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Making Space


Tuesday 6th December, Thursday 8th December, Tuesday 13th December, Thursday 15th December


Maker Place at Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN


Creative Fuse North East and the team at Gateshead Central Library’s MakerPlace are very pleased to announce our new collaboration ‘Making Space’.

Launching early December, Making Space is a four-workshop programme designed to introduce artists, creatives, craftspeople, and designer-makers to the possibilities of digital making and equipment. It is an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to design, develop, prototype, and deliver objects and products using the digital equipment found at Gateshead Library’s MakerPlace (see further details below).

The workshop will be led by Creative Technologist Ben Morris from Newcastle University’s Open Lab, supported by the Gateshead MakerPlace team. Ben has a background in Product Design and wider industry experience in Exhibition Design and his primary interest is connecting people and technologies.

Why take part?

Making Space is a fantastic opportunity to explore the use of digital tech and making equipment, developing your skills and confidence that will allow you to expand your creative potential.

Using the MakerPlace facilities it is possible to print and cut t-shirt designs, laser cut wood and acrylic designs, create and produce 3D objects, explore 3d printing slicing and physical computing (e.g. Arduino and Raspberry Pi), through to producing small electronic objects! It will help you consider what you can create, how you can design and make it, through to how you might display and market your business or practice.

The workshops will include an introduction to the computer software used to create designs, as well as safe use of the equipment and materials.

What happens in each session?

There will be four sessions, as follows (refreshments will be provided during each workshop):

Workshop One: Connect and Explore [3hrs]

Tuesday 6th December 9.30-12.30

This will be an Introductory Session where our participants will be introduced to the MakerPlace space and facilities. Before the programme starts we will be in touch with you to find out about your particular areas of interest and, using this information, we will share this across the wider group and focus on those facilities that might be most relevant for your business or practice. This will include an introduction to the software with some preliminary training and orientation taking place. In this session there will be a particular focus on 3d printing as a start.

Workshop Two: Create and Apply [3hrs]

Thursday 8th December 9.30-12.30

In this session the focus will be on looking at physical computing and soldering in particular, helping you to understand the fundamentals and key approaches for using these types of tech/facilities.

You will develop skills and understanding that may be applied to a design or physical object towards the end of the programme. This session will also look at how 2d and 3d designs can work together.

Workshop Three: Refining and Implementing [3hrs]

Tuesday 13th December 9.30-12.30

This session will look at using laser cutters and the t-shirt printing facilities in particular, complementing and/or extending the skills and techniques explored in the two previous sessions. This will allow you to develop a stronger idea of what’s possible across the range of facilities and equipment, giving you a clearer view of your own goals and what this might mean for you in the future.

Workshop Four: Making your Design(s) [3hrs]

Thursday 15th December 9.30-12.30

This session will consolidate the learning and techniques explored to date and will focus on assembling and implementing your ideas or designs, which will be a mix of individual and group formats and sharing approaches or views. Following the previous three sessions, we would encourage participants to think about a design/image that you may want to use to allow you to undertake initial making and/or testing whilst being guided by the Making Space team. We will also review the overall programme as part of the group discussion.

Who is this for?

Our support is available free-of-charge to creative/cultural/digital SMEs*, businesses, organisations and practitioners in the North East of England (Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham).


Making Space will be delivered at the Maker Place at Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN.

The facilities and equipment that you can use includes:

  • Epilog Helix 40W Laser Cutter
  • Prusa I3 Mk3s 3d Printers
  • Sawgrass Virtuoso SG800 A3 Dye Sublimation Printer
  • Stahl Clam Heat Press
  • Mug Press
  • Cricut Maker Digital Cutter
  • Roland BN-20 Vinyl Printer/Cutter
  • Soldering Stations
  • A3 Light Box
  • Roland SRM-20 Desktop Milling machine
  • Raspberry PIs and/or Arduinos

How do I sign up / find out more?

For an informal chat about the programme or to sign up, please email with the email title ‘Making Space’ in the first instance.


*Am I eligible?

If you can answer yes to the questions below, you may be eligible to take part in this programme:

  • Are you based (registered or have a trading address) in the North East of England (Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham)?
  • Do you have fewer than 250 employees?
  • Is your annual turnover less than €50 million, and/or your annual balance sheet is less than €43 million?

If your answer to any of the above is “not sure”, then please get in touch and we will help you to confirm whether you are eligible.




Images from Digital Team Gateshead Libraries

Ben Morris

Creative Technologist, Open Lab, Newcastle University

Gateshead Libraries Digital Team

Mark Adamson

Project Director, Creative Fuse North East