TIME ON MY HANDS

A community exhibition of creative reflections of #lockdown

The exhibition will open on Sunday 1st August and will run until Tuesday 24th August.
The opening times are 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays throughout that period. 
Bank Studios are located in the old Nat West Bank within the Beacon Centre in North Shields.
Entry is free, social distancing will be observed and visitors are asked to wear a mask.

You can find more information by clicking here

TIME ON MY HANDS
by Artist Gail Curry
& the people of North Tyneside
1st - 24th August 2021
Bank Studios, Beacon Centre, North Shields
Open 10am to 4pm Sun/Mon/Tues

To see Gail Curry Artist – Just Another Day Online Exhibition please click here

July 2021 This is a COVID UPDATE: Masks required in shop, only 2 customers at a time, hand sanitiser available

  • 5 star review  Took the kids (9&10) to make needle felted monsters today, it was blinkin fab!! Gail was so patient and really encouraged them to be creative and imaginative and run with their ideas. Such a lovely lovely activity to do and coming away with a lovely little self made monster that they are both really proud of has made their day. Highly recommended. Thanks Gail

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  • 5 star review  Shibouri workshop organised by Happy Planet creative arts...... What a fabulous way to spend a Sunday Afternoon.... Thanks Emily and Gail...it was fun...

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  • 5 star review  Two workshops I've been to here now, absolutely loved them both & cant wait to decide which workshop to do next. Gail is brilliant, so accommodating, patient and talented. There's also so many fabulous things to buy in store too! Thank you Gail, we'll be back soon! X

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  • positive review  Really helpful, goes above and beyond! Really chuffed with my bowl, she posted it really quickly and it arrived safe and sound. Thank you so much!

    thumb Christy Tolliday
  • 5 star review  Had a splendid evening making felt baubles for Christmas here - it was lovely to get back into having a bit of a play, and under Gail's gentle guidance, managed to make something I'm happy to hang on my tree!

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  • positive review  I attended one of Gail's creative retreats which she held at Low Hauxley. Oh what an amazing day! To be able to focus on something so different to my normal day, to learn new skills from someone who is so talented and patient, to let creativity flow - it was simply wonderful! Thoroughly enjoyed it and more importantly it did me the world of good -so beneficial for maintaining your health. Thank you so much Gail. xx

    thumb Lou Laggan
  • 5 star review  Happy Planet is the perfect place to pick up a meaningful gift that is full of soul: one off pieces of art that are really affordable. There is a wonderful sense of community and inclusion about the place. Gail is a remarkable lady and she will gladly make you feel welcome and accepted in her space (I say "space" because it's much more than a shop.) Check out the variety of workshops as well. Gail is a creative and an encourager who I don't doubt will facilitate a really productive and enjoyable session for anyone, regardless of skill or experience. If you're in Whitley Bay make sure you go out of your way to visit.

    thumb Clare Talbot-Jones
  • positive review  Fantastic creations and the owner is wonder; she kindly donated some of her lovely bespoke crafts to a charity event helping to raise money for Save the Children - thank you

    thumb Emma Ann Nelson
  • 5 star review  I loved Gail's book of poetry. I look forward to visiting the shop & some of the workshops

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  • 5 star review  I thoroughly enjoyed the Creative Day on Sunday! Thank you so much. It's not often I have the opportunity to play for a whole day but to learn, relax and develop whilst exploring creative play was wonderful. Held in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumbrian coast, with woodland on one side and the beach on the other, and hosted by the talented and creativity-nurturing artist Gail Curry, this is a perfect 'day away' session and I highly recommend it. I have felted pebbles on my coffee table now; and I thought I wasn't creative!

    thumb Janice Ross
  • 5 star review  A wonderful little shop, that promotes and sells products by local artists and runs craft workshops to create more of them! The owner Gail's own journey as an artist is an inspiration to all who seek self expression through art.

