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Farewell Joe!

TVA is sorry to announce that Joe Dunne, Heritage and Environment Officer, is leaving us for pastures new. In fact, Joe won’t be going very far away, because he will be managing Middlesbrough’s Communities Living Sustainably programme. We all wish Joe well for the future, and look forward to working with him in future partnerships.

TV Wildlife experts talk at Green TV Celebration Event in Middlesbrough

Tees Valley Arts were delighted to welcome two wildlife experts to its Green Tees Valley Celebration event at the TAD Centre, Middlesbrough on Friday 6th July.

L-R:  Simon King, Joe Dunne (Tees Valley Arts), Trai Anfield (Heritage Lottery Fund North East Committee Member), David Lindo
L-R: Simon King, Joe Dunne (Tees Valley Arts), Trai Anfield (Heritage Lottery Fund North East Committee Member), David Lindo

Simon King, esteemed wildlife film maker and broadcaster (Springwatch, Big Cat Diaries) and ‘The Urban Birder’ David Lindo (One Show, Springwatch) both talked at the Green Tees Valley Celebration event.

Green Tees Valley, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), has been an exciting programme of environmental engagement activities over two years, which set artists to work alongside local wildlife organisations and teachers to deliver a diverse range of arts based environmental education activities for primary and secondary school pupils, their families and also the wider community. The overall aim of the project has been to raise awareness of and increase public access to some of the fantastic areas of outstanding natural heritage in the Tees Valley; Green TV has worked with 10 artists, twenty schools, over 600 pupils and many members of the public.

The project has been a huge success; Joe Dunne, Heritage & Environment Officer at Tees Valley Arts and Green TV Project coordinator, commented ”It was fantastic to hear Simon King and David Lindo give their Inspirational talks to an invited audience of artists, teachers and naturalists.”

Speaking at the event, Simon King said:

“It is so important to get out there into green spaces to explore, get muddy, thorns in your hands and grass in your hair, and to realise you can do this almost anywhere. And that is what is superb about Green TV – it graphically illustrates, even in what are relatively challenging circumstances, that you can engage humanity at every stage in the real world – that is really, really thrilling. I applaud it. Green TV is a tremendous initiative and I only hope it is echoed across the nation and through all of our learning facilities.”

David Lindo told the audience

“It is great to mix art and natural history. My love of natural history started when I was about 10, and so I know first-hand how important it is to get kids involved at a young age.”

Speaking on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund at the event, Trai Anfield said:

“Green TV is a hugely important project working across the Tees Valley, raising awareness of and making natural heritage available to everyone. It has really sparked people’s imagination with the use of creative approaches, and is a hugely worthwhile and successful project. The HLF are proud to play our part as a funder, and would like to congratulate everyone involved.”

The project partners have been Darlington Borough Council Parks and Countryside Department, RSPB Saltholme, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Teesmouth Field Centreand Tees Archaeology, all of whom have been delighted with the project and hope to see more activities like it in the future.

For further information regarding the project please go here.

The natural wonders of Darlington seen in Glass and on your iPhone

Tees Valley Arts are delighted to announce that two exciting artworks interpreting the wonderful and distinctive sights of Redhall Nature Reserve and South Burdon Community Woodland were unveiled on 13th July.

Chroma

Chroma and Heritage Walk 1825, two unique artworks were officially unveiled by Jenny Chapman MP and Phil Wilson MP. These artworks were produced as part of the Green Tees Valley project, managed by Tees Valley Arts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chroma is a thought-provoking glass obelisk, using colour, form and texture from the surrounding landscape by local sculptor Vicky Holbrough.

Digital artist Paul Dolan has created Heritage Walk 1825 – a trail along the old Stockton Darlington trackbed which is enhanced by the free Green TV application for smart phones. The Green TV App uses GPS to send animations (based on the mix of natural and railway heritage of the site), images and informative to your smart phone whilst you are on site. Both artworks have been conceived and developed with the help of local primary school children and community groups.

The event was part of a series of celebration and unveiling events on wildlife sites across the Tees Valley marking the end of the highly successful Green TV project.

