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Animating Hexham

Inspired by Hexham’s rich heritage, Animating Hexham 2024 will see our historic town centre once again animated by artists and local families. 

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 February 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.

Work By Ronan Devlin In The Window Of Saks Hairdressers

Animating Hexham 2024

Friday 9 - Sunday 11 February, 6 - 8pm

Projected onto shopfronts and landmarks throughout the main shopping streets, animations will once again help define why the town’s heritage is important and what value the town centre will have in the future.

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

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.”

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