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Great North Run artist in residence Matt Stokes offers the chance to consider an alternative take on the North East’s history; his film installation, Objects To See Further, premieres at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum on Saturday 15th August. Containing a collection of ordinary people’s stories, histories and values, covering themes as diverse as astronomy, rowing, engineering, music and social justice, the film was inspired by the collections at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the local landscape. Stokes’ compelling film reveals the true heroes of our region, and forms part of a wider exhibition at the museum entitled Great North Greats.

In researching the film, which explores the communities, pastimes, myths and legends that emerged from the late 1800s, Matt initially began producing a series of newspapers which are now available to pick up from venues around the region. “The Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums themselves are a treasure trove of social history and provided much inspiration for the whole project.” Matt says. “They began as research for the film, but became a piece of art in their own right.”

Objects To See Further, set in 1871, focuses on a variety of North East figures whose work contributed to the region’s industrial, cultural and sporting heritage; the lives of industrialist Robert Stirling Newall, Nine Hours movement advocate John Burnett, champion rower James Renforth and songwriter Joe Wilson are explored and offer an inspirational and alternative take on what makes our region great.

Matt Stokes’ Objects To See Further screens at Discovery Museum, Newcastle from Saturday 15th August until Sunday 18th October.

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