    thumb Jonathan Goode
  • 5 star review  Fabulous shop / gallery. Beautiful products, excellent selection of gifts, the owner Gail is warm and welcoming.

    thumb Amanda Dixon
  • 5 star review  Lovely unique gifts

    thumb Karen Shuker
  • 5 star review  I love this quirky Art and craft shop...it's stuffed full of gorgeous things at very reasonable prices, many of them made by the extremely talented and lovely owner Gail. It's a great place to go for gifts and everything I've bought there has enchanted the recipients

    thumb Sandra Fleck
  • 5 star review  Unique gifts made with love and to a high standard. Well worth a visit. Workshops also for felting and art so cool. Gifts suitable for all budgets. 💜🌈💜

    thumb Tova Crossland
  • 5 star review  Wonderful shop full of beautiful happy things. The felted creatures are a joy - made with love and humour. Just been to the online shop and ordered some things for my elderly parents who are self-isolating...perfect gifts!

    thumb Ian Kille
  • 5 star review  I love visiting Happy Planet Creative Arts and it is my 'go to' place for gifts that are unique, and with the added bonus that they are locally made. I never come out empty handed as I can never resist treating myself as well as whoever I went in to buy a gift for! Congratulations Gail on providing a welcoming space and offering something that is different.

    thumb BECKY ROWE
  • 5 star review  Such a wonderful shop, my children and I love popping in to say hi to Gail and browse, although everything is so tempting it's difficult to leave with nothing! We've got quite a collection of beautiful handcrafted felt animals now and it's my first stop when gift shopping. We always have a warm welcome and get very excited when we go past and see the window display has changed (especially at christmas!)

    thumb Vicki Parry
  • 5 star review  Lovely shop, really friendly. They have a wide range of arts and crafts. Don't expect just to spend ten minutes in there. Once you get lost in the shop, time disappears.

    thumb Ken Mulley-Smith
  • 5 star review  What a wonderful shop/gallery displaying a fabulous selection of crafted goods made by both Gail and local artists. I guarantee you will not leave without buying something unique.

    thumb Anne Nicholson
  • star rating  Enjoyed a great day with Gail and the other participants last weekend. Great people, lovely location & learned loads, including g the fact that even a self confessed ‘non creative’... read more

    Helen W
    7/08/2018
  • star rating  What a great afternoon! I had a fantastic time learning shibori techniques and dyeing my own scarf. Great tutor and a fantastic fun environment, I'll be back

    Karen J
    7/14/2017
  • star rating  Just had a wonderful 2hour workshop, lovely evening, very informative! And great fun! The shop is full of beautiful handmade items! Already looking forward to booking another class!

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    3/12/2017
  • star rating  Popped in yesterday for the first time after often walking past and admiring the window display. Beautiful crafts adorn every surface, needless to say this is now going to be... read more

    joob78
    11/24/2018
  • star rating  Have visited a few times and always find Gail to be very friendly and helpful. The shop is beautiful and is a great showcase for her art and also for... read more

    SFE74
    4/02/2017
  • star rating  This is a fabulous shop! The felt animals are so full of character and all individually... read more

    maryjT2905KZ
    7/14/2020
  • star rating  I was so happy to find this lovely space and the very talent Gail again!
    I've done a beginning felting workshop last year which I really enjoyed. The... read more

    mayraluana
    2/22/2017
  • star rating  I love this place for its sense of peace and creativity-you enter as a customer and leave a friend. Bought a beautiful necklace there, hand made by the incredibly talented... read more

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    7/06/2017
  • star rating  Huge thanks to Gail at Happy Planet for a fabulously relaxing and creative workshop yesterday. Perfect location, great company and I loved creating my shibori silk scarf and mandala stones.... read more

    Elaine M
    7/02/2018
  • star rating  Just had a wonderful 2hour workshop, lovely evening, very informative! And great fun! The shop is full of beautiful handmade items! Already looking forward to booking another class!

    katethunter
    3/12/2017
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