A WEEK-LONG programme of performance art will hit Hexham town centre.

Neon Arts, a social enterprise based in the North-East specialising in contemporary art, is bringing the INHABIT programme to the town from Saturday until February 12.

Throughout the week there will be showcases by performance artists at a variety of locations, with Hexham Abbey, the Moot Hall gallery and the House of Correction featuring prominently.

Outdoor displays at the Shambles and Cockshaw Burn are also being lined up.

All 13 artists have links with Newcastle University, whether PhD researchers, staff or graduates.

Laurel Jay Carpenter swapped New York for the North-East for a PhD research course, while Sally Madge is a highly respected artist with an international reputation.

Vanessa Anthony, Helen Collard, Grace Denton, Rachel Errington, Dave Fudge, Richard James Hall, Liz Pavey, Fransecsa Steele and James Watts will also feature, as will Hexham resident Joanna Hutton and James Routledge, originally of Newbrough.

Joanna said: “All the artists will perform working with contemporary arts, some using visuals and some working with sound.

“Some of the performances could be up to five hours, some less than an hour.

“It’s providing something a bit different and allowing people to come to enjoy and experience what we are all doing. ”