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  Happy shopping at happy planet X X X fab unique shop X

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  • 5 star review  Thankyou Gail , for a fantastic time this evening at your felt workshop,l can't recommend going along enough if you want to try something new. Gail is such a friendly and welcoming lady and so encouraging. Such beautiful surroundings to craft in if you want to get away from the stresses of every day life definitely get your self along to a workshop.

    thumb Tracy Reay
  • 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

    thumb Tina Stobbs
  • 5 star review  Really enjoyed the papercraft workshop. Was made to feel very welcome and loved learning a new skill. The shop is lovely too! Gorgeous handmade gifts 🙂

    thumb Michelle Todd
  • positive review  I have been meaning to call in for ages and when I finally made it I was like a kid in a sweet shop ooohing and ahhing over all the beautiful things. I went in for a birthday present for a friend and came away with something for her and myself. It has also given me loads of ideas for presents for others so I will definitely be back soon. I was amazed at the quality and price of things and it is lovely to be able to buy something that is handmade locally.

    thumb Becky Rowe
  • 5 star review  Thank Gail for great workshop in needle felting tonight. I love my little Robin, just need to make my Batman now

    thumb Geoff Jess Smith
  • positive review  Lovely shop- everything is either free trade or produced locally. Great selection of unique and creative gifts for all ages and at very affordable prices.

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

    thumb Joanne Crawford
  • 5 star review  My sister absolutely loved her one off felted diary that I bought her for her birthday!! And the fact that she can reuse the cover in future years to come is a big bonus for a Yorkshire lass!! Lol. Thanks again Gail!

    thumb Tina Shaw
  • 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

    thumb Kat Molloy
  • 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  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  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  You'll find a wonderful collection of original, crafted gifts in this delightful place.

    thumb Rob Scott
  • 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  Happy Planet has some lovely unique arts for sale so Ive bought a few things from there ranging from wooden seasidey ornaments to hand made cards to essential oils. Love it and Gail is so friendly 💜

    thumb Chris Kay
  • 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  I love this shop, I spend ages in here whenever I go, I have a good browse while having my cup of community tea. Always a warm welcome and made to feel at home. Gail always has a wide variety of stock from local artists including herself, which are amazing. Highly recommend a visit.

    thumb Judith Culham Elsdon
  • 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  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
  • star rating  Brilliant time at the workshop. Learnt lots of new techniques! Lovely surroundings to work in. Gail’s very talented and has lots of time for everyone. Many thanks. Love my lil... read more

    bydaisyboo
    5/25/2018
  • 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
  • star rating  I have followed Gail Curry since I first came across her working from a stall in Tynemouth Market
    She is very welcoming to everyone and Happy Planet is a lovely... read more

    275pam
    6/06/2018
  • 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  The felted seal workshop was great. I'm a complete beginner and didn't know what to expect from needle felting but Gail was very supportive and made everyone feel at ease.... read more

    shareekh
    6/10/2017
  • 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  We spent an idyllic day with Gail of Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC in Low Hauxley. Gail has an amazing shop with lots of fabulous crafts and artwork. She... read more

    Tannerz
    7/02/2018
  • star rating  Did this two hour workshop with my Mam. We were made to feel totally at ease doing something completely new and enjoyed every minute. Came away with a lovely handmade... read more

    phoebeUk
    2/19/2017
  • 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  I was looking for a way to get creative but don't have much confidence in my ability. As a customer of the Happy Planet Creative Arts shop I found out... read more

    Janice R
    4/02/2017
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