House of Objects centre for creative recycling was established in April 2009, following a successful pilot event in 2007, as a North Tyneside Council (NTC) funded initiative. It is housed within council premises at The Rising Sun Country Park in the centre of the borough – a public space of 400 acres of green space, woodlands, ponds, grass and farmland.
House of Objects is inspired by the strong UK tradition of scrap stores as well as the Italian ‘Remida Centres’ which use recycling and re-use as the starting point for creative and imaginative work with young children.
House of Objects has been praised locally and nationally for its commitment to supporting creativity and learning through exemplary practice and provision of resources.
House of Objects has now become an independent Community Interest Company (CIC) and a new board of directors and manager have been appointed to take the project forward.
Aims of the project
- to provide a valuable resource centre to support skills, innovation and creativity through exemplar activities and workshops for people of all ages and abilities in North East England.
- to promote thinking around issues of waste and the sustainable use of resources.
- to foster connectedness and collaborative working between business, industry, education and the community, particularly in terms of promoting recycling and the creative use of waste.
What does it do?
From its location in spacious refurbished premises in the country park, Hobs:
- provides a resource centre to support skills building and innovation in education and creativity for people of all ages and abilities in North East England.
- promotes and supports similar national developments based on creative educative practice using unusual and inspiring reclaimed materials.
- offers innovation in the use of waste and remnant materials from a standpoint of respect for the environment, encouraging resourcefulness on limited budgets.
- provides training for group leaders, educators and businesses around using reclaimed materials to support creativity and creative thinking.
How does it do it?
- collecting clean reusable waste materials from business and industry and re-presenting them as inspirational resources at the centre.
- exemplar activities, events, workshops and training and through practice that supports arts, creative thinking and children’s natural curiosity.
- providing opportunities for people to get involved in arts and environmental activities.
- providing membership-based access for individuals, groups and organisations to a warehouse of materials for use in schools and other education and community settings.
- presentations and workshops at the centre and at local and national conferences.
Who is it for?
Anyone can use the centre.
Current users include preschool groups, mainstream and special schools, children’s centres, colleges, artists, students, community groups, youth and care services, play schemes, out of school groups, young offenders groups, Youth Village (excluded pupils), council departments, voluntary groups, health services, galleries and museums, charities, Brownie groups, and businesses (for staff development and team building).