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About Corners East Durham

Corners of Europe aims to draw threads between European communities through arts projects with a difference! The stories shared, and what is created, are passed on and told in another town or city. These stories are not only meaningful, but also have the power to connect countries as well as people.

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

“I think the project will be a springboard for us here to be more creative… we can see what can be achieved” – Alison Paterson, Blackhall Community Centre Manager.

Corners East Durham involved local and European artists working with communities in Horden, Shotton and Blackhall. The projects included ‘Mobile Radio: Stories of Blackhall’, ‘Horden’s Playground’ and ‘Safari Here: Treasures of Shotton’.

During the last weekend of September, celebratory events for the individual projects took place in each village. The final events included a gentle walking tour of Shotton’s hidden treasures, playing and sharing games in Horden and a live radio broadcast about sharing local memories and thoughts of Blackhall.

Read more about what happened on our blog post here.


CORNERS East Durham was produced by ISIS Arts in partnership with East Durham Creates, alongside the continued support and involvement of our local partners: Blackhall Community Centre, Horden Youth and Community Centre, Horden Hub House, Horden Parish Council, Shotton Partnership, and Shotton Community Centre.

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Here’s just some of the great feedback we received from people who took part in Corners East Durham…

“Playground was great for the local community. It was nice to see our local talent involved. Everyone was friendly and genuinely interested in us.”

“We made new friends and we caught up with old friends… things like this bring the people together.”

“On the day it was great, everyone spoke [to me] and took time to answer questions and get involved.”

“I think people learn from events like this, that they can do things in their own village. It will be nice to see the inspiration grow.”

“It brought people together in the community, from surrounding communities and [other] towns, cities [and] countries.”

“I will definitely use the park more for games on the field.”

“I think it showed people that the arts can be good for them… inspire them to take part in creative activities.”

“We enjoyed a family day we could afford.”

“Seeing people being creative… it gives us ideas.”

“I think it has got people thinking… it certainly got us thinking!”

“A brilliant tour by the artists – a good positive outlook for Shotton and hope for future.”

“Swapping stories about Blackhall and realising how similar communities are in Zagreb and Gdansk – very enjoyable.”

“We think it’s great that someone is interested in our Heritage.”

“Enjoyed hearing the history of Blackhall. Although I’ve lived here for 6 years, I found out things tonight I didn’t know previously.”

“Taking part has made me feel… 

…more confident about what goes on in the area.”

…nostalgic and happy to be a member of an ex-mining community.”


…all the way back down memory lane.”

…included, worth something to my community.”

…more positive about the future in the Village.”




Press coverage

Villages to tell their stories for major European arts project – Hartlepool Mail

Free art events brings together tales from all corners of Europe – Sunderland Echo

Major European arts and culture project coming to Horden, Shotton and Blackhall – The Northern Echo

Your chance to come together in celebration of art project – Hartlepool Mail

Successful East Durham arts projects comes to an end – East Durham News

Arts project maps out past and future with trio of events – Hartlepool Mail

Free art events brings together tales from all corners of Europe – Mackem Bible