We've announced our 2023 Christmas production


Animating Hexham

Animating Hexham 2021 saw our historic town centre animated by artists and local families, inspired by the town’s heritage. 

The programme of cultural activity is led by Queen’s Hall Arts on behalf of Hexham HSHAZ (High Street Heritage Action Zone). It is an ambitious project seeking to deliver cultural activity that boosts the town centre and enhances awareness of the Conservation Area. It aims to revitalise Hexham’s historic town centre making it a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work, invest and visit.

The project's ambition is to bring Hexham town centre to life again for three evenings in January 2024, sharing inspiring animations created by artists and families. The animations will inspire conversations about accessing culture in the town centre, how we explore heritage and draw attention to Hexham’s HSHAZ.

The project was piloted successfully in 2021 with animations across the main shopping streets. Have a watch of this look back video...

Animating Hexham will return in 2024 between Friday 26 - Sunday 28 January, and we will have a number of artist's opportunities available. 

Work By Ronan Devlin In The Window Of Saks Hairdressers

Artist Commission: Animating Hexham 2024

As part of Animating Hexham 2024, Queen’s Hall would like to showcase existing works by artist animators and/or works that have a connection with the North East of England. 

We are seeking works that can be shown at sites across Hexham High Street. 


Previous artists...

Our 2021 artists commissioned to create animations based on stories and memories about the High Street collected by Northumberland Archives and Hexham Libraries included Erin McGrath, Jason KerleyPetra Szemán, Ronan Devlin and Rozi Fuller.  Animator and filmmaker Sheryl Jenkins also worked with families to create a series of animations which were showcased online and projected in Hexham town centre.  

“Last night we were lucky enough to visit the streets of Hexham for Animating Hexham a project run by Queen's Hall it’s so wonderful to see people able to stumble across artworks in real life again.”

Audience Feedback

Back to top