Christmas Market – a call for stall holders

wooden Christmas decorations

Our second Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 7th December Dec, 10:00-16:00. It will be an opportunity to sell your artwork, and crafted goods, There will be festive refreshments, a raffle and an opportunity to find unique and beautiful Christmas presents

If you’re interested in in a stall, send an email including a short description of items/goods to be sold and whether you want a full of half stall (if you have a sharing exhibitor in mind, please tell us  that, too) to by 15 Nov 2019.

A ‘stall’ is a 6ft trestle table. Exhibitors need to bring any support equipment as required (stands/rails/cash box incl. change or float)

Costs: Single stall £20/ £30 for a shared stall with another exhibitor (£15 each)

Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

Short Course in Printmaking

The print studio during one of our print workshops

with Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode.

Vhairi and Caroline are offering a short course in Printmaking on Saturdays 23rd & 30th November 2019 and 25th January & 1st February 2020, 10.30am till 4.00pm each day. The course will be held in the Learning Room, at Hatton Gallery.

As there will be more time, they aim to introduce simple screen-printing and revisit the 2 plate process, as well as helping students to continue with other techniques.

8 places are available

Cost: £20 per person per day plus a small surcharge for materials.

To register for a place on either of these courses, email Don’t forget to tell us which course you are interested in.

Creating “The Northumberland Milliner”

Talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Tuesday, 19th November – 6 pm nibbles, 6.30 to 7.30 talk
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery

MaIMG_9540rgaret initially trained to teach Art and Design at HildsBede, Durham, where she specialised in ceramics. On graduation believing that she needed a little more experience of life before settling into teaching, she applied for a graduate trainee scheme at Selfridges W1, eventually retuning to the NE to take up the role of the Fenwick Glass & China Buyer. Somewhat later, aware that she needed to reconnect more actively with her earlier creative life, she applied to Leeds College of Art in 2011, and after a 2-year intensive course, graduated in 2013 with High Distinctions in HNC Couture Millinery.

Hat and photo © Margaret Woodliff WrightSince founding her studio Margaret “The Northumberland Milliner” uses her research of current fashion, textile design and material trends – along with historical references, art, travel and cultural experiences – to inform her millinery collections. She enjoys working closely with individual clients to create unique hats and headpieces for them, as well as making “ready to wear’ collections, which are regularly featured in the press both locally and nationally as well as in “coffee table” publications.

In the wider creative world she has been involved in a number of collaborations and international millinery exhibitions including Arts Council funded inner city retail regeneration projects.  (This summer for instance, three of her contemporary pieces have been on the catwalk at an international exhibition on the island of Palma!) Recycling and up cycling are frequent themes of these external exhibitions.

Her talk will include her introduction to millinery, how a couture hat is made, materials and components, some of her latest exhibition pieces, and as she has now made a return to the world of teaching – her current workshop topics.  She will also be showing a short video, which gives a contemporary introduction to millinery.

For a place please email

July/August 2019 Bulletin

Dear Friends

Welcome to the new look bulletin for July and August. We hope you enjoy the improved layout and content.

This issue includes the first of what we hope will be a series of articles, which will feature one of our members who are practitioners as well as an update on the Friends Summer Exhibition.

Also included are details of up and coming talks and events and longer-term dates for your diary.

At the last committee meeting on 9th July the importance of forging stronger links with the university and in particular postgraduate students was discussed. This would also help with bringing younger people into the organisation

The committee are always appreciative of members’ views and comments or if any member wishes to include an article in a future bulletin please contact the current Secretary, by emailing Richard Thompson.

Report on CACH Lecture by Stephen Moonie

On 8th June members enjoyed the third in a series of Saturday morning Lectures organised by Maggie Bassendine for the Contemporary Art Club.

This Lecture, entitled ‘Conceptual Art in Britain and the US’ was delivered by Dr Stephen Moonie, an art historian at the University.  Normally these talks are presented in the Gallery learning room but on this occasion it was delivered in one of the main university lecture theatres.  The venues’ IT and layout added significantly to the enjoyment of the event.

