An exhibition showcasing artwork produced in a Wearside photography and science project has opened in an iconic Sunderland building.

The #WearExperimenting project was delivered by Sunderland photographic artist Jo Howell on behalf of the Cultural Spring and co-commissioner the North East Photography Network (NEPN).

The project used a series of experiments to engage as many Wearsiders as possible with photography and science.

Now a month-long exhibition of work produced during the project has opened at Mackie’s Corner on the corner of Fawcett Street and High Street West in Sunderland city centre.

Workshops will continue in the Mackie’s Corner space as art works and photographs created by over 1,000 people from Sunderland will be exhibited in the pop-up shop throughout November.

Jo Howell explained: “The aim of the project was to explore the cross-over of creativity shared by photography and science and to invite the public to share their experience of life in the city.

“It came from the seed of an idea that I had started with the Look & Inspire pinhole photography project back in 2015.

“The work created through #WearExperimenting is diverse and complex as the many people who came together to create it. I have been very privileged to have worked with so many, but it’s not over yet.”

Emma Scarr, Project Co-ordinator for the Cultural Spring, added: “We are thrilled with the work that Jo has created with the people of Sunderland over the past 6 months.

“Over 1,000 people have experienced the pop up studios and workshops in their communities.

The exhibition space will also include sharing events and workshops, including the work of Associate Artists – Ben Freeth, Graham Patterson, Nicola Maxwell and Michael Davidson.

Funding for the project has come from NEPN and the Cultural Spring, and has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Sunderland Culture have supported the use of Mackie’s Corner through the ‘Great Place’ programme, which is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and ACE.

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