An award-winning artist has asked Middlesbrough residents to share their stories and urban myths about the town for a new art installation in Albert Park.

Oliver Bragg, who was selected to take part in Sculpture in the city open air exhibition in London, will be creating brass plaques engraved with stories and Teesside slang to display on benches in Albert Park.

“I hope that when the plaques are installed in Albert Park, they will spark conversations between people, new stories will form, and new legends will take shape,” he said.

The project is one of a series of public art installations being delivered in the next 12 months by Navigator North, a Tees Valley based organisation, on behalf of Middlesbrough Council.

Founder and Co-Director of Navigator North, James Lowther, said: “We are supporting artists and communities to work together to create outdoor artwork which is by Middlesbrough and for Middlesbrough,

“Creating unique spaces for us to enjoy together as communities and which will also attract visitors to our town.”

Cllr Mieka Smiles, executive member for communities and education, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting this project which will be unique for Albert Park and Middlesbrough.

“Everyone in Middlesbrough will have a story to tell that would potentially fit the bill, and we urge people to volunteer them.”

If you have a story or some Teesside slang you would like to see engraved on an Albert Park bench, email events@middlesbrough.gov.uk by July 1.

Image Credit: CJ Hulse-Raper.