Released: Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 12:43
AN exciting new arts project mapping happiness across Wearside and South Tyneside.
The project, called Bring the Happy, starts this month and asks people to pinpoint geographic locations they associate with a happy memory. Each memory will be recorded on a ‘happiness map’ and form part of a digital archive of happiness from around the world.
Bring the Happy is the fourth major commission from The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council funded project working to increase engagement in the arts on ten wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside, and will culminate in live music shows at the University of Sunderland’s North Shore venue late next month.
Project co-ordinator Corinne Kilvington explained: “We’ll have installations in the old Riddick shoe shop on Fowler Street in Shields, and at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, where the installation will be available at weekends starting from January 24.
“The pod will start at Sea Road, Fulwell on the 20th, then move to Front Street in Cleadon on the 26th, then Station Approach at East Boldon on February 2, before moving to Boldon Village Hall on February 9. The pod’s last stop will be at Castletown Community Association, where it will arrive on February 16.
Artist Victoria Pratt, from Leeds-based Invisible Flock who will deliver the project, explained the inspiration behind the original idea: “We’ve been delivering Bring the Happy in towns and cities across the UK and abroad since 2010. The idea came out of the recession really, when so many empty shops started appearing on our high streets and there was a lot of doom and gloom around.
“Those who have given us a memory will be invited to the live show, which is a bit of a cross between a wedding and a wake,” said Victoria.
Rebecca Ball, Project Director at The Cultural Spring, said she was looking forward to working on Bring the Happy: “We’re sure our communities will be intrigued and entertained by this project. It’s about stories and we hope people will be willing to share theirs with us. I’m particularly looking forward to the live shows, which I understand are always quite spectacular.”
The ten Cultural Spring wards are Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter's wards in Sunderland, and Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn/Marsden and Whiteleas in South Tyneside.
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