In:volve

Compliments for Middlesbrough Youth Project!

Gallery TS1 Middlesbrough is a pioneering Creative Apprenticeship Scheme for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), or otherwise vulnerable. Modelled on a programme initially developed in Chicago – Middlesbrough Council’s Cultural Services have worked in partnership with Tees Valley Arts in order that the programme can expand its remarkable success in turning around young people’s lives.

Gallery TS1, a project which works with young people in Middlesbrough, has been praised by Tony Goode, Arts Award Moderator.

Following the most recent Gallery TS1 Arts Award moderation in December, Tony wrote –

“This is the second time that I have visited candidates working from Gallery TS1 and I was again impressed by the quality of care and attention which candidates brought to compiling their folders, as well as the real excellence of the adviser and professional artist support to the young people…there is clear evidence of young people being stretched but enjoying themselves immensely.

An excellent centre with a knowledgeable, committed and professional staff.”

The Arts Award is a national scheme which provides an opportunity to accredit young people’s achievements when participating in the creative arts. The awards, which come in three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, represent a step forward for young people and especially for those young people who have, for whatever reason become disengaged with mainstream education and need to get back onto the ladder. Gallery TS1 works in association with Trinity Guildhall and the Young People’s Arts Award. The Arts Award is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, in that it offers Awards at bronze, silver and gold levels. Young people who attend Gallery TS1 achieve their Bronze Award – in many cases this is the only qualification these young people have ever gained, and provides accredited achievement at NQF Level 1.

Based in a commercial shop/gallery space with workshop facilities, on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough Gallery TS1 targets hard to reach groups of young people, who work with professional artists to create high quality, saleable products, and sell them to the public, through a short creative industries ‘apprenticeship’.

Young people have been referred to Gallery TS1 from agencies including Connexions, Youth Justice, Youth Psychiatric Services, Teenage Pregnancy Support and Safer Middlesbrough. Mainstream training providers routinely refer young people who are failing to commit to their courses.

Over the last three years, Gallery TS1 has worked with approximately 250 young people previously disengaged from education and training, and over 90% of them went on to enrol for college or further vocational training following their time in the Gallery.

The Gallery TS1 shop is at 57, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough and will next be open in the first two weeks of February and middle two weeks of March, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm – look out and buy lovely things made by talented local young people!

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Phoenix Arts Exhibition at The Arc, Stockton

Gail Henderson and Phoenix Arts are showing their work at The Arc, Stockton until November 12th.

The exhibition arose from a series of workshops led by local artist and Royal College of Art graduate, Gail Henderson, using a life model and looking at gender issues emerging from that process.

Phoenix Arts are a group of people with mental health issues who have been meeting for three years in Stockton supported by tees valley arts. They have exhibited their work in various venues across the Tees Valley and produced a series of posters for Mental Health Promotions. The group has been asked to paint Murals for the well being of others and some of their work has been sold to raise money to help with their materials budget. Working with a variety of artists and project co-ordinator, Adrian Moule, the group, alongside their support workers from Tees and North East Yorkshire Health Trust are keen to promote the benefits of having a resource like this on our doorstep, which is why the group would like to expand and create an identity for the group which will be autonomous.

The Phoenix Art project will provide a variety of activities which will work towards:

  • Provision of an arts space for the community
  • Arts on prescription to act as an alternative or complementary response to medication.
  • Artists working alongside participants in arts workshops.
  • An emphasis on working towards inclusion and employment by working alongside artists, gaining new skills and building confidence.
  • Will encourage arts students to gain experience of working in community settings through supervised work placements.
  • An opportunity to develop secondary care workshops, building a gateway to well being.
  • Professional guidance for marketing and exhibiting participants work.
  • Studio space for rent to professional artists. Trained educators providing access to further education on a flexible basis.

Phoenix Arts Project Co-ordinator Adrian Moule commented “it is an extraordinary energetic, powerful and energetic exhibition”.

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Gallery TS1 is open for a final time

The last ever Gallery TS1 is now open for business until Saturday March 22nd – this time offering unique hand-made gifts with a Spring and Easter theme.

