Peter Neal

The Ellie Show with Luke Devey

Luke Devey was one of our young film-makers on the Real Tees Valley project, for which he co-produced a film entitled Luke documenting his experience of transitioning from male to female.

This is a fascinating interview by trans-activist Ellie Lowther of Trans Aware, in which Luke talks about his experience and how by co-producing his film he has become an activist and advocate for the trans community.

You can listen to the interview below and click here to read more about Real Tees Valley.

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Real Tees Valley

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Real Tees Valley

Visual Stories of Youth

Real Tees Valley is a film project run over a year across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, encouraging young people to use the medium of film to tell their own stories around their experiences of living in the area.

Our young prospective and developing film-makers worked alongside six professional film-maker mentors, including a lead mentor film-maker to make the short films which vary in length from one to ten minutes.

The project explored what place and culture meant to this group and wrote a new narrative for the Tees Valley, away from the traditional headlines of industrial boom and decline, through using real voices to illustrate life in contemporary Teesside directly from those who might carve out its future.



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The Films

Our young film-makers and lead artists have co-produced 27 diverse, visually interesting and story-rich films, around the themes of place and culture, 25 of which the young film-makers have gracefully given consent to show in the public arena.

Working together, lead Film-maker Maxy Bianco supported Tees Valley Arts Curator Miki Rogers to curate these films into five collections which pick up the main themes observed through delving into all the work produced and recognising common threads as the films were being made. Additionally, the locations of the films, their length and how each themed set works together to make a whole body of work was considered.

The themes are: PlaceCultureDiversityCommunityLife


Place features the following films: Roseberry by Harry Twohig, South Park by Jake Blakely-Fisher, Middlesbrough by Jared Boyle, Shoreline by Anna Nappa and Farming by Molly Drew.

You can watch the Place Playlist on YouTube here.


Culture features the following films: Pasteque by Ryan Welsh, Street Game by Max, Music Culture by Daniel D’Arcy, Deadland by Ryan Whitelock & Ryan Welsh and Surflepool by Elliot Whysall.

You can watch the Culture Playlist on YouTube here.


Diversity features the following films: Football by Omran Al Koteishe, Build by Chris Healey, Luke by Luke Devey, Female Rugby Coach by Lucy Wealleans and Traditions on Teesside by Mohammed Miah.

You can watch the Diversity Playlist on YouTube here.


Community features the following films: Football Coaching by Kieran Janicki, From Syria to Hartlepool by Nasim Daraj & Ammar Haskal, Darlo Dean by Dean, Tees Valley on My Mind by Nina Bianco and Corner House.

You can watch the Community Playlist on YouTube here.


Life features the following films: Femininity by Ellie Craven, Sadie by Sadie Rogers, 3 Years by Adam Watson, Displaced by Mohammed Albedai and Alisha by Alisha.

You can watch the Life Playlist on YouTube here.

The Artists

Adam Bouabda

Mentor Film-maker

Adam Watson

Young Film-maker


Young Film-maker

Ammar Haskal

Young Film-maker

Andy Harrison

Mentor Film-maker

Anna Nappa

Young Film-maker

Carl Joyce

Mentor Film-maker

Chris Healy

Young Film-maker


Young Film-makers

Daniel D’Arcy

Young Film-maker


Young Film-maker

Ellie Craven

Young Film-maker

Elliot Whysall

Young Film-maker

Harry Twohig

Young Film-maker

Jake Blakely-Fisher

Young Film-maker

Jared Boyle

Young Film-maker

Kieran Janicki

Young Film-maker

Laura Degnan

Mentor Film-maker

Lucy Wealleans

Young Film-maker

Luke Devey

Young Film-maker


Young Film-maker

Maxy Bianco

Lead Film-maker

Molly Drew

Young Film-maker

Mohammed Albedai

Young Film-maker

Mohammed Miah

Young Film-maker

Nasim Daraj

Young Film-maker

Natasha Graham

Mentor Film-maker


Young Film-maker

Omran Al Koteishe

Young Film-maker

Ryan Whitelock

Young Film-maker

Ryan Welsh

Young Film-maker

Sadie Rogers

Young Film-maker


Hi my name is Megan Dobbyn

I’m an illustrator who grew up in the Tees Valley, I studied my foundation diploma at Cleveland College of Art and Design and studied illustration at Leeds Arts University. I graduated last July and I am currently living in Leeds working on freelance illustration projects. Being asked to create a map for the Real Tees…

