‘Shildon in Motion’ is a celebration of Shildon’s rich and significant heritage as the world’s first railway town. This collaboration examines the innovative and extraordinary aspects of Shildon’s past and celebrates the ongoing creativity and ingenuity of Shildon’s people and its future. 

The creative and collaborative programme allows designer, Nicola Golightly and creative director, Katy Milne (Greenfield Arts) to work with and alongside the community to explore a sense of place and pride in the town, uncovering the possibilities that await and acting as a driver for collective ambitions to be focused towards a common goal.

Nic and Katy will work closely with the Bishop Line Community Rail partnership and the wonderful people within Shildon to celebrate the pride of this place through a new public art work ‘arrival area’ at Shildon Railway Station. They will take up residency in Shildon during the programme and will invite the community to share in conversation and activity during this time. Research will be gathered, ideas will be developed and this collaborative process will culminate in a final public art work that recognises Shildon as a destination of national significance.

The project is funded by Northern Heartlands and supported by Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership.

Northern Heartlands is one of 16 Great Place Schemes in England, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.  Our Great Place is in County Durham and covers Weardale and Teesdale including the market towns of Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Crook, Tow Law, and Willington. Northern Heartlands’ mission is to deliver cultural activities that transform people’s understanding of the heritage, landscapes and places they live in, building their confidence and ability to influence policy and decision making.

The Bishop Line is the railway line which runs between Darlington and Bishop Auckland. The service is designated by the Department for Transport as Community Rail.

The Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership represents the interests of local people in respect of the rail service. It is assisted by a Steering Group with representatives from local authorities, the rail industry plus the voluntary and community sector including the Friends of the National Railway Museum North East Branch. The Partnership works with schools, colleges and youth groups, increasing confidence and understanding about the railways, supporting mobility and opportunity, and encouraging sustainable and healthy travel. It is increasingly focused on engaging diverse groups, particularly those who face difficulties accessing rail or are socially marginalised.

Greenfield Arts promotes and stimulates creativity, questioning and enquiry to encourage our community to explore a greater understand of themselves and the world around them.

To achieve this, we collaborate to produce and commission high quality, dynamic and stimulating arts and creative activity across a range of art forms.  We inspire creative opportunities through the work we create and the environment we provide.  We have an open and responsive approach to engage participants and develop audiences.

Greenfield Arts has an arts centre facility based in Newton Aycliffe which is also the home to our Greenfield Arts team. It is a registered charity and has a strategic alliance with Greenfield Community College.

Nicola Golightly is a visual artist and graphic design.  With a passion for illustration, design and print, she prides herself on a multidisciplinary approach. Nicola uses design in the broadest possible way; using it as a motivational tool, a way of bringing smart, fresh ideas to life and to initiate forward thinking.