Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Art of Community Spirit

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Art of Community Spirit

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk

TWO artists-in-residence are to work with a city's residents to foster environmental pride in their local areas.

Artist Karen Underhill will work across Arthur's Hill and North Benwell Terraces in Newcastle's West End.

Meanwhile, photographer Jonathan Bradley will be based in Byker Old Town in the East End.

The projects will include imaginative ways of illustrating how many items in people's day-to-day lives can be recycled.

It will also show people what they can do to address local priorities like keeping back lanes tidy and litter-free.

Another important element is to encourage residents to come together to talk about the places in which they live and work.

It is envisaged the artist will improve contacts across the generations and between local groups and businesses.

The art and digital arts projects are being made possible by European Union funding secured by Newcastle City Council and delivered by the Cooperative Communities Service. It is part of the Global Action in Awareness programme, in which Newcastle's partners include Malmo (Sweden), Utrecht ( Netherlands) and Nieuwegein (Netherlands).

Each city is devising joint research to be delivered in different local communities, with key objectives being to tackle inequalities and communicate the message about conserving the planet's resources.

Coun Nick Kemp, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and regulatory services for Newcastle City Council, said: "It's heartening to know that so many people across Newcastle will benefit from these artist-led residencies - not only learning and putting into practice new skills but also getting the opportunity to communicate their thoughts about where they live in ways they hadn't imagined before.

"These projects will also give local people the opportunity to experience a sense of confidence, belonging and ownership of their community. …

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