Miki Rogers

Steel Gala Reimagined – Artist Residency

Artist Brief  – Artist Residency

A Great Place Tees Valley is a Great Place Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England

Scope

Tees Valley Arts, in collaboration with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority wish to commission an Artist for a Residency as part of the Great Place Tees Valley Project

Tees Valley Combined Authority and the five Tees Valley Local Authorities have provided match funding for the Great Place Tees Valley scheme, which delivers projects in all five Tees Valley boroughs. The Great Place scheme is delivered by the Combined Authority.

The opportunity is open to artists working across any platform and should respond to the themes identified below.

The work will involve groups associated with a Social/Working Men’s Club in Redcar, which has strong affiliations with the now mostly closed former TATA Steel (British Steel) site on the edge of the town exploring history, thoughts and memories about the traditional Redcar Steel Gala.

This work is part of Steel Gala Reimagined, which attempts to look at the past, and take with it an eye to a future Redcar through a rekindling of Steel Galas of old, supporting and building on a Summer 2019 local Steel Gala event.

Support will be offered by Tees Valley Arts in reaching local communities, and through local interested groups in accessing information regarding the history of the Steel Galas, including the team at Kirkleatham Museum, where the current exhibition ‘Steel Stories’ is on show.

Dates for Residency

July 2019 – Initial discussions with local community groups, currently and previously connected to the Steel Galas and further thought/re-firming of ideas, particularly with the Ladies of Steel and other community groups based in and around the Corus Club.

August-September 2019 – Period of more intense research, including contact with the local community on Steel Gala day 18th August 2019 for this purpose.

October-November 2019 – Final stage and discussion moving towards realisation of final work/piece in chosen artform.

August 2020 – Work will be included as part of 2020 Steel Gala

Background

Steel workers and their families traditionally celebrated with a yearly Steel Gala – a once lavish affair involving a vast team of people, and connecting the whole of Redcar community and beyond, which mostly happened at Redcar Racecourse.

The shadow of the closed Redcar Steelworks emanates throughout the local community, and local people have distinct ideas and memories of what being part of that community means and has meant in the past, and what future could bring.

Since the running down and closure of the Redcar Steel Works, local groups have continued to run more modest versions of the Steel Gala, bringing together volunteers and people of all ages.

In collaboration with the ‘Ladies of Steel’ community group, the 2019 Steel Gala Reimagined event will run at the Corus Club in Dormanstown which is the local Working Men’s/Social club with strong links to the Steel Works using their outdoor events/sports ground and club buildings.

Application

We invite applications which should include a statement about your practice, details of previous experience in a related area and an outline of how you would approach the brief and a proposed breakdown of your budget.

This should be no more than 3 sides of A4 in total, including one A4 page for proposed project budget breakdown. Please include up to 5 high quality images or suitable media to accompany your proposal in digital format.

Shortlisting will take place by Tees Valley Arts, members of the Ladies of Steel and the Steel Gala Reimagined Steering Group.

Shortlisted artists may be invited to present their ideas to interested parties from the local community.

The overall budget for the final commission is £9,000 to include fees, travel & subsistence and materials. If you wish to discuss any details of this opportunity please contact by email Miki Rogers, Curator at Tees Valley Arts projects@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

Please email your application by 12pm on Thursday 2nd May 2019 to applications@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

Opportunity Summary

Duration: Please see the brief
Total Budget: £9,000 including all fees, travel & subsistence and materials.

Key Themes

  • To explore the importance and history of Steel Galas to workers and families from the recently closed Steel Works and local area
  • To engage creatively with local community and historical groups
  • To have a presence at the 2019 Steel Gala for the purpose of creatively interacting with and gaining knowledge from the local community
  • To produce work of any genre informed/ inspired by exposure to local groups
  • Produced work will be part of 2020 Steel Gala

Key Dates

Thursday 2nd May – Deadline for applications.
Tuesday 7th May – Shortlisted artists notified.
Thursday 9th May – Shortlisted artists interviewed and successful artist informed.
Monday 3rd June – Residency begins.

Download Brief

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Steel Gala Reimagined

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Steel Gala Reimagined

Steelworkers and their families traditionally celebrated with a yearly Steel Gala – a once lavish affair involving a vast team of people, and connecting the whole of Redcar community and beyond, which mostly happened at Redcar Racecourse.

The shadow of the closed Redcar Steelworks emanates throughout the local community, and local people have distinct ideas and memories of what being part of that community means and has meant in the past, and what future could bring.

Since the running down and closure of most of the Steel Works, local groups have continued to run more modest versions of the Steel Gala, bringing together volunteers and people of all ages.

In collaboration with the ‘Ladies of Steel’ community group, the Steel Gala Reimagined event will run on 18th August 2019 at the Corus Sports & Social Club in Dormanstown, which used to be the British Steel Club Dormanstown, using their outdoor events/sports ground and club buildings.  


