Redcar and Cleveland

Welcome to Kindred Guisborough

Kindred Guisborough


It’s not long now until our big Kindred Guisborough weekend. Following our Art-trail week of independent shops, cafes and bistros opening up their doors to host local artists, tomorrow begins a creatively jam-packed weekend of art, music and spoken word, and I and the tiny band of supportive creatives who make up Kindred Guisborough couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s all come together.

Opening Event Henwen and Support

I have something to prove with this event, I suppose – I want people to know about our cultural offer. I’m from Teesside, but lived in Kent for many years. In the South I was aware that our gorgeous moors, beaches and fascinating industrial heritage were well known, but do we have any culture? If you ask any of the many creatives, festival and event organisers, performers, artists, gallery owners and makers I’ve worked with over the years, they’ll shout about our culture to the rooftops, but nothing works better than bringing our creative sector together to show off a bit, and work together as a collective force. That’s what we’re aiming for.

So – the whole thing came about one evening in a Guisborough dining room – but before we go there, I want to briefly take you back a few years to 2013, when I ran Skybluered Studio, a non-profit business.

We sold artwork alongside our tea and cake, ran workshops and I could see how the work on the walls was as important as what was on people’s plates.

Additionally, I became Town Champion for Totally Locally, a shop local scheme to re-energise towns through independents working together. Through the experience of running outdoor markets for Totally Locally I could see how culture in our towns and those in the scheme was one of the real drivers for changing attitudes.

The market became a yearly event, small, but something to look forward to, and suitable to fit around my job now working here at Tees Valley Arts, but I still hankered for the idea of an art trail to go with the market.

Some money became available through the Co-operative – a friend and I sat down and rapidly what was an art trail and market developed on a piece of paper onto a bigger art event with performances and pop-ups, all with the sort of feel that’s particular to our part of the world, and reflecting our more rural locality.

This wasn’t just to be an event to entertain, but to truly bring together our independent shops and our artists and makers, musicians, writers and performers, That opportunity to show off.

And so we’re here – in not very many months, and with incredible support, we present to you:

Kindred Guisborough – a truly community-led art festival.


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Thrifty Foundations: a development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms

Tees Valley Arts and the Festival of Thrift present

Thrifty Foundations – a wonderful opportunity for artists wanting to learn new skills and to work with amazing people!!!

A development opportunity for practitioners of all artforms

TVA and Festival of Thrift are delighted to invite artists, makers, writers and performers to apply to work with and learn from Dead Good Guides, aka the legendary John Fox and Sue Gill, formerly of Welfare State International. Practitioners of all artforms and with all levels of experience are welcome to apply to take part in this new professional development experience.

8 arts practitioners – with interest and some experience in facilitating others in creative activities – will have the opportunity to work with Dead Good Guides plus their three assisting artists, to learn from them how they work with people to create individual, celebratory and memorable ceremonies for life’s rites of passage: such as birth, death and a few significant occurrences in between. In the context of Festival of Thrift, we will focus on how to create meaningful and celebratory Welcoming and Naming Ceremonies. The participant artists will learn about working with families (or their equivalents), styling and dressing the ceremonies, writing the words, and choosing/creating the music.

Practitioners of all artforms are welcome, not just visual arts, but there will be some elements of designing and making for all, even for the singers/writers/photographers/dancers… Do you have qualities of tact, patience and listening? Then this might be for you.

DGGs offer ‘a new role for the artist as catalyst, hands-on facilitator and celebrant, who recognises the artist in us all and liberates the innate creativity of every age through participation and collaboration. Where re-generation is of the soul and not of economics’.

Participant Artists will

  • Work with Dead Good Guides, exploring and sharing hands-on skills
  • Develop new thinking, new excitement, new approaches, and possibly new potential income streams for your practice
  • Get to be part of the wonderful Festival of Thrift 2017
  • Get a supporting bursary of £300 towards expenses
  • You will even get 5 free lunches

The Programme

  • Selected artists must commit to the FULL Thrifty Foundations programme
  • Workshops 10am – 4pm at Kirkleatham Museum Education Space with lunch provided: Monday 18th Sept; Tues 19th Sept; Weds 20th Sept; Thurs 21st Sept, Friday 22nd Sept
  • Friday 22nd Sept includes the creation of the Thrifty Foundations space/bower/area within the Festival of Thrift site
  • Festival of Thrift weekend 23/24th Sept: participant artists will engage with the public at the Thrifty Foundations site, talking about ceremonies and rites of passage, and encouraging people to consider designing their own bespoke ceremonies in the future; hours of attendance to be agreed
  • Sunday 24th Sept will also include helping to de-rig the Thrifty Foundations site

Further details

  • Some basic tools and all other materials will be provided, but please bring along any tools that you rely on in your practice, including musical instruments. You will be responsible for them throughout the project.
  • You will be responsible for your own transport to and from Kirkleatham.
  • From Monday to Friday you will be able to park for free at Kirkleatham Museum, but during the actual Festival of Thrift weekend you are likely to have to pay for parking, due to pressure of space.
  • TVA will require feedback and a brief written evaluation from participants.
  • DGGs will have Public Liability Insurance to cover your involvement in their workshops and will be providing a risk assessment prior to delivery, which can be made available to you on request, and the Festival of Thrift will have health and safety guidelines. Naturally, you are advised to act sensibly around all tools and activities.

Download Brief

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To Apply

Please send a CV and a letter of application (both no longer than 2 sides A4), outlining why you want to take part in the Thrifty Foundations programme to:

by midnight Sunday 27th August 2017

Please attach, or provide links to, up to 4 examples of work.

We will endeavour to balance the group selected for skills, artforms and diversity, and we will prioritise applicants from the Tees Valley, although applications from further afield are also welcome.

For any further information call TVA 01642 264651

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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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