Real Tees Valley

25 films for 25 days of Christmas YouTube

Teesside on Film

I’ve been volunteering with Tees Valley Arts on their Real Tees Valley project, where I’ve been engaging with members of the public and encouraging them to take time out of their day to watch the films made by young people.

The films deal with major issues such as transitioning, mental health issues, fleeing a war zone and just about being young in Teesside. What makes the films so unique is that you hear their voices, rather than how other people might misconceive them, their feelings laid bare.

Sadie” is, for me, the moving film, having gone through darkness myself. For her to be so open about it takes so much courage and with so many people taking their own lives we need to be more open about the challenges people face.

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Reflections on Luke by Luke Devey

“Luke” tells the story of a young local boy and his transition from female to male. Through the film he talks about interactions with people and their responses after finding out he has transitioned.

Growing up in a small town means that things like this are not heard of as much, so it is great to learn more about it in the local area and see the positive outcome of this young boy’s situation. When mentioning the way in which people ask about the transition he states they are not trying to cause offence, but are just curious which helps to shine the local area in a positive and forward-thinking light.

Footage is shown of the scars received due to the surgery involved in the transition which shows the real physical dedication this boy has had in becoming what makes him happy. He also mentions the hormone treatment he has undertaken and the downsides involved with it, in particular getting spots.

Through the film, he is seen to be a happy, energetic person from footage of him dancing with friends and family, to the interview segments during which he cannot stop smiling.

It is brilliant to see stories like this come from Teesside showing the residents happy and content in the life they have chosen to lead.

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Traditions On Teesside By Mohammed Miah

Mohammed who is 18 and from Middlesbrough wanted to show a world he might have been brought up in as a child. Instead, personal turmoil at home would change his upbringing significantly. This documentary highlights the importance of providing a safe and well-educated understanding of religions. It discusses some of the traditions which have been passed down for many generations, changed and modernised as they are transplanted from Bangladesh to Teesside. Mohammed’s hope is that this film might challenge the impressions some people may have about his culture.

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#brilliantlyboro #creativefactory takeover!

Join us from 10am today for our week-long take-over of the #brilliantlyboro #creativefactory space in the Hill Street Centre, Middlesbrough, where we will be working from for the next week. So if you’re in Boro and fancy popping along and meeting with us, then we look forward to seeing you.

What’s Going On

There will be a number of things happening every day – from the screening of our curated Life films, as part of Real Tees Valley, to our exploration of your memories of public art across Teesside to a reflection on the books we have published over the years – we’ll also be announcing each morning a series of special guests who’ll be joining us that day. So keep your eyes peeled for more information…

Real Tees Valley Films

If you enjoyed the of our Real Tees Valley Films then you’ll be excited to know that the #brilliantlyboro space will be the Middlesbrough stop of our Real Tees Valley Film Trail and you’ll be able to see our five films curated on the theme of LIfe.

Public Art

From our foundation in 1983 until the late 2000s Cleveland and the Tees Valley Arts was one of the largest commissioners of public art in the country, yet we only have a photographic record of those commissions.

So we’ve printed those photographs and brought them to the space so that we can hear your stories and memories of these pieces of public art, some of which are no longer in place.

Publications

Over the past thirty years, we have published many pamphlets, books, anthologies and other publications to document our work. Many of these works feature the writing of the people we were collaborating with.

Did you participate in one of these projects? Did your work get published?

If so we’d like to hear your story and if you’d like a copy of the work you contributed towards, we have a number of surplus copies that we’ll be happy to give you.

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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 Valley Film Trail was really exciting and it was so much fun illustrating buildings and landmarks from the Tees Valley, such as the Transporter Bridge, that I was familiar with. It was also great to make work for part of a creative project so close to home and be part of something exciting from the area.

Find out more about Real Tees Valley Film Trail here

Growing up in Guisborough, near Middlesbrough a lot of my interests centred around the amazing wildlife and coastline the Tees Valley has to offer. Some of my favourite ways to spend time in the area are visiting Skinningrove beach and walking along the clifftops to Saltburn or seeing the seals at Seal Sands near Middlesbrough.

I think the Tees Valley is a very inspiring place to be an artist and there are countless beautiful areas to visit, juxtaposed with the remnants of industry, often both in the same place, such as the captivating South Gare near Redcar. Growing up around nature has definitely come forward as a theme in my work and you can find more of my work at megandobbyn.co.uk or on Instagram @megdobbyn_illustration.

Gallery

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Real Tees Valley Film Trail

Friday 15th November to Sunday the 24th of November

For just over a week, you can see five specially curated collections of our Real Tees Valley films at five locations, one in each of the five boroughs, allowing you to simultaneously view all of the 25 films and take a mini-tour of our region and some of its better-known venues. See the map here.

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: Place – Culture – Diversity – Community – Life

The Film Trail

The Venues

DIVERSITY

1. Hartlepool

Hartlepool Railway Station
Opening Hours
Monday
00:00 – 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 – 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 – 23:59
Thursday
00:00 – 23:59
Friday
00:00 – 23:59
Saturday
00:00 – 23:59
Sunday
00:00 – 23:59

PLACE

2. Darlington

Head of Steam Museum
Opening Hours
Monday
11:00 – 15:30
Tuesday
11:00 – 15:30
Wednesday
11:00 – 15:30
Thursday
11:00 – 15:30
Friday
11:00 – 15:30
Saturday
11:00 – 15:30
Sunday
11:00 – 15:30

COMMUNITY

3. Stockton

Preston Park Museum
Opening Hours
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 16:00
Thursday
10:00 – 16:00
Friday
10:00 – 16:00
Saturday
10:00 – 16:00
Sunday
10:00 – 16:00

LIFE

4. Boro

#brilliantlyboro #creativefactoryhub
Opening Hours
Monday
10:00 – 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 16:00
Thursday
10:00 – 16:00
Friday
10:00 – 16:00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

CULTURE

5. Redcar

Kirkleatham Museum
Opening Hours
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 16:00
Thursday
10:00 – 16:00
Friday
10:00 – 16:00
Saturday
10:00 – 16:00
Sunday
10:00 – 16:00

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YouTube Premiere of Real Tees Valley Trailer

Middlesbrough Mohammed

Join us at 4pm for the launch of our Real Tees Valley Trailer, which we’re showing on YouTube Premiere (see above).

The film marks the beginning of our celebration of the Real Tees Valley film project, working with more than 25 young people living across the five boroughs of the Tees Valley, mentored by six professional filmmakers to help tell you their stories around the themes of culture and place and become film-makers in their own right.

To see all 25 films, join us on the Real Tees Valley film trail, which will be launching on the 15th November across the Tees Valley, as well as being available to watch online.

Watch out for Further Details.

Real Tees Valley is part of Great Place Tees Valley, which 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.

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The Ellie Show with Luke Devey

Luke Devey was one of our young film-makers on the Real Tees Valley project, for which he co-produced a film entitled Luke documenting his experience of transitioning from male to female.

This is a fascinating interview by trans-activist Ellie Lowther of Trans Aware, in which Luke talks about his experience and how by co-producing his film he has become an activist and advocate for the trans community.

You can listen to the interview below and click here to read more about Real Tees Valley.

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Real Tees Valley

Middlesbrough Mohammed

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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