From Flax to Freelance | The History of 36 Lime Street

EVENT | 14th & 16th September 2023 | 2pm - 4pm | FREE ENTRY

Event times:
Thursday 14th September, 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 16th September, 2pm – 4pm

Join Ouseburn expert Mike Greatbatch and 36 Lime Street glass artist Sue Woolhouse on a tour of the exterior and then interior of 36 Lime Street, along the way explaining what its original use was and a tour of several studios.

We will meet at the main entrance to 36 Lime Street, adjacent to Seven Stories and the large chimney. From there we will walk down together to the bridge over the Ouseburn, down the slipway. Mike will explain why the building was built on the edge of the Ouseburn River, who owned it and its various historical uses. We will talk about Mike Mould who bought the building as derelict in 1983. He was looking for a home for his community theatre ‘Bruvvers’ and also for people to come in and occupy some spaces over the 5 floors for minimal rent. The long-term nature of the Head Lease is unusual and gives artists security of tenure, allowing them to invest fully into their practice. This investment will be evident when viewing artists workshops.

We will then walk back up to the main entrance and walk up to the top level which is the original roof of the building. As we walk down through all floors, eventually ending up in Sue’s studio on the ground floor, we will visit several artists’ studios, to see how they have been adapted to different artists’ requirements and techniques. We have a wide range of artists, please view the Studio Residents section to learn more. 


Pre-booking: Preferred

The tour is free. Spaces are limited to 25 people per tour. To reserve your space please contact Sue Woolhouse on