Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

TVA Announces New CEO

James Beighton

TVA, which is committed to the impact of art for individuals and communities across North East England, has appointed a renowned local arts practitioner with an international network as its new Director and CEO.

James Beighton, an arts scholar and curator from Saltburn-on-Sea, will lead us forward, replacing long-serving CEO Rowena Sommerville. James worked as Senior Curator at the prestigious Plus-Tate gallery the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) for 12 years where his role included securing the funding, planning and staging a far-reaching programme of world-renowned exhibitions from international contemporary artists as well as public engagement work both with visitors inside the gallery and out in the communities around Middlesbrough.

James left mima in 2014 to undertake a doctoral study examining the history of the visual arts in Teesside. During this time, he also established ‘New Linthorpe’ an exciting project with artist Emily Hesse to recapture the spirit of one of the most important artists in the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser, whose creations were realised in the Victorian kilns of Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Art Pottery. Using local clay, the project created a new pottery collection while highlighting the town’s social history and inviting visitors to its exhibition and pottery-making workshops to explore the concept of locality.

In his new role as Director of TVA James will be working with artists and makers across all art forms – from visual arts, to music, to performance. He will work closely with funding, business and public service partners to engage diverse audiences across the Teesside community and address issues including environment, heritage, health and wellbeing, poverty, crime & justice, addiction, and asylum – often working with some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. TVA partners the likes of Teesside University, the Ministry of Justice, the NHS, and environmental agencies, but is also supporting the ambitions of the Tees Valley Combined Authority to bid for UK City of Culture 2025 and working closely to align its work with the strategy of Arts Council England and other key national government and funding partners.

James said:

“This is a truly exciting time to be involved with the arts in Tees Valley. I believe that art and culture form a fundamental part of everybody’s lives. It is a force for good in the world, helping to break down barriers, build confidence and aspiration and capturing the energy and pride of our region’s diverse communities. It’s a privilege to be able to continue my career with an organisation like Tees Valley Arts in a part of the world that I think of as home and I look forward to working with all of the partners and artists to extend TVA’s impact in the years ahead.”

The Chairman of TVA’s Board of Trustees, Richard Anderson, welcomed James’ appointment:

“We are delighted to have secured someone of James’ calibre with such a strong reputation in the arts regionally, nationally and internationally. His work at mima, throughout the TATE gallery network, his PhD study and his inspirational work as an arts practitioner in our region will inform his work as Director, building on the impressive legacy of impact and reach led by Rowena Sommerville and our current team.”

James will take up post from the 1 August, working from TVA’s office at Royal Middlehaven House in Middlesbrough.

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Dennis Watling

Our Art Collection

This page presents information regarding artist Dennis Watling,  whose work is held as part of the Tees Valley Arts Collection, accessioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art into the Middlesbrough Collection.

Dennis Watling

Artworks in the Collection

Star and Garter, Artist Proof

Date: c.1978
Artist: Dennis Watling
Medium: Ink on paper, etching (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1557

Demolition

Date: c.1978
Artist: Dennis Watling
Medium: Ink on paper, etching (Framed and Glazed)
Dimensions: 254 x 304.8 mm
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

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Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1556

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Public Sculpture Mapping Volunteer Project Launched

Chroma

Throughout the 80s and 90s Tees Valley Arts was one of the largest commissioners of Public Art in the North East, perhaps the whole UK, though documented at the time this activity has never been documented by Tees Valley Arts on our website or in print.

As part of mima’s localism project we’d like to document the history of the public sculpture we’ve delivered and aid mima in documenting public sculpture across the Tees Valley.

We’d really like to be able to contribute to the National Recording Project (NRP) of the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association to ensure that the Tees Valley’s place in our national narrative of Public Art is properly recorded.

How you can help:

  • Work through books identifying public sculpture and add them to our website
  • Take Photos of identified public sculptures
  • Mark public sculptures on our sculpture map
  • Update a sculpture’s record on the NRP database

If you’d like to find out more, and/or indeed help out then please get in touch.

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