Darlington Celebration

Pupils from Gurney Pease Primary School, Darlington, who took part in Green TV were on site using mobile phones to access the animations and information, and took part in a variety of arts and environmental activities led by artist Vicky Holbrough and a Countryside Ranger.

A second patron for Tees Valley Arts!

Tees Valley Arts is delighted to announce that BBC TV economics presenter – and local lass – Steph McGovern, is to become their second patron, joining well known actor – and local lad – Mark Benton.

Steph says she is very happy to support TVA in their work with people across the Tees Valley, and she is particularly passionate about the work the organisation does with young people, helping those with talent develop their skills and ambitions, and helping those in more difficult circumstances find a creative way forward.

Steph McGovern

Steph is pictured above with a pupil of Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough, at RSPB Saltholme, at the recent TVA event celebrating artworks created for the site by artists, wildlife workers and school pupils all working together. This event was part of Green TV, a two year project managed by TVA using the arts to engage pupils and families with their local natural heritage, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

TVA is looking forward to this new partnership with Steph, who regularly presents on BBC Breakfast, and who brings a bit of sparkle to the economic headlines.

TVA Director Rowena Sommerville says that Steph is a perfect example of the fact that young people from Teesside should set their hopes high and can achieve great things when they set their minds to it.

Green TV Kane Cunningham talk at mima

Green TV Kate Cunningham

Tees Valley Arts would like to invite you to an event celebrating our Green Tees Valley (Green TV) project – two years of environmental learning and engagement through the arts across the Tees Valley, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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This event is free to attend, but it is imperative that you book your place. This is on a first come first served basis. To do this please email Joe Dunne at joe.dunne@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

Please RSVP by Tuesday 26th June 2012

Green TV Celebration Event

Tees Valley Arts would like to invite you to an event celebrating our Green Tees Valley (Green TV) project – two years of environmental learning and engagement through the arts across the Tees Valley, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Download (PDF, 137KB)

This event is free to attend, but it is imperative that you book your place. This is on a first come first served basis. To do this please email Joe Dunne at joe.dunne@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

Please RSVP by Tuesday 26th June 2012

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Tees Valley Schools Linkup & Showcase Environmental Artworks

Seven Tees Valley schools that have recently taken part in the exciting and creative environmental engagement project Green TV (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) are pairing together, sharing their experiences and viewing each others art work.

There will be three separate events between 29th November and 2nd December where pupils from one school will be visiting another, telling their peers what they have learnt about a variety of important wildlife sites they visited and showing the art work they produced in response to that site.

During the events there will also be arts workshops with Green TV artists for pupils and parents and/or guardians to take part in and get creative!

Joe Dunne, Tees Valley Arts’ Heritage & Environment Officer and Green TV project coordinator commented “It is great to see pupils from the different boroughs of the Tees Valley meet each other and share their artistic achievements and experiences of exploring and learning about important wildlife sites in the area. The work these young people have produced is of exceptional quality and is something to be extremely proud of. It is also wonderful to see so many of them so excited and enthused about wildlife and the environment.”

The Schools taking part are Gurney Pease Primary (Darlington), Zetland Primary (Redcar), Rosebrook Primary (Stockton), Golden Flatts Primary (Hartlepool), Gillbrook College (Redcar & Cleveland), Macmillan Academy (Middlesbrough) and Bydales Specialist Technology College (Redcar & Cleveland).

The art of nature

130 Tees Valley pupils are in the throes of experiencing the art of nature. Pupils from both primary and secondary schools across the Tees Valley are taking part in Green TV, a hands-on artistic exploration of some of Teesside’s best natural heritage.

As part of the exciting Green TV project pupils from Easterside Primary in Middlesbrough, Zetland Primary in Redcar, Gillbrook College in Eston, Roseberry Primary in Billingham and St Teresa’s Primary in Darlington are each working with an artist and local wildlife organisations to learn about local nature, all through innovative and creative artistic approaches. The artists who are using sound, sculpture, print making and visual arts are Sara Cooper, Vicky Holbrough, Bethan Maddocks, Adrian Moule and Dominic Nelson-Ashley.

