Ouseburn Open Studios 2014 this year has a been a great way to engage the public in a First World War Trench Art & Mail Art project with the visiting public. Exhibiting the work of local trench art collector Judy Sunter alongside the work of Mail Artists from around the world and the work of young people from Hartlepool has been an engaging and informative opportunity to share the ideas behind the project. The Mail Art on display includes recent work from young people in Ratzeburg, Germany, working alongside Artist Siobhan Tarr.
The young people in Germany have received Mail Art from young people from Hartlepool exploring aspects of the First World War that have include Trench Art, the bombardment of Hartlepool, the Christmas Truce, women in the war and propaganda posters.
The project will be on show again at the event Hartelpool Remembered: Legacies of the Bombardment 11th December.