Over the next few weeks and into the Spring a series of large-scale artists’ billboard images will be installed along the seafront wall of Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. These are part of a programme of contemporary artists’ commissions designed to celebrate the landscape and cultural heritage of the South Shields seafront. Starting their research work last year, a group of artists spent time in and around South Shields, exploring the local history and talking to people about their personal memories and experiences of the seafront.
The first works from the Seafront Interpretation Project to appear along the wall include:
The Visitors, a series of beach portraits by photographer Damien Wootten records some of the trips made to South Shields Seafront by north-east residents and international visitors during Summer 2011.
All works were commissioned by Grit & Pearl for South Tyneside Council as part of the South Shields Seafront Interpretation Project 2011-12. The project was supported by South Tyneside Council, Seachange and Arts Council England.
Grit & Pearl is Newcastle based public art agency with a reputation for delivering highly creative projects for a wide range of private sector and local authority clients. www.gritandpearl.co.uk
Damien Wooten is a photographer based in Gateshead who has a long-term interest in coastal landscapes and portraiture. His work has previously been exhibited at The Customs House, South Shields.www.damienwootten.co.uk