Thought Foundation


Affordable Art Fair - Submission

15th September 2019 | Gareth

Thought Foundation is seeking commercial, domestic sized artwork to be sold at our Affordable Art Fair event in November 2019 to January 2020.

The Affordable Art Fair will be curated with a focus on high quality, fresh, dynamic artwork. We encourage a variety of media such as photography, illustration, painting, drawings and/or collage.

We will accept originals and prints which are framed and/or mounted up to the value of £200 each. 

Artists may submit up to 6 pieces. The artist will receive 65% of each artwork sold, 35% commission to be taken by Thought Foundation.

In addition to the Affordable Art Fair successful submissions will be exhibited as part of Thought Foundation's The Thoughtful Night Market and Northern Quarters Interiors Festival. Please submit artwork via CuratorSpace:

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Thoughtful Craft Beer Festival

10th September 2019 | Charlotte

You know we love to bring you great stuff at TF, our Thoughtful Craft Beer Festival will be no different! We have Teamed with McColls Beer and Caps Off to bring you family friendly daytime shenanigans and an adult only night time offer on the 12th October.

So who is in the team…
“Caps Off specialises in craft beer, cider and spirit made in the heart of the industrial North East. Their aim is to bring you the finest selection of craft beer, cider and spirits whatever your budget. Helping to support and maintain our local communities and craftspeople”… Great, we love what they do and stand for too!

Then there is the award winning McColl's Brewery… Inspired by British, continental and contemporary beers Daniel and Gemma launched McColl's Brewery in spring 2017 to create beautiful beers from simple ingredients.

This is what they have to say … “our urban upbringings and now rural family life to our travels and North-Eastern roots, all the experiences, cultures and flavours have come together to influence our beers. With a love of both the Arts and Sciences and an appreciation of traditional and modern beer styles we aim to give our drinkers beers from across the spectrum”… our kinda people!!

Obvs TF will offer our usual industrial environment (it used to be a vehicle repair shop you know), art and food with a sprinkling of additions, like awarding pork pies (a great beer partner), heaps of veggie and vegan food too. Set against the back drop of our significant Thoughtful Planet exhibition - creative responses to our currents environmental climate. We will have live music and a great set list too.

The festival will showcase around 30 taps, a great selection of craft beer from across the North East and the UK… so if you are up for tasting new beers and appreciating the craftsmanship of North East breweries, then this is the festival for you.

For families (2-6pm)
The Saturday daytime event will welcome families, tickets are free for young humans. TF offers 2 imaginative play spaces (inside and outside) and there will be a free creative workshop too. Musician Paige Temperley will be playing a couple of live sets… thats the kids sorted then!

Evening time (7-11pm)
Chat to the experts, sample new beers, enjoy music, eat lush food all set in our industrial venue. its only £5 a ticket including free glass… sounds like a bargain! There is even a free drink for the designated driver!

Saturday 12th October £5 each, book in advance here:

Caps Off
McColl's Brewery Limited

This post is linked to the event Thought Foundation - Craft Beer Festival Oct 2019

The Identity Thieves

4th September 2019 | Charlotte

Leanne here…


The Identity Thieves


When I had my first baby over 7 years ago my whole world changed… I know you know this happens, everyone says it; the world seems bigger and smaller simultaneously, not to mention scarier! Popping to the shops no longer exists, nor do last minute breaks away or nights out til 3am. When Josie was a few months old my cousin said something that has suck with me… “Don’t loose yourself in all of this”. At first I thought all of what?... I totally love the 100% dedication to my new daughter. But after a few years and a second child I realised I had lost a portion of me, even my name was different- Josie’s Mum or OfBoadie (watch Handmaids Tale for reference), I was 100% claimed as theirs.

It was like 2 tiny thieves came in the night and stole my identity (as well as my sleep) and replaced it with something that looked similar but in a parallel parenting universe, where I listen to Moanna not Moloko, dance to The Wheels on the Bus not Blur and opt for Andy’s Dinosaurs not Dirty Dancing.


So why am I posting all this… not so long ago we put out a poll for our FAMBINGO night (a gig at TF where families get together play some bingo, with singing and dancing… it’s a little bit crazy). The poll asked if you wanted to add a Disney theme or 90’s Brit Pop to the proceeding…. To my delight Brit Pop gained the higher percentage, you guys have great taste… our play list for the bingo will be rocking… (I was blur over Oasis btw).  This got my thinking that not everything for the kids has to be totally saturated in their likes, wants, needs… Balance is key… we try to aim for this at TF- a space for all humans (I know how important it is to have a bit of you in the mix too)


Join us Fambingo 14th Sept 3-6pm, from £4, free for under 2’s, tickets at TF and






This post is linked to the event Fambingo Quirky Bingo For Families