About Us

About Us

tees valley arts is…

a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough, working across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton. We design and manage bespoke creative activities which are delivered by freelance artists using many different artforms; we believe that through creative participation people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds can engage, enjoy, learn and make progress in their lives, and that creative participation can be a transformational tool for improving life and learning for individuals and communities.

making an impact

who we are

Rowena Sommerville

Rowena Sommerville


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Peter Neal

Office Co-ordinator

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Miki Rogers

Miki Rogers

Project Co-ordinator

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our trustees

our patrons

our charitable objects

To promote, maintain and encourage for the education of the public the development of the whole range of arts activity, in the area currently known as the Tees Valley and its environs including drama, dance, music, opera, ballet, visual arts, photography, exhibitions, crafts, films, literature and community arts, for all members of the local community, without regard to disability, ethnic background, sexuality, age, gender, ability, or religious or other belief.

where we work

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River Tees Rediscovered Bottle Top Mural

tva has number of ongoing projects: River Tees Re-discovered, celebrating the River Tees; Music Mix, introducing music to hard to reach teenagers; Thorntree Roses, empowering women of the Thorntree Estate. Look at all our past projects here.

Izzy and Ree list the 70s

If, like Izzy, you’re looking for some work experience or if you just have some spare time you’d like to volunteer – we can’t promise you’ll to get to dress up in 70s clothes like Izzy, but here’s hoping! – then please take a look at our opportunities.


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