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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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Coffee House

Coffee House Celebration

Coffee House

The Coffee House engagement is an ongoing activity involving Artist Emily Hesse working with newly arrived communities in Middlesbrough to create a traditional Eritrean Coffee Service made from clay that has been dug from the River Tees.

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All photographs were taken by Tees Valley Arts. Creative Commons BY-NC-ND International 4.0 License.

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Len Tabner

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This page presents information regarding the South Bank-born artist Len Tabner,  whose work is held as part of the Tees Valley Arts Collection, accessioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art into the Middlesbrough Collection.

Len Tabner

About Len

Messums Gallery describes Len and his work as,

Len Tabner was born in South Bank on the River Tees near Middlesbrough. His father had been a merchant seaman and Tabner remains fascinated by the grim grandeur of the industrial northeast… Tabner is not an artist to stay huddled indoors in his studio. He is to be found on the beach with his easel weighted down against the wind or, like Turner, on board ship in the middle of a gale. His is an elemental art, visionary in its scope. Due to these conditions, his paintings are produced with a sense of great urgency, with a rich variety of materials combining and competing on the surface of the paper…

Artworks in the Collection

Lindisfarne Castle Dusk, Artist proof

Date: Unknown
Artist: Len Tabner
Medium: Ink on paper (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1565

Bales of Hay

Date: c.1979
Artist: Len Tabner
Medium: Ink on paper (Framed and Unglazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

Bales waiting to be led to field opposite house bottom end, 5 August 1970, signed 1979

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1564

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Dennis Watling

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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

5/10

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1556

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Will Taylor

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

Will Taylor

About Will Taylor

Will’s membership record at the Flyingdales Group of Artists states:

My subject matter is mainly landscape; the landscape of Danby dale where I live, and the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors. Northumberland, especially Holy Island, holds a special fascination too. The inevitable seasonal changes, night and day and the extremes of weather, bringing with them endless variations of light, colour and mood, provide the inspiration and focus for my painting and printmaking. While landscape features in my linocuts, I am occasionally drawn to the dramatic imagery of Industrial Teesside or the unique and fascinating shapes of Yorkshire cobbles. Their boldness of form and colour offer limitless possibilities for the medium of printmaking.

Artworks in the Collection

Staithes

Date: Unknown
Artist: Will Taylor
Medium: Ink on paper, linocut (Framed but not Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

Print 32/50

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1562

Fishing Boats, Whitby

Date: Unknown
Artist: Will Taylor
Medium: Ink on paper, linocut (Framed but not Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

Print 10/50

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1561

Whitby

Date: Unknown
Artist: Will Taylor
Medium: Ink on paper, linocut (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1560

Guisborough Priory

Date: Unknown
Artist: Will Taylor
Medium: Ink on paper, linocut (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

Print 14/100

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1559

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Margaret Shields

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

Margaret Shields

About Margaret

Margaret’s website says that,

Margaret Shields was born and brought up in Middlesbrough. After attending Middlesbrough College of Art, she studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She returned home to paint her familiar surroundings, mostly urban subjects, and in the evenings to teach piano.

Artworks in the Collection

Unknown

Date: Unknown
Artist: Margaret Shields
Medium: Watercolour on paper (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

X7 images of sites in the region.

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1563

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Alexander Stuart-Hill

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This page presents information regarding Perth-born artist Alexander Stuart-Hill, whose work is held as part of the Tees Valley Arts Collection, accessioned by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art into the Middlesbrough Collection.

Alexander Stuart-Hill

About Alexander

The University of Glasgow says this of Alexander,

The painter Alexander Stuart-Hill (1887/8–1948) was born in Perth and studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he was awarded a scholarship allowing him to travel in France, Italy and Spain. During the First World War he worked in a military hospital in France. He regularly exhibited portraits and landscapes at the Royal Academy from 1920 to 1947, and showed with the National Portrait Society at the Grosvenor Gallery and at the New Chenil Galleries in Chelsea. In 1937 the Redfern Gallery held a one-man exhibition of his portraits and views of London bridges…

Artworks in the Collection

Battersea Bridge by Alexander Stuart-Hill

Battersea Bridge

Date: c.1937
Artist: Alexander Stuart-Hill
Medium: Oil Painting on board (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Description

First exhibited in 1937 by the Redfern Gallery, which held a one-man exhibition of his portraits and views of London bridges.

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1568

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John Carter

John Carter

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

John Carter

About John

Educated at Guisborough Grammar School, he began his art training at Middlesbrough College of Art, then later at Edinburgh School of Art. His art education was disrupted by two years’ national service in the Royal Air Force. He won a scholarship in France, before qualifying as an art teacher. He became head of the art department at Eston Grammar School, in South Bank, near Middlesbrough, where he remained until it closed in 1973. He worked at the nearby South Park Sixth Form College until retirement in 1990. For 40 years, he exhibited his work across the region.

Artworks in the Collection

Barnside Swaledale

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

Description

78′, Print 5/6

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1566

Pennine Village

Date: Unknown
Artist: John Carter
Medium: Ink on paper, print (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1567

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Michael Atkin

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

Michael Atkin

Michael Atkin

About Michael

Michael is an artist-printmaker who creates limited edition etchings, lino prints, fine art books and wood engravings at his home-based workshop and ‘private press’ Bracken Press, which he established in 1974 with the purchase of his first Albion Platen press from a printers’ in Wensleydale. Images are figurative, narrative and located in the Yorkshire countryside.

Artworks in the Collection

Overlooking the Bay, Artist Proof

Date: Unknown
Artist: Michael Atkin
Medium: Ink on paper, etching (Framed and Glazed)
Credit Line: Presented by Tees Valley Arts

Object Number: MIDMA-FA-1558

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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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