Willow Pattern

River Tees Willow Pattern Plates

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River Tees Willow Pattern Plates

Tees Valley Arts commissioned artists Emily Hesse and Adrian Moule to co-produce the River Tees Willow Pattern Plates as a means by which members of the public could be encouraged to reflect on their connection to the River Tees, as part of the “Welcome Aboard” community launches for the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Heritage Partnership.

You can read more about the other “Welcome Aboard” Community Launches here.

Impact

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

Films

Gallery

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

News

Help us find #myblueandwhite!

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…

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River Tees Rediscovered Willow Pattern Engagement Launched

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…

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The Funders

Heritage Lottery Fund and RTR
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Local Artist Emily Hesse featured in AXIS

Emily Hesse for New Linthorpe at mima Localism exhibition

We worked with Emily on our River Tees Re-discovered Willow Pattern Plate engagement last year and will be working with Emily again in the next few months in a residency to be based in Middlesbrough and engage with groups of refugees and newly arrived people who co-produced with her during the Localism exhibition at mima earlier this year. Read Emily’s interview, as artist of the month, in AXIS below:

http://www.axisweb.org/thinking-and-ideas/2016/02/artist-of-the-month-emily-hesse

And watch this space to see our collaboration with Emily later this year.

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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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Artist/s sought for Middlesbrough Mela

How would you engage people with the River Tees at the Middlesbrough Mela?

We’re looking for creative ideas and approaches to activities that two artists could work together to deliver, on both days of the Middlesbrough Mela on 6th and 7th June, on behalf of the River Tees Re-discovered Project.

What we’re offering

tva will provide a stall at the Mela from which we’d like you – and a partner – to offer the public the chance to take part in an arts activity, for which we will pay each artist (up to 2) a fee of £200 per day + materials budget.

Please note you must have public liability insurance and be available for both days.

What we’re looking for

An arts activity, which is:

  • enjoyable and engaging
  • relates to the River Tees
  • gives people something to take away

What’s worked before

At the River Tees Re-discovered community launches, earlier this year, we placed artists Adrian Moule and Emily Hesse on site to deliver the fabulous River Tees Willow Pattern Plates project, engaging over 400 people, who designed their own plates inspired by the river and the willow pattern.

Send us your ideas

Please send an outline proposal of no more than 500 words to Ree Collins at projects@teesvalleyarts.org.uk by no later than 12 noon, Friday 15th May.

tva will then shortlist the most attractive ideas and will speak further with the artists to make a final selection.

More Information

For more information on the River Tees Rediscovered Project please click here and our role as arts delivery partner please click here.

Or if you’d like to speak to an actual person please call Ree Collins on +44 (0) 1642 264 654.

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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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River Tees Rediscovered

RTR logo in sand at Redcar

River Tees Rediscovered

The River Tees Rediscovered programme was a five year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of its Landscape Heritage Partnership Funding programme.

The programme aims to reconnect communities, organisations and visitors to the river.

Read more about the programme here.

Selected Projects

River Tees Rediscovered Bottle Tops

BOTTLE TOPS

Artist Adam Bligh worked in collaboration with visitors to the 20th Anniversary Open Day of Teesside Barrage with partners the Canal and Rivers Trust to create a bottle top mural now permanently displayed at the North Tower of the Barrage.

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CROSSING THE TEES

Artists Miranda RichmondAdrian Moule and Anna Cole worked in libraries in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool to provide workshops inspired by the River Tees in Cynanotypes, Collographs at Home and Blockprints.

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Willow Pattern

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.

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Gallery

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

All Projects

BOTTLE TOP MURAL

Middlesbrough

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COFFEE HOUSE

Middlesbrough

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Pierce Bridge

PIERCE BRIDGE

Darlington

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St Cuthbert's Queen's 90th Birthday

QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

Stockton-on-Tees

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Making Waves Pathways School

MAKING WAVES

Redcar

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RTR Tees Tides

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

Hartlepool

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Vicky Holbrough Two Bridges

TWO BRIDGES

Darlington

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RTR Tees Barrage

TEES BARRAGE

Stockton-on-Tees

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CROSSING THE TEES

Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough

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WILLOW PATTERN PLATES

Tees Valley

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BELP

Stockton

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COMMUNITY LAUNCHES

Tees Valley

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News

TVA is looking for a Music Trainee!

Tees Valley Arts is recruiting for a Music Trainee for our Making Waves project, linked with River Tees Rediscovered, Pathways School and Musinc. Brief

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TVA are looking for a Music Leader!

Tees Valley Arts is recruiting for a Music Leader for our Making Waves project, linked with River Tees Rediscovered, Pathways School and Musinc. Brief

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TVA are looking for a Creative Writer!

Tees Valley Arts is recruiting for a Creative Writer for our Making Waves project, linked with River Tees Rediscovered, Pathways School and Musinc. Brief

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The Funders

Heritage Lottery Fund and RTR

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Launch #activitees for Middlesbrough River Tees Rediscovered

Pickle Dish by Middlesbrough Pottery in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection

Come and join artists Adrian Moule and Emily Hesse to help us launch the five-year River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership programme run by Groundworks NE and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

From 11am to 3pm, today, at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewarts Park you’ll be able to create your very own FREE willow pattern plate and tell us what you think about the River Tees.

Great activity for all the family and you even get to take your own creation home with you and fire into a plate you can eat off!

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