25 films for 25 days of Christmas YouTube

Traditions On Teesside By Mohammed Miah

Mohammed who is 18 and from Middlesbrough wanted to show a world he might have been brought up in as a child. Instead, personal turmoil at home would change his upbringing significantly. This documentary highlights the importance of providing a safe and well-educated understanding of religions. It discusses some of the traditions which have been passed down for many generations, changed and modernised as they are transplanted from Bangladesh to Teesside. Mohammed’s hope is that this film might challenge the impressions some people may have about his culture.

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#brilliantlyboro #creativefactory takeover!

Join us from 10am today for our week-long take-over of the #brilliantlyboro #creativefactory space in the Hill Street Centre, Middlesbrough, where we will be working from for the next week. So if you’re in Boro and fancy popping along and meeting with us, then we look forward to seeing you.

What’s Going On

There will be a number of things happening every day – from the screening of our curated Life films, as part of Real Tees Valley, to our exploration of your memories of public art across Teesside to a reflection on the books we have published over the years – we’ll also be announcing each morning a series of special guests who’ll be joining us that day. So keep your eyes peeled for more information…

Real Tees Valley Films

If you enjoyed the of our Real Tees Valley Films then you’ll be excited to know that the #brilliantlyboro space will be the Middlesbrough stop of our Real Tees Valley Film Trail and you’ll be able to see our five films curated on the theme of LIfe.

Public Art

From our foundation in 1983 until the late 2000s Cleveland and the Tees Valley Arts was one of the largest commissioners of public art in the country, yet we only have a photographic record of those commissions.

So we’ve printed those photographs and brought them to the space so that we can hear your stories and memories of these pieces of public art, some of which are no longer in place.


Over the past thirty years, we have published many pamphlets, books, anthologies and other publications to document our work. Many of these works feature the writing of the people we were collaborating with.

Did you participate in one of these projects? Did your work get published?

If so we’d like to hear your story and if you’d like a copy of the work you contributed towards, we have a number of surplus copies that we’ll be happy to give you.

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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 Valley Film Trail was really exciting and it was so much fun illustrating buildings and landmarks from the Tees Valley, such as the Transporter Bridge, that I was familiar with. It was also great to make work for part of a creative project so close to home and be part of something exciting from the area.

Find out more about Real Tees Valley Film Trail here

Growing up in Guisborough, near Middlesbrough a lot of my interests centred around the amazing wildlife and coastline the Tees Valley has to offer. Some of my favourite ways to spend time in the area are visiting Skinningrove beach and walking along the clifftops to Saltburn or seeing the seals at Seal Sands near Middlesbrough.

I think the Tees Valley is a very inspiring place to be an artist and there are countless beautiful areas to visit, juxtaposed with the remnants of industry, often both in the same place, such as the captivating South Gare near Redcar. Growing up around nature has definitely come forward as a theme in my work and you can find more of my work at or on Instagram @megdobbyn_illustration.


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Real Tees Valley Film Trail

Friday 15th November to Sunday the 24th of November

For just over a week, you can see five specially curated collections of our Real Tees Valley films at five locations, one in each of the five boroughs, allowing you to simultaneously view all of the 25 films and take a mini-tour of our region and some of its better-known venues. See the map here.

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: Place – Culture – Diversity – Community – Life

The Film Trail

The Venues


1. Hartlepool

Hartlepool Railway Station
Opening Hours


3. Stockton

Preston Park Museum


4. Boro

#brilliantlyboro #creativefactoryhub
Opening Hours

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YouTube Premiere of Real Tees Valley Trailer

Middlesbrough Mohammed

Join us at 4pm for the launch of our Real Tees Valley Trailer, which we’re showing on YouTube Premiere (see above).

The film marks the beginning of our celebration of the Real Tees Valley film project, working with more than 25 young people living across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, mentored by six professional filmmakers to help tell you their stories around the themes of culture and place and become film-makers in their own right.

To see all 25 films, join us on the Real Tees Valley film trail, which will be launching on the 15th November across the Tees Valley, as well as being available to watch online.

Watch out for Further Details.

Real Tees Valley is part of Great Place Tees Valley, which 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.

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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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Steel Gala Reimagined – Artist Residency

Artist Brief  – Artist Residency

A Great Place Tees Valley is a Great Place Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England


Tees Valley Arts, in collaboration with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority wish to commission an Artist for a Residency as part of the Great Place Tees Valley Project

Tees Valley Combined Authority and the five Tees Valley Local Authorities have provided match funding for the Great Place Tees Valley scheme, which delivers projects in all five Tees Valley boroughs. The Great Place scheme is delivered by the Combined Authority.

The opportunity is open to artists working across any platform and should respond to the themes identified below.

The work will involve groups associated with a Social/Working Men’s Club in Redcar, which has strong affiliations with the now mostly closed former TATA Steel (British Steel) site on the edge of the town exploring history, thoughts and memories about the traditional Redcar Steel Gala.

This work is part of Steel Gala Reimagined, which attempts to look at the past, and take with it an eye to a future Redcar through a rekindling of Steel Galas of old, supporting and building on a Summer 2019 local Steel Gala event.

Support will be offered by Tees Valley Arts in reaching local communities, and through local interested groups in accessing information regarding the history of the Steel Galas, including the team at Kirkleatham Museum, where the current exhibition ‘Steel Stories’ is on show.

Dates for Residency

July 2019 – Initial discussions with local community groups, currently and previously connected to the Steel Galas and further thought/re-firming of ideas, particularly with the Ladies of Steel and other community groups based in and around the Corus Club.

