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South Shields arts group puts creativity to test

Ocean Arts in South Shields took part in the Inventors! Project.
Ocean Arts in South Shields took part in the Inventors! Project.

An arts group let their imaginations run wild as they designed a range of gadgets aimed at making life easier.

Members of Ocean Arts, based based at the Custom Space in South Shields, were chosen to benefit from the expertise of artist Dominic Wilcox.

Our members came up with some fantastic ideas

Martin Wray

The group have been taking part in a range of activities being put on as part of the Cultural Spring - a project aimed at encouraging more people in South Tyneside to experience and be inspired by the arts.

During the session members were invited to come up with new inventions to help make life easier for people and for the chance to have their idea turned into a reality.

Martin Wray, director at Ocean Arts, said: “It was a brilliant session with such a talented young artist.

“Every one of our members enjoyed themselves and came up with some fantastic ideas for new inventions.

“And I am delighted that a selection of the inventions designed in our workshop have been selected to move through to the next stage of the Inventors! Project.

“We will also have some of our work featured in an exhibition in January.”

The Inventors! Project was led by Dominic Wilcox with more than 500 people taking part in workshops.

Those from Ocean Arts, a community organisation which offers a range of creative activities to people with learning disabilities, chosen to go through to the next stage include: David Seale for his Remote Control TV; Lorraine for her Talking Lunch Box; Colin Salmon for his Phone Friend; Linda Beaton for her Disco Headphones and Hazel Georgeson for her Illuminated Key.

The Inventors! Exhibition will take place on Saturday January 16, at 18 Fawcett Street, Sunderland from noon.