Thought Foundation

What is it?

A true collage of creativity, genuine force for good and a place to have some lovely grub to boot, the Thought Foundation has quickly sewn itself into the cultural tapestry of Gateshead and beyond. Offering creative spaces – including an imagination station – a gallery, a cafe and a shop, we defy anyone to visit this place and not come out feeling immeasurably better than when they went in.

Why is it smashing?

Set up with proper passion by artist Leanne Pearce and her partner, the Thought Foundation encourages and nurtures creativity in everyone, from babies and ‘young humans’ as they are categorised at TF, through to adults. Offering an ever-evolving programme of classes, workshops, one-off events and exhibitions, this is a place to cherish. And visit, obviously.


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Address: Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB

Images: Instagram/thoughtfoundation