A SPECIAL community art project has been tracing lines through history in recent weeks.

Artist Adrian Moule has been hosting a number of workshops and activities to engage with the people of Darlington.

Trace Lines, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Creative Darlington, aims to encourage creative conversations around the town with the help of free printmaking activities in town.

He has already hosted outreach activities in Cockerton, the town centre and Darlington schools as well as regular sessions at Crown Street Library and the Indoor Market, which are still ongoing most Tuesday and Saturdays.

“We want to get people talking about issues affecting the community," he said. "What can we use the library for other than books, how do we tap into our history and use it to inform our future, and what do we want from our town centre?

“So far more than 780 people have taken part in our printmaking sessions, and taken a print home, while we’ve had conversations with many more.

“Crown Street Library celebrates its 135th birthday next year, and Trace Lines wants to celebrate this with a portrait of the library by inviting 135 people from Darlington to make an etching of the library.

"People from eight to 60 have already captured their favourite bit of the library – from the windows and radiators to the book benches – and we’re encouraging more to come along to capture theirs at one of our regular library sessions.”

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Some of the work carried out

Drop-in session at Crown Street Library take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Councillor Paul Howell, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the local environment, said: “Trace Lines offers a great opportunity for people to get involved in the creative conversation about their town and to contribute to the 135th anniversary of Crown Street Library exhibition.”

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