Teens jazz up local bus stops

Young people in Seaton Valley are sprucing up their area with a unique art project.

The project, ‘Art Stop’ will transform local bus stops into miniature galleries to showcase art that reflects the local area and the stories of local people.

The exciting new project, run by the Seaton Valley Community Partnership, Seaton Valley Community Council and Northumberland Youth Service, has been successful in securing funding from Arts Council England.

Young people will work alongside a professional artist to produce visual art installations in seven bus stops across Seaton Valley in the run up to Christmas.

Five of the bus stops will also have special ‘sound posts’ which will tell local people’s stories and memories of the area. The sound bites will be produced by sound artist Dan Fox and recorded in local community centres.

Councillor Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: The Art Stop Project is an exciting idea and will be enjoyed by not just the people who travel by bus but also other members  of the community.

"It’s great to see lots of young people so enthusiastic about being part of a project that will see them improve their local area and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished art work"

The artistic venture will provide community members and professional artists with the opportunity to get involved in an intergenerational arts project to create displays that will be enjoyed by the whole community.

The project team would like to hear stories and memories from Seaton Valley residents and visitors; about a favourite place, a local event or a special memor for the audio element of the Art Stops. Sessions will be taking place throughout December for people to drop in and get involved:
  • Thur 1st Dec - 11:00 - 2:00 Holywell Hut then 3:30 - 9:00pm New Hartley Memorial Hall
  • Fri 2nd Dec - 10:00 -12:30 Holywell Hut then 2:00 - 9:00pm Seaton Sluice Community Centre
  • Sat 3rd Dec - 9:00 - 3:00 Seghill Community Centre
Any resident of any age is welcome to take part in the project.

To find out how you can get involved and to find out about telling your stories or memories both past and present, contact Emma Rudd on 0191 2371505 or email Emma.Rudd@northumberland.gov.uk.
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