The fences surrounding the New Tyne Crossing construction site at Jarrow’s Riverside Park will benefit from a makeover on Monday 18th May as local young people link up with internationally renowned urban art collectives Newline and Heavy Artillery as part of an initiative by Find Your Talent to paint a mural on the hoardings. The artwork will form a mobile exhibition in which the pieces will be relocated to different parts of the site throughout the construction period, enabling a wide range of passers by and residents to admire the work of art.
The artists have worked with local author, Tom Kelly, who has provided them with information and inspiration. Tom has worked directly with the young people on design elements, so that the resulting piece of art will feature new interpretations of Jarrow’s rich past and exciting future. It will provide a stunning backdrop to the tunnel works, and is intended to be used as an educational tool and talking piece.
Find Your Talent developed the initiative in partnership with tunnel operator TT2 Ltd and contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics to give young people the chance to make a contribution to the £260M construction scheme by creating a visible and inspiring legacy of their own. Paul Martin from Find Your Talent says:
“Find Your Talent is very proud to implement this “Tunnel Visions” project and we’ve run several workshops with the young people at Bede’s World, encouraging them to think about the types of images that would work best on the fence panels and teaching them painting techniques. The fence panels are an ideal blank canvas, and we’re all looking forward to creating something special here. This is such a major scheme for the region and it’s brilliant that these young people are getting the chance to be part of it” Trevor Jackson, TT2’s Managing Director, adds:
“This is a really exciting project and we’re delighted to support it. Children’s artwork already plays an important part in our site boundary. Last year we erected safety signs designed by local school children around the construction site, to deter young people from entering the site. Now we’re looking at something purely creative that will transform the way people see the site. I think this will become a real focal point for passers by, and maybe even a visitor attraction!”
The young people involved in the project have spent the past month attending workshops at Bede’s World, designing individual pieces and learning painting techniques. Their resulting artworks will be on display during the mural painting sessions, which are expected to be completed by Wednesday 20th May. The project also highlights the Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage Site bid, which local people are urged to support. The bid will be submitted this summer and needs the communities of the North East to pledge their support (see www.wearmouthjarrow.org.uk ).