It is often easy to take the beauty around us for granted and forget how simple objects carry memories and a sense of place. Our amazing Cree men have been finding ways to make us look again and rediscover a feeling of community.

The project has been inspired by the work of Norman Cornish and more specifically the ‘Remaking Beamish’ project which recreates Norman’s Bishop Close Street (studio) in Spennymoor. The beautiful and extraordinary of the everyday inspired his work as he depicted the people and places around him with extraordinary skill and perception.

Greenfield Arts and the Cree group have been working with artists, practitioners and the wider community to explore this idea of community. Working alongside Laura Degnan and Elaine Vizor they have created a wonderful piece of art from spoken and written word, alongside photo montage which will be temporarily situated at Beamish and will inspire others to consider community and our heritage from a different perspective.

This is the first part of an exciting programme at Greenfield Arts across the year encouraging people to have their say and share experiences of community together.