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2014 Launch Festival Highlights

In 2014 we launched East Durham Creates with a festival featuring more than 40 events over 20 days in 30 venues. This ambitious start helped us to try lots of new things, to find out what works and to learn from it so we can all work together to bring about long-term change in East Durham.

What did you see? What did you miss? Below you’ll find a little taster of some of the best moments!

(Images: Colin Davison)

Fl10s by Ed Carter

Inspired by the East Durham coast and particularly the George Elmy Lifeboat disaster in 1962, Ed Carter’s beautiful new commission combining sculpture, light and sound was exhibited at St John’s Church, Seaham.

The Festival Finale saw the piece transported to Seaham Marina for the premiere of a new composition, featuring Fl10s: False Lights Seaham, members of Durham Miners Association Brass Band and an opening set by Jez Lowe.

On 11 November, workshop participants had a magical evening with Sage Gateshead Associate Artist Brendan Murphy, weaving percussion on glass instruments around the haunting tones of Fl10s: False Lights Seaham.

Games for Places by Holly Gramazio

We commissioned artist and games designer Holly Gramazio to devise a series of new physical, social games for people to play in a variety of locations around East Durham.

Here’s a blog by Holly explaining the thinking behind the games.

Watch as young East Durham residents have a go at playing the games:

Art Lending Library by Market Gallery/Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich

The Peterlee Art Lending Library got off to a cracking start with a parade through Castle Dene Shopping Centre, featuring New York Brass Band.  The mobile Library enabled local people to borrow original pieces of contemporary art to display in their homes.

And here’s the Art Lending Library parade arriving a few days later in Thornley.

Skill by Dryden Goodwin

We commissioned the artist Dryden Goodwin to make Skill, a new animated film featuring portraits of twelve local people. A celebration of these people and their particular skills, the film shown in cinema-style screenings at community venues across East Durham, and also outdoors, on big screens at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, Peterlee and Byron Place, Seaham.

A small group of artists had a really special afternoon at Easington Welfare Hall, taking part in a portraiture workshop with Dryden Goodwin.

Prior to the screening of Skill in Peterlee, audience members were invited on an architectural walk and talk exploring Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion, with expert Colin Robson. The architect featured in Skill is actually sketching the Apollo Pavilion as Dryden Goodwin draws him.

The Pan Hag Walks by Gayle Chong Kwan

Gayle Chong Kwan took residents on magical mystery tours to the coast and countryside around Horden and Dalton-le-Dale, finishing up back in the villages with a chat and a warming meal. The walks were the first stage of a longer project by Gayle, which will offer more opportunities for people to discover East Durham in new ways later in our programme.