CORNERS East Durham

Come and take a look at what we have been up to in East Durham! In partnership with East Durham Creates we present Corners East Durham – a project that has been connecting people and places on the edges of Europe.

In the villages of Horden, Shotton and Blackhall international and regional artists have been working on three remarkable co-commissions:


Playground, Horden

By talking to local people about the games they enjoy playing, Simon Farid (UK), Gianfranco Mirizzi (Croatia) and Riccardo Spagnulo (Italy) will create a multi-media playground space with a series of playable European games surrounded by film, audio recordings and lighting that recreate the atmosphere these games are played in.

The games will be added to a growing compendium of games from across Europe featured in Corners of Europe to date.

Playground in Horden has started with a large map and playing board devised by ISIS Arts’ Sharon Bailey and textile artist Sheila Biggs working with groups from Horden Youth and Community Centre, Horden Parish Council and the Young Citizens Project and inspired by important places in the village.

Come and play on: 

Friday 29th September   1pm – 7pm: Playground Games Tournament, Horden

Saturday 30th September   1pm – 6pm: Playground Games Tournament, Horden, at Welfare Park, SR8 4DE and Horden Youth and Community Centre, Eden St, SR8 4LH (Information point at Horden Hub House, 54 Seventh St, SR8 4LX)

Treasures of Shotton: Safari Here, Shotton

Safari Here artists Maria Anastassiou, Isabella Mongelli and Milos Tomic from Cyprus, Italy and Serbia have created alternative trails around Europe – with quirky and unlikely results.

The planning has started with artists Nicola Balfour and Annette Poulson with participants from The Women’s Cree, the Art Group and the Youth Group at Shotton Community Centre to identify what they think is important in their village and their lives.

Safari Here: Treasures of Shotton is a travel agency, a unique guided tour, a short film. Through an accumulative process of workshops and curated spaces, international and local artists collect and re-interpret the unique stories and secrets of each place they visit, and in turn present them back to their local audience.

Safari Here does not imitate or dream about the ‘elsewhere’ but observes and focuses on the ‘here’.

Take part in ‘Desktop Gymnastics‘, a workout here and now in front of your computer inspired by the journey our Safari Here artists have taken so far.

Join our trails on:

Thursday 28th September 

10am – 2pm: Safari Here: ‘The Treasures of Shotton’ (Gentle Walk)

Friday 29th September  

10am – 2pm: Safari Here: ‘The Treasures of Shotton’ (Gentle Walk)

Saturday 30th September

 12pm – 4pm: Safari Here: ‘The Treasures of Shotton’ (Special Family Day including activity trail)

All walks will last 1.5 – 2 hours. Refreshments provided. Meet at Shotton and District Community Centre, Back of Bridge Street, Shotton Colliery, County Durham, DH6 2PQ

Mobile Radio: Stories of Blackhall (Voiceover), Blackhall

In a series of mapping workshops, people from Blackhall will share stories of social, environmental and industrial changes that have shaped the village today.

From a child’s tale of a factory in Gdansk to a housing crisis in Zagreb from an abandoned beach in Brindisi, to a nightshift in the colliery in Blackhall, Mobile Radio reveals stories that are both specific and universal.

Conversations, stories, readings, music and field recordings will be presented as a unique soundtrack shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast performed at Blackhall Community Centre from a Portable Online Broadcast Unit, which will go on to travel to the next place chosen to host Corners of Europe.

Mobile Radio: Stories of Blackhall is a collaboration between artists Julie Myers (UK), Bojan Mucko (Croatia) and Lucyna Kolendo (Poland) and, of course, local people.

Take part:

Thursday 28th September 4pm – 7pm: Corners Tea Party and Mobile Radio Story Premiere

Saturday 30th September 6.30pm – 11pm Mobile Radio Live Broadcast and Eurovision Night (Broadcast at 7pm – 8pm). Call 0191 586 7396 to book.

Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, Blackhall, Hartlepool, TS27 4LG

Designed and driven by cultural organisations working on the edges of Europe, Corners brings together artists and audiences through research, artwork, collaboration, and digital exchange. Corners is a collaboration between ISIS Arts (UK), Drugo More (HR), REX (RS), Pogon (HR), Exodos (SI), Intercult (SE), Teatro Publico Pugliese (IT), Dokufest (KO), San Sebastian 2016 (ES), CCI Gdansk (PL) Arts Council Northern Ireland (UK)