East Durham Creates facilitated six small commissions designed and hosted by our Cultural Hubs network. A longstanding strand of our delivery Cultural Hubs is community venues that continue to support a programme of arts and culture. These community spaces now see the value of arts and culture for their local communities and their knowledge of their localities ensures that delivery is shaped to best fit the community.
Prior to Covid-19 the Cultural Hubs primarily focused on programming regular performances within their centres but adapted to a new model of small commissions when lockdown hit, allowing them to design provisions that suited their localities needs and worked with the rest of their hubs delivery.
Blackhall Community Centre
Blackhall Community Centre decided to connect with local sheltered housing near their community centre. They also programmed a pop-up concert with Runaway Samba that people could engage with from their doorsteps or in a safe socially distant way in the street.
Dawdon Youth and Community Centre
Dawdon Youth and Community Centre were one of three Hubs who decided to work with County Durham based arts organisation Daisy Arts CIC running two sessions that explored the challenges and connections that had kept young people going during COVID resulting in a large scale jigsaw work of art which was then displayed in the centre.
Eastlea Community Centre
Eastlea Community Centre moved to providing sessions remotely, with no sessions still happening within the centre. They designed a clay art pack with Daisy Art CIC to go to their Cree mental health support groups. The packs included materials to make plaques and hanging ornaments that could be hung together in the outside space once in-person sessions began again.
Greenhills Centre remained closed however they utilised their meals on wheels delivery to connect with socially isolated older adults and housebound individuals. Greenhills worked together with artist Ruth Mary Johnson who designed and delivered a letter-writing project, sharing care packages with individuals who decided to write back that included treats like biscuits.
Shotton Community Hub
Shotton Community Hub worked with Daisy Arts CIC to design cultural wellbeing packs that were distributed alongside hot meals to older isolated adults. They also facilitated Dasiy Arts CIC hosting their first in-person session for their Cree group, many of whom rely on the group to maintain their mental health.
Trimdon Community Centre
Trimdon Station worked with artist and photographer Jo Howell whom they had established a relationship during their lockdown project. Jo provided photography packs linked to a project Discover Brightwater with the hope that in the future participants could take part in a Go & See to visit the art trial.