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Have a go Sweet ’Art

June 25, 2013

Set of Drawers, a group of illustrators from the North East of England, are asking for your help in transforming Toffee Factory into a crafty ‘Sweetie Shop’, full of themed creative activities as part of the Ouseburn Festival weekend fun. Help to build and create the terrific Toffee Machine, add to a string of colourful paper bunting or to make your own sweetie brooches. Drop in anytime between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 7th July – no need to prebook a space in advance.

Lisa Tolan for Creative Space Management says:

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this year’s packed festival programme and can’t wait to welcome Set of Drawers and an army of their creative little helpers to Toffee Factory. The festival parade snakes past us at noon on Sunday as we open our doors for the ‘Sweetie Shop’ transformation to begin. Be sure to call and see our Ouseburn neighbours too’

The Set of Drawers collective was founded in 2007 and consists of five illustrators, Josie Brookes, Clare Armstrong, Bethan Laker, Lara Robinson and Deborah Snell, all with unique, distinctive styles of their own. Over the past six years, they have held workshops, exhibitions and large scale public events together.

Josie Brookes from Set of Drawers says:

“We are very excited to have been asked by the Toffee Factory to create this fun, family-friendly workshop for the Ouseburn Weekend celebrations.  We see it as a great opportunity for us to collaborate with a like-minded creative organisation, and for people to doodle, draw, stick and make!”

NARC Fest kicks off the weekend with their live music programme popping up all over the valley. Sunday is focussed on families with activities including festival parade, free pony rides, open studios, free admission to Seven Stories, exhibitions, workshops and even a rubber duck race. Ouseburn Festival Feast will run length of Ouse Street with twenty food and drinks stalls to tempt you as you wander along to Toffee Factory. Full programme details here

Press Contact for Set of Drawers:

Josie Brookes on 0780 3124 527 or

The drop-in workshop activity at Toffee Factory involves:

• An ‘old sweet shop’ paper or fabric wall scene where people can draw and add sweets to the drawn empty glass jars and tubs

• ‘Sweetie’ brooch making area

• Sweet/Toffee themed Activity sheets

• Adding to a string of Paper Bunting

• A Toffee Machine (willy wonka style) made from boxes/recycled materials which people can add to/ draw on

• Window art – using special wipe off pens and coloured acetate shapes

Press Contacts for Toffee Factory:

Sharon Thomas or Lorna MacKay on (0191) 375 9000 or



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"The team at the Toffee Factory do a great job in fuelling a creative work place. They put a lot of effort into what many landlords might consider to be the softer side of working life such as organising exciting food, cultural and leisure events. These things make a big positive difference to creative teams like ours and the other businesses in the building."  

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