CORNERS of Europe in Blyth

Article posted at 2016-04-27 07:28:46

A series of unusual and thought-provoking artworks will be presented across public spaces in Blyth, created by over 20 international artists with groups from South East Northumberland as part of the CORNERS of Europe programme.

Corners draws threads between artists and communities on the edges of Europe, from Taranto in Italy to Gdansk in Poland, from the Balkans to South East Northumberland. Corners considers what we share and what defines us.

Last year artists from The Basque Country, Italy, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Kosovo and the UK visited places across the corners of Europe, including South East Northumberland, to meet local people and exchange stories. These stories and experiences have resulted in a series of new projects, which engage the local community and will be shared in public places across central Blyth.

Explore the projects across Blyth over the two weeks, from an audio walk on the Commissioner's Quay, Blyth Quayside to an installation of woven bags across the Market Place, with a number of public talks, film screenings, workshops and events, all of which are FREE:

Sat 14 -Sat 21 May, 11am-12 noon: Take a tour of CORNERS projects and meet some of the artists involved, starting from CORNERS HQ at 23-4 Market Street, Blyth.

Sat 14 May, 11:30am-1:30pm: See a showcase of work from our young people's projects with the Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and Silx Teen Bar at CORNERS HQ on 23-4 Blyth Market Place.

Tues 17 May, 6-8:30pm: Flashes screening event with talks from Veton Nurkollari from DokuFest and Peter Taylor from Berwick Film and Media Festival, taking place at St. Mary's Church, Blyth.

Fri 20 May, 6-10pm: Experience the CORNERS projects in Blyth, beginning with a welcome at CORNERS HQ at 23-4 Market Street, Blyth, followed by an opportunity to experience Safari Here, Bridging the Silence, Flashes, Birdhouse Gallery, Oh my Home – Lost and Found, and ending with the Windows event.

Find further times and dates to see each of our projects on our schedule and follow the links to join our events on Facebook:

Take an alternative guided tour of Blyth and re-discover the place you thought you knew with Safari Here. Artists will explore Blyth with the help of local guides, and will collect and re-interpret what they have discovered. Meet the artists in their travel agency at 31 Bridge Street, Blyth, to share unknown stories of the town and discover what they have found. Tours will take place on Fri 20 and Sat 21 May at 11am and 2pm, with an additional tour on Fri 20 May, 6:30pm.

Join residents on the Croft Estate to take part in Windows; a spectacular outdoor audio visual event, where people will be asked to answer a series of questions about local and global issues by jumping into pools of red and green light projected onto the Multi-use Games Area (St John's). Come to the interactive event on Fri 20 May, 9-10pm.

Discover why an installation of large woven bags will be built across Blyth Market Place for Oh My Home – Lost & Found, and watch a series of short performances that ask us to reflect on and re-define the meaning of the word ‘home’. The work will be open to the public from Fri 13 May with performances on 14, 16 and 19 May at 12 noon.

Students from Blyth Academy will create miniature art galleries in the shape of birdhouses as part of Birdhouse Gallery. The group will learn how to organize and promote an exhibition and will present their work in the town centre, with a launch event between on Sat 21 May, 10am-1pm.

In a series of workshops, Voiceover will gather stories that will be shared both locally and across Europe through a live radio broadcast on Blyth Market Place. Hear personal stories from people connected to social, environmental and industrial change and share your own. The broadcast event will take place on Wed 18 May, 10am-1pm.

Listen to personal testimonies and fictional stories from the survivors of conflict and violence in Bridging the Silence, a powerful 17-minute audio walk and installation that will take place on the Commisioner's Quay, Blyth Quayside on Sat 14 and Mon 16- Sat 21 May. For full opening times, see our event page.

A programme of short films called Flashes will be screened in unusual venues across Blyth. Films about the ancient custom of painting the faces of brides to ward off the evil eye in a village in Kosovo and the struggle of Palestinian refugees on the streets of Athens are part of this eclectic programme. Keep up to date with details of screenings on our event page.

You can hear more from the CORNERS artists, the ISIS Arts team and local participants through online radio stations Corners Live and Beach Hut Radio.

Find out more about CORNERS of Europe at CORNERS HQ on Blyth Market Place, which will be open Tues 10- Sat 21 May, 10am-5pm (closed Sun 15th).


CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and Newcastle City Council.

CORNERS in Blyth has been made possible by our partnership with bait, as well as the continued support and involvement of our local partners:

Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Library, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Friends of Ridley Park, Headway Arts, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Lennon Properties, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary's Church.

CORNERS in Blyth is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Arts Council England, bait, The Esmée Fairburn Foundation, The Community Foundation and The Polish Cultural Institute.

CORNERS in Blyth has been made possible by our partnership with bait, as well as the continued support and involvement of our local partners:

Beach Hut Radio, Blyth Academy, Blyth Comrades Club, Blyth Development Trust, Blyth Neighbourhood Police Force, Blyth Town Council, Buffalo Community Centre, Croftway Primary Academy, Headway Arts, Keel Row Shopping Centre, Martin of Lennon Properties, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, Northumberland Police, Silx Teen Bar and St Mary's Church.

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