New plans to celebrate Middlesbrough’s myths and legends

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Artist wants to hear from the public about people, places and tales of Boro for a new project at Albert Park.

Award-winning artist Oliver Bragg is posing some questions to the Middlesbrough public this month, all in aid of a new art project.

Did you grow up hearing stories and urban myths about Middlesbrough and the North East? Are there things from Middlesbrough that you think the world needs to embrace, like phrases and sayings you don’t hear anywhere else? Do you know a local legend, either living or deceased?

Then, Bragg and the team behind Middlesbrough’s public art programme want you to get in touch.

The artist intends to create brass plaques engraved with the stories, myths and anecdotes told to him by residents of Middlesbrough, which will be permanently installed on benches in Albert Park.

“I hope that when the plaques are installed in Albert Park, they will spark conversations between people, new stories will form, and new legends will take shape,” said Bragg

Organisers are asking anyone who has a story to share to get in touch by 1 July through events@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Cllr Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Education, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this project which will be unique for Albert Park and Middlesbrough.

“Everyone in Middlesbrough will have a story to tell that would potentially fit the bill, and we urge people to volunteer them.

“When complete, this will be a real talking point for people visiting the park and one which they will no doubt continue away from the park with family and friends. We look forward to some great anecdotes being included.”

This is 1 of 13 public art pieces set to be added to the Middlesbrough landscape in the coming months.

“We’ve got a plan for a series public art pieces and installations across the town over the next 12 months’ said James Lowther, founder and Co-Director of Navigator North. They are delivering the public art programme on behalf of Middlesbrough Council.

“We are supporting artists and communities to work together to create outdoor artwork which is by Middlesbrough and for Middlesbrough. Creating unique spaces for us to enjoy together as communities and which will also attract visitors to our town.”

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