Outdoor art installation launches in Seaham this weekend

Families are invited to explore a new outdoor art installation this weekend during a free event.

A family fun day will take place at Noses Point, Seaham, on Saturday, 3 June to celebrate the launch of Ps in a Pod.

Created by artist Louise Plant, the Ps are cast iron sculptures which are arranged differently depending on their surroundings.

As well as the chance to get up close and personal with the Ps, the family fun day will include mask-making and craft activities, a treasure trail and the chance to learn about the geology of the County Durham coastline.

People are also encouraged to take a selfie with the Ps and post it on social media with the hashtag #psinapod to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Activities will take place in a marquee, so will be unaffected by the weather, and refreshments will be available.

Lucy Jenkins, Durham County Council’s visual arts manager, said: “We’re inviting people along to Noses Point to enjoy some sand, sculptures and, hopefully, sunshine.  It’s a chance to explore the artwork, make the most of our beautiful countryside and take part in some exciting activities.”

Ps in a Pod will be at Noses Point until September, when it will move to Durham City’s Wharton Park, then Bishop Auckland Market Place and finally Hamsterley Forest in April 2018.

Durham County Council commissioned the piece as part of its new approach to the visual arts, which sees works being sited in community locations rather than being displayed in conventional gallery spaces.

The installation, which has been funded by Arts Council England and County Durham Foundation, will be accompanied by a programme of educational sessions in local schools.