ORGANISERS of a groundbreaking arts project have been inundated with applications for the chance to work alongside an internationally-renowned sculptor.

More than 80 artists applied to join Tania Kovats on the God's Bridge project in Teesdale.

Just 10 were chosen and they will spend two days working under the guidance of Ms Kovats at the limestone formation on the River Greta, near Bowes.

They then have six months to create a piece of art inspired by the natural bridge which will be exhibited at The Bowes Museum, mima, in Middlesbrough, and other galleries across the region during 2014.

Locally-based artists chosen to take part include: Ewan Allinson, from Middleton-in-Teesdale; Suzanne Williams, from Barnard Castle; Gillian Tallentire, from Bowes and Steve Messam, from North Stainmore.

Those coming to Teesdale from further afield are: Henna Asikainen, from Newcastle; Lesley Hicks, from Gateshead; Bryony Purvis, from Durham; Hannah Leighton-Boyce, from Manchester; Robyn LeRoy-Evans, from Sheffield and Charli Clark, from Bristol. The project is being organised by arts charity ARTworks in Teesdale, with support from the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership and Art Council England.

ARTworks manager Judy Caplin said she had been overwhelmed by the interest in the God's Bridge project.

“Applications from artists have come from as far afield as Singapore and Europe and demonstrates how keen they were not only to work with such a high profile artist as Tania but also to have the chance to visit and experience the Teesdale landscape,” she said.

The final selection panel included Kate Brindley, director of mima, and Viv Vallack, exhibition curator at The Bowes Museum.

“I think we have put together a vibrant mix of local artists who know the landscape intimately and others from across the country whose enthusiasm to engage in the spirit of the project was evident in their applications,” said Mrs Caplin.