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Bringing The Arts to Darlington’s Victorian Market Hall

Date Posted: 12/12/2012 | Posted In: Latest news

Visitors to Darlington’s Victorian Market Hall can now enjoy the arts while they shop, as ten new pieces of artwork created by QE students go on display in the Hall.

The artwork is part of  ‘Art in the Doorways’ – a project between QE  and Darlington Markets which saw students studying for the BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design  create artwork to go on display at the Market Hall entrances.

 An exhibition of initial ideas was shown in the windows of the vacant shops in the Market Hall on West Row and residents and visitors voted for their favourite design, with the ten winning designs now on display in the entrance to the Hall.

 Nick Wallis, Darlington Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, said:

 “This is a great project which helps local students try their hand at creating artwork for live exhibitions – ideal for building up  experience of meeting a design brief and deadlines and great for their CV when looking to progress on to art college.”

 Rita Smith, Director of Creative Arts at QE, added:

 “We have really enjoyed working with Emma Waring (Markets Officer) and the market traders on this project. The students loved the enthusiastic response they got towards their work both from the market traders and the general public. It will be great to view their work in in the market doorways.”