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Since the UK went into lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, a weekly tradition of clapping the frontline key workers and NHS staff who still go out to work, has become a staple in many people’s calendars. At a time when we were all staying at home to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus – the chance to join the weekly clapping has been a great display of community spirit and togetherness.

Although the important message of staying home means that we can’t welcome visitors to Newcastle and Gateshead at the moment, or enjoy the attractions and iconic buildings in person – one artist has captured the spirit of the Thursday night community clapping for keyworkers at the same time as celebrating some of the iconic and historic buildings around the North East. 

London-based artist Ian Berry created a poignant clapping hands animation which has been projected onto buildings including Newcastle Cathedral, St James’ Park and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on NewcastleGateshead Quayside. It's great to see some of the must-see attractions lit up with Ian Berry's stunning artwork.

You can find out more about the #IClapFor campaign on their website. Image credit: Ian Berry and Drone Works North East. Read the original news story on Newcastle Cathedral’s website

Take a look at these stunning images…

Newcastle Central Station

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