Artists at Middlesbrough’s Dundas House opened their studio doors to the public on Saturday so, ahead of our Talk about art, culture and place event there next weekend, I popped along to see what it’s all about.
It’s the first time an open studio event’s been held there and organisers were delighted to arrive and find a queue had formed with people eager to look inside. By the time I left, more than 110 people had been through the huge art space inside the eight story tower.
I talked to a few of the artists and visitors in an attempt to capture something of the day with this audio slideshow.
It’s a briefest of glimpses of stories from the area such as the odd sleeping habits of ornithologist Thomas Hudson Nelson, the start of a Middlesbrough journey via a blue plaque and the adventures of a robin, all spoken around an assortment of pictures of art works which caught my eye across the exhibition spaces. (In other words, a random selection!) I hope it might whet some appetites for more.
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We’ll be back on Teesside next weekend and look forward to getting involved in more stories – come and join us! More details about the free series of events and how to sign up to get involved is available here.
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