Welcome to the web page for Portraits of Northumberland, an exciting pilot project to map the stories and experiences of people living in south-east Northumberland. A former horse wagon was transformed by artists Imogen Cloët and Carl von Weiler into an archive and photographic studio. The wagon was at Guidepost Working Men's Club during summer 2014 where local people worked with Carl von Weiler and Julia Barton to share their stories and create pieces of visual art. It is hoped the project and the resulting film will have a lasting impact on families by drawing on their sense of pride in their local area, sharing new skills and raising aspirations for the future. The wagon also made an appearance at Berwick's Heritage Open Days weekend in September 2014, in advance of November Club's forthcoming Berwick project. 

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Thank you to all at Guidepost!

P1010205Thank you to all the people who visited us during August to share your wonderful stories and memories!

We met so many wonderful people when we brought our converted horse wagon to Guidepost Working Men's Club.

You brought us some fantastic stories and special items. We're now working on a piece of art that will reflect the area's past, present and future.

A very special thank you to Joyce and John at the club for being such wonderful hosts.

Thanks to everyone at Stakeford First School for being such wonderful hosts at their centenary summer fair on Saturday 28th June. Everyone enjoyed our special performance of the thought-provoking comedy Mr Doom and Mrs Bloom’s Story Emporium, with actors Zoe Lambert and Carl Kennedy. 

We had a wonderful day at the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, to launch the Portraits of Northumberland project. Thanks to everyone who came to see artist Carl von Weiler and photographer Gilmar Ribeiro in our converted horse wagon/photograhic studio and to all the visitors who helped to make a start on our map.

Click below to view images from the Miners' Picnic Gallery