tva is a small organisation which makes a big impact…

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. Read More

TVA CEO Announces Departure

The TVA Board can confirm that they have now selected a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation from 1 August, following a robust recruitment process after the announcement that our long-serving CEO, Rowena Sommerville, will be stepping down this summer to refocus on her life as an artist and practitioner. A formal announcement of the new CEO will be made in the coming weeks.

The transition of leadership will be carefully managed and all existing project and partnership commitments will be delivered in full, thanks to robust planning and resourcing.

Read more from Rowena about her impending departure by clicking here.

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tva has number of ongoing projects: Making Time, a reducing re-offending project; Step Forward Tees Valley; Thorntree Roses Bloom, empowering women of the Thorntree Estate. Look at all our projects here.

Get Involved!

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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