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Children dancing.

The Forge

A county’s cultural wellbeing can’t be gauged only by its flashy visitor attractions. Here, executive director Tony Harrington and creative producer Bev Briggs of The Forge talk about their work with schools and communities to inspire young people to become successful, confident individuals capable of reaching their full potential through contemporary participatory arts projects.


Locomotion, to be found down an apparent road to nowhere called Spout Lane in Shildon, is one of County Durham’s great delights – and a bit of a surprise to many people, you’d imagine. You can’t exactly stumble on the place but who would expect to find a national museum here, off that beaten track whose name (spout meaning ‘seam’ in these parts) reflects the town’s debt to coal?

TIN Arts youth dance group performing

TIN Arts

The name is ambiguous but the mission statement is crystal clear: “TIN Arts are passionate about dance, the performing arts and the difference these make to people’s lives.

Photograph of Tony Harrington

Welcome to Culture Durham’s new website

Welcome to Culture Durham’s first blog post on its new website. I’m Tony Harrington, Chair of Culture Durham, and along with others involved in the cultural sector across County Durham, I will be contributing to the blog, as we present and celebrate the cultural landscape of this remarkable county.