DETAILED paintings of military uniform buttons, moving photography and creative audio recordings are some of the exhibits featured in a display focussing on the First World War.

The collaborative exhibition Always Remember – Never Forgotten is running at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery, in Durham, until Sunday, June 22.

It showcases the contemporary work of 14 artists brought together as part of Durham Art Gallery’s First World War Centenary programme.

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The artists, many of whom are exhibiting for the first time, had the chance to take inspiration from the museum’s First World War collections, including letters from the Front, soldiers’ uniforms, and the landscape of the trenches.

The artists were brought together as part of a project run by Durham Creatives, a Business Durham initiative funded by Durham County Council and European Regional Development Fund, which has so far supported 60 new creative start ups in the region.

The DLI project began last year and the artists received mentoring and workshops, as well as £10,000 Arts Council funding.

One of the artists, Lindsay Madden, of Chester-le-Street, was inspired by the military uniforms on display and decided to create paintings of the soldiers’ buttons.

The mum-of-three and former civil servant said: “The DLI experience has been amazing. I still can’t quite believe I’m managing to paint everyday and people actually want to buy my work."

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