Fishes and Wishes was a Barn at Easington family digital arts engagement project. The local communities assisted Barn artists on an exciting interactive story journey, sharing hopes for the future as well as making illustrations out of founding and natural materials.




The Barn at Easington encouraged all participating families to find time to go to their local woods, beaches and outside space to create the art works, but you can also make your fish in your garden or yard.

The stories and workshops can be watched below or for extra features visit The Barn’s website.

Fishes and Wishes Episode 1 with John Quinn

Workshop 1: Fish in the Woods with Nicola Balfour

Workshop 2: Fish on the Beach with Nicola Balfour

Workshop 3: Fish in your Backyard or Garden with Jyl Friggens

The Making of the King of the Fishes

Fishes and Wishes Episode 2 with John Quinn

Workshop 1: Star on the Beach with Nicola Balfour

Workshop 2: Star in the Woods with Jyl Friggins

Workshop 3: Star Indoors with Jyl Friggins

Fishes and Wishes Episode 3 with John Quinn

The Making of the Boat of Hope

Workshop 1: Boat on the Beach with Nicola Balfour

Workshop 2: Boat in the Woods with Jyl Friggins

Workshop 3: Boat indoors/at home with Jyl Friggins

This project is funded by East Durham Creates as part of the Let’s Create Commissioning scheme and Durham Heritage Coast.