AN art exhibition focusing on the dangers of pollution has been created by young people from County Durham.

Children and staff from Selby Cottage Childcare Centre, in Chester-le-Street, took part in a five-week project examining the issue of pollution and the effects it has on the environment and animals.

The group visited a local beach to examine the extent of the rubbish and then returned to the studio where they created artwork using a variety of techniques and materials.

The exhibition, which was on display at the Thought Foundation art gallery in Birtley, displayed an ocean scene filled with pollution, including fish made entirely from plastic.

Selby Cottage manager Kath Shields said:“Our young people were fascinated to find out more about the effects of pollution and the impact plastics can have on animals and in our seas.

"We put creativity at the heart of everything we do and it was great to see the children engage with these serious issues in a fun and imaginative way through art.”

Selby Cottage, which is run by Durham County Council, caters for children up to the age of 14 in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.