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More works of art for town centre project

Students have installed four more works of art in Darlington town centre.

The art has been placed in Mechanics’ Yard, behind High Row in the town centre, as part of an ongoing project to introduce new artists and their work to members of the public.

The project is entitled Arts in the Yards and is being run by Darlington Borough Council and the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

Student Emma Snodgrass created a piece entitled Timepiece, David Stobart created work entitled Still I11, Jennifer Cameron’s piece is called Sugar Mountain and James Cameron created a piece entitled Nightscape.

Arts in the Yards is based in the historic town centre yards of Buckton’s, Clark’s and The  Mechanics’. The project is also included in the town centre heritage trail.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The gallery affirms Darlington’s commitment to public art and compliments the town’s existing art.”

Michelle van Vlijem, the project manager, added: “The idea came from my boss, she had done something similar in the past. When we took it on board we adapted it and it became a completely new and innovative project.

“The students’ work is of a really high calibre, and the college itself has a great reputation so we knew these students could produce the quality we were looking for.”

Tim Fisher, principal at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, said: “The location of the artwork is an interesting one. The yards are very much part of the historic centre of the town.

“In some ways they needed to be repackaged to encourage people to walk down them.”


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