Darlington Libraries is set to host a special artist residency in a bid to encourage people to share their favourite thing about the town.
The “Darlo to Boro is our Grand Tour” project, from artist and drag king Lady Kitt, explores the idea that cultural life in the North East can be just as, if not more, exciting, rich and diverse as the 18th century ‘Grand Tour’.
As part of the project, the floor of Crown Street Gallery will become a giant, 3D paper map of Darlington, featuring locations suggested and made by local people either online or during workshops at the library.
On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, Lady Kitt and drag queen Miss Penny Press will ‘set sail’ around the town centre in a giant, origami paper boat for an interactive performance as they invite people to write or draw their favourite things about Darlington onto the boat.
Lady Kitt explained: “I’ve already held several workshops at the library and am keen to get more people involved in helping the map ‘grow’ out of the floor of the gallery.
“I imagine the work will reflect the history of the town and the wider area, through an exploration of the archives, and perhaps our imagined futures.
“I’m sure it will also draw on my own experiences of growing up near here and my changing perceptions, now returning as an adult.
“But above all, I want it to reflect the views and thoughts of local people, whether they’ve lived here all their lives or are new to the area – and everyone involved will be credited as co-authors of the work.”
“Darlo to Boro is our Grand Tour” forms part of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender and is supported by The Auxiliary artist-led workspace and Creative Darlington.
Councillor Paul Howell, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the local environment, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome Lady Kitt as our resident artist and to be working with The Auxiliary and Middlesbrough Art Weekender to highlight and promote the richness and diversity of culture across the Tees Valley.
“Do look out for Lady Kitt and Miss Penny Press as they sail around town on Tuesday and share your thoughts or pop in to the library to view the map and perhaps help create a new addition.”
You can find out more about Lady Kitt and the artist residency at Darlington Libraries on the Lady Kitt website.
Lady Kitt and Miss Penny Press will also be visiting the gallery at Crown Street Library on the following dates;
• Wednesday, August 28th, 2019: 3pm – 6pm
• Monday, September 2nd, 2019: 3pm – 6pm
• Wednesday, September 4th, 2019: 10am – 1pm
• Monday, September 9th, 2019: 10am – 1pm
• Wednesday, September 11th, 2019: 10am – 1pm
• Thursday, September 12th, 2019: 10am – 1pm
Middlesbrough Art Weekender takes place from Thursday, September 26th, 2019 until Sunday, September 29th, 2019. You can find out more about the event on the official website.
Source: Darlington Borough Council