As work started on building the new Tyne Tunnel 2 connecting North and South Tyneside, community groups suggested something should be done with all the newly erected hoardings. The result was the Find Your Talent project, Tunnel Visions.
Find Your Talent Customs House Children has set up a project where young people from South Tyneside have been working with artists to design graffiti murals. The paintings will go on the hoardings at the south end of the new Tyne Tunnel 2 building.
Working with Newline, Bedesworld and other regional artists to create a mural representative of the area, children and young people from in and around South Tyneside came up with new interpretations of Jarrow, past and future that would not only create a great backdrop to the Tunnel works, but also highlight the World Heritage Site Bid for Monkwearmouth and Jarrow.
Initial ideas came from a group of local young people working creatively during out of school workshops. The main ideas that emerged were based on the history of Jarrow, in the form of a time line. They sectioned their ideas into images depicting St Bede, coal mining, William Jobbling, ship building and the Jarrow Crusades.The paintings by the young people were then used by the professional artists as a basis for the final artwork.
Over the coming months the hoardings art works will move as work progresses on the tunnel, giving further opportunity for the work to grow and for more people and artists to become involved.
Contact Paul, South Tyneside delivery officer on 0191 427 3741 for more details and information on how your school can get involved.
Images courtesy of Curly 2009 - you can see his blog here.