Art workshops take place in Sunderland park

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GET creative this summer with a series of free art sessions.

Roker Park is playing host to workshops over the coming weeks. which are encouraging people to discover their artistic side.

They are being staged by Ian Potts, a local artist, art teacher and curator at Bede’s Bakehouse Gallery in St Peter’s Church.

Earlier this month, Ian ran a project to create a carpet of poppies to mark 100 years since the declaration of the First World War.

He said: “Help the summer go by with a twist with these art projects. There is no previous art experience or skill required.” The next session will take place on Wednesday, August 20, when participants can transform a chair into a masterpiece.

Budding artists can learn how to upcycle a chair by decorating it.

They can bring their own chair, deck chair or fold-up chair, or decorate one provided to be used in the park.

On Friday, August 29, take part in yarn bombing – where objects are covered in yarn.

The workshops have been organised by Community Environmental Educational Developments (Ceed) on behalf of the Friends of Roker Park and are aimed at 14 to 20-year-olds.

All sessions will run from 1pm to 4pm and places are limited to 10 to 15 participants per session, so booking is advised. To book, email or call 549 8844.