Down into the bowels of the Barrage

Earlier today Tees Valley Arts, as arts partners of River Tees Rediscovered, were at the Tees Barrage with the Canal & Rivers Trust working with artist Adam Bligh to create a bottle top mural to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the commissioning of the barrage.

As part of the open day it was possible to go down into the bowels of the barrage itself, which is undergoing its annual maintenance check to ensure that it is able continuing holding back the Tees from the lower industrial estuary.


If you weren’t one of the 3,000 people who visited this year, there will be another opportunity next summer.


Here is the absolutely fab mural created by Adam with participants from the open day:

You should be able to see it up next time you drop by the barrage, please tweet us your photos! #lovetees