You know you want to

Thu – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 14 February, 5 – 8pm


“Come in and join us, we want to make it better. You’re going to like it, it’s going to feel so good. Let us take the weight, relax, enjoy it. We’re here for you, don’t be shy, we want to help. Together we could make such wonderful things. Go on, join us... you know you want to.”

You know you want to transforms the gallery into a public studio. Visitors to the space are invited to make with us on a series of public artworks displayed for the duration of the exhibition: a process of collective making in which everyone is welcome to take part. All materials are provided and no previous experience is needed, simply a requirement that visitors commit to action.

A series of drop-in workshops will run within the space introducing a wide range of skills that combine traditional analogue processes with digital technologies. Visitors can join in for just five minutes or make with us all day. The works will evolve over the course of the exhibition with every visitor contributing to the show and named as co-author. The gallery not as a space for contemplation, but rather as a social space of production.

The exhibition is a collaborative project between Northumbria University and Central Saint Martins. Rolina Block, Alex Schady, and Elizabeth Wright all work within the Art Programme at CSM. They have worked with students from Northumbria’s BA Fine Art programme and Abdullah Qureshi, lecturer in Fine Art at the university. The exhibition is part of Assemblage III: Community and Care, a series of gatherings on contemporary art organised by the Fine Art team.



Orbis Community 65 High Street Gateshead NE8 2AP

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15—17 February 2024


  • Thu 12 – 5pm
  • Fri 12 – 5pm
  • Sat 12 – 5pm
  • One step access to front door: portable ramp available

Selected works

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