Hope you are still functioning despite this relentless heat?
I’d probably suggest a visit to the seaside or something to make you feel cooler?  Well what a coincidence, as myself and Sarah Roberts aka SHELF are about to open a permanent gallery on the Whitley Bay sea front…in the newly refurbished Spanish City (we’ve aptly named it SHELF SPANISH CITY).  You should come and visit, as we open in four days!  Please join us in celebrating the launch of the gallery and our inaugural group show SPLASH.  

PV 2nd Aug 6-9pm
Show continues 3rd-22nd August
Watts road,
Whitley Bay,
NE26 1BG 

As the first show will be introducing and showcasing  the amazing people that we will be working with to create a rad program of exhibitions at SHELF SPANISH CITY myself and Sarah Roberts will also be exhibiting work in SPLASH. 
Roberts and myself have made new work in response to Spanish City for this show.  Come check out how we have interpreted the decor, history and music based on the site #direstraits

More info below…Hopefully see you there x


SHELF proudly present our inaugural group show SPLASH at our new permanent gallery space: SHELF Spanish City. Featuring work from the directors of SHELF, MILK, IOUAE, PERICLO, IKO: Matt Antoniak, Corey Bartle-Sanderson, Stacey Davidson, Oliver Durcan, Steven Gee, James Harper, James Hindle, Max Lee, Bex Massey, Sarah Roberts, Joe Shaw and Matt Wilkinson curated by SHELF.

This will be the first group show in a full program of exhibitions to hit the newly refurbished pleasure-dome decree SPANISH CITY. We will call this an introduction. A bigger splash is yet to come…

SHELF SPANISH CITY gallery is situated on the mezzanine of the SPANISH CITY dome and will operate as a curatorial residency space for nomadic and regional collectives. Each residency is approximately 2 months where a given collective can utilize the gallery as if their own. As such SHELF SPANISH CITY will hold a dynamic free program of emerging artistic talent. Like Darryl Hannah in the movie Splash-most of us are juggling different roles to keep our heads above water. Each member of each of the collectives working with us to program a dynamic year of fabulous exhibitions at Shelf Spanish City are also artists. We are therefore using our first exhibition Splash to showcase our mermaids. Each of these artists will get a chance to shake their tails before slipping their fins back into their curatorial shoes.

If you find links easier here are two real good ones:
We are featured in the Great Exhibition of the North 2018  
If Facebook is your thaaang-here goes… FACEBOOK EVENT

Curatorial Residencies for 2018-19

Aug 2 – Sept 27 2018 SHELF

Sept 27 – Nov 29 2018 MILK

Nov 29 – Jan 31 2019 IOUAE

Jan 31- March 28 2019 PERICLO

March 28 – May 30 2019 IKO

May 30 – July 25 2019 SHELF
For more information about SHELF check out our

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Opening Reception:  Thursday 2nd August 6-9pm
Show continues from Aug 3- Aug 22. 2018 during Spanish City general opening hours
SHELF SPANISH CITY, Watts road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1BG 



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