Bay Create is an intergenerational arts project, based in Whitley Bay, which brings older & younger locals together to participate in arts activities.
The project in numbers
January 2021 – January 2023
BayCreate is a partnership between Whitley Bay Big Local and Barnardo’s Whitley Bay. The project brings together local residents from different generations for cultural projects inspired by the landscape and shared heritage of Whitley Bay.
The project is the final award from the Youth Advisory Panel Challenge Fund, made by Spirit’s Youth Advisory Panel before it disbanded in 2021. The brief was a creative project working with younger and older people in coastal communities, taking inspiration from natural landscapes.
Participants and volunteers co-design and lead BayCreate, working with artists through creative projects and activities that explore and reflect what Whitley Bay means to different generations.
In December 2021, BayCreate opened its first public art exhibition in Whitley Bay displaying pieces inspired by the local coastline and created by budding artists aged between six and 80 years.
One of the artists, Carol Murfin aged 72, said: “All of us who took part in the project are diverse and wonderful in our own ways – and this is reflected in the artwork we have produced. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned so many new skills. It’s lovely to see all the pieces together on show for the public to view at the local library in Whitley Bay.”
During 2022, BayCreate will focus on creating more artworks, with the aim of establishing a cultural trail in Whitley Bay – reflecting what the seaside town and the North East coastline mean to the local community.