Dr Moonie stressed that conceptual art proper was bound up with the cultural ides of the late 60’ and early 70’s.  Many people think that conceptual art is reflected in the work of Damian Hirst and Tracy Emin, for example.  But this is not strictly conceptual art. What an artist actually does was challenged by all conceptualists. This idea meant that conceptual art was not immediately appealing. Although many of the conceptualists started out as painters, the conceptual art of the late 60’s and 70’s was not necessarily beautiful or saleable.  Stimulating questions like ‘what actually makes art, art’  and ‘can an artist unmake artwork’ challenged the idea that artwork needs to be a ‘physical thing’

This was just a sample of the talk, which was most enjoyable and stimulated many questions from the audience.

If you are nterested in joining CACH (Contemporary Art Club at the Hatton)? Please email Marion Thompson

Report on Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton – 22 June 2019

The Workshop was well attended.  Janis very kindly and patiently led us through the process of weaving.  She had prepared the looms for us and had brought a wonderful selection of yarns and threads.  Some participants had had no experience of weaving but produced some amazing and unique pieces of work based on a beach theme.

Have a read through the participants’ reviews:

 I haven’t visited the Hatton Gallery for a while but when I saw the weaving workshop advertised I was tempted to sign up. Welcome drinks were offered by the ‘Friends of the Hatton’ and there was opportunity to chat before the session started. Small looms were already set up for us thanks to our experienced tutor, Janis Embleton, who also provided a lovely range of textured yarns. Our seascapes evolved with her kind support throughout the session which went by so quickly as we were so absorbed in the process and in experimenting with what was on offer. I loved integrating some of my finds from Roker Beach: rope and driftwood. Janis was very encouraging to us all and I will definitely come back to other sessions at the Hatton. Oh! And there were strawberries and cream at the end, to reward our efforts! A wonderful escape on a Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

        Kath Price

I attended the above workshop on Saturday and have to say Thank You for putting on such an event.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was very informative and great fun.  It was also an opportunity to meet other ladies with similar interests.  Just wish it had been on for a little longer. Thank you also to Josephine for organising.

Angela Kirby

This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Extremely well organised with all materials provided and a set task taught. It was amazing how different each participant’s work was!

Janis, the tutor, was approachable and very well organised, keeping us on track so that we could complete our weaving in  the limited time available. A lovely relaxing but productive afternoon. I’d happily do the same workshop again but maybe with an extra hour in length to ensure no-one needed to rush to finish.

Many thanks to Janis and also to Josephine for organising attendees and delicious refreshments.

Alison Ainslie

 We had a fantastic time at the weaving workshop. The workshop was well organised and really well taught. Janis was very attentive and always there with an extra tip or piece of advice. Company was excellent and the lovely strawberries and drink really topped off an excellent afternoon. Looking forward to the next craft afternoon, thank you! 

Sophie Cousin

Summer Exhibition 2019

Friends' Summer Exhibition poster 2019

Following another excellent response from our members, this year’s summer exhibition began with the submission of works on 13th July (see photos above). Thirty-one artists submitted 56 works. During the hand in members were invited for refreshments, hosted by the Contemporary Art Club in the Learning room. It was interesting to hear about the various views and opinions held by others on the art scene.

A group of volunteers set out the artwork to maximise on presentation then, working in two teams, proceeded to hang the works.  With some minor adjustments the exhibition was in place by 3pm the same day.


The perennial preview took place in the evening of 15th July.  Hosted by our Chairman, Geoff Mills, this was attended by over 70 members and guests who enjoyed the evening, viewing the work accompanied by a light buffet with drinks.

A good number of members volunteered to invigilate during the course of the exhibition, which at the time of writing is on-going. The Exhibition will end on 2nd August.

Many thanks to all those who submitted art work, our volunteer organisers and helpers and the galley staff for the loan of tools and equipment and other furniture and facilities that helped the process run smoothly.