Alisha by Alisha

Following a family bereavement, 14-year-old Alisha turned her life around and embarked on a journey to become a youth worker, determined to impact on the lives of young people just like her, living in Stockton. Through the Corner House project, she was able to rethink what her future might be and see positivity, where she was previously wondering where to turn.

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Beyond Trainspotting

Online Arts

Stockton High Street

Racing Ahead

Stockton High Street

See Stockton High Street, the widest in the country with its decorative and functional artwork, street furniture and integrated floor mosaics. These artworks are all exclusive to Stockton, and they reflect the history and unique characteristics of the town.

Lighting Columns


Graeme Hopper

These rather special pictorial lighting columns have been based on designs produced by children at Tilery, St John’s and the Glebe Priimary Schools and the Norton Road and Parkfield Mental Health Centres.

The four ornamental lamp posts depict the unique characteristics of Stockton: the River Tees and its famous outdoor market, the biggest and best in the region. Metal cut-outs were used to form the main body of the design.

Seating at Dodshon’s Fountain


Peat Oberon

Dodshon’s Fountain, a memorial to John Dodshon in 1875 is once again in Stockton’s famous High Street. Blacksmith Peat Oberon designed the seating near the restored Fountain, and it offers shoppers an ideal place to view Stockton’s renaissance.

Racing Ahead

Racing Ahead

Irene Brown

installed: 1995

constructed from; cast iron, enamel paint and stone

measurements: 1.02 m high x 13 m long x 1.5 m wide

commissioned by: Cleveland arts

owed by: Stockton-on-tees council

The three sculptures of racing greyhounds can be found at the junction of Dovecot Street and High Street. The life-size greyhounds are ‘surging ahead with energy’, and symbolise the town’s dynamism and renaissance looking to a better future.



Maggie Howarth

The 48 piece intricate cobble stone floor mosaic near the Town Hall is reflective of Stockton’s loop of the River Tees and the flames of local industry.

Iron Columns


Brian Russell

These distinctive columns can be found at the entrance of Stockton High Street’s hidden courtyards.
The decorative wrought iron columns resemble reef knots, drawing inspiration from the River Tees, which played an important part in shaping Stockton’s development.



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Parachute Projects

Queen’s 90th Birthday

Queen’s 90th Birthday

School children from St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Stockton-on-Tees are working with visual artist Shirley Wells to imagine the HM Queen Elizabeth II visiting Stockton via the River Tees as part of her 90th Birthday celebrations. The work produced will be displayed on Stockton High Street during the weekend of the 11th-12th June in celebration HM Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday.

The Finished Paintings

All photographs were taken by Shirley Wells Creative Commons BY-NC-ND International 4.0 License.


All photographs were taken by Shirley Wells Creative Commons BY-NC-ND International 4.0 License.


Read More Stories about River Tees Rediscovered


Heritage Lottery Fund and RTR
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Crossing the Tees: Printmaking Published

We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the Teesside Print Group and the library services of Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington through the River Tees Rediscovered project to ensure that the publication Crossing the Tees: Printmaking produced as part of a series of workshops undertaken by Adrian Moule and other visual artists from across Teesside.

The four hundred books which we printed – to exacting environmental standards – will be distributed to the Library Services of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington where they will be available free to participants.


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

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Help us find #myblueandwhite!

Girl making Willow Pattern Plates

Earlier this year Tees Valley Arts worked with River Tees Re-discovered to provide artistic engagement at the “Welcome Aboard” community launches held in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar.

Artists Adrian Moule and Emily Hesse were commissioned and developed our River Tees Willow Pattern engagement, where participants were encouraged to interpret the River Tees informed by the traditional willow pattern.

Infographic: Zoe Bishop; Icon Gender Neutral by Matt Brooks from the Noun Project

Just shy of 300 people made plates and took there home and now we’re asking you to tell the story of the plate you made or have been given by sending us a photo via social media using the #myblueandwhite:

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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


Download (PDF, 188KB)

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