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Big Sky Arts

Big Sky Arts was a music project funded by the Lloyds TSB Banking Foundation which worked with adults with learning difficulties/disabilities in Hartlepool.

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WorldFest 2014

Tees Valley Arts is delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant events celebrating local and global music, bringing the wider world to your door – to set your toes tapping and your spirits soaring.

TVA thanks the Northern Rock Foundation, the Youth Music Foundation and Middlesbrough Town Hall – without all of whom these great things couldn’t happen.

WorldFest Youth and Community Event, Friday, 27th June 2014

WorldFest Community Flyer

Featuring talented young people from Teesside, many of whom take part in the TVA Musicmix project, performing great songs and music; the Tees Valley Afro-Women’s Creative Group choir – as seen live on BBC1 performing in the Great North Passion programme on Good Friday earlier this year; the Roma Band – exciting Roma music from one of our newer Teesside communities; and our very special guest Don E – soul singer and songwriter extraordinaire – who also works with many leading female vocalists including regularly touring with the very legendary Grace Jones.

This fantastic event is free – where else could you get such a great offer?

Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors 7pm start, 7.30pm to 9pm
Tickets FREE entry, all welcome, family friendly, children must be accompanied
Bar None, but soft drinks available

WorldFest, Saturday, 28th June 2014

This will be a great night of world music, to listen to, to share, to enjoy and to dance to – get on down!

WorldFest Flyer

We open with Heritage Survival, all the way from Zimbabwe, bringing you music from Southern Africa, guaranteed to get you dancing; then the lovely Shurooq Abu Alnas and her band bring you Arabic-flavoured music from Sudan; and finally, Dennis Bovell, Reggae Britannia maestro and doyen of Lovers’ Rock (as featured in ‘Sounds Like London – the history of 100 years of black music in the capital’), brings his Dub Reggae Sound System to close out the night.

Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors open 7.30pm, start 8pm to 11pm
Tickets £5 on the door or available here. Under 14’s free
Bar Yes but Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and will be wristbanded at the door; Under 25s may need ID.

Download Flyers

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The stART Project

stART is an 8 week creative project

3 days a week (Tue, Wed, Thur), 10am – 2.30pm (with lunch break)


  • Creative Space (vacant shop unit) Wellington Square, Stockton
  • Small group of 10 young people
  • Working with Nicola Parkin and John Greenan

Tees Valley Arts are working in partnership with Visit Tees Valley and Middlesbrough Connexions on the stART project.  The stART Project is part of the Cultural Volunteering Programme supported by One North East.

The stART Project works with young people aged 17 to 19 categorised as Not in Education, Employment or Training, and delivers a package of creative activities and learning.  stART takes place in TVA’s art room, equipped and furnished with funds from the LSC, the Northern Rock Foundation, and the Cultural Volunteering Project.

Workshops take place with professional artists and involve fun and accessible art based exercises that develop individual creative skills building confidence and self-esteem. Other activities include games and exercises that use an informal approach to encourage positive engagement and reflective thinking, whilst developing pre-employment skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

All the young people will work as individuals and teams to achieve the Bronze Arts Award.

Arts Award Qualification (Tuesday and Thursday)

  • Daily diary – writing up sessions – photography – audio and visual
  • Trip to Newcastle
  • Arts Hero Project
  • Sharing Skills

NVQ Level 1 Qualification

£3 per day
£20 highstreet voucher upon completion of project


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Upsall Hall unveils new Sculpture

Upsall Hall Rural Adult Training Centre, Swan’s Corner, Nunthorpe, will host the official unveiling of its magnificent six foot high metal garden sculpture on Thursday February 26th, at 2 pm.

The sculpture celebrates the ‘Metalworks’ project at Upsall Hall – for nearly three years, blacksmith David Stephenson has been working with staff and participants there as part of the Articulate Programme, managed by tees valley arts and funded by the Health Action Zone Innovations Fund and the Northern Rock Foundation. During that time the group has installed a forge; learnt all the technical and safety procedures of blacksmithing; designed and made original goods; hosted one of the six annual international ‘forge ins’ organised by the British Association of Artist Blacksmiths in 2003 and will again in 2004; given displays of their skill; and created this marvellous sculpture which has already led to them being commissioned by various other bodies to create other sculptures.

This sculpture celebrates the garden and the wildlife of Upsall Hall and includes plant forms, insects and birds. It is stunning, and all of the group are rightly proud of it and of all their work over the three years.

Upsall Hall Rural Adult Training Centre is run by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

For more information and to arrange to attend, please contact

Derek Enderby, Upsall Hall, 01642 315481

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