Emily Hemsworth

The Coastal Arc

The Coastal Arc

The Coastal Arc is the Economic Regeneration Spatial Zone within the Tees Valley, which includes Hartlepool Borough Council and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and the Coastal Arc Photograph was produced in 2009 to create a sense of place, presenting a unique and rarely seen view of the coast, looking from the North Sea.

This photograph includes all aspects of the coast including landsacape, seascape, beaches, towns, seafronts,historic and cultural sites, nature, geology and industry with the intent to change the perception of the area for local people and visitors,

The photographs totalled over 250 shots and developed to produce a unique panoramic photograph that measured 250 meters by 1 meter in one continuous digital print and was taken from an aeroplane flying at an altitude of 500 feet, half a mile off shore using a digital camera. This was displayed in various locations across Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland.

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Darlington Animations

Darlington Animations

The Darlington Animations project involved a group of mixed age children and young people in which developed a short film with a theme determined by the group and artists that incorporated aspects of visual art and animation, creative writing, drama and creative music through the script writing, story boarding or narration; animation of drawings or still photography, multi media and the creation of a soundtrack.

The project signposted future opportunities for children and young people with “Artspark” at Darlington Arts Centre and Darlington Media Group. Interested participants also applied for an arts award with support from Darlington Arts Centre.

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Creative Partners for Progression

Creative Partners for Progression

Creative partners for progression (CP4P) was a national project that takes a very innovative approach to raising the aspirations and achievement of young people in schools.

In an age of an increasingly instrumental approach to the benefits of education and lifelong learning the CP4P project took and continues to take a refreshingly different approach to working with young people and their teachers where creativity takes centre stage.

This was done through a range of project activities including the Steve Mesure‘s creativity sessions with maths and science teachers in Coventry, Hull and Merseyside; the pupil film-makers in Cumbria; the visits to artists studios in Plymouth and the ‘speed dating’ sessions with arts practitioners in Coventry.

The CP4P project has successfully demonstrated the benefits of partnerships, schools, higher education institutions and creative practitioners.

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Layfield Primary School

Layfield Primary School

Children and Families from Layfield Primary School have spent the last eight months in a burst of creative activity, designing, fabricating and installing large-scale textile and ceramic artworks. Layfield Primary School head teacher: Hazel Ducker and art project co-ordinator Sarah Duffy worked with Tees Valley Arts to design a project which would encourage families to work together with pupils to create permanent artwork that would brighten up dull and uninspiring corridors and eating areas.

Layfield Primary Mosaic

Families worked alongside a sculptor and ceramicist to create a huge Mosaic depicting a number of local scenes; architecture and historical buildings such as the Vinegar Factory are a strong feature, The river Tees weaves in and out with an array of wildlife and Yarm fair is represented with a colourful Ferris Wheel and a traditional bow top caravan. The fantastic viaduct stretches across the entire vista with each arch framing a different scene. The mosaic is centred around an oak tree representing the school with images of children and hand made tiles with children’s names inscribed.

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Layfield Primary Textiles

Families and children worked with a textiles artist to create a range of eye catching and colourful felt banners. The banners have a number of themes such as healthy eating, nature and creatures and one banner illustrates the school aims and values, which are symbolised with 3D felt pieces. The felt banners add a splash of colour and fun to the walls which will brighten up the learning environment for pupils in the present and future.

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