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East Durham residents encouraged to get ‘Wild About Winter’

Feb 4, 2021 | Leisure & Lifestyle

A giant wolf, a story online and a call for people to make their own artwork – Wild About Winter is coming your way!

Wild about Winter is a new project with artists and local people in East Durham, led by The Barn at Easington, running now until the end of April and featuring a newly commissioned story, in three parts, that celebrates the beauty and magic of winter, and a giant wolf that will be ‘popping up’ throughout the project.

The story is performed online via our Wild About Winter Facebook page beginning in early February, and then taking place every three weeks.

You can take part on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wildaboutwinter

There are already hundreds of amazing winter photographs that have been posted by residents on the Wild About Winter page.

We want you to make your own art pieces in response to the story, using the natural materials and objects you find around you on the ground or in your own homes. ‘How to’ videos, posted online will support those taking part and we’ll also be providing information that draws attention to the natural fauna and flora on our doorsteps and to encourage you to notice and photograph the details and small changes as winter slowly turns into spring’.

The Barn at Easington has a talented array of artists working with us and is funded through Arts Council England, East Durham Trust, East Durham Creates and Durham Heritage Coast. John Quinn is creating the original story alongside performers Elaine Beard and Jeannie May Adam, with Nicola Balfour and Jyl Friggens inspiring the art making.

Filmmaker Ellin Hare and photographer Sharon Bailey are creating imagery that documents and celebrates the project as it unfolds.

In collaboration with our friends from the National Trust and Durham Heritage Coast people can ask questions about those things within nature that are encountered in gardens or as part of local daily walks to take exercise. For those unable to take part online a number of Wild About Winter art packs are being distributed to local families through East Durham Trust, Café Together at Easington, Shotton Partnership and Blackhall Community Centre.

Nicola from Barn comments “We hope that these creative activities will provide some comfort and joy during this latest lockdown, and the invitation to ‘slow down’ and explore our immediate local surroundings, will unleash our curiosity to help us all to ‘look’ differently at our natural environments.”

The Barn at Easington is contained within a beautiful thirty-acre farm on the coast of the unique Durham magnesian limestone plateau, and on the edge of Hawthorn Dene.

The Barn at Easington supports young people and their families, from the local area and beyond, to enjoy, appreciate and protect our natural environment and local heritage through creative workshops and events. These activities take place outdoors within our locality and in our onsite education facilities.

The Barn is an Arts and Educational centre specialising in outdoor nature based learning, residential and non-residential courses. It is available as a venue for music, drama, arts, retreats, family and team building events.