Gallery TS1 Middlesbrough is a pioneering Creative Apprenticeship Scheme for young people not in education, employment or training. Modelled on a programme initially developed in Chicago and Birmingham, Middlesbrough Council have worked in partnership with Tees Valley Arts in order that the programme can expand its remarkable success in turning around young people’s lives.

Gallery TS1 has been funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund through Middlesbrough Partnership but unfortunately the funding ends this financial year. Tees Valley Arts and Middlesbrough Council are currently exploring ways to continue the scheme in the future but this could be the final Gallery TS1 in its present format.

Based in a commercial shop/gallery space with workshop facilities, Gallery TS1 offers 12 young people the opportunity to work with three professional artists, Adrian Moule, Kim Thomson and Amy Readman, to create high quality, saleable products, and then sell them to the public.

Gallery TS1 also works in association with Trinity Guildhall and the Young People’s Arts Award.

Based at 57 Corporation Road, Gallery TS1 targets hard-to-reach groups of young people who have been referred by agencies such as Connexions, Youth Justice, Youth Psychiatric Services, Teenage Pregnancy Support and the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership.

Rowena Sommerville, Director of Programmes at Tees Valley Arts said “Approximately 250 young people have passed through Gallery TS1, all of them in some way vulnerable or disengaged, and over 90% have gone on to re-engage or to enrol with mainstream provision, making it one of the most successful projects of its kind. To see trainees go on to bigger and better things is absolutely fantastic. I’d urge members of the public to visit Gallery TS1 for what could be a last opportunity to purchase some brilliant artwork.”

Gallery TS1 is open until Saturday March 22nd, 10am – 4pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays and Good Friday. (57 Corporation Road, opposite Middlesbrough Empire).

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Gallery TS1 re-opens with Valentine Style

Gallery TS1 is open for business again between 5th and 16th February – this time offering unique hand-made gifts with a Valentine’s theme.

Gallery TS1 Middlesbrough is a pioneering Creative Apprenticeship Scheme for young people not in education, employment or training. Modelled on a programme initially developed in Chicago and Birmingham, Middlesbrough Council have worked in partnership with Tees Valley Arts in order that the programme can expand its remarkable success in turning around young people’s lives.

Based in a commercial shop/gallery space with workshop facilities, Gallery TS1 offers 12 young people the opportunity to work with three professional artists, Adrian Moule, Kim Thomson and Amy Readman, to create high quality, saleable products, and then sell them to the public.

Gallery TS1 also works in association with Trinity Guildhall and the Young People’s Arts Award .

Based at 57 Corporation Road, Gallery TS1 targets hard-to-reach groups of young people who have been referred by agencies such as Connexions, Youth Justice, Youth Psychiatric Services, Teenage Pregnancy Support and the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership.

Gallery TS1 has worked with around 250 young people, previously disengaged from education and training, with over 90% of them going on to college or further vocational training. The scheme is funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Middlesbrough Partnership and is one of the most successful projects of its kind.

Rowena Sommerville, Director of Programmes at Tees Valley Arts said “it’s really exciting to see how well the Gallery is doing in terms of the effect on young people’s lives. To see trainees go on to bigger and better things is absolutely fantastic. For many, this is their first opportunity to show what a positive contribution they can make to their town and we should be shouting from the roof tops about their talents and commitment”.

Gallery will re-open for two weeks, Tuesday 5thth Feb – Sat 16th Feb, 10am – 4pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays. (57 Corporation Road, opposite Middlesbrough Empire)

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Middlesbrough praised for Gallery TS1

An innovative and exciting gallery that features the unique and stylish artwork of local young people, who are not in education or employment, will once again open its doors in Middlesbrough town centre.

Gallery TS1 which showcases the work of young people, particularly those who have been unable to achieve success through more traditional routes, will be open for business in the first two weeks of February and again in the middle two weeks of March.

The work on display is produced by the latest group of participants to join this groundbreaking Creative Apprenticeship Scheme and is on sale to the public. The young group work with professional artists to create high quality, art and craft products, they also run the Gallery shop.

