Empty shop unit to be turned into art

Blyth Town Manager Malcolm Hutchinson (left) and Blyth Town Team Director Peter Dodds seen outside an  empty shop unit at Bridge Street , Blyth that is being turned into an art initiative.
Blyth Town Manager Malcolm Hutchinson (left) and Blyth Town Team Director Peter Dodds seen outside an empty shop unit at Bridge Street , Blyth that is being turned into an art initiative.
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An art initiative is looking to put Blyth back on the map while bringing two empty shops back into use.

Dot to Dot Active Arts is producing a six-month participatory arts project in a disused shop in Blyth.

It aims to engage local people in a range of workshops and create a visual exhibition in the shop window and a display inside the space that will evolve with every workshop.

The sessions will be delivered by at least eight different artists and eight trainee practitioners, engaging the artists and trainees in paid work for 29 half-day sessions.

Town centre manager Malcolm Hutchinson said: “I am delighted to support the initiative as it brings back in to use two units which have been closed and therefore not utilised for a substantial period of time.

“Not only will they attract visitors to the town but they also provide opportunities for local artists to showcase their work and invite the public to share their ideas as the exhibitions and artwork evolve throughout the project.

“It also shows that Blyth is most definitely open for business and is constantly looking for ways to promote interest and community involvement wherever possible.”

The project will begin by creating a shop window exhibition devised by local illustrator Daniel Weatheritt with a group of local young people that will be visible for 18 weeks.

Visit www.dottodotactivearts.org for more details about the project and how to get involved.