- Date: 22 March 2013
- Area: North
Heather Phillipson, A-Is-to-D-What-E-Is-to-H, installation view. Credit: CIRCA Projects 2012
The Boiler Shop in Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter is one of the city's most significant buildings from the industrial revolution, and in recent years has played host to a new kind of revolution, becoming a destination for new arts and cultural events and festivals.
Managed by local developers Silverlink, the refurbished shed space lies in the heart of the Stephenson Quarter behind Newcastle Central Station. The newly named Boiler Shop has showcased performances, events and exhibitions, many of which have been supported by Arts Council investment.
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: 'Silverlink have exciting plans for the future of the Boiler Shop and the Stephenson Quarter development, and it's great to see that arts and culture is playing a big part of this. The support they have already given to projects with Arts Council investment is a perfect example of the success that can come from fresh thinking and an open mind. I look forward to seeing what comes next.'
Michelle Percy, Director, Silverlink Holdings, said: 'The Boiler Shop itself is a grade 2* listed building - it is a unique space that we aim to maintain and develop as a dynamic venue to complement the surrounding buildings and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It is so refreshing to work with the Arts Council - their approach to our plans and invaluable support has enabled us to press on with an ambitious programme of events and activities over the coming months.'
The Boiler Shop is also home to CIRCA Projects, a curatorial non-profit organisation which produces and exhibits artist commissions, performances and other projects.
Sam Watson, Programme Director, CIRCA Projects said: 'As a small organisation, the support of Silverlink has been essential in both delivering our public programme and developing our organisation. Their provision of space, hosting four major exhibitions to date, has greatly reduced our overheads. With this support, we can direct the needed funds towards our activities. Their support in partnership with CIRCA Projects continues to be instrumental in the growth and quality of the projects we are able to work towards.'
Examples of recent projects and exhibitions which have been hosted in the Boiler Shop are:
For more information about Silverlink and the Boiler Shop, click here.
To find out about our open-access funding programme Grants for the arts, click here.