THE unseen beauty and hidden stories of Darlington will be the focus of a series of creative projects bringing together artists, budding photographers and local people of all ages.

Dover Prize winner for 2019, Bethan Maddocks an artist and story teller, will kick start work on her work in Darlington with a special talk – ‘Story collecting and paper cutting’ – at Crown Street Library’s gallery space on Saturday, May 18, from 1.15pm.

Over the next two years, through the Dover Prize bursary, she will explore Darlington’s history, architecture, archives and historical characters to make work embedded with tales of Darlington.

She creates large, interactive paper sculpture and works with communities to develop research on themes such as the Newcastle witch trials, the prehistoric forest of Northumberland and the north’s socialist history.

The Northern Echo:

The artist at work

The talk is an opportunity for local people, whatever their age, to hear about the artist's work and share their stories and highlight places of interest that she can explore during her bursary.

The event is free but space is limited, so email

for a place.