From Flax to Freelance | The History of 36 Lime Street

EVENT | 11th & 15th September 2023 | 1pm - 3pm | FREE ENTRY

Event times:
Wednesday 11th September, 1pm – 3pm
Sunday 15th September, 1pm – 3pm

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 express an interest please contact Sue Woolhouse on sue@suewoolhouse.com

 

Accessibility:

This event takes place throughout the building. The tour will make its way through the building, starting on Level 5 and finishing in Sue’s studio on Level 1. Please note that all floors, including toilets, can only be accessed by stairs. There are support rails on the staircase.

36 Lime Street is working towards making our building fully accessible. In the meantime, accessible toilets are available at the Cluny next door.