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The good folks behind Durham’s artistic hub Empty Shop have set their sights on a new project; a pop-up gallery and events space in Hartlepool called The ConTemporary, which opened on Church Street in March following a £1.1m redevelopment.

The cultural regeneration organisation have a busy month planned, with three new projects kicking off. Photography exhibition The Eclectic Spectacle (Thursday 2nd-Saturday 4th May) features work by Moving Image students from The Northern School of Art, and is curated by first year student Tilli Johnson. Plus, the space will play host to an (as yet unannounced) Illustrator in Residence, who will be creating work in readiness for the Northern Festival of Illustration, which will take place across Hartlepool in June, July and August. Community workshops will be on offer for those interested, and the artist will run an open studio for two weeks from Tuesday 7th May.

Alongside exhibitions and events, workshops and talks will make up a healthy chunk of The ConTemporary’s programming; from Thursday 16th-Monday 20th May the public are invited to take part in drop-in workshops as part of the Wayfinder audio history and public art project, in which attendees can learn how to record oral history interviews, do sound editing or make costumes. On Saturday 15th June, the venue will welcome live music as part of the Hartlepool Live multi-venue music festival, which will be headlined by Paul Smith.

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