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In Collaboration With

Cornerhouse, Creative Darlington, Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Imagine You Can, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Open Shop, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority

The 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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Steel Gala Reimagined


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


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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Thorntree Women at Edinburgh Processions March

The women of the Thorntree Roses Bloom project joined thousands of other women in Edinburgh at the weekend to march in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and we were delighted to see them (in the bottom left-hand corner) on the front page of the Guardian yesterday.

They had a wonderful time and we’ll post some more details of their day over the next few days.

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Tees Valley Arts is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registration No.: 1656560, and a Registered Charity, Registration No.: 515369, both of which are registered in England and Wales.

Our Registered Address is Royal Middlehaven House, 21 Gosford Street, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS2 1BB.

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Data Protection Policy

You can read the Tees Valley Arts Data Protection Policy here.

How we protect your data

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If a data breach occurs then we will report it within 72 hours to the Office of the Information Commissioner, as required by law.

Contact information

For more information please email

Heritage on Track Commission

Heritage on Track

Artist Brief

Tees Valley Arts, in collaboration with Creative Darlington and Groundwork NE & Cumbria, wish to commission an artist or group of artists to undertake a commission as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place – Tees Valley initiative. The opportunity is open to artists working across any platform, including visual arts and performing arts and should respond to the themes identified below. The site for the work will be along the track bed of the original Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first passenger railway, the bicentenary of which is to be celebrated in 2025. We envisage interventions along a 5-mile length of track bed in Darlington Borough, either physical, virtual or through performance.

The project will last for a total 18 months, between September 2018 and March 2020 and should be predicated on structured community involvement, particularly through local school, in the shaping of the final work to reflect the site’s railway heritage. Support will be offered by Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Tees Valley Arts in reaching local communities. Support will be offered through the project steering group in accessing information regarding the history of the railway, including through the Friends of Stockton and Darlington Railway.

We invite first stage expressions of interest 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. Please include up to 5 high-quality images to accompany your proposal in digital format. Up to five shortlisted artists will be invited to develop a detailed proposal which will be exhibited at the Head of Steam Museum, Darlington in June and shortlisted artists invited to present their ideas to interested parties from the local community. A fee of £800 per proposal will be available for this stage together with modest travel costs and subsistence costs (not more than £200.) From this, a final selection will be made.

The overall budget for the final commission is £18,000 to include fees, travel & subsistence and materials. If you wish to discuss any details of this opportunity please contact by email James Beighton, Executive Director at Tees Valley Arts at

Please email your expressions of interest by 12pm on 1st June 2018 to

Opportunity Summary

Duration: 18 months
Total Fees: £18,000 including all fees, travel & subsistence and materials.

Key themes:

  • To explore the importance of both rail and local heritage within particular communities in Darlington which are based in close proximity to the track bed of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (Red Hall, communities around North Road, and Middleton St George).
  • To engage with the Healthy New Towns agenda around wellbeing, building pride and aspiration.
  • To encourage story-telling and inter-generational learning around aspects of the area’s heritage.
  • To involve other artists and creative practitioners within the Tees Valley region in the creative journey.
  • To produce recommendations for further and sustainable activity around the theme in the run-up to the anniversary.

Key Dates

1st June 2018: Deadline for expression of interest.
8th June 2018: Shortlisted artists notified
15th June 2018: Deadline for submission of developed proposals if successful
20–29th Jun 2018: Tour of proposals with local schools (managed by Tees Valley Arts/ Groundwork NE & Cumbria)
3rd July 2018: community pitch. Artists will be invited to pitch their proposal to a community group which will inform the final selection of artist/s

Download Brief

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Heritage on Track