Last year artists from The Basque Country, Italy, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Kosovo and the UK visited places across the corners of Europe, including South East Northumberland, to meet local people and exchange stories. These stories and experiences have resulted in a series of new projects, which engage the local community and will be shared in public places across central Blyth.
Explore the projects across Blyth over the two weeks, from an audio walk on the Commissioner’s Quay, Blyth Quayside to an installation of woven bags across the Market Place, with a number of public talks, film screenings, workshops and events, all of which are free.
Take an alternative guided tour of Blyth and re-discover the place you thought you knew with Safari Here . Artists will explore Blyth with the help of local guides, and will collect and re-interpret what they have discovered. Meet the artists in their travel agency on Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found.
Join residents on the Croft Estate to take part in Windows ; a spectacular outdoor audio visual event, where people will be asked to answer a series of questions about local and global issues by jumping into pools of red and green light projected onto the MUGA (multi-use games area).
Discover why an installation of large bags will be built across Blyth Market Place for Oh My Home – Lost & Found , and watch a series of short performances that ask us to reflect on and re-define the meaning of the word ‘home’.
Students from Blyth Academy will create miniature art galleries in the shape of birdhouses as part of Birdhouse Gallery . The group will learn how to organize and promote an exhibition and will present their work in the town centre.
In a series of workshops, Voiceover will gather stories that will be shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast on Blyth Market Place. Hear personal stories from people connected to social, environmental and industrial change and share your own.
Listen to personal testimonies and fictional stories from the survivors of conflict and violence in Bridging the Silence, a powerful 17-minute audio walk and installation that will take place on the Commisioner’s Quay, Blyth Quayside.
A programme of short films called Flashes will be screened in unusual venues across Blyth. Films about the ancient custom of painting the faces of brides to ward off the evil eye in a village in Kosovo and the struggle of Palestinian refugees on the streets of Athens are part of this eclectic programme.
You can hear more from the CORNERS artists, the ISIS Arts team and local participants through online radio stations Corners Live and Beach Hut Radio.
Find out more about CORNERS of Europe in Blyth at: www.isisarts.org.uk
CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and Newcastle City Council.
CORNERS Blyth has been made possible by the continued support and involvement of our local partners:
Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Northumberland Police, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary’s Church.