Author: Rowena Sommerville

Rowena was CEO of TVA and is a writer, an illustrator, and a singer; she has published several children’s books, contributed poems to anthologies, worked extensively as a freelance illustrator and sung in venues of all sizes and types, on radio and TV.

Rowena’s Farewell

Rowena Sommerville

Dear colleagues and friends, this is my last week as CEO of Tees Valley Arts, and although I will occasionally be around doing some final bits and bobs for TVA, and in my future as a freelancer (again), this is really me waving the big goodbye! I joined TVA (Cleveland Arts) in 1999, so this …

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Thrifty Foundations: a development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms

Tees Valley Arts and the Festival of Thrift present Thrifty Foundations – a wonderful opportunity for artists wanting to learn new skills and to work with amazing people!!! A development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms TVA and Festival of Thrift are delighted to invite artists, makers, writers and performers to apply to work with …

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TVA CEO announces her departure

I am altogether sad, happy and a little apprehensive as I announce that I will be stepping down as CEO of Tees Valley Arts this summer. I first joined TVA back in 1999, when it was Cleveland Arts, and have worked for the organisation in a variety of roles, becoming CEO in 2008. I believe in what TVA does, and …

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Grant award to TVA from Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation

Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation

Tees Valley Arts is delighted to announce that they have just been awarded a grant of £4750 by the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to help them set up a Tees Valley Artists and Makers group. From our 30 years’ experience of working in the arts on Teesside, we know that local artists often struggle …

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Why the arts matter to Teesside

I’ve worked in the arts all my life, and for the last ten years I have worked in the Tees Valley as a freelance writer and artist, and now I’m here full time as Director of Tees Valley Arts. As everyone knows, the whole country is facing a period of difficult economic circumstances, and particularly …

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