Take a journey through time and get ready to celebrate the past, present and future of The Customs House through exciting story-telling projections on the outside of the building full of nostalgia, fun and illusion.

This free outdoor visual spectacle, designed by the world-class team at NOVAK, marks The Customs House’s 25 years as a cultural venue. Heart of the House follows the history, cultural rebirth and legacy through projection of one of the most famous buildings in South Tyneside; expect to see everything from shipbuilding, coal mining, music, performance and South Tyneside icons and pantomime characters that you know and love.

There will also be a colourful walkway featuring unique flags and banners created by the people of South Tyneside in workshops with Creative Seed that you will be able to view as you walk down to The Customs House to see Heart of the House.

NOVAK specialise in motion design and create projections, art installations and stage visuals for music artists and video for theatre performances. NOVAK has had work featured across the world at some of the most highly regarded arts festivals, including Lumiere and music festivals including Glastonbury and Coachella. NOVAK also created the stunning visuals in The Cultural Spring’s past commissions RUSH and WordPlay.

Heart of the House takes place on:

  • Friday 25th October – Sunday 27th October

  • Between 6pm – 10pm

The projections will be on a continuous 10-minute loop so don’t worry about heading down for 6pm, there’ll be plenty of time for everyone to view. We expect that your experience will last approximately 30 minutes.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on Heart of the House


Volunteers Needed 

We’re looking for volunteers to help us for Heart of the House. To make this event special we need volunteers to welcome the public, direct people and traffic and help with general duties over the three nights.

You will be working on the event from 5.30pm – 10pm and a briefing will be given. You can also volunteer for all the nights or any day that best suits you. If you’re interested in getting involved email georgia.shippen@theculturalspring.org.uk by Tuesday 22nd October.


We’re also advising visitors to use public transport as The Customs House car park will fill up very quickly. There are also other carparks surrounding the area which can be found by clicking here.

The nearest metro station is South Shields Interchange. Public transport information can be found here.

For a list of car parks please visit the South Tyneside Council website