Artists stay on the move with pop-up shed

COMING UP ROSES ... Gill Rogers, left, and Aly Stoker.
COMING UP ROSES ... Gill Rogers, left, and Aly Stoker.

LIFE is a bed of roses for two artists who have received backing for a new project.

Gilly Rogers and Aly Stoker launched their pop-up shed, in Cleadon, with help from The Cultural Spring.

Named the Bed of Roses, the aim is to take the shed to various locations over the next few weeks and invite people in to ask what makes them happy.

Gilly said: “We invite people into our shed and ask them what it is that make their lives a bed of roses.

“We’re recording what people tell us and the dialogue will become a soundscape that will be installed at various events within the Cultural Spring wards.”

The Cultural Spring is a two-year Arts Council-funded project which works in 10 areas – Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon Colliery, Cleadon and East Boldon, Whitburn and Marsden, and Whiteleas in South Tyneside, and Red House, Castletown Southwick, Fulwell and St Peter’s in Sunderland.

Project director Rebecca Ball said: “We think this is a great project which will go down well in our wards.”

The Bed of Roses shed will visit the shops next to Red House Social Club in Rawmarsh Road from 10am to noon on Friday, St.Cuthbert’s Church Green in Red House, from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, the Grey Horse pub in East Boldon between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sea Road in Fulwell between 10am and noon next Monday.

People can dind out more about the Cultural Spring project at its website

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