Zoe Bishop

Success with Grow your Tenner Campaign

Grow your Tenner


If you weren’t already aware, we took part in Local Giving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign 2016, where if you had donated £10 to us then they would double it to £20 and/or if were able to donate it monthly they would double the first three months so the £30 becomes £60. Additionally, if you were aware of another charity who would have liked to take part, then if they clicked a link, both TVA and they would get an extra £10 donation. The campaign lasted until the cash had run out or 16th November, which was then extended to the 28th November.

We would like to thank everyone who kindly gave donations and from this, we are pleased to announce the success of this campaign for Tees Valley Arts where we have raised a total of £477.59! This is then doubled by our Arts Council England Evolve funding, meaning donations came to £1,066.03 (or 1% of our annual core budget).

This is a fantastic amount and shows that no matter the size of the donation, one £2 donation was increased to £8.51 inc match and gift aid, so it can all contribute to an amount that has the power to make a significant difference!

To read more about Local Giving’s Grow your Tenner Campaign, click here

If you’d like to consider supporting Tees Valley Arts then though Grow your Tenner has now finished our Evolve funding runs until August 2019 and it would double your donation. For our donation page, click here

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Remembering Gordon Hodgeon

Gordon Hodgeon

Back when we were Cleveland Arts,  Gordon was involved with us through poetry and literature development. We are saddened to hear the news of his recent passing and we would like to give our thanks and pay tribute to Gordon for his contribution to the organisation.

An obituary for Gordon Hodgeon was featured in the Guardian in September by his friend Andy Croft.

My friend Gordon Hodgeon, who has died aged 75, was a poet, teacher, teacher-trainer and arts activist and a hugely influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing and poetry in the north-east for 40 years. Towards the end of his life, profoundly disabled, he produced some outstanding poetry while able to communicate with the world only by blinking.

Read the obituary for Gordon, here

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Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Poetry Performance at Black History Month in The Northern Echo

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson’s performance at Black History Month was featured in an article by Kerri Muirhead in Saturday’s Northern Echo.

AN internationally renowned poet performed his work to an audience on Teesside as part of Black History Month. Linton Kwesi Johnson, legendary musician and poet travelled to the North-East, in support of Tees Valley Arts at Teesside University, with his self styled reggae poetry.

Read the article in full here

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RTR and Groundworks

Arts Council funding award to Tees Valley Arts

Following a recent article North East arts organisations awarded over £1m to help them raise money by David Whetstone in Chronicle Live, Tees Valley Arts is delighted to announce that our application to the Arts Council England Catalyst Evolve Fund has been successful!

This fund supports arts organisations to try to raise funds from philanthropic donors, supporters and trusts – which might be easy if you’re a grand opera company in London or something like that, but is much harder if you’re a small participatory arts organisation working on the ground in the communities of the Tees Valley!

The award to TVA will help us spend some time on meeting with potential donors – which is half the battle – but the best thing is that for three years, it will match any money we are able to raise in this way, one for one – thus doubling the benefit to us!

A recent report from the Charities Trust, Royal Bank of Scotland and The Big Give said that match funding can be a ‘brilliant booster’ for fundraising, adding that 84% of their survey respondents had indicated that they were more likely to give if they knew that their contributions would be matched. The report said that match funding schemes helped to engage new supporters and to re-engage lapsed ones, and that they reassured potential donors that their chosen charities were trustworthy. Earlier this year TVA was awarded a grant from the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to look at membership schemes, and now we can build on that to start attracting support from sponsors and donors. All of this will help TVA become more sustainable for the future, as we look forward to working with communities to get them engaged in the Tees Valley City of Culture bid for 2025.

Rowena Sommerville
CEO Tees Valley Arts
July 2016

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