What is ArtNet?

  • A space to encourage and support local people who want to make art
  • A space to see differently, question assumptions and respond to life’s issues
  • A space to build relationships with other  people
  • A space to explore and develop the imagination

"I believe that art remains a powerful tool for communicating. It can stop you in your tracks, challenge perceptions, engage people emotionally, even break the rules of superficiality."

Join us

Next session

At the next meeting on Saturday 28th September, we will use the medium of photography to look at the theme of ‘Life is difficult.’ You will be able to work with a small group or on your own. You only need a camera phone. There will be; 

  1. The opportunity to show work that you have created, including finished clay pots!
  2. Some inspiration from Morris Gallagher and other photographers
  3. Teaching about how to take good photos – using the 4F’s framework

Morris Gallagher on 07917116183 if you want to join a meeting, or join our WhatsApp group and online Workspace.

To join a meeting, our WhatsApp group or online workspace and further information text 07917116183 

Link to March meeting – collage making

Link to June meeting – clay work


What is art?

That’s a good question, but not an easy one. Our definition is very broad.’ Art’ can be painting, photography, drawing, writing, sculpture, music making, video games, using textiles, poetry etc. There are no limits although it often says something about us and our world.

Do I need to have done art?

The short answer is ‘No.’ You could be an established artist, make the occasional artwork or just want to ‘have a go’ and learn how to express yourself by creating something. As artists we need encouragement and support as it’s easy to struggle alone.

Can anyone join?

Yes. This project is supported by Hope Community Church Low Fell as part of its commitment to encourage and grow cultural awareness in Gateshead. Another of our initiatives is our Movies@Hope group which examines the culture of movies. ArtNet is not a ‘religious’ group although it will explore issues of life, death and beyond. It  is open to people of faith and no faith. 


Richard Dobson, painter, prints, pastels, Gateshead

Morris Gallagher, social documentary photographer, Gateshead

Janet Gallagher, painting and textiles, Gateshead


SAW – Shieldfield Art Works. Excellent community-engaged arts organisation in Newcastle