Ceramic cats look on, pleased and inquisitive, while Gazza and respected author Daniel Defoe are met with the local butcher and community police officer.
These are the people who live and have lived in Bensham.
Bensham Cats & Swan Boats is a collection of ceramic objects and drawings by Alex Sickling, made in response to this unique community in Gateshead.
It is the small quirks and details that are particular to Bensham and sometimes a little surreal. Row upon row of Victorian terraces, children playing in the streets, cats sauntering amongst stolen wheelie bins along back lanes, dog walkers strolling through Saltwell Park, whilst small independent shops and businesses thrive along Coatsworth road.
As regeneration and neighbourhood action plans signpost progression, social housing and communities are torn down and a sense of character is lost. But Bensham still has a rare charm and sense of community unusual among neighbourhoods today.
New Bridge Bookshop, Newcastle, UK, 2014