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Intergenerational art project sets the tone for World War One commemorations

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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YOUNG people have teamed up with older local residents to create beautiful sunflowers that will form part of a war memorial art installation to be held in Stockton later this year.

The group came together to create the social action project which transformed recycled plastic bottles into sunflower displays that will be used in a commemorative project that remembers the Borough’s fallen soldiers from the First World War.

The installation will be open to the public at Trinity Green in Stockton town centre on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “This is all about young people getting involved with a social action project that gives them the opportunity to contribute to their community.

“It is really great to see how much both they and some of our older residents have taken from the experience. I know their work will be an invaluable part of Point Me To The Skies on 11 November this year, keep your eyes peeled for more on that as we get closer to marking the centenary of the end of the Great War.

“This work is also a fantastic example of the type of activities our young people can get involved in through our Bright Minds Big Futures campaign. We are committed to ensuring that young people are at the heart of the future of the Borough and there’s a range of opportunities on offer.”

The group were taking part in a summer National Citizen Service (NCS) programme and to help with their research, the group visited The Danger Tree exhibition in Wellington Square which uses augmented reality via iPads to allow viewers to unlock the stories, feelings and experiences from the war through immersive oil paintings.

The group also researched the history of George Hunter, a Stockton man who was shot for desertion during the First World War, only to be pardoned 90 years later. He is also featured in the exhibition in a special piece entitled ‘1246’.

The Danger Tree exhibition is running until Saturday 29 September. Visit www.stockton.gov.uk/dangertree for more information.

To learn more about the Council’s Bright Minds Big Futures campaign, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/bmbf