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Image: Red Whale Flying by Emma Poppy

Do you want to advertise here?” You’ve probably seen that phrase on more than a few bus stops down the line. Most of the time, that space might get filled with product promotions, but what if those prominently placed adverts could help feed your soul instead of empty your wallet?

Art Stops is aiming to do exactly that. It’s the brainchild of local artist Peter McAdam who, having taken a three-bus journey towards the centre of Durham, decided to approach Durham Council to propose the idea of bringing art and poetry to travellers and commuters across the county. An eclectic group of artists and writers who remained creative during lockdown (including McAdam himself as well as Narbi Price, Martin Stephenson, Emma Poppy and Fiona Duncan, among many others) have been chosen to have their works displayed on bus shelter panels.

Reflecting the diversity of creative practice in the area, a wide range of media will grace the spaces, from documentary, 3D and wildlife photography to collage, cartoons, found objects and some poetry to boot. It’s guaranteed to enliven these otherwise quite anonymous spaces, revitalising them with creative spirit.

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