FRIENDS COMMUNITY HUB
Our newly developed not-for-profit enterprise to provide a multi purpose space for the community right on the street.
The space is part of the Quaker Meeting House estate portfolio which includes Butterwick Hospice shop, Indulgence beauty salon and Quaker Business Centre (above Butterwicks). It had been leased out to Footprints Christian Bookshop for many years but when they moved down Skinnergate to number 51, we decided to think more creatively about its use.
The shop space has been refurbished and thanks to a generous grant from Creative Darlington (Darlington Borough Council), has permanant wall mounted exhibition boards all around the space for easy installation of art work or display materials.
It opened in May 2022 with Darlington Borough Council Arts Festival but it was still far from finished. Bit by bit, a team of fantastic volunteers helped scap the floor, paint the walls and add the touches of love that has turned it from dilapidated and unloved shop to colourful, funky, arty and creative space for the whole community
Hire the space:
Get in touch:
Phone 07941 338169
Shared use: This is hire of wall space only for exhibition. The shop space may be hired out for other events during this time.
NB: Suitable Insurance will be required to cover theft or accidental damage of art work whilst on display in the space. Check our policy conditions.
Recent and up coming -
The Auxilary, Middlesbourgh "Three free print workshops" - August 2022
Andrew Gill "River Tees: Source to Sea" - September
"Kippersmith and friends" - September
"Cabinet of Curiosities "Half term workshops 21st & 28th Oct"
"Palestinian art exhibition" 14th -20th November
"Kippersmith & friends" 28th Nov - 4th December
Enjoy some of the collected images in our gallery from the early days refubishment through to recent events.
Removing the old shop sign, we found underneath, a blast of the 1970s in form of Snowfresh! Yes it had once been a frozen food shop. Its a piece of the Quaker site which has certainly seen some history, having fomally been part of the Quaker education space.
During summer 2022, we've hosted three free print workshops run by Auxillary, Middlesborough with over 100 people of all ages a day popping in. Since then its featured fanastic photography exhibition, sales of soft furnishings, aprons, earings and textiles design.