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Below is an ever-growing list of businesses, artists, craftspeople, and more which are based here at Ushaw in our fantastic studio spaces.
IT Wizard Dan is part of the Wabi-Sabi Academy and facilitates the management of Ushaw’s IT.
He shares a funky office with poet and novelist Jade, along with Copper the assistance dog, working on many projects for other clients, including computer builds, repairs and networks. He runs online courses and one to one workshops.
Waving his magic wand he transforms the complex to simple.
Emerald Architects projects range from simple house extensions to individually designed 'one off' properties, barn conversions and Listed Building Consents, agricultural and equine facilities, industrial, commercial and retail units, school remodelling, extensions, and land redevelopment.
However, not all projects are about creating new buildings, and some of the most enjoyable projects involve remodelling and refurbishing spaces to create new buildings from the inside out.
Every project is unique and designed to suit the needs of the client, users, program and budget.
John Grey Printmaking
John is a printmaker producing original, hand printed aquatint etchings. In his studio here at Ushaw, he makes acid etched brass plates and prints from these onto paper using a traditional high pressure press. Much of his work is inspired by the landscapes and architecture of the North East.
Maggie Parker - Eco-Printmaker
Maggie Parker is an eco-printmaker who creates images from flowers and leaves using a method of boiling to impress the flowers into paper or fabric. Tracing its routes through from the Japanese art of Gyotaku, eco-printing was traditionally done using textile supports, recently however, a small cohort of artists have been investigating using paper.
Dr Maggie Parker achieved international success, exhibiting her fine art work in galleries and alternative art spaces. She was one of the pioneers of digital art as a fine art medium in its own right, creating many of the first pieces of digital art exhibited in galleries.This interest in the digital landscape led to her completing a doctorate, researching mechanisms of self and identity when interacting with computer-game environments.
Previously lecturing and researching the field of game studies and art for computer games, Maggie has now turned her attention to the field of eco-printing.
Morgan Art Group
The Morgan Art Group is a small collective of artists; Alison Minney, Denise Smithson, and Graham Parker. They produce a diverse range of artwork in various media (including oils, pastels, and acrylics) inspired by nature and the changing seasons.
Their move to Ushaw Studio 70 marks a new chapter in their work, providing a greater scope to explore different artistic techniques.
“Enjoying life is about balance.”
"For years I struggled with this, but now realise its about my ‘work’ being my joy, incorporating wellness & mindfulness in all my life. Art, mindfulness, martial arts, self-defence & Qigong, all balance me."
Sharing a studio space with poet Tony Gadd, Roz is a visual & martial artist who creates and teaches classes in person and online.
Susan Warlock - Fine artist,illustrator and educator
Tel: 07305 614619
Susan has been living and working in the Deerness valley for 14 years, and moved into Ushaw College in February 2019. She creates large scale murals and mosaics in schools across the North East as well as teaching painting and drawing to adults both in her studio at Ushaw and in local community centres and private tuition in clients' own homes. Her practice is an eclectic mix of large oil portraits, abstract glass mosaic, and highly detailed coloured pencil illustrations.
Tony Gadd, Gong Fu Poets, Wabi Sabi Academy Ltd, Studio 72
Tony is a professional performance poet & educator.
“The past, present & future, shapes us all; our communities & the landscape. I aim to create value above & beyond my poetry. My poems are not objects: instead they are triggers for experiences. I tell a story to transform the written into the visual, from the discarded fragments of memories to bring the treasure of hope & promise of community”.
Available for commissions, workshops, performances, voice-overs & after-dinner talks.