The Old Man of Joplings

New Commission/New Collaboration artists : Rednile artists and Louise Bell
Inspired by: Factory Night @ Joplings Department Store, Sunderland (afterhours!)

rednile artists wanted to mark the closure of the Sunderland Joplings Department Store and its unique and rich 206 year history. Collaborating with writer Louise Bell, who attended the Joplings Factory Night, they created a ‘bag for life’ as a legacy to the store that closed on Saturday 19th June 2010. 200 limited edition canvas bags with 2 unique designs were created and given out to staff and customers on the final day of trading, to celebrate the much loved store. Louise’s poem The Old Man of Joplings was inspired by a personal story relating to Joplings and its rich and turbulent history.

Louise Bell is a writer and singer from South Shields and has performed her work at various events in the North East including “The Blue Room”, “Love Poetry, Hate Racism” and “Ten by Ten” and recently gained a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Newcastle University