Peter Neal

Launch #activitees for Middlesbrough River Tees Rediscovered

Pickle Dish by Middlesbrough Pottery in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection

Come and join artists Adrian Moule and Emily Hesse to help us launch the five-year River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership programme run by Groundworks NE and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

From 11am to 3pm, today, at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewarts Park you’ll be able to create your very own FREE willow pattern plate and tell us what you think about the River Tees.

Great activity for all the family and you even get to take your own creation home with you and fire into a plate you can eat off!


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PoSBO Award Win

Ree Collins and Mark Jobes at Posbos 2014 Awards


TVA & Macmillan Academy in PoSBO Award Win

Now in their fifth year, the PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards celebrate and recognise the contribution young people make to the lives of others across the region.

The awards, which took place at BALTIC in Gateshead, are hosted annually by Youth Focus North East’s Truth about Youth programme which is funded by The Co-operative Foundation.

Pupils of class 8ACR at Macmillan Academy, working in collaboration with TVA, won the Digital Media Award.

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About the PoSBO Awards in the post by Youth Focus NE here.

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Niel Bushnell’s A Year of Author Events

Oh well, doesn’t this make you feel good? Niel Bushnell has featured us in his “Year of Author Events” for 2014. And better than that we’ve made No. 1. We’re just gonna pat ourselves on the back:

1. MacMillan Academy, Middlesbrough. I spent a week at the MacMillan Academy helping the pupils develop and write a script for an animated film about climate change. Under the guidance of animator Mark Jobe the pupils designed and animated their script. The completed film has gone on to be short-listed for awards and screened at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Kids for Kids UK at the BFI Southbank and will be screened at Hollywood Shorts in Los Angeles this November.

You can read more about Niel’s year here:

Nightmare on Flood Street

And this is the film that Niel worked on in all it’s glory:

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Choir to perform at WorldFest Youth & Community Event

tees valley arts : the art of changing lives

If you didn’t manage to catch the broadcast of the Great North Passion on Good Friday then you’ll have another opportunity to hear our Tees Valley Afro Womens’ Creative Group Choir at next week’s upcoming WorldFest Youth & Community Event event, hosted by Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt next Friday 27th June 2014 from 7pm to 9pm.

This is a free, warm and friendly musical get together which will also feature special guest Don-E, soul-singer, songwriter and member of Grace Jones’ band; The Roma Band, a local group, specialising in ethnic roma music; as well as talented young performers from TVA’s own MusicMix programme. It should be a night to remember so please join us!

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WorldFest 2014

Tees Valley Arts is delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant events celebrating local and global music, bringing the wider world to your door – to set your toes tapping and your spirits soaring.

TVA thanks the Northern Rock Foundation, the Youth Music Foundation and Middlesbrough Town Hall – without all of whom these great things couldn’t happen.

WorldFest Youth and Community Event, Friday, 27th June 2014

WorldFest Community Flyer

Featuring talented young people from Teesside, many of whom take part in the TVA Musicmix project, performing great songs and music; the Tees Valley Afro-Women’s Creative Group choir – as seen live on BBC1 performing in the Great North Passion programme on Good Friday earlier this year; the Roma Band – exciting Roma music from one of our newer Teesside communities; and our very special guest Don E – soul singer and songwriter extraordinaire – who also works with many leading female vocalists including regularly touring with the very legendary Grace Jones.

This fantastic event is free – where else could you get such a great offer?

Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors 7pm start, 7.30pm to 9pm
Tickets FREE entry, all welcome, family friendly, children must be accompanied
Bar None, but soft drinks available

WorldFest, Saturday, 28th June 2014

This will be a great night of world music, to listen to, to share, to enjoy and to dance to – get on down!

WorldFest Flyer

We open with Heritage Survival, all the way from Zimbabwe, bringing you music from Southern Africa, guaranteed to get you dancing; then the lovely Shurooq Abu Alnas and her band bring you Arabic-flavoured music from Sudan; and finally, Dennis Bovell, Reggae Britannia maestro and doyen of Lovers’ Rock (as featured in ‘Sounds Like London – the history of 100 years of black music in the capital’), brings his Dub Reggae Sound System to close out the night.

Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors open 7.30pm, start 8pm to 11pm
Tickets £5 on the door or available here. Under 14’s free
Bar Yes but Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and will be wristbanded at the door; Under 25s may need ID.

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Annual Accounts & Reports

Most Recent Submission

As in accordance with both Companies and Charities law Tees Valley Arts submits annual reports to both our regulators. The most recent return can be viewed below:

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Previous Annual Accounts & Reports



Covid-19 Specific Resources

The Tees Valley Arts Library

Apart from the copies of our own publications, Tees Valley Arts have amassed a substantial physical and digital library of resources from local, regional and national arts and cultural organisations, etc.

We’re always happy for people to pop by and take a look and see if we have anything that might help them, maybe in the context of their artistic practice or perhaps finding out about more fundraising opportunities, or if you’re interested in researching the last 30 years of creative activity in Teesside.

Creative Activity Resources

Exhibition Equipment Library

Tees Valley Arts have a range of easels and plinths that are managed for us by Navigator North. If you’d like to use any of that equipment please do get in touch.

Tool & AV Library

Tees Valley Arts have a range of tools that we have provided to The Auxillary on permanent loan so as to make them available to artist and makers across the Tees Valley. Find out more about this collaboration here.


Good Governance Code

Tees Valley Arts bases its governance procedures upon the Charity Governance Code. You can read more about our governance structures here and read more about the Charity Governance Code here.

Project Resources

These are useful resources that we often use when delivering projects:





We use the following software

  • Adobe Creative Suite – with the non-profit discount
  • Dropbox – no discount
  • Google Apps (Non-Profit) – free
  • Office 365 – with the non-profit discount code

Useful Online Resources




  • Downsub.com – for when you need to download subtitles you’ve added to a video online
  • Rev.com – for when you need to generate accurate subtitles quickly


Our Board

Our Trustees

The Tees Valley Arts Board currently consists of eight members drawn from across the Tees Valley.

Jim Ainslie

Jim Ainslie, Trustee

Former Councillor, Hartlepool Borough Council

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Ged Flanagan, Trustee

Partner, Endeavour Partnership
Ged is a practicing solicitor and Head of Commercial Disputes and Insolvency for the Endeavour Partnership.

Connect with Ged: Email

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Councillor Craig Hannaway, Trustee

Craig sits on the board of trustees in a private capacity.

Connect with Craig: @craighannaway

Michael Lavery, Trustee

CEO, Brand & Reputation Ltd
Michael is an expert in brand and reputation management.

Connect with Michael: @lavery_m / LinkedIn

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Mike McNulty, Chair

As Chair of the Board Mike oversees the governance of the charity.

Connect with Mike: please contact us

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Professor Natasha Vall, Trustee

Natasha is a Professor of urban and cultural history and the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University.

Connect with Natasha: please contact us

George Vasey, Trustee

George is a freelance curator.

Connect with George: please contact us

Margaret Walters

Margaret Walters, Trustee

Margaret is a retired lecturer at Middlesbrough College and a former councillor at Middlesbrough Borough Council.

Connect with Margaret: : please contact us

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Our Staff

Our core team consists of James Beighton, Executive Director, Peter Neal, Operations Manager; and Miki Rogers, Project Curator.

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