Middlesbrough On The Search For Local Stories For Albert Park Art Project

22 Jun 2021

Source: England's North East

Did you grow up hearing stories and urban myths about Middlesbrough and the North East? Are there things from Middlesbrough that you think the world needs to embrace, like phrases and sayings you don’t hear anywhere else? Do you know a local legend, either living or deceased? Then you need to get in touch with Oliver Bragg!

I love a good arts and culture project, and this new installation is no exception. Artist, Oliver Bragg and the team behind Middlesbrough’s public art programme want you to get in touch with your stories. They intend on creating brass plaques engraved with the stories, myths and anecdotes told to him them by residents of Middlesbrough, which will be permanently installed on benches in Albert Park.

"I hope that when the plaques are installed in Albert Park, they will spark conversations between people, new stories will form, and new legends will take shape," said Bragg.

However, if you want to get involved, you don't have long! The deadline for stories ends on July 1st, so send them through to events@middlesbrough.gov.uk while you still can.

Source: Oliver Bragg

Councillor Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Education, said: "We're delighted to be supporting this project which will be unique for Albert Park and Middlesbrough. Everyone in Middlesbrough will have a story to tell that would potentially fit the bill, and we urge people to volunteer them.

"When complete, this will be a real talking point for people visiting the park and one which they will no doubt continue away from the park with family and friends. We look forward to some great anecdotes being included."

This is one of 13 public art pieces set to be added to the Middlesbrough landscape in the coming months, so we can expect to see lots of exciting projects dropping this year! The founder and Co-Director of Navigator North said, "We’ve got a plan for a series public art pieces and installations across the town over the next 12 months. We are supporting artists and communities to work together to create outdoor artwork which is by Middlesbrough and for Middlesbrough. Creating unique spaces for us to enjoy together as communities and which will also attract visitors to our town."

It sounds like we're in for a real treat for the rest of 2021, so I can't wait to see what else is to come. If you have stories that you would like to share for the Oliver Bragg project, make sure you get them sent to events@middlesbrough.gov.uk before July 1st.

 

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