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Get involved in the making of an exciting new artwork! Artist Matt Stokes looking for extras!

Objects to See Further is a project by artist Matt Stokes developed as part of a residency with Great North Run Culture’s, Great North Greats programme, which celebrates the regions people and extraordinary achievements. 

Taking the form of a short film, Matt’s project explores the Tyneside’s industrial, cultural and sporting heritage, particularly the influence of pioneers from the Victorian era, by pulling together threads between their activities and considering the importance of their legacies within the world today. Set in 1871, the film primarily focuses on industrialist William Armstrong during the ‘nine hour’ strike of 1871, engineer Robert Stirling Newall and his commissioning of the world’s most powerful telescope, champion rower James (Jimmy) Renforth and music-hall songwriter Joe Wilson.

Matt Stokes is currently looking for volunteers to appear as extras. No acting experience is necessary, however participates must be over 16 years unless accompanied by an adult. The film shoot is taking place mid- to late-July, at various locations across the North East. Participants will only be required for a single day within that period, and not for all filming days. All extras will be supplied with 19th Century costumes for filming and light lunch/refreshments will be provided.

The final film will be premiered as part of the Great North Greats exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne from 15 August - 18 October.

To register your interest please contact Beatriz Clemente by Friday 3 July on:

Places are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible.    



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