August-September 2019 – Period of more intense research, including contact with the local community on Steel Gala day 18th August 2019 for this purpose.

October-November 2019 – Final stage and discussion moving towards realisation of final work/piece in chosen artform.

August 2020 – Work will be included as part of 2020 Steel Gala


Steel workers 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 the Redcar 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 2019 Steel Gala Reimagined event will run at the Corus Club in Dormanstown which is the local Working Men’s/Social club with strong links to the Steel Works using their outdoor events/sports ground and club buildings.


We invite applications 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, including one A4 page for proposed project budget breakdown. Please include up to 5 high quality images or suitable media to accompany your proposal in digital format.

Shortlisting will take place by Tees Valley Arts, members of the Ladies of Steel and the Steel Gala Reimagined Steering Group.

Shortlisted artists may be invited to present their ideas to interested parties from the local community.

The overall budget for the final commission is £9,000 to include fees, travel & subsistence and materials. If you wish to discuss any details of this opportunity please contact by email Miki Rogers, Curator at Tees Valley Arts

Please email your application by 12pm on Thursday 2nd May 2019 to

Opportunity Summary

Duration: Please see the brief
Total Budget: £9,000 including all fees, travel & subsistence and materials.

Key Themes

  • To explore the importance and history of Steel Galas to workers and families from the recently closed Steel Works and local area
  • To engage creatively with local community and historical groups
  • To have a presence at the 2019 Steel Gala for the purpose of creatively interacting with and gaining knowledge from the local community
  • To produce work of any genre informed/ inspired by exposure to local groups
  • Produced work will be part of 2020 Steel Gala

Key Dates

Thursday 2nd May – Deadline for applications.
Tuesday 7th May – Shortlisted artists notified.
Thursday 9th May – Shortlisted artists interviewed and successful artist informed.
Monday 3rd June – Residency begins.

Download Brief

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Call for ideas at new warehouse space

New studio opportunity in Middlesbrough

The Auxiliary Project Space is happy to announce plans for a new gallery and studios on Station Street, Middlesbrough.

Housed in a large warehouse with roller door access and high ceilings, The Auxiliary are inviting regional artists, groups and organizations to come and view the space and open the conversation on what types of space artists in the Tees Valley need.

This is an opportunity for local artists to direct how The Auxiliary studios will be planned. Studios will be ready to occupy early 2019.

Other areas of the warehouse will also be open, and thoughts on how these spaces could be best utilized by the local arts community are most welcome. For more details, please contact Liam or Anna on

Place: 29 Station Street, Middlesbrough TS1 1SR (the large green warehouse, opposite Station Street car park)
Date: 13th December
Time: 12-2pm
Light refreshments will be available.

About The Auxiliary

The Auxiliary Project Space is an artist-led, contemporary grassroots organization. Founded in 2016, it is for the production, practice and exhibiting of contemporary and experimental art, in particular sonic art. Through investigating the rich local industrial heritage through artistic inquiry, The Auxiliary reimagine the Tees Valley as a site for invigorated, creative industries.
Enabling local, national and international artists in devising independent art platforms and structures for the dissemination of contemporary art practices throughout the Tees Valley, The Auxiliary aim to produce legacy through long term projects and community engagement, fostering cultural exchange with international organizations and artists that share a similar ethos. Recent projects include Middlesbrough Art Weekender, a contemporary arts festival, Stockton Contemporary, a ten day art trail through the town and Creative Arc, a collaborative project between the Tees Valley, Berlin and Detroit.

Artist Takeovers

This post is part of an extended series of artist takeovers of Tees Valley Arts online presence.

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Real Tees Valley Commissions


Artist Brief

We are offering two opportunities, open to recently graduated and/or early career artists with an interest in filmmaking and narrative storytelling. The work will be undertaken with groups of young people aged 14-26 across the Tees Valley who reflect the diverse makeup of the area and will focus on the themes of PLACE and CULTURE. All those involved will have support and mentoring from a nationally renowned lead artist and Tees Valley Arts throughout the process and all necessary filmmaking kit will be provided.

Real Tees Valley

We are now seeking expressions of interest for our Real Tees Valley Project part of Great Place Tees Valley to work with young people from groups across Teesside including those using Transgender support services (based in Stockton) and those who are part of the National Citizen Service (based in East Cleveland).

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. This should be no more than 3 sides of A4 in total. Please include details of your availability between December 2018 and March 2019.

The maximum overall budget for this commission will be £5,000 which includes fees, travel & subsistence and materials (payment schedule to be agreed) and is based on an assumption of 15 days’ work paid at the relevant Artists’ Union England rates.

If you wish to discuss any details of this opportunity please contact by email Miki Rogers, Curator Great Place Tees Valley at Tees Valley Arts or call 01642 264 654.

Please email your expressions of interest by 5pm on the 5th December 2018 to

Opportunity Summary

Duration: Please see the brief
Total Budget: £5,000 including all fees, travel & subsistence and materials.

Key Themes

  • Work around the themes of Place and Culture, telling those stories through the voices of our young people:
    – What do our local towns and localities mean to young people?
    – What do young people engage with locally?
    – How do they entertain themselves?
    – What do they enjoy?
  • To engage with story-telling ideas, characterisation, storyboarding and planning.
  • Work with a lead artist and Tees Valley Arts to attend mentoring and group sessions.
  • Co-produce a film about culture in the tees valley as seen by young people.

Key Dates

5th December 2018 at 5pm: Deadline for expression of interest.
10th December 2018: Artists notified of selection after consultation with community groups.

Download Brief

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