The scheme has been developed by Middlesbrough Council Cultural Services and is modelled on a similar programme in Chicago, USA. It was recently praised by Tony Goode, Arts Award Moderator who said:

“This is the second time I’ve visited candidates working from Gallery TS1 and I was again impressed by the quality of care and attention that candidates gave to compiling their folders.

“I was equally impressed by advice and support the young people were given – it was evident that they were being stretched and enjoying it immensely.

“An excellent centre with knowledgeable, committed and professional staff.”

Based at 57 Corporation Road the gallery and workshop targets hard-to-reach groups of young people who have been referred by agencies such as Connexions, Youth Justice, Youth Psychiatric Services, Teenage Pregnancy Support and the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership.

The Arts Award is run through a unique collaboration between Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall. It provides an opportunity to accredit young people’s achievements in the creative arts at three levels – bronze, silver and gold. Young people who attend Gallery TS1 achieve a bronze award – in many cases this is the first qualification they have ever gained and provides validated achievement at NQF Level 1.

Gallery TS1 has worked with around 250 young people, previously disengaged from education and training, with over 90% of them going on to college or further vocational training. The scheme is funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Middlesbrough Partnership and is one of the most successful projects of its kind.

For more information contact Rowena Sommerville, Director of Programmes, Tees Valley Arts, Melrose House, Middlesbrough. TS1 2HZ. Telephone 01642 264651 or email info@teesvalleyarts.org.uk

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Gallery TS1 at The Journal Culture Awards

Gallery TS1 works with young people, either not in education, training or employment, or involved with the youth justice system, or in some other way vulnerably situated in life, to support their progression into and re-engagement with mainstream training/ educational provision, based on an E2E model.

It is a pioneering creative apprenticeship scheme for young people not in education, employment or training. Modelled on a programme developed in Chicago, and brought to Tees Valley by Middlesbrough Council’s Cultural Services, delivered in partnership with them by Tees Valley Arts. The young people work with artists in a shop premises in Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, to design, make, package and sell original goods to the public.

Approximately 200 hundred young people, nearly all in vulnerable or fragile life situations, have designed things, made things, sold things, have grown personally in attitude and maturity, and over 90% of them have progressed into or returned to mainstream provision. More recent Galleries have also seen 50 young people achieve the Arts Award Bronze level. Skills developed include arts based activities, packaging and presentation, and dealing with the public, as well as turning up on time and behaving appropriately. The participants’ feedback has been uniformly excellent.

100% of those interviewed said that Gallery TS1 is the best training scheme they have experienced

Gallery TS1 is funded by Middlesbrough Council through the Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme funding and works in partnership with Middlesbrough Cultural Services; Middlesbrough Youth Services; Connexions; Adolescent Psychiatric Services; Youth Justice; SECOS; other training providers.

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Christmas at Gallery TS1

Last chance to buy Christmas cards and gifts from Gallery TS1

Gallery TS1 has re-opened again in the heart of Middlesbrough and aims to build on the success of its last two years of operation by offering consistently high quality products for purchase. Framed regional photographs; Fresh flowers and floral design alongside soft furnishings and curios for Christmas are being created over the current Gallery term.

Brought to Middlesbrough by Cultural Services from a Birmingham initiative that was based on an original idea from Chicago, the Middlesbrough Site is now seen as an integral part of the town’s training and retail activity. Unemployed young people create high quality, sellable products under the guidance of professional artists and the delivery team from Twister Arts.

Gallery TS1 is managed by Tees Valley Arts. Director, Rosi Lister says of the project

“Over 80 young people have benefited from Gallery TS1 Programmes in 2005/06. Activities have included jewellery making, floristry, digital arts, felt making, craft work, fine art and photography. Over 400 commissions have been received and annual income targets were exceeded within one month of operation. Over 90% of those NEET young people engaged by Gallery TS1 have now gone on to further education employment or training.”

Juliet Farrar, Cultural Services Manager for Middlesbrough Council, said

“The huge success of GTS1 is testimony to the talents of young people in Middlesbrough. All too often we hear negative feedback about people under 25 in the centre of town, so it’s a great opportunity to recognise positive contributions to Middlesbrough’s cultural life. The work produced at GTS1 represents real achievement and at the same time gives people the opportunity to own a unique and affordable creation whilst supporting an important project.”

