Tag Archives: Streets

Examining Shafts – Gateshead

It was the strangest thing walking the same route through the same backstreets three times in one day, each time with a different group of folk as happy as me to stop and stare at a wall. The brickwork in … Continue reading

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Imagining an alternative: Blaydoon

The year is 1828 and Blaydon is on the brink of incredible change… a turnpike is planned but will the railway arrive before it? Starting from this moment – and pooling the collective imaginations of visiting families dropping-in to Blaydon … Continue reading

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Dog Walk – Cowgate

January is a risky month to launch a new outdoor activity. That anyone turned up – with hindsight – is quite astounding. But numbers were low – even with the offer of free soup for afters. My input on Cowgate … Continue reading

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Union Workhouse and Honeysuckle Hotel – Gateshead

What a strange and depressing view, waking in the mornings to throw open the curtains of Honeysuckle Hotel and gaze across to the Workhouse. I can’t imagine any but the hard-hearted wishing to stay there. If I’ve read the map … Continue reading

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Wave-ology – Cowgate

From vigorous side to side from the wrist, through whole arm swing to just a wiggling of the fingers, (depending on what ached most) our ‘wave’ styles evolved over the week. Waving is infectious it seems, as we received a … Continue reading

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Slow Roads – Fast Art on Cowgate Estate

On a cold and snowy Monday morning, we cheered up early commuters with the first outing of our pop-up art installation. Twice a day for the next 5 days, will find us somewhere on Cowgate with life-size road sign including … Continue reading

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Halloween – Cowgate

Highmoor Court is re-wired and redecorated, but the bat detectors were disengaged last Friday leading to a massive infestation. We had bat masks being created, a ‘wall of bats’ and a ‘pin-the-bat-on-the-road-accident’ map which was strangely popular – though priced … Continue reading

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Windows onto the Past – Blaydon

We were back in the Tempest Street area this week, imagining the scene from 100 years ago, looking for clues as to who might be in and out of the back gates; how would arrangements be made so washing wasn’t … Continue reading

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Flower Power – Cowgate

This last two weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of young people from the YMCA on Cowgate. They have made the most exquisite ‘flowers’ that will also adorn our street intervention artwork. The end result should … Continue reading

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Findings – Blaydon

I am enjoying how each journey reveals fresh historical nuggets, I always have an eye out for utility covers but, has anyone else spotted Smith Patterson bollards (replete with ‘Blaydon’ stamp)? This lovely example is on Tempest Street. Whilst not … Continue reading

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