Day 1


My first day as Executive Director of Tees Valley Arts (TVA) started with none of the apprehension that normally comes with beginning a new job. Partly that’s down to my familiarity with the organisation, the fact that my email has been buzzing with communication for weeks now as the small but busy team here and …

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Rowena’s Farewell

Rowena Sommerville

Dear colleagues and friends, this is my last week as CEO of Tees Valley Arts, and although I will occasionally be around doing some final bits and bobs for TVA, and in my future as a freelancer (again), this is really me waving the big goodbye! I joined TVA (Cleveland Arts) in 1999, so this …

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Thrifty Foundations: a development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms

Tees Valley Arts and the Festival of Thrift present Thrifty Foundations – a wonderful opportunity for artists wanting to learn new skills and to work with amazing people!!! A development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms TVA and Festival of Thrift are delighted to invite artists, makers, writers and performers to apply to work with …

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My Time at Tees Valley Arts – Zoya Din

I have come to Tees Valley Arts for my Year 10 Work Experience from Macmillan Academy and I thoroughly enjoy it. For the past few days, I have been doing computer work and learning how to edit pages on the website. Throughout this process, I think my ICT has progressed massively which could help me …

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TVA Announces New CEO

TVA, which is committed to the impact of art for individuals and communities across North East England, has appointed a renowned local arts practitioner with an international network as its new Director and CEO. James Beighton, an arts scholar and curator from Saltburn-on-Sea, will lead us forward, replacing long-serving CEO Rowena Sommerville. James worked as …

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TVA CEO announces her departure

I am altogether sad, happy and a little apprehensive as I announce that I will be stepping down as CEO of Tees Valley Arts this summer. I first joined TVA back in 1999, when it was Cleveland Arts, and have worked for the organisation in a variety of roles, becoming CEO in 2008. I believe in what TVA does, and …

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TVA CEO Recruitment

Hours: 0.8 FTE: 4 days per week Salary: (pro rata £40,000) = £32,000 per annum Reporting to: TVA Board of Directors Tees Valley Arts: The Art of Changing Lives TVA is a participatory arts organisation based in Middlesbrough, working across the Tees Valley and beyond; the organisation champions participation in high-quality creative activities as a …

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Evie’s Work Experience

I am a student at CCAD studying towards my degree in Fine Art and today I have been at work experience here at Tees Valley Arts. My day started off with me looking at the website and listing what I thought was both good and what could be improved. I listed that I thought that …

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