Gluegroup is based in Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We have established our gallery in the shop front of Arthur T. Sharpe’s tattoo parlour, on Heaton Road.

The gallery provides opportunities for established local artists, and also encourages and facilitates the move from university to professional practice, giving university students and new graduates the chance gain experience and exhibit their own work.


The New Year is packed with exciting new projects for us….

We shall be kick starting the next instalment of our education programme at St.Teresa’s Primary School with drawing, printing, and sculpture based workshops.

Our next exhibition Toetap will preview on Friday 18th January. A collection of artworks based around the theme of dance will be shown in the gallery space alongside a programme of events and dance based workshops and lessons. (See below for details)

Plans are being made for an upcoming exhibition at Durham Art Gallery. This will be in conjunction with ‘My Giant Colouring Book’ by Jake and Dinos Chapman and an exhibition of new Polish art (more details of this to come).

January will also see the launch of our new poetry, performance, and storytelling evening ‘Stray Signals’. This promises to be an exciting and entertaining night where participants can perform, recite, or create original material within a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. (See below for details)


Sat 19th January – Fri 22nd February

Preview Fri 18th January

Gluegroup present Toetap, an exhibition of artwork that has dance as its central theme. There will be a series of dance classes running alongside the exhibition, encompassing everything from tap to techno, belly to ballroom, flamenco to foxtrot…

We are currently looking for 2D artists, and are keen to receive proposals for painting, photography, print and written word – work to represent, document or simply express the joy many of us find in having a good old dance!

Proposal deadline: Sunday 13th January

For more information on proposals and how to apply, please email [email protected]

Stray Signals

Performance, Poetry and Storytelling Newcastle
Tues 15th January 7pm

Venue: Gallery Glue 192a Heaton Road, Newcastle
Admission: £2 suggested donation

Gluegroup invite you to lend your support and good company for the first ever Stray Signals! It is hoped that this night of performance art, poetry and storytelling will become a regular monthly event. We are aiming to draw from the finest of the Northeast’s performers, whilst also remaining open to anyone just turning up, having a go, and enjoying the collective creativity. The focus will always be on fostering an atmosphere to create original material, have fun, and test things out.

If you are interested in performing at this or future Stray Signals events, or would like more information, please email [email protected]
You can also search for and join the Facebook group of the same name, where you can see new posts and updates.

Details of all Gluegroup ventures can be seen on our website

Gg. Claire.x


‘Serious Playtime’ came and went in a whirlwind of activity providing an array of exciting artworks and performances.

Following their exhilarating multimedia performance on the opening night Paul and Ritchie Dixon led a daylong gun-making workshop. The gallery was overrun with sticks and branches, hand tools, power tools (for the few who cheated) and a variety of binding materials. Designs were chosen and building commenced. Materials and tools were promptly put into action and wood shavings started flying. Everyone who attended went home with the satisfaction of having created a beautifully handcrafted gun. The Dixon brothers hosted an inspiring workshop utilising basic natural materials, calm and experienced tuition a plenty, and ultimately providing a very enjoyable way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

Another example of the activity amongst this exhibition was the outdoor performance by Cai Nyahoe. Participants were invited to join Cai in a ‘simulated-simulated military drill and simulated-advanced combat techniques based on his extensive knowledge of war films and a cursory look at an army training manual.’

Images of ‘Serious Playtime’ artwork and events can be seen via our website.

Gluegroup were also invited to take part in the Life Work Art conference organised by Newcastle University and hosted by Star & Shadow Cinema. We gave several talks to undergraduate students outlining our progression and experiences with setting up and running the gallery and followed this up in the evening with marvellous performances in conjunction with ‘Serious Playtime’.

In order to find time for mince pies and mulled wine we have had a break in programming over the Christmas period. We did however leave the Gallery with a magnificent giant Christmas card wall drawing, a collaboration between Laura Kirby and Steven Walker, alongside paintings by Arthur T. Sharpe’s tattoo artist Daniel Lake. This work can be seen till early January so pop by the Gallery to re-kindle the festive spirit.



On Thursday we opened our new exhibition, 'Serious Playtime!'. Based on the idea of play – whether it be children's games, dramatics, or anything in between…

“…we are confident that 'Serious Playtime!' will provide experiences that people will not forget, that it will both inspire and instigate further creative activity with performances, exhibits and workshops that you can really get your teeth into and enjoy. Live evening performances will both complement and be a part of the exhibition.” Edwin Li

A dedicated 'Serious Playtime!' website has been set up, which is accesible from our main website.

The preview night included a shop front performance by Lady Kitt (in her id Turpin guise), Andrew Sandercock traverse climbing the gallery outside, and a hilarious action-packed multimedia performance by Paul and 'Big Ritchie' Dixon, showing off their 'Dead Wood Armoury' collection.

More spectacles to follow.

GG Mark


Since the 'Publish!' exhibition came down, and whilst we take submissions for 'Serious Playtime!' (opening 8th November) Gallery Glue has become host to Newline and friends, a prestigious group of graffiti artists/designers who have also shown at the Baltic for 'The G Word'. We're allowing them complete freedom to adorn the entire space, and there will be a private view this coming Wednesday 24th.


We’re nearing the end of ‘Publish!’, a bookmaking themed exhibition including a lively series of workshops. In the past few weeks we’ve had poetry, musical storytelling, interactive typewriting, and workshops in bookbinding and creative writing. We also took part in MIMA art & food fair, ‘The Really Super Market’, where we made vegetable sculptures and instruments with the public. We are now gearing up to our November exhibition, ‘Serious Playtime!’. This will be have the loose theme of ‘play’ and will have strong aspects of performance and audience participation.