Professional Development Programme 2016/17


Over the years we have worked to support artists through various programmes of opportunities and professional development, offered alongside our ongoing provision of work/exhibition/event space in temporary spaces in Tees Valley.

Our focus for this work in 2016/2017 was two-fold; to support the professional development and creative practice of early stage artists, and bringing artist work to a public audience.

Through this programme we worked in partnership with Festival of Thrift, Stellar Projects, East Street Arts and Prince’s Trust with funding from Arts Council England.

Artist Commissions and Bursaries

Emerging artists worked with established artists on public arts events to bring their work to a public audience and gain first hand experience of that process – building valuable experience, connections and genuine sector specific skills to enhance their career in the arts.

Events included Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham Hall, Redcar taking place in September and Nightfall in Middlesbrough taking place in October 2016.

Artist bursaries included –

  • Bursaries and materials budget to enable artists to produce work
  • One to one and group mentoring from arts professionals and established artists
  • Professional skills development sessions and artist talks with arts professionals such as Festival of Thrift/Nightfall production managers & creative directors


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Space for Artists

Two artists each received a 6 month bursary which consisted of studio space to encourage self-led development, the making of work and enabling collaboration and networking with other artists within one of Navigator North’s and East Street Arts temporary spaces in Tees Valley. Further support was provided through individual mentoring sessions and an East Street Arts membership.

Joanne & Jess

Business Advice and Training

Business advice and training, offered in partnership with Prince’s Trust through their Explore Enterprise four day course. This opportunity was free to participants between the ages of 18 to 30 years old, who worked less than 16 hours per week.


Creative Industries in Context

Insight and practical arts sector knowledge through organised visits to and from inspiring arts organisations and professionals including East Street Arts in Leeds and other arts organisations in Tees Valley.

A national visit to The Affordable Art Fair in London offered further insight and awareness of ‘routes to market’ for the artists taking part.

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