Arts exhibition to launch in South Shields after artists team up with charities

From left to right, ACTS Heritage Project Manager Andrea McLaughlin, ACTS Chief Officer Sean Gladwin and artist Julie Ballands
From left to right, ACTS Heritage Project Manager Andrea McLaughlin, ACTS Chief Officer Sean Gladwin and artist Julie Ballands

An arts exhibition is being held after a project brought together artists and South Tyneside organisations.

Arts initiative The Cultural Sprint launched the Introductions project, with work produced after artists spent time with different charities.

From left to right, artist Julie Ballands, ACTS' Sean Gladwin and Andrea McLaughlin.

From left to right, artist Julie Ballands, ACTS' Sean Gladwin and Andrea McLaughlin.

It involved three short, paid residencies, when the artists and organisations worked together to develop an idea for a project or longer residency.

The results are part of an exhibition at Haven Point, in Pier Parade, South Shields, which started yesterday.

Film-maker Julie Ballands teamed up with Age Concern Tyneside South (ACTS), artist and photographer Jose Snook linked up with befriending service Happy at Home, and animator and film-maker Sheryl Jenkins worked alongside St Clare’s Hospice.

Happy at Home project co-ordinator Margaret Stephenson Gray said: “Jose immediately understood what our project was about and was able to empathise with the befrienders and the people that they visit.

Jose immediately understood what our project was about and was able to empathise with the befrienders and the people that they visit

Margaret Stephenson Gray

“When she visited the people in their own homes her interaction with them was amazing.

“She didn’t just take photos of the individuals, she also photographed images that were dear to them and were part of that person’s make up.

Sheryl Jenkins, who has been working on the project with St Clare’s Hospice, said: “Through discussions with the hospice, we decided to deliver creative, animation activities with visitors to Day Care.

“The main aim was to offer participants the opportunity to try something new in a relaxed environment and to create work which highlighted the work of the hospice and challenged perceptions.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.

“The activities would be fun and social allowing participants the freedom to explore their own creative ideas.

“It has been an enjoyable experience getting to know the visitors, sharing stories, having a laugh and creating animated work together.

Sean Gladwin, chief officer at ACTS, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing the final product and exploring how we can further develop our partnerships with art and cultural organisations for the benefit of older people in South Tyneside.”

The exhibition will be at Haven Point from 11am until 2pm until Saturday.

images taken by Jose Snook at Happy at Home's Christmas party.

images taken by Jose Snook at Happy at Home's Christmas party.

The Cultural Spring aims to increase arts participation across South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.

images taken by Jose Snook at Happy at Home's Christmas party.

images taken by Jose Snook at Happy at Home's Christmas party.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.

Some of the work produced by a collaboration between artist Sheryl Jenkins and St Clare's Hospice.