Thank you to everyone who came along and engaged in the 'If These Walls Could Talk' finale event in Horden yesterday. The event proved to be a huge success and got everyone talking.
You can read more about it in the article published in the Sunderland Echo today - here.
Thanks also to everyone who got involved, from the fabulous volunteers to the hard working artists Sally and Nicola who were up from 3am getting the shelters sorted!
A huge well done to one of our lovely volunteers, Laura Robinson, who joined us initially on one of our ESF funded courses. She has progressed massively since first coming to us, both in skills and confidence and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.
The above article was published in the latest edition of Durham County Council's 'Durham County News' magazine. The full online version is available here.
Former colliery village to be taken over by secret arts project inspired by everyday life and local older people
On May 14th Sunderland Road in Horden will be transformed in the middle of the night by a pop up arts event for 1 day only.
The residents of Horden will wake up on Tuesday 14th May to find Sunderland Road filled with a series of unique art installations. Since September 2018 artists Sally Southern and Nicola Lynch have been working across East Durham primarily with people aged 55+ to capture the magic of everyday life.
The project, titled “If These Walls Could Talk” is part of the East Durham Creates initiative, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of their Creative People and Places programme.
If These Walls Could Talk has already engaged local people in a broad range of settings including care homes and community centres and has involved groups ranging from Tai Chi to Rag Rugging. The final work will be displayed in an unusual and surprising setting along an art trail. It will feature a mixture of text, audio and imagery inspired by the stories collected from across the former mining community and include original pieces of furniture and crafts created by those involved.
The trail starts at Horden Labour Club and will be on display all day (from 8am-10pm) so drop ins are welcome throughout. The event includes arts activities taking place at the Ark, bingo at the Labour Club, free refreshments and entertainment as well as free accessible transport for those unable to walk the route themselves. Volunteers will be on hand to provide information and maps for those wanting to walk the trail.
Malcolm Falow, CEO of East Durham Trust who manage the East Durham Creates project said; “This is an amazing experience for our Community as a whole, as well as giving local people a unique opportunity to experience high quality art this is a great way of putting Horden on the map for all the right reasons.”
Congratulations to all those children who have shown strength and compassion way beyond their years and have been hailed at a special awards event filled with inspirational stories, including Alfie Dixon who set up a homework club to help his friends and used left over funding to support our FEED project.
Read more about the event and all the inspirational young award winners here.
A huge "Thank You" to Saint Cuthbert's RC Primary School, Seaham for their generous donation of non-perishable items towards our FEED project today. We are extremely grateful to receive such a varied and large number of items which will go a long way to helping support the ever-growing number of families and individuals in extreme need of food parcels throughout East Durham.
East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511