Art exhibition features new babies born in Sunderland

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Bonny bairns feature in a new exhibition opening this week.

Acclaimed artist Julian Germain has been photographing babies born on Wearside this summer.

The portraits of babies, captured within the first three weeks of life, are to be exhibited on the façade of Sunderland’s Old Fire Station.

After being closed for decades, it will be transformed over the next year into a new city hub for arts, music, theatre and dance within the city’s earmarked Cultural Quarter.

Julian said: “As representatives of Sunderland’s newest residents, the photographs not only ask us to consider the mystery of being human, but also the mystery of the future, what will it hold for them?  

“The newborns will also look out on the city’s newly-completed public space and boulevard, Keel Square.”

The artwork will be unveiled tomorrow and will remain on display for a month, until October 16. The exhibition opening coincides with Sunderland’s City of Culture Bid 2021 launch event, a free music, visual and performing arts evening celebrating Sunderland’s cultural life, taking place on Keel Square from 5pm tomorrow.

Visitors to the event are also invited to visit Kuba Ryniewicz’s Fantasy Photo Studio, to be photographed against a fantasy Sunderland scene and take away their free photograph.

Julian is a visiting professor at Sunderland University’s Northern Centre of Photography.

His past projects include portraits of schoolchildren in more than 20 countries and photographing youngsters on the streets of Brazil.