Youngsters create new artwork

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Young people from the county have reached for the stars to create a new artwork which featured in a popular after-dark adventure in Gateshead.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative, in collaboration with bait, supported a group of up to 20 young people from Leading Link in Bedlington to work with professional artist Mick Stephenson to develop and deliver an exciting new artwork as part of the popular Enchanted Parks event in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park.

Rachel Adam, project director for bait, said: “What they’ve created together is an astonishing crashed spaceship and debris field – it really is out of this world.

“The skills and experience the group learnt will inspire them to plan and produce their own events in Bedlington and south east Northumberland.”

This year’s event told the story of Estella, a young girl who lived inside Saltwell Towers. Fascinated by the stars that shone brightly above her, the turrets of Saltwell Towers became her very own observatory.

Visitors explored the park to see if her dreams of travelling into space became a reality.

Enchanted Parks sees artists from the north east and across the country transform Saltwell Park into a mythical and magical arts adventure.

Leading Link manager, Lyn Horton, added: “For our young people to be able to turn around and say that they have been involved in such an incredible and established event like Enchanted Parks is fantastic.

“Thanks to bait, they have been able to work with established artists like Mick Stephenson and event specialists like Katy Fuller at Pin Wheel to develop skills that will stand them in such good stead for the future.

“And for all of our budding artists, what an experience to put in their portfolios.”