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Art Editorial

rsz_bensham.jpg Calling Artists & Creatives

An English Heritage Grade 2, Arts & Crafts listed building has ambitions to become a centre for excellence in arts and crafts.

William Morris and some of the Pre-Raphaelite painters were visitors and their influence can still be felt.

Bensham Grove Community Centre has four new flexible studios to rent for local artists and design creative's made possible by Gateshead Goes Local and The European Regional Development Fund.

The house has a fascinating history worthy of a tv programme. Three successive generations of the same Quaker family lived there Including Elizabeth Spence Watson a moving light in women's rights. Joseph Watson was a reformer and a great believer in the abolition of slavery and welcomed fugitive slaves to Bensham Grove including Frederick Douglas. The house became host to artists, craftsman, educationalists, reformers and poets. Clifford Webb a founding member of the Society of Wood Engravers founded the Bensham Settlement Art Group at the house and the Ashington miners held their very first exhibition there.

Each of the four studios are fully accessible with it's own water supply and two have lovely views of the garden.  Utilities, Wi-Fi. parking, communal kitchen & intercom system are all included.