The project operates at 57 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, Tuesday to Saturday and the current term goes on until November 11th. It will reopen on Tuesday, December 12th for the run up to Christmas. Free coffee and the invitation to browse, see the artists at work or commission your own piece of art are all on offer!

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Bloomin’ Marvellous!

Gallery TS1 has re-opened in the heart of Middlesbrough and aims to build on the success of its last two years of operation by offering consistently high quality products for purchase. Framed regional photographs; Fresh flowers and floral design alongside soft furnishings and curios for Christmas are being created over the current Gallery term.

Funding has been obtained from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund by Middlesbrough Council’s Cultural Services Team which means that the Gallery will now occupy its Corporation Road site for at least another two years.

Brought to Middlesbrough by Cultural Services from a Birmingham initiative that was based on an original idea from Chicago, the Middlesbrough Site is now seen as an integral part of the town’s training and retail activity. Unemployed young people create high quality, sellable products under the guidance of professional artists and the delivery team from Twister Arts.

Gallery TS1 is managed by Tees Valley Arts. Director, Rosi Lister says of the project

“Over 80 young people have benefited from Gallery TS1 Programmes in 2005/06. Activities have included jewellery making, floristry, digital arts, felt making, craft work, fine art and photography. Over 400 commissions have been received and annual income targets were exceeded within one month of operation. Over 90% of those NEET young people engaged by Gallery TS1 have now gone on to further education employment or training.”

Juliet Farrar, Cultural Services Manager for Middlesbrough Council, said

“The huge success of GTS1 is testimony to the talents of young people in Middlesbrough. All too often we hear negative feedback about people under 25 in the centre of town, so it’s a great opportunity to recognise positive contributions to Middlesbrough’s cultural life. The work produced at GTS1 represents real achievement and at the same time gives people the opportunity to own a unique and affordable creation whilst supporting an important project.”

The project operates at 57 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, Tuesday to Saturday and the current term goes on until November 11th. It will reopen on Tuesday, December 12th for the run up to Christmas. Free coffee and the invitation to browse, see the artists at work or commission your own piece of art are all on offer!

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Gallery TS1 re-opens with Valentine Style with a new team of apprentices creating high quality contemporary artworks

Middlesbrough Council’s highly successful training scheme has so far seen 80% of participants go into employment, further training or self employment and the project has been enthusiastically received by shoppers – doubling its annual income target within its first 2 terms of trading.

Gallery TS1 was initiated by Middlesbrough Council’s Cultural Services, and Juliet Farrar, who brought the idea from similar Birmingham & Chicago models, says of its success:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to contribute to the regeneration of the town and demonstrate their creative talents whilst learning new skills. Owning a piece of GalleryTS1 jewellery, a t-shirt or print is becoming cult in Middlesbrough – It’s a chance for people to own something unique and specially created.”

This time round, the gallery will be offering;

  • Unique digital photography Valentines cards and prints.
  • High-Quality Silver Jewellery – Ideal for that special Valentine Gift.
  • Hand Painted Pictures to order – bring an image (maybe of you and your partner?) and we will recreate the image on canvass!

Gallery will re-open for two weeks, Wed 8th Feb – Sat 18th Feb, 10am – 4pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays. (57 Corporation Road, opposite Middlesbrough Empire)

Gallery TS1 is managed by Mike McGrother of Tees Valley Arts who said of the forthcoming re-opening, “it’s really exciting to see how well the Gallery is doing – both in terms of sales and in terms of the effect on young people’s lives. Connexions’ Kick Start programme has been referring loads of young people to us who really benefit from a process and product based training and to see them go on to bigger and better things is absolutely fantastic. For many, this is the first opportunity to show what a positive contribution they can make to their town and we should be shouting from the roof tops about their talents and commitment”.

Gallery TS1 will operate up until 18th February, and will then re-open in early March– again with new trainees and new art forms.

For further details, please contact Tees Valley Arts on 01642 264651

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