Bub Bacon

Our Alumni in 2015

Our Alumni in 2016

Our Alumni in 2018

Steel Gala Reimagined


Steel Gala Reimagined

Steelworkers 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 most of the 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 Steel Gala Reimagined event will run on 18th August 2019 at the Corus Sports & Social Club in Dormanstown, which used to be the British Steel Club Dormanstown, using their outdoor events/sports ground and club buildings.  

The Artists


Great Place Tees Valley 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.

See our other Great Place Tees Valley projects here.

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Art Week with Bub at High Coniscliffe

Roman School, Workshop 1, Pierce Bridge

As part of River Tees Rediscovered, Tees Valley Arts contracted artist Bub Bacon to work with pupils at High Coniscliffe school to explore their Roman heritage, inspired by the nearby Roman remains at Piercebridge.

Read about their experiences here:


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High Coniscliffe School and the Roman Fort at Piercebridge

Roman School, Workshop 3, Pierce Bridge

Artist Bub Bacon will be starting a week-long residency at High Coniscliffe Primary School outside Darlington, as part of our River Tees Rediscovered engagement programme, next week.

This residency, in partnership with Tees Archeology, will be focusing on the history of the local Roman fort and bridge crossing at Piercebridge. In preparation, pupils visited the site this week. Read more here:


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