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‘Subterraneous’ exhibition exposes hidden world of insects and invertebrates 2-29 September

The hidden world of insects and invertebrates is set to be revealed as over 50 creations go on display in the ‘Subterraneous’ exhibition being held at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale from 2 to 29 September.

The exhibition will be an unusual meeting of entomology and art. Furry creatures will invade the exhibition space at Bowlees Visitor Centre and a variety of sculptures, sound and images will emphasise the importance of invertebrate conservation.

Works include ancient fossils in sandstone, vibrant insects made from recycled silk ties and even a sculpture that functions as a soil ecosystem.

A complementary exhibition will run from 2 September to 11 September at Wynch Bridge End Cottage, which can be reached through a short walk from Bowlees via Low Force.

Work produced during Cold-blooded and Spineless school sessions involving print and origami will be on display here.

Allenheads based artist Alan Smith’s video installation will immerse visitors in sub-aqua sounds and other-worldly images.

A glasswork gallery will show North Pennines' special invertebrates in all their vibrant colours, produced by Durham artist Janet Rogers and local Teesdale adults and children.

If you are able to volunteer to help with welcoming visitors to the cottage between 2 and 11 September, please email

The exhibition has been organized as part of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Cold-blooded and Spineless project. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project raises awareness of invertebrates, acts for their conservation, and highlights their importance to our environment and our lives.

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