South Park

TVA Seeks Artist

Tees Valley Arts are seeking a visual artist for an artist residency in Darlington at South Park and Snipe Pond for the River Tees Rediscovered project.


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Duration: From appointment with completion before end of July 2016
Fee: You will be paid a fee of £5250 for this role.

Application Information

To Apply

Please apply to by 5pm Monday 25th April 2016

  • A brief CV (no more than 2 sides A4)
  • Why you would be suitable for the post, relevant experience (including consultation/participation), and your approach to fabrication and installation (no more than 2 sides A4)
  • Confirm that you are able to travel to the site/s
  • Confirm that you have current Public Liability Insurance (which you will need to provide to TVA prior to issue of contract)
  • A maximum of 5 images, either as PDFs or Jpegs

More Information

For more information call 01642 264 654.

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River Tees Rediscovered in the Northern Echo

River Tees Map

Our River Tees Rediscovered Welcome Aboard Community Launch event was featured in an article by Joanna Morris in Sunday’s Northern Echo.

An overcast Sunday in South Park saw families gather to enjoy a number of activities as the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership was launched.

Youngsters enjoyed bridge building, nature exploration, workshops and heritage themed art and craft sessions as the event got underway.

Read the article in full here. And see if you can spot artist Emily Hesse in the main picture.

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River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Engagement Launched

Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate

164 individual engagements, 90 plates made

that’s just the first of five community launches planned for the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership.

River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Plates

Working with Middlesbrough born artist Emily Hesse, regular Tees Valley Arts contributor and artist Adrian Moule, we facilitated a collaboration that created the River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Plate engagement.

By reflecting on the long history of pottery production in the Tees Valley and, in particular, its instrumental role in the development of Middlesbrough as a town through the establishment of the Middlesbrough Pottery in 1831. We provided the means to create an artistic intervention that would enable people to both express themselves and create something intrinsically useful.

The Willow Pattern is a distinctive and elaborate pattern developed by Thomas Minton in around 1790 and was an English imitation of Chinese porcelain imported during the mid-eighteenth century. Mostly blue and white, though other colours were used, it always featured both a river, a bridge and a person.

Examples of the pottery, with the willow pattern, produced by Middlesbrough Pottery are important enough to be included in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum:

Pickle Dish by Middlesbrough Pottery in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This credit line represents the ‘Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum’ (a non-departmental public body established by the National Heritage Act 1983.)

Emily and Adrian wanted people to realise their memories, their vision, their thoughts of the river, whilst creating something they could take home and eat off.

Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate
Middlesbrough Pottery Willow Plate, loaned from the private collection of James Beighton

We were fortunate enough to have a genuine Middlesbrough Pottery plate on hand to give inspiration to the participants thanks to the generous support of project volunteer James Beighton, former senior curator of mima and ceramics expert, who is currently undertaking a AHRC funded PhD at Teesside University.

The Process

Participants were encouraged to draw out their ideas on paper with printed circles, with photographs of plates made earlier by Emily and Adrian to use for inspiration before going on to mark their own plate with porcelain paint pens:

Couldn’t Make It? See what we got up to:

What Next?

Roll on the launch in South Park, Darlington, this Sunday, 11-3, where we hope to better our engagement numbers and let people think and realise their vision of the river in blue and white.

Followed by:

  • Ropner Park, Stockton / Saturday 28th February, 11-3pm;
  • Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool / Saturday 14th March, 11-3pm
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