You may have heard about the ‘On The Map’ project in the last few weeks, that is being delivered by local designers Gillian Arnold, based at 2B, Fore Bondgate, in Bishop Auckland.
But what is it all about?
‘On The Map’ is a community project bringing together collective works from a diverse range of people from Bishop Auckland.
Building a large collaborative map, this will be printed, and delivered to every Bishop Auckland household, with the original on display in a pop-up gallery shop in town.
The map’s project core objective is to highlight the beauty of the town including Bishop Auckland’s rich historical past, it’s very exciting present and even looking forward to a bright future.
Gillian really wanted to find a way to make sure as many residents in Bishop Auckland as possible have access to the map and this project.
On The Map is focused around the Bishop Auckland area, with hand drawn locations and landmarks that represent the area and the town.
The scale of the map however, is huge.
The overall banner will be hung on fabric stretching around 3 metres x 3 metres.
Gillian Arnold are looking for people to draw their favourite shop, landmark, or house.
By picking up a pen, pencil, crayon, charcoal, paintbrush or anything else, and hand draw for their chance to see their work become part of this large 3 metre square map in a new pop-up gallery shop in the town, and printed and distributed to every house in Bishop Auckland.
Gillian has been leading workshops involving people from all parts of the community and many schools, creating individual drawings of buildings, cultural landmarks, people, items and objects to bring Bishop Auckland to life in a new and artistic way.
The greatest part about the map, is the people who are making it, this is a map for the community and town that has been made by hundreds of people living with its borders.
Nearly all the individual drawings have been based on Gillian’s own photography, after spending several days photographing every building and cultural landmark in the town.
Taking all the hand drawn elements and comprising them into a map to represent the entire town is a huge task.
Gillian and her team have been working around the clock scanning, scaling, sizing and loving the hundreds of drawings that have been made so far.
They have also had no shortage of people willing to donate their time to help them along, which has been fantastic to see.
The map will be published in The Bishop Press on their 15th of July edition with an editorial on the project and will be hanging in the Gillian Arnold Boutique throughout the summer when Kynren is on.
Prints will be available of the map after the project is completed and all profits from the sale of art prints will be given to newly setup Pineapple Castle C.I.C. by Gillian Arnold to help fund future community orientated projects and disadvantaged people in Bishop Auckland.
Gillian Arnold are asking people to send scans of their work by no later than Saturday 8th July to them as either a message on Facebook, or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the picture to the Gillian Arnold shop at 2B Fore Bondgate.
Gillian said about the map:
“At first the map was largely about tackling aspects of negativity in the public’ opinion about all of the changes that have happened in Bishop Auckland.
Now that the project is underway, after working with so many amazing people and seeing how many people have reached out to be involved, I can see this map is more about reinforcing the positivity, because there really is so much of it out there”.
For more information for the ‘On The Map’ project please click on their Facebook link, or alternatively for more information on Gillian Arnold, please click on the link for their website.
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