Independent photographer transforms Newcastle city centre space into new studio premises

Sarah Deane works with the likes of Aldi and TK Maxx and has now taken over space at Clavering House

Photographer Sarah Deane at her new Clavering House premises
Photographer Sarah Deane at her new Clavering House premises

Independent photographer Sarah Deane has launched a new study in the depths of Newcastle city centre.

The small business operator has taken over the basement space of grade II listed Clavering House, once the headquarters of regional marketers Robson Brown, and has transformed what was once a cleaner’s cupboard.

Ms Deane has established the new studios to house a growing portfolio of work, which includes contracts for the likes of Aldi and TK Maxx, along with smaller regional businesses.

The business was run from Kingsland Church studios in Byker for more than three years but more recently Ms Deane searched for affordable city centre accommodation in order to grow.

After refurbishment work the Clavering House basement room, with arched corridors and exposed stone foundations, now houses the studio where Ms Deane hopes to work with other photographers in the region, both amateurs and professionals, and host workshops.

She said: “It’s the 4th birthday of the business this year, and I had been looking for quite some time to get into the city centre.

“I’m planning to use the new location to offer space for other photographers as there aren’t many places in Newcastle to use. I’m also hoping to get some workshops up and running as there are a lot of people interested in photography.”

Ms Deane studied at the London Institute Camberwell College and has previously taught at Goldsmiths, University of London, before returning to her native North East.

She worked at Venture Gosforth from 2002 then as a commercial photographer at NDC Marketing from 2009. In March 2011 Ms Deane started her own business using funding from the Digital City Fellowship.

The business works with a broad range of clients, encompassing interior, food and drink, product, commercial portraiture fashion and event & PR work.

She used contacts Joy Sanders and Jen Hartley at NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) to get introductions to city centre landlords before settling on the Clavering House space.

To complement contracts with the likes of Design Event, the Kennilworth Hotel and national operators such as Komatsu UK, Heineken UK and Bauer Media, Ms Deane is about to embark on a regional project with Newcastle-based food social enterprise Food Nation, which aims to promote the regional supply chain.

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