.
If you're interested in joining our Studios please get in touch via our Contact page or email
Click on the artists' links to visit their websites, studios and shops.
Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, artist Annie Kennerley finds much of her inspiration in the stunning landscapes of Northumberland and Catalonia.
She works in oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas and board. Annie is available for commissions and also creates smaller pieces for sale.
Anke Sayn Rainbow creates quirky, unique metal jewellery and object art. She uses sterling silver and mixed metals, as well as other natural resources such as sea glass, sand and old pottery.
She donates partial profits from her North East landmarks collection to local charities to support the homeless.
James Richardson, from Byker, Newcastle, first showed an artistic talent as a child when he painted a piece on the underside of his mum's kitchen table. He left art college early to find work following his mum's death and only returned to it years later encouraged by his friend Petro Annigoni, one of the Queen's artists.
Glass Artist Karen Griffiths has been working with glass for a decade from her studio at North Shields. She's often commissioned to create bespoke pieces. One of them was a fused glass wave wall panel for Edinburgh University's Wave Dynamics pool area.
She takes her inspiration from nature, especially water and trees.
Karen also teaches fused glass making.
Photographer Phil Benton specialises in landscapes, landmarks and wildlife.
Based in Gateshead, ill health led him to take up photography as a hobby. He went on to win a number of prizes for his pictures and to eventually set up a business.
Phil now sells his work, gives talks to camera clubs, restores old photographs and works on commissions.
Tyneside-based artist Barrie James is one of the UK's top caricaturists. He can be hired for special occasions, including weddings, birthdays and corporate events, where he creates caricatures, cartoons and bespoke pieces.
Barrie also provides caricatures from photos for personalised gifts.
Textile artist Donna Cheshire specialises in appliqué and freestyle machine embroidery making artwork inspired by the coast and countryside.
"My aim is to capture the beauty and special qualities of the landscape, and encourage others to cherish and protect this heritage."
Self-taught artist Josie Nichol has been painting for over 24 years. She gets most of her inspiration for her sea and landscapes near her North Tyneside home. Working mostly in oils, she also uses other mediums for other subjects.
Josie recently completed her English Garden Collection. A range of floral artworks and homeware gift range
Marina Morris, has painted since childhood and went on to study at London College of Art. Seascapes, painted mostly in oil on canvas are now her speciality. She's exhibited all over the UK including London's Saatchi Gallery.
Marina lives in Herefordshire, but has a studio on the North East coast where she gets much of her inspiration and holds workshops.
Artist Ray Quickfall is a self taught.
He received a BA in find art at the age of 63. Born in Newcastle, his love for his home city and the surrounding area, is reflected in his work, including the book Quays to Newcastle, which he wrote and illustrated.
He paints mainly in watercolour but occasionally also uses oils and acrylics.
South Shields watercolour artist Brian Patterson has been painting on and off for most of his life, but it's only recently due to career changes, that he's been able to concentrate on it. He goes out every morning to capture the latest shot for his next painting. Brian's main subjects are views of the sea and local landscapes.
Jacqueline Quinn creates paintings and original monoprints drawn from her love of colour and texture.
Based at Whitley Bay, she takes much of her inspiration from the surrounding landscape.
"My work is about the feeling of a place, a time, or a memory", she says.
Judith Davies, who is based at Lime Street Studios, in Newcastle, takes her inspiration for her ceramics and artwork from the Northumbrian coast.
Her unique and very tactile porcelain pieces are influenced by the movement of water over sand.
Her drawings on oriental paper are layered washes of inks she creates.
Artist Norma Burke, has had the chance to indulge in her love of art since retiring.
Daily walks on the beach near her home at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside provide much of her inspiration
"The colours and mood of the ever-changing waves and light are fantastic".
She paints mainly in acrylic on canvas, giving her the colour and textures in her work.
Roger Dobson's paintings often portray a person....or two. Some are real and others fictional. His individual style leads into a whimsical world mixed with underlying poignancy. There’s mystery too, dream-scenes or fairy-tales?
Roger exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2018, and also at the Royal Scottish Academy
of Art Open Exhibition 2018.