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ARTISTS who have helped children discover ancient artefacts from afar will see their own work go on display tomorrow.

Re:collection will showcase items created by Stephen Livingstone and Bill Woods, who have worked together as artists and teachers for almost a decade.

During that time, they have introduced hundreds of pupils to the collection at Durham University’s Oriental Museum.

Their visits have rubbed off on their own work and the display they have made will bring together some of their responses to the collection.

Stephen creates drawings, objects and books and his work deals with human impact on landscapes and how people change the environment.

He has adapted traditional Chinese drawing techniques to produce a series of panoramic mountain landscapes as part of his contribution.

Bill, a studio potter, has used coiling, modelling and moulding methods in his work.

He has then finely decorated it using metallic and other finishes.

Museum curator Dr Craig Barclay said: “Bill and Stephen have brought school groups to the Oriental Museum for many years, and we have been delighted to showcase the work produced by these children in a number of exhibitions.

“It is wonderful at last to be able to share some of Bill and Stephen’s own work with our visitors. We are sure this will be a very popular exhibition.”

Re:collection opens at the Elvet Hill venue tomorrow and runs until Sunday, December 16.

For more details, visit www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum or phone 334 5694.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and noon to 5pm at weekends and on bank holidays, with entry £1.50 for adults, 75p for children aged from five to 16 and over 60s, and free to under fives and students.