Laura Degnan

Laura is a writer and filmmaker based in the Tees Valley. She also runs a creative writing and development organisation based in Middlesbrough called Writers’ Block North East together with James Harris.

Our Alumni in 2011

Our Alumni in 2016

Our Alumni in 2019

This page shows the alumni of the Tees Valley Arts organisation in the year 2019 and the years that they had served here.

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Real Tees Valley

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Real Tees Valley

Visual Stories of Youth

Real Tees Valley is a film project run over a year across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, encouraging young people to use the medium of film to tell their own stories around their experiences of living in the area.

Our young prospective and developing film-makers worked alongside six professional film-maker mentors, including a lead mentor film-maker to make the short films which vary in length from one to ten minutes.

The project explored what place and culture meant to this group and wrote a new narrative for the Tees Valley, away from the traditional headlines of industrial boom and decline, through using real voices to illustrate life in contemporary Teesside directly from those who might carve out its future.

Impact

30+

young film-makers

25+

films made

8

artists employed

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: PlaceCultureDiversityCommunityLife

Place

Place features the following films: Roseberry by Harry Twohig, South Park by Jake Blakely-Fisher, Middlesbrough by Jared Boyle, Shoreline by Anna Nappa and Farming by Molly Drew.

You can watch the Place Playlist on YouTube here.

Culture

Culture features the following films: Pasteque by Ryan Welsh, Street Game by Max, Music Culture by Daniel D’Arcy, Deadland by Ryan Whitelock & Ryan Welsh and Surflepool by Elliot Whysall.

You can watch the Culture Playlist on YouTube here.

Diversity

Diversity features the following films: Football by Omran Al Koteishe, Build by Chris Healey, Luke by Luke Devey, Female Rugby Coach by Lucy Wealleans and Traditions on Teesside by Mohammed Miah.

You can watch the Diversity Playlist on YouTube here.

Community

Community features the following films: Football Coaching by Kieran Janicki, From Syria to Hartlepool by Nasim Daraj & Ammar Haskal, Darlo Dean by Dean, Tees Valley on My Mind by Nina Bianco and Corner House.

You can watch the Community Playlist on YouTube here.

Life

Life features the following films: Femininity by Ellie Craven, Sadie by Sadie Rogers, 3 Years by Adam Watson, Displaced by Mohammed Albedai and Alisha by Alisha.

You can watch the Life Playlist on YouTube here.

The Artists

Adam Bouabda

Mentor Film-maker

Adam Watson

Young Film-maker

Alisha

Young Film-maker

Ammar Haskal

Young Film-maker

Andy Harrison

Mentor Film-maker

Anna Nappa

Young Film-maker

Carl Joyce

Mentor Film-maker

Chris Healy

Young Film-maker

Cornerhouse

Young Film-makers

Daniel D’Arcy

Young Film-maker

Dean

Young Film-maker

Ellie Craven

Young Film-maker

Elliot Whysall

Young Film-maker

Harry Twohig

Young Film-maker

Jake Blakely-Fisher

Young Film-maker

Jared Boyle

Young Film-maker

Kieran Janicki

Young Film-maker

Laura Degnan

Mentor Film-maker

Lucy Wealleans

Young Film-maker

Luke Devey

Young Film-maker

Max

Young Film-maker

Maxy Bianco

Lead Film-maker

Molly Drew

Young Film-maker

Mohammed Albedai

Young Film-maker

Mohammed Miah

Young Film-maker

Nasim Daraj

Young Film-maker

Natasha Graham

Mentor Film-maker

Nina

Young Film-maker

Omran Al Koteishe

Young Film-maker

Ryan Whitelock

Young Film-maker

Ryan Welsh

Young Film-maker

Sadie Rogers

Young Film-maker


Stories

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…

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In Collaboration With

Cornerhouse, Creative Darlington, Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Imagine You Can, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Open Shop, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority

The Funders

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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Heritage on Track

Film by young Teesside Filmmakers shortlisted for Award at Berwick International Film Festival

lottery ticket

A film made by young people in Redcar & Cleveland has been shortlisted for the Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker at the Berwick upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival 2013. The Award is given to the best short films from young filmmakers under 19 in North East England and South East Scotland who compete for a cash prize donated by the family of the late Chris Anderson – including his son, blockbuster director Paul W.S. Anderson who has directed films such as Alien vs Predator and Resident Evil . The winner will be announced at the Young Filmmakers showcase on Sunday 29th September at The Maltings Cinema & Theatre in Berwick where all the nominated films will be screened.

The Film entitled The Lottery Ticket is a 5 minute short film made up of a series of drawings by the young people about a man who finds a winning lottery ticket on the street, he knows the poor family it belongs to but will he return it or cash it in? He faces a moral dilemma, we see the consequences of his actions unfold but can he rectify his mistake in time…

The film was made as part of Tees Valley Arts’ Moving On project, a J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust funded project which uses the arts to help give the young people in the care of the local authority a range of skills to help them to move on positively, adding value to the dedicated work of the Care Teams.

The film was made in one day by young people working with writer and filmmaker Laura Degnan.

Jane Gray, Education Officer at Tees Valley Arts commented:-

“The young people have achieved a great deal throughout this project – not just great artwork, but confidence and self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, communication skills and personal development. We’re all extremely proud of their achievements and it is a fantastic achievement to have their work showcased at the Berwick International Film Festival”

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Evergreen Centre and TVA Partnership Wins Award

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust ‘Making a Difference’ awards evening was held on February 1st 2013 at Hardwick Hall, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter and TVA patron Steph McGovern. The “Making a Difference’ award are the Trust’s annual staff awards which celebrate the dedication, achievements and successes of individual staff and teams across the Trust.

Evergreen Centre Receiving Partnership Award

We were delighted that The Evergreen Centre at West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough won in the partnership working category for its work with Tees Valley Arts to engage young people with eating disorders – using art and writing to express their feelings and to develop a book which is used as a therapeutic tool. Thanks to Joe Dunne and Laura Degnan, who worked as visual artist and writer on the project.

Evergreen Courtyard

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