Gets to the art of the mat­ter

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pro­ject in­cludes free work­shops and events pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for vol­un­teer­ing and work shad­ow­ing, where lo­cal res­i­dents of all ages can de­velop skills while cel­e­brat­ing their re­spec­tive lo­cal ar­eas.”

Lo­cal artists have been work­ing in each of the three ar­eas with res­i­dents on spe­cial projects that cul­mi­nate in pub­lic events as part of a fes­ti­val at the end of this month.

The col­lected sto­ries shared in East Durham will then be­come part of the wider Cor­ners of Europe pro­ject.

Sharon ex­plained: “The sto­ries shared and what is cre­ated are passed on and told in an­other town or city on the edges of Europe.

“These shared sto­ries are not only mean­ing­ful, but also have the power to con­nect coun­tries as well as peo­ple.

“In 2015, artists from The Basque Coun­try, Italy, Slove­nia, North­ern Ire­land, Swe­den, Croa­tia, Poland, Ser­bia, Kosovo and the UK vis­ited places across the Cor­ners of Europe to meet lo­cal peo­ple and ex­change sto­ries.

“These sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences re­sulted in a se­ries of new projects, which en­gage the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will also be shared in pub­lic places across East Durham.

“Cor­ners shows that we all share sim­i­lar hopes, is­sues and dreams; from pol­i­tics to so­cial wel­fare, fi­nan­cial wor­ries to get­ting the chance to be cre­ative.”

Black­hall Com­mu­nity Cen­tre man­ager Ali­son Pater­son is ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of the artists.

She said: “We’re just so ex­cited. We’ve said the pro­ject is go­ing to be a cross be­tween the Euro­vi­sion and X-Fac­tor, and the week­end will be one long party.

“A cou­ple of the artists came here last year to in­tro­duce them­selves and en­joyed a bit of line danc­ing, so we know they’re go­ing to be fun to work with and we just can’t wait to get started.”

Head of East Durham Cre­ates Nikki Locke added: “We’re de­lighted to be work­ing with ISIS Arts to bring Cor­ners of Europe, a very spe­cial arts pro­ject which con­nects com­mu­ni­ties and artists from across Europe.

“We’ll be work­ing closely with peo­ple across East Durham to look at where they live through a dif­fer­ent lens – cel­e­brat­ing pos­i­tive sto­ries about Hor­den, Shot­ton, Black­hall and the sur­round­ing area. The pro­ject is such a fan­tas­tic way of cel­e­brat­ing who we are and where we live.

“The in­ter­gen­er­a­tional na­ture of the pro­ject means that it will ac­knowl­edge the past through re­mem­ber­ing games, sto­ries, char­ac­ters and places, but it will also be very much sit­u­ated in the present while look­ing ahead to the fu­ture.”

A pre­vi­ous Sa­fari event.

Hor­den Wel­fare Park will host events.

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