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Hartlepool’s arts scene is thriving right now; the recent opening of creative space The ConTemporary has drawn visual arts, sculpture, photography and more to the pop-up gallery and events space, while another new location, The BIS (Business Innovation and Skills) in Whitby Street opened in May, and provides unique offices, workshops and studios for creatives.

It’s at The BIS that a new collective, Hartlab, will base themselves; made up of four artists who are coming together to pursue collaborative and individual arts practices, their aim is to deliver creative ideas, projects and workshops to support the wider community. The collective is made up of Northern School of Art graduate Martyn Wright, whose practice involves using art for mental well-being; Brian Barnes (he of Pindrop promotions and psych rockers Silver Trees, among other things), whose expertise lies in graphic design and typography and aims to develop a youth-orientated social enterprise; fine art graduate John Carter and artist, graduate and teacher of art, design and photography Emily Carter, both of whom have a desire to bring local communities together.

Hartlab will have their official launch at The ConTemporary on Friday 21st June, where artists from Hartlepool will display their work, and the team will demonstrate their ideas for the future. Through networking, providing training, developing workshops and collaborating with regional and national businesses, Hartlab will offer a vital contribution to the beating heart of the arts in Hartlepool.

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