The Heaton Festival Map Project

I have been invited to deliver a Community Art Project for the 2015 Heaton Festival, organised by all the churches in Heaton. The aim is to create a large map that can be used to record audience engagement with the festival.

It sounds straight forward doesn’t it! The project involves turning a small map of the area of Heaton covered by the festival into something quite monumental – the final piece will be made up of 24 sections of map, each a metre square. Each section will show the streets, houses and shops of that part of Heaton and also record activities that take place in the area. 

Here’s the map…

That’s a lot of Heaton! 

I will be working with different groups to create different sections of the map over the next few weeks. I will record the progress of the map here. Perhaps you will be able to come along and see the finished artwork at the Festival itself on Saturday 27th June from 12 noon until 7pm?

The map will be made on hessian, chosen because it is durable and has a loose weave so we will be able to stick flags, and other items into it, at the festival.


Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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