Activities and visits are taking place over the next four weeks at various nature sites across Tees Valley including RSPB Saltholme, Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve (Stockton), North Gare & Seaton Dunes (Hartlepool), Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve (Redcar) and South Burdon Community Woodland & The Whinnies (Darlington).

Green TV, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Tees Valley Arts, see artists working alongside wildlife officers and teachers delivering a diverse range of exciting arts based activities engaging school pupils with local wildlife and heritage.

Green TV is now half way through its second year and thus far has worked with over 450 pupils from across the Tees Valley and 500 people from local communities.

A parent of a pupil participant from Year One of the project said “Alex has loved Green TV – he has been so enthusiastic and engaged. By going to the site it brought learning to life instead of just learning from books.”

Uswah Khan, a pupil from Abingdon Primary school said “I want to go to Maze Park again because I want to learn more about nature.” (Maze Park is one of the wildlife sites)

Pupils getting in tune with nature

Pupils from Rosebrook Primary School in Stockton will soon embarking on an audio exploration and discovery of nature and RSPB Saltholme. Year 5 pupils will be working with sound artist Dominic Nelson-Ashley on the exciting environmental arts project Green TV, managed by Tees Valley Arts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Green TV see artists working alongside wildlife officers and teachers delivering a diverse range of exciting arts based activities engaging school pupils with local wildlife and heritage.

Green TV is now in its second year and this school term will also be working with Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough; Gurney Pease Primary, Darlington; Bydales Secondary School, Marske and Golden Flatts, Hartlepool. Five different schools will be on the project in September.

Activities and visits will take place at various locations across Tees Valley including RSPB Saltholme, Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, North Gare & Seaton Dunes, Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve and South Burdon Community Woodland.

A parent of a pupil participant from Year One of the project said “Alex has loved Green TV – he has been so enthusiastic and engaged. By going to the site it brought learning to life instead of just learning from books.”

Uswah Khan, a pupil from Abingdon Primary school said “I want to go to Maze Park again because I want to learn more stuff about nature.” (Maze Park is one of the wildlife sites)

Conflict Zone at RSPB Saltholme

A Conflict Zone (with a difference) has been developed at RSPB Saltholme. However, the conflict zone is actually an intriguing piece of interpretative artwork by artist Lindsay Duncanson.

As a part of the Green TV project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund), artist Lindsay Duncanson and RSPB staff worked with Year 5 pupils from Bader and Yarm Primary schools in Stockton to creatively explore Saltholme, its wildlife and history.

One element of Saltholme that really intrigued the young people was the World War 2 heritage of the site. The site was once part of the WW2 coastal defence system with the remains of an ammunition dump and gun placements still visible today.

The pupils thought about the defence of the Tees Valley coastline during WW2, and drew parallels with how the same land is now being used – to protect and conserve wildlife.

In addition to inspiring (and helping) Lindsay to create the Conflict Zone film, they also put together a list of words that might trigger thoughts and feelings related to both these issues, which have been turned into a brass-rubbing trail, containing nineteen words from that list.

Joe Dunne, Heritage & Environment Officer at Tees Valley Arts and Green TV Project co-ordinator said

“Through the Green TV project we wanted to take a fresh look at and provide some creative, innovative and enjoyable approaches to the way people engage with their local nature. I feel that Mirage reflects this in every way, not just in the piece of work on site, but also the process that happened during its conception and creation. I hope that many people come and enjoy it, but also and maybe more importantly the environment that surrounds it.”

Dave Braithwaite, RSPB Saltholme Site Manager said

“Working with an artist has provided new insights into techniques and ways of working with pupils on the reserve. And now having tried new activities, confidence has been built within staff in using them. Green TV has also initiated and provided some great ideas for linking the heritage of the site into current activities.”

There will be an unveiling/ launch event at RSPB Saltholme at 2pm, Tuesday 5th July, where pupils from Yarm and Bader primary schools will join local dignitaries, TVA and RSPB staff and the artist Lindsay Duncanson. Lindsay will also run an arts workshop with the young people to illustrate and explain the creative process he went through to create Conflict Zone.