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Traders on the weekly Wednesday market in the County Durham town of Barnard Castle could find themselves at the centre of a new exhibition run by the nearby Bowes Museum. Matthew Read, director

of the Bowes Centre for Art, Craft and Design, is the man with the plan, and he told local media the idea was to combine still life and real life, adding that it was part of ongoing efforts to create closer links between the museum and the town. Mr Read explained: “We

have got a world class collection of still life, whether oil paintings or ceramics. “Our sponsor at the Bowes centre said let’s have a still life exhibition. We asked how is that going to work in a wider context?” He said the idea was to

talk to the market traders and hear the stories they have to tell – which in some cases go back generations – and use them in conjunction with the works of art. In other words, while the museum may have a still life painting of asparagus, a fruit and veg stallholder would be able to relate how asparagus plays a part in their business.

The market at Barnard Castle (Photo: DVD Bramhall)

“We have got the museum perspective,” said Mr Read, “people on the streets have real life.

“Somebody said the

market is one of the oldest. That heritage is older than ours [at the museum]. It would be crazy not to link the two. “We want to talk to the

market traders about their stories. Those stories are really interesting.” Mr Read admitted the

project was an experiment which would initially lead to a short exhibition, but if successful it could turn into something bigger. “It’s a little trial; it will be

primarily a social media driven exhibition. Hopefully we can get it out to people.” There is likely to be a

photographic element to the project and Mr Read is also considering staging it in either an empty shop unit in the town centre or

on a market stall, with the aim of bringing it into the town rather than expecting people to head into the museum. “Initial reaction was massively positive with the market traders. All those great local stories are of use to us,” he added. Helping with the project

is social media specialist Paula Moore, who has been out talking to traders in the last few weeks.

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Festival visitors shocked by dolls

Some visitors to the Dickens Festival in Broadstairs, Kent, were left shocked after seeing a display of controversial gollywog dolls during the event. The dolls, in a wide variety of designs, were displayed

for sale during the festival, which saw thousands of people flock to the streets of Thanet Fiona Crawford, a member of the Anti-Racist Thanet

group, told local media she was shocked to see the display. “When we saw the photo of the display lots of people were saying how horrified by it they were. “I think it’s inappropriate – I spoke to the organisers and said I think they need to remove it. “They acted very positively and very quickly, and said they’d make sure they wouldn’t be on display again. “It’s disappointing they are still on display in shops

in Thanet; they do cause offence. They represent an unnatural image of black people and I think it is totally unnecessary. The organisers of the festival told local media that

such a display at the event would “never happen again”. A spokesperson said: “All stallholders will be vetted

when booking and their stalls inspected prior to the opening of the event, and if we see anything on display or for sale that we feel is inappropriate they will be asked to remove it.” Eddy Coulson, a volunteer on the festival committee,

said he didn’t believe the stallholder, an elderly woman, intended to cause offence. He told local media: “The question of knitted dolls

with different coloured faces is not, in my opinion, one that ought to exercise people. “I don’t believe the person who knitted them and displayed them for sale had any intention of causing offence to anyone, nor were they, by displaying them, stating her position on ethnicity or race. “It was my decision to allow her to carry on with selling her full range of dolls for the last few hours of the festival.”

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