Art exhibitions mark Great North Run milestone

ARTISTS ... Joseph Hiller, above, and Michelle Castles, below.
ARTISTS ... Joseph Hiller, above, and Michelle Castles, below.

A SERIES of art exhibitions are to help celebrate the Great North Run’s millionth runner.

The world-famous half-marathon will become the first of its kind to reach the milestone when participants cross the finish line at the Leas, in South Shields, on Sunday, September 7.

Joseph Hillier and Michelle Castles

Joseph Hillier and Michelle Castles

To celebrate, a series of projects and exhibitions will be displayed around South Tyneside from today.

A special ceremony will also be held at the finish line for the lucky runner who becomes the millionth person to cross the line.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We’re encouraging everyone to join us in celebrating this world first and to enjoy the art exhibitions and projects that have been lined up for the occasion.

“The millionth finish will be an incredible event for our borough and for the whole region.”

Touring exhibition, Great North Greats, opened today at 105 King Street, South Shields, telling the story of individuals and communities who have made groundbreaking achievements from across the region.

It runs until Saturday, October 11.

Other projects on show as part of the celebrations include Wavemaker – nine life-size sculptures by Michelle Castles, which have a permanent residency at Haven Point, in the town’s Pier Parade.

Sculpture Mortal 8, created by Joseph Hillier for the BBC’s Great North Passion, is also on display at Haven Point, and exhibition Tyne Voyages, produced by Michael Chaplin and on display in the Fusion Gallery of the Customs House, focuses on 2,000 years of South Tyneside culture.

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