A community arts project which aims to breathe new life into an empty shop in Blyth was officially launched last week.
The Old-New Curiosity Shop in Bridge Street is a ‘pop-up’ art space where local people will work alongside artists to tell their stories, develop their skills and create an ever-evolving public exhibition.
The former travel agents has been brought back into use as part of a project involving social enterprise organisation dot to dot active arts.
It will be open every week throughout the summer with drop-in workshops run by eight experienced and challenging participatory artists, including music artist Mariam Rezaei, who was a winner in this year’s Journal Culture Awards.
The new venue was opened last week by Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell .
He said: “I think it is a brilliant idea, especially for shops that stand empty.
“It will make the town a lot brighter.”
The project has been funded by Arts Council England, Queen’s Hall Arts, Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and Northumberland County Council.