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As well as commissioning artists and creative practitioners to create work that responds to the Great North Run, Great North Run Culture also works with community groups and charities in the North East on projects inspired by the artwork commissioned.
This year, as part of the commission entitled Heatscapes by artist Layla Curtis we've partnered with charity Children North East and the children they support to create an artistic response to Heatscapes. 
The children and young adults worked with Gateshead artist Paul Merrick to learn about contemporary art and particularly artist Layla Curtis. Their images have been inspired by Layla’s series of short films, made with a thermal imaging camera, that show runners participating in the Great North Run. Layla’s films focus on the journey the runners take and the heat imprints they leave behind.

Using the idea of ‘journeys’ as a starting point, the children and young adults created the artwork here by looking at their environment in the West End of Newcastle and expressing it through drawing, photography and film.




As part of the project artwork created by Children North East have been installed in and around Newcastle (pictured above), keep a look out for them!


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