Events

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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President Jacksons Small Blocks of Cheese at Middlesbrough Art Weekender

In 1837 President Andrew Jackson installed a 2-tonne block of cheddar in the foyer of the White House and invited the nation to come, eat cheese and discuss their concerns. Fictional White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry sparked a nation’s imagination when he resurrected the idea in the NBC television drama The West Wing. And now the cheese comes to Middlesbrough thanks to Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Navigator North and Tees Valley Arts. Our cheese may be small but our dreams are big. We would like to invite you to eat cheese with us and discuss your ideas and aspirations for culture in the Tees Valley. We’ll take notes. We might even be able to make it happen. At the very least, you’ll get some cheese…

President Jacksons Small Blocks of Cheese at Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Saturday 3:30 pm, Middlesbrough Town Hall

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Words n Dub with Dennis Bovell and Benjamin Zephaniah

Words n Dub Faces

A great way to celebrate Black History Month – Teesside University and Tees Valley Arts are thrilled and delighted to invite you along to enjoy an evening of Words n Dub, brought to us by two living legends – Benjamin Zephaniah and Dennis Bovell.

Benjamin Zephaniah – Britain’s most recognisable and popular poet – surely needs no introduction. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see and hear him live and in poetic person – don’t miss out!

Dennis Bovell (here with his fabulous Dub band) has made a huge contribution to Britain’s music – reggae, lover’s rock, punk – and to cultural and political awareness.

Come along to Words n Dub, have a great night, listen, learn, dance and celebrate your soul!

All welcome and it’s free!!!

Please RSVP

Booking is not necessary but please RSVP below to give us an idea of numbers:

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An Audience with Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

TVA in partnership with Teesside University, in celebration of Black History Month, present an exceptional opportunity to see and hear the legendary, Benjamin Zephaniah – writer, lyricist, musician and trouble-maker – who is accurately described as Britain’s most filmed, photographed and identifiable poet.

The only living poet in the vote for ‘nation’s top ten favourite poets’, Benjamin’s first book of poetry for children – ‘Talking Turkeys’ – went into emergency reprint in just six weeks.

Benjamin combines poetry, music and political activism and is surely Britain’s only Professor of Poetry and Writing (Brunel University) to have fan clubs around the world, and to have once been number one in the Yugoslavian hit parade!

This intimate event will allow you to hear from Benjamin first hand about his career, his poetry and his dyslexia and to ask him questions. Please note: numbers are restricted for this event and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis; Booking is essential.

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An Audience With Benjamin Zephaniah

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The English Civil War on Teesside a 1-day Conference

The English Civil War on Teesside a 1-day Conference

01 – Introduction

Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology

02 – Introduction

Geoffrey Carter, Battlefield Trust

03 – Battlefield Archaeology of the English Civil War

Richard Leese, Huddersfield University

04 – The English Civil War in the North East

Phil Philo, Dorman Museum

05 – Costume & Equipment of the English Civil War

Geoffrey Carter, Battlefield Trust

06 – The Battle of Yarm Bridge

Phil Philo, Dorman Museum

07 – 17th Century Locations on Teesside

Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology

08 – Panel Discussion

Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology

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Thorntree Roses Art and Craft Exhibition

There will be an exhibition of work by The Thorntree Roses at Thorntree Hub on Tuesday 4th August at 10am.

Fused Glass by Thorntree Roses
Fused glass bowls made by the women from Thorntree Roses, during sessions with Judith Gill

The event showcases the range of quality art and craft the women in the group have been working on over the last 10 weeks and beforehand, while they were trying out a range of taster sessions. All of the participants are women who either live on the Thorntree Estate in Middlesbrough or are connected to it.

The group was set up with money from The People’s Health Trust, through their ‘Healthimprove’ fund, and is a collaboration with TVA and some members  of an existing friendship group which meets regularly at the Hub.

The group very much decide the art-forms and crafts they would like to try, and chose glass for this set of sessions. So far they’ve tried their hand at fused glass, jewellery making and glass painting, working with professional glass artist Judith Gill. They also took themselves off to the National Glass Centre, and got the opportunity to go ‘backstage’ into the university area to see students working on their degree show pieces. They saw glass blowing and lathe and flame demonstrations, all of which gave them a real insight into the many ways glass is made, and some good ideas to take back to Thorntree.

As well as this we’ve been able to offer photography, weaving, creative writing, printmaking and textiles to the group, all of which will be on show at the event on 4th August, where everyone is welcome. The project is a great way to try be creative and make new friends, free of charge.

When? Tuesday 4th August 2015 10am

Where? Thorntree Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough TS3 9JW

How much? FREE with refreshments available

Get Involved

If you are a woman living on Thorntree Estate and you’d like to take part, email Miki Rogers, the projects officer for Thorntree Roses : adults@teesvalleyarts.org.uk, or come along to the Thorntree Hub , term-time Tuesdays 9 – 12.

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The English Civil War on Teesside

The English Civil War on Teesside

A 1-Day Conference: English Civil War on Teesside

This is a one day conference organised by the Battlefields Trust, Dorman Museum and Tees Archaeology as part of the River Tees Rediscovered Project.

The conference will take place at the Dorman Museum on Linthorpe Road on Saturday 11th July 2015 from 10am-3.30pm and will have four speakers: R Daniels, P Philo, R Leese and G Carter.

The conference will introduce participants to the impact on the area of the English Civil War and will offer the opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a project to find out more about the period in the area.

Conference Schedule

10.00 am Arrive (Tea & Coffee)

10.15 Introduction (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

10.30 The Battlefields Trust (G Carter, Battlefields Trust)

10.45 Battlefield Archaeology of the English Civil War (R Leese, Huddersfield University)

11.30 ECW in the North – East Overview (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Costume and Equipment of the ECW (G Carter)

13:45 Battle of Yarm Bridge (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

14:30 17th Century locations on Teesside (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

15.15 What next? (Panel Discussion)

15.30 Close

Book Your Place

To book your place on this free conference please contact Robin Daniels on teesarchaeology@hartlepool.gov.uk or call +44 (0) 1429 523 455.

Filming

The conference is being filmed by TVA and will be available a couple of days after the event on our vimeo channel.

More Information

See the Battlesfield Trust website here.

A 1-Day Conference: English Civil War on Teesside

This is a one day conference organised by the Battlefields Trust, Dorman Museum and Tees Archaeology as part of the River Tees Rediscovered Project.

The conference will take place at the Dorman Museum on Linthorpe Road on Saturday 11th July 2015 from 10am-3.30pm and will have four speakers: R Daniels, P Philo, R Leese and G Carter.

The conference will introduce participants to the impact on the area of the English Civil War and will offer the opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a project to find out more about the period in the area.

Conference Schedule

10.00 am Arrive (Tea & Coffee)

10.15 Introduction (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

10.30 The Battlefields Trust (G Carter, Battlefields Trust)

10.45 Battlefield Archaeology of the English Civil War (R Leese, Huddersfield University)

11.30 ECW in the North – East Overview (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Costume and Equipment of the ECW (G Carter)

13:45 Battle of Yarm Bridge (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

14:30 17th Century locations on Teesside (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

15.15 What next? (Panel Discussion)

15.30 Close

Book Your Place

To book your place on this free conference please contact Robin Daniels on teesarchaeology@hartlepool.gov.uk or call +44 (0) 1429 523 455.

Filming

The conference is being filmed by TVA and will be available a couple of days after the event on our vimeo channel.

More Information

See the Battlesfield Trust website here.

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