9-12 September, Hexham Town Centre
Animating Hexham will see our historic town centre animated by artists and local families, inspired by the town’s heritage.
Funded by Historic England, Animating Hexham aims to discover stories and evoke memories of our town’s high streets and buildings, using these to inspire animations and conversations about Hexham’s heritage. Animations will be projected onto shopfronts and landmarks throughout the main shopping streets from 9-12 September, helping to define why Hexham’s heritage is important to the community and what value the town centre will have in the future.
Six professional artists have been commissioned via an open call to create animations based on stories and memories about the High Street collected by Northumberland Archives and Hexham Libraries: Ed Merlin Murray, Erin McGrath, Jason Kerley, Petra Szemán, Ronan Devlin and Rozi Fuller. Animator and filmmaker Sheryl Jenkins is also working with families to create a series of animations to be showcased online and projected in Hexham town centre.
Animating Hexham is being developed and managed by Hexham Culture Network on behalf of Hexham High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) and led by Queen’s Hall Arts. HSHAZ is an ambitious scheme seeking to deliver major improvements to boost the town centre and enhance the Conservation Area. It is a partnership between Historic England, Northumberland County Council, Hexham Town Council and the Hexham Community Partnership, working with the local community. Read more about this exciting project on our news page where you can download the press release.