An art installation which has been touring the county has arrived in the last of its temporary locations before being given a permanent home.

Ps in a Pod was created by artist Louise Plant and has spent four months each in Seaham, Wharton Park and Bishop Auckland before arriving in Hamsterley Forest.

The piece was commissioned by Durham County Council as part of a new approach to visual arts which sees work sited in community locations rather than in conventional gallery spaces.

A family day will take place on Friday, 1 June from 10am until 4pm, where visitors can make their own sculpture alongside local artists.

The council is now considering a final location for the Ps to be sited, with the public invited to make suggestions for its new home.

Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: “It has been great to see the Ps on their year-long journey, showcasing the very different landscapes our county has to offer.

“The various activity sessions that have been delivered alongside the sculptures have been a great success and we are pleased so many people have been able to interact with art in a way they might not normally get the chance to.”

A photography competition has also been running alongside the Ps exhibition, with people being encouraged to take photos of the sculptures at each location and upload them to social media with the hashtag #psinapod.

Mick Harle, from Durham, won first place for his photo of the Ps set against the night sky in Seaham, while David Johnson from Spennymoor wowed with his picture of the sculptures amongst the autumn leaves in Wharton Park.

Both were awarded a special ‘mini p’ created by the artist and presented by Cllr Bill Kellett, Chairman of Durham County Council.

The final two winners will be announced later in the year.

Suggestions for the Ps final location should be sent to