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Unleash your artistic skills at free event

(5 June 2018)

Anyone who wants to have fun with arts and crafts is invited to Durham Town Hall on Thursday 14 June to learn new skills from North East creative businesses and to contribute to new community artwork.

This free event, called Make in Durham, will challenge visitors to make a thousand paper cranes, create a community sand painting that represents the city through time, and participate in other artistic activities.

The North East’s artists, craftspeople and makers will be showcasing their workshop offerings and teaching their skills. Across the 15 stands, visitors can glimpse how a stained glass window is made, discover digital portraiture, learn how to make a mosaic, and much more.

The artists have all benefited from support from Creative Fuse North East, partly based at Durham University, which has recently delivered a workshop programme to help them to progress from selling their own art to teaching art to the public.

Make in Durham will be held at Durham Town Hall on Thursday 14 June, 11am to 4pm. Visitors with any skill level are welcome to drop in at any point during the day. This event forms part of the Durham City Arts Festival, which runs from 4-17 June.

Assistant Professor Mariann Hardey of Durham University Business School said: “Throughout the Creative Fuse North East programme we’ve been privileged to work with some of our region’s amazing artists and craftspeople. It’s now wonderful that we’re able to celebrate their talents with the public at this fun-filled day of crafts and making.”

Entry to the event is free, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.