The Artists

Funders

Great Place Tees Valley is a Great Place Scheme – funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, working with Historic England – run by the Tees Valley Combined Authority on behalf of the communities of the Tees Valley.

See our other Great Place Tees Valley projects here.

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The Carlin How Chew and Chat

If your village was a pie, what would it contain?

Come along, prepare and eat delicious food, and tell us – what makes Carlin How special? What do people here do? and what makes its place and people unique?

In collaboration with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, this is your chance to tell your story about your village, and decide what the discussion should be – while sharing food and having fun.

Our discussions will be part of the bigger conversation, working towards the Tees Valley City of Culture bid.

All ages welcome – Children must be with a responsible adult.

Find out more here

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Welcome to Kindred Guisborough

Kindred Guisborough

 

It’s not long now until our big Kindred Guisborough weekend. Following our Art-trail week of independent shops, cafes and bistros opening up their doors to host local artists, tomorrow begins a creatively jam-packed weekend of art, music and spoken word, and I and the tiny band of supportive creatives who make up Kindred Guisborough couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s all come together.

Opening Event Henwen and Support

I have something to prove with this event, I suppose – I want people to know about our cultural offer. I’m from Teesside, but lived in Kent for many years. In the South I was aware that our gorgeous moors, beaches and fascinating industrial heritage were well known, but do we have any culture? If you ask any of the many creatives, festival and event organisers, performers, artists, gallery owners and makers I’ve worked with over the years, they’ll shout about our culture to the rooftops, but nothing works better than bringing our creative sector together to show off a bit, and work together as a collective force. That’s what we’re aiming for.

So – the whole thing came about one evening in a Guisborough dining room – but before we go there, I want to briefly take you back a few years to 2013, when I ran Skybluered Studio, a non-profit business.

We sold artwork alongside our tea and cake, ran workshops and I could see how the work on the walls was as important as what was on people’s plates.

Additionally, I became Town Champion for Totally Locally, a shop local scheme to re-energise towns through independents working together. Through the experience of running outdoor markets for Totally Locally I could see how culture in our towns and those in the scheme was one of the real drivers for changing attitudes.

The market became a yearly event, small, but something to look forward to, and suitable to fit around my job now working here at Tees Valley Arts, but I still hankered for the idea of an art trail to go with the market.

Some money became available through the Co-operative – a friend and I sat down and rapidly what was an art trail and market developed on a piece of paper onto a bigger art event with performances and pop-ups, all with the sort of feel that’s particular to our part of the world, and reflecting our more rural locality.

This wasn’t just to be an event to entertain, but to truly bring together our independent shops and our artists and makers, musicians, writers and performers, That opportunity to show off.

And so we’re here – in not very many months, and with incredible support, we present to you:

Kindred Guisborough – a truly community-led art festival.

 

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Thorntree Roses invite you to a Pennant Making Workshop

The women of the Thorntree Roses community group invite you to join them at a Pennant Making Workshop to be held at:

Thorntree Hub, Birkhall Rd, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW on Tuesday 29th May from 9:30am to 11:30am

to celebrate a 100-years of the women’s march.

Free for women of all ages, children are welcome if accompanied by a female parent or guardian.

For more information see their facebook page here.

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Creative Writer for Thorntree Roses

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Tees Valley Arts seek a Creative Writer for Thorntree Roses Bloom project.

Thorntree Roses Bloom

The Thorntree Roses are a women’s group living on the Thorntree Estate in Middlesbrough, who are in the fourth and final year of a project funded by the People’s Health Trust called Thorntree Roses Bloom. The group are self-directed and have a wealth of experience of working with artists and makers of all genres.

The Opportunity

The women are looking for a creative writer for Thorntree Roses, who will assist them in writing text to be used alongside photographic images and calligraphy, in a film reflecting their area and their group story.

You will work with up to 15 women for 5 sessions on successive Tuesday mornings at the Thorntree Hub, on the Thorntree Estate, beginning on Tuesday 20th February 2018. You must be able to attend all sessions.

You should have experience of working with similar groups, be able to feedback about working with the group and be able to write a blog post for our website to document your work.

Duration: Five successive Tuesday mornings, starting on 20th February 2018.
Total Fees: £825 with up to £125 for resources (to be held by Tees Valley Arts)

Download Brief

Brief – Creative Writer Yr 2 Black 1

To Apply

Please email a CV (no longer than 2 sides of A4) and a letter of application (no longer 1 side of A4), that states your relevant experience and suitability for the role to:

projects@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

by 9am Monday 5th February 2018

Selection will be made by the women on Tuesday 6th February 2018

For any further information call Tees Valley Arts and ask for Miki Rogers on 01642 264 651.

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