Art centre opens in toilet block

MP for Easington Grahame Morris with Jean Lowes of East Durham Artists Network after he had opened the new art hub in the former toilet block, Church Street, Seaham, on Friday
MP for Easington Grahame Morris with Jean Lowes of East Durham Artists Network after he had opened the new art hub in the former toilet block, Church Street, Seaham, on Friday
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A CREATIVE collective was out on the tiles to mark the launch of its new base.

East Durham Artists’ Network (Edan) has opened its Art Block building in the former toilets in Church Street, Seaham, following a refit led by members.

Visitors from its German twin town, Gerlingen, took part in a seed sowing ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the friendship.

Easington MP Grahame Morris joined in the event and led the ribbon cutting.

The group is hosting an exhibition by three national and international artists, calligrapher Manny Ling, ceramic artist Helena Seget and Joss Wrigg, who uses textiles, as its first show.

They were chosen by the block’s manager, Kay Robson, to show the popularity of art in the region. She said: “The Edan network would like to express their thanks to the councillor and officers of Durham County Council, and the Area Action Partnership, for giving us this wonderful opportunity to promote creativity in East Durham. We would also like to thank our dedicated members who have worked hard to make this happen.”

The Art Block is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, with more information available via www.at-block.org.uk, facebook.com/artblockseaham and Twitter @artblockseaham.