Artist Visits in February and March 2017

Following our artist visit to The Affordable Art Fair in October 2016 we’re pleased to bring you details of what we think are two great ways for visual artists in Teesside to develop their professional practice and creative networks through the Creative Industries in Context strand of our current Professional Development programme.

In February we will take a group to meet East Street Arts in Leeds, who, as well as being our partner organisation with temporary spaces are also leading the way in terms of artist led activity and cultural development in Leeds and beyond. This visit will take in more recent projects from East Street Arts including the first ever social enterprise Art Hostel in the UK and a newly formed printmaking co-operative and dedicated print space.

For our next visit in March we’re a little closer to home going behind the scenes and getting the inside knowledge from mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. There’ll be four very specific sessions during the day to enhance essential awareness and knowledge in terms of showing and exhibiting works.

We are expecting both visits to be very popular so please get in touch asap if you’re interested in joining us.


Artist visit to Leeds – Tues 14th February 2017

In partnership with East Street Arts, visual artists from Teesside are invited to join us for a research visit to Leeds.

The focus of the visit will be around finding out more about East Street Arts and how they offer opportunities and support to artists. The selected artists will visit key projects and venues in Leeds City Centre including-

Patrick Studios – Refurbished artist studios, project space and East Street Arts HQ
The Art Hostel – Leeds first ever social enterprise art hostel with artist designed rooms
Leeds Print Workshop – A co-operative printmaking studio as part of 130 Vicar Lane

The visit will also include a networking opportunity in the early evening with Leeds based artists and East Street Arts staff.This event will offer Teesside based artists a fantastic way to broaden their networks across the region, find out about further arts organisations, opportunities and resources.

Further information and how to applyThis opportunity is open to all visual artists living or working in Teesside.

The visit is subsidised through Navigator North’s programme funding and is offered to Navigator North/East Street Arts studio holders/members at no cost.

A contribution of £12 will be asked if artists are not NN/ESA studio holders or members and will be payable prior to the visit.

Selected artists are responsible for getting themselves to and from Darlington train station on the day. We will be travelling together as a group and artists are expected to stay together for the entirety of the visit.

We will be leaving from Darlington train station on Tuesday 14th February at 09.40 to arrive into Leeds at 10.40, we will then be returning the same day from Leeds at 19.43 into Darlington at 20.40.

If you would like to request a place please email opportunities@navigatornorth.com with “Artist visit to Leeds”  in the subject header and tell us why in paragraph or two you’d like to join us for this visit.

Please note that places are limited.

Deadline for requesting a place is 9am Wednesday 1st February.

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Above – previous artist visit to mima

Artist visit to mima – Wed 8th March, 10am – 4pm

In partnership with mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, visual artists from Teesside are invited to join us for a research visit to mima.

The visit will focus on how mima work with artists and the roles and skills required carrying out that work. First-hand knowledge, advice and insights will be offered from specialists at mima to enhance and develop creative practice. It will also be a good opportunity to extend artist networks and contacts.

The day will run as follows –

9.45am: Group to meet in The Smeltery (café at mima)

10-11am: Elinor Morgan – Senior Curator
Elinor will present on mima’s programme including curatorial practice and how public galleries build relationships and work with artists and audiences.

11 – 12pm: Helen Welford – Assistant Curator
Helen, who leads on caring for the Middlesbrough Collection held at mima, will offer essential advice to artists on handling, packing and transporting artworks.

1 – 2pm: Lunch
A communal lunch offers a chance to meet more members of the team. Bring a dish to share or a packed lunch.

2 – 3pm: mima technical team
This part of the day offers tips on installing exhibitions and how to hang works. Using the current, mima displays as stimulus, artists will find out more about hanging framed and unframed works, showing archival material and presenting video work amongst other things.

From 3pm: Collections tour (optional)
Helen Welford will offer the group access to the Middlesbrough Collection and a behind the scenes tour – offering further insight into works and artists within the collection.

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, part of Teesside University, is moving forward with a civic agenda, aiming to have a social function and to repurpose art as a tool. With this vision, we see ourselves as a ‘useful’ museum.

Further information and how to apply

This opportunity is open to all visual artists living or working in Teesside.

This is a group visit with limited places and artists are expected to stay for the entirety of the planned visit.

There is no charge for the visit. Please bring something with you for the lunch.

If you would like to request a place please email opportunities@navigatornorth.com with “Artist visit to mima”  in the subject header and tell us why in paragraph or two you’d like to join us for this visit.

Deadline for requesting a place is 9am Wednesday 22nd February.

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 Above – previous visit to Platform A gallery

Artist visit to The House of Blah Blah and Platform A Gallery and Platform Arts Studios, Middlesbrough – Tues 14th March, 10.15am – 3pm

 Visual artists from Teesside are invited to join us for a research visit to The House of Blah Blah, Platform A Gallery and Platform Arts studios in Middlesbrough.

The day will run as follows –

10.15am: Group to meet at Dundas House reception, inside Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough and walk to The House of Blah Blah, Exchange Square

10-30am: Keren Pearson at The House of Blah Blah

The House of Blah Blah is a multi-purpose creative space in Middlesbrough which provides artists, creatives, musicians, photographers, independent businesses, designers and filmmakers low cost space to create and promote their work.

The House of Blah Blah gallery and event space offers a platform for creatives to showcase their work.

This visit is intended to give artists an insight into how an organisation like The House of Blah Blah offer opportunities for artists to make and show work. Keren will share how and why The House of Blah Blah was founded and their aims for working with creatives and offering programmes of exhibitions and events in their Middlesbrough space.

12 – 1pm: Lunch at Dundas House

A communal lunch offers a chance to find out more about each other and Navigator North. Bring a dish to share or a packed lunch.

1.30pm: Tony Charles at Platform A Gallery and Platform Arts Studios, Middlesbrough train station

Platform Arts Limited is a Tees Valley based charity committed to affordable studio provision for professional artists and the development of art practice within the region and offer purpose built artists’ studios situated within Middlesbrough Train Station.

Founded as an extension to Platform Art Studios in 2011, Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions.

Tony will give the group a tour of both Platform A Gallery and studios. This will be an opportunity to visit the latest show at Platform A gallery which is a solo show of Tony’s work. Artists will find out how the gallery shows the work of both established and emerging contemporary visual artists and represent a number of artists at national arts events and shows.

 Further information and how to apply

This opportunity is open to all visual artists living or working in Teesside.

This is a group visit with limited places and artists are expected to stay for the entirety of the planned visit.

There is no charge for the visit. Please bring something with you for the lunch.

If you would like to request a place please email opportunities@navigatornorth.com with “Artist visit in Middlesbrough”  in the subject header and tell us why in paragraph or two you’d like to join us for this visit.

Deadline for requesting a place is 9am Wednesday 1st March