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County Durham artwork will feature messages from the public

Published April 18, 2018 11.42am

Picture this! The iconic landscapes, buildings and people of County Durham are to be represented in a massive mural created using the words of the public.

Message wall launch

Artist Kara Strachan with Rhiannon Hiles, Deputy Director of Beamish, and Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council.

We're calling on everyone who lives or works in the county and those who visit to share their thoughts on why they love the area.

The messages received will be painted onto four large canvasses by artists Kristian Jeffrey and Kara Strachan. When brought together, the pieces will form one large artwork celebrating the very best of the county.

As well as contributing your messages, you can see the walls taking shape during the summer half term week by visiting four host venues, including Beamish Museum, where Kristian and Kara will be working on the piece.

Once complete this unique piece of artwork, which is being developed as part of the our Celebrating Durham campaign, will go on display at locations around the county and further afield to showcase residents' love for the area. 

Send your messages by tweeting DCC on Twitter and using the hashtag #HelpDurhamShine. Start your message with the words 'I love Durham because...'

Alternatively you can tell us what you love about the county online.

    Amazing and diverse county

    Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: "This is the most ambitious public engagement campaign we have ever launched but we really want to show just how amazing and diverse our county is.

    "It's our places, communities, award-winning partnerships, cutting edge businesses and technologies, innovation and attitude that make us stand out from the crowd. This artwork will celebrate all of those qualities and attributes.

    "And, of course, one of the best things about County Durham is its people so it's really important that this project reflects their thoughts on what makes our area such a great place.

    "I'm thrilled to be launching this initiative and I'm particularly pleased to have the support of Beamish and the other venues that will be hosting the wall during the school holidays."

    Rhiannon Hiles, Deputy Director of Beamish, said: "We're thrilled to be partnering Durham County Council in the Celebrating Durham campaign. County Durham is a wonderful place to live, work and to visit and we're certain that the finished walls will reflect this and the immense pride of the people in their county."

    Icon for pdf I love Durham because... video transcript (PDF, 332.3kb)

    Show your love

    If you're heading along to watch the wall being created at the following venues, you can also submit your message during your visit:

    • Tuesday, 29 May to Thursday, 31 May at Beamish Museum and Millennium Place / Clayport Library, Durham
    • Friday, 1 June to Sunday, 3 June at The Witham, Barnard Castle, and Dalton Park
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