Creatives Invited to Picnic at the Pod

Published by Alison Gittins

Creative people, professionals and businesses are being invited to swap their studios for sandwiches, in a unique series of specialist events.

From Thursday 27 April 2017, Pod, Bishop Auckland, will be hosting regular gatherings specifically for ‘creatives’ from across the North East.

The free, informal sessions, run by Auckland Castle Trust, will include inspiring guest speakers, as well as opportunities to create new contacts, share ideas and stimulate discussion.

The aptly named Pod Picnics will be open to anyone with an interest in the creative industries and arts, with all attendees being asked to bring their own blanket, cushions and refreshments to be enjoyed throughout the event.

Pod, based at No.42 Market Place, was launched by Auckland Castle Trust.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and John Armitage Trust, it boasts six incubator pods, providing a practical workspace upstairs, with access to a shop and gallery downstairs at No.42, where Pod residents and other artists can sell and display their work.

Pod Manager, Kate Gorman, said: “Since Pod launched last year we have had great success in our resident artists working collectively and sharing ideas. We wanted to expand that to the entire creative community in the North East and give people, professionals and businesses across all creative disciplines a chance to get together in a fun and informal way.”

More information about Pod can be found online at and enquiries about booking a Pod studio can be sent to