ONE of the region’s best- known landmarks will be seen through the eyes of 10-year-olds in a new photographic exhibition.
Young photographers from the North East and abroad have taken pictures of Durham Cathedral and the rest of the Durham World Heritage Site for an exhibition called Our View of Durham.
Ten-year-olds from County Durham, Newcastle, Belgium and Spain took photos for the project called Painters without Borders, an EU-funded venture for schools from different countries to learn with, and from, each other.
The exhibition was revealed to the public yesterday and will run daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm until February 14.
The partnership involved South Stanley Junior School in County Durham, Tyneview Primary in Newcastle, Molench School in Belgium, and Colegio De Educacion Infantil Y Primaria in Spain.
They came together as part of the Comenius Project, which links schools with partners across Europe.
Barbara Taws, deputy head teacher at South Stanley Primary School, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the project and gained a lot of technical skills around photography, too.
“The project has been very beneficial and the children have got a lot out of it. We are arranging an open day for the parents to see the exhibition, as I’m sure they’ll be very keen to see their children’s achievements.
“The pupils have also produced four panels of artwork, which are displayed in the partner schools.”
She added: “This is the second year we have taken part in the partnership. Last year, we wrote stories about the Lambton Worm and Durham Cathedral, which were sent to the other schools.
“Together, the stories from the different countries were turned into a book.”
The photographic workshops which led to the exhibition were run by North East photographer Andrew Heptinstall.
He said: “This is a child’s eye view of Durham. It is amazing to see what children notice and appreciate about Durham and to observe their sense of perspective.
“It was fantastic to see children from different countries and different schools share the experience of discovering Durham City.”
The project involved learning about each other’s artists and cultures whilst working on collaborative works.
During the process children exchanged ideas and experiences and also arranged visits to each other’s schools.
In May 2013, pupils from all schools will meet in Madrid to be involved in a further art project.
While the official partnership is due to end in July 2013, the schools hope to continue to maintain links with each other.