October Newsletter


As we head into November we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know what’s coming up over the next few weeks and how you can get involved.

We’re announcing our latest artist commission for The Tunnel Gallery, updates from Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough and events taking place at our Middlesbrough Creative Space – The Masham. We’ve also got a full day with a-n as part of their national Assembly programme exploring what it means to be part of a local, national and international creative community.

As the darker nights are drawing in we hope that you managed to catch the recent public art commissions we’ve delivered in Middlesbrough which launched at the end of September. Although some of these were temporary many will stay in place and you can find them on our map here


Vicky Holbrough 
Co – Founder & Director, Navigator North

Image above  – Coffee with Sylvia, Illustration by Frances Moffatt

Frances Moffatt at The Tunnel Gallery

We are delighted to announce the latest artist commission for The Tunnel Gallery with Illustrator Frances Moffatt.

Middlesbrough-based Frances is known for her bold, lively colourful illustrations and over the next couple of months will create brand new work for The Tunnel Gallery as part of the Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough programme and inspired by Middlesbrough Winter Garden.

Interactive Research Day – Sat 6th November, 10am – 4pm 

Join us for a full day of activity where Frances will share her reportage style illustrations and how she intends to bring the history and heritage in Middlesbrough to life through her work.

Participants can create their own illustrations with guidance from Frances, which could end up exhibited as part of work for The Tunnel Gallery.

The day will begin at The Masham and will include –

●    A talk from Frances on her work to date and her how she is being inspired by Middlesbrough’s heritage

●    An appearance from local Middlesbrough history expert, p.a.morbid, who will delve into the history of entertainment and leisure from the days of Middlesbrough Winter Garden 

●    A visit to Basecamp – a multi arts venue in Exchange Square with lunch provided

●    A short walking tour of various buildings of historical significance in the Heritage Action Zone of Middlesbrough town centre

●    A visit to the newly restored dining room at The Zetland on Zetland Road, originally built in the 1860s and home to some unique Victorian features

●    A workshop led by Frances to create your own reportage illustrations

●    Your own sketchbook and drawing materials to keep

Please note this a full day event between 10am and 4pm.
Places are free but must be booked in advance and are limited.
You can reserve your place by emailing hiddenmbro@navigatornorth.com 

This event is open to anyone over 12 years old, however anyone under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult who will also require a place. Covid 19 safety precautions will be in place, including wearing face covering when indoors and restricted numbers. Some of the reportage workshop will be outside so please dress appropriately. In the event of adverse weather the workshop will be held indoors.

Image below – Illustrations by Frances Moffatt 

Image above shows – Double hexagonal interlocking Scoria blocks
Image courtesy of iknowiamhome.co.uk, photographer James Stoker

Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough
Drop in Heritage and Arts Clinic
The Masham
Sat 27th Nov, 10am – 4pm

Layla Khoo, Exchange Artist in Residence and Grace Redpath, Researcher in Residence at Tees Valley Arts are inviting people with objects, memories and information connected to the heritage of Middlesbrough to come forward and share these as part of a one day drop in event at The Masham.

Layla is particularly interested in hearing from people who worked (or descendants of those who did) in the brickworks, potteries or were in any way involved with the making of Scoria blocks/disposal of the iron slag. In addition people who currently live with any of these blocks as part of their everyday lives, around their homes or objects that they use are invited to come forward and share their stories.

The research Grace is carrying out considers temperance and intemperance in Middlesbrough between c.1830 – 1930 and within that what people in Middlesbrough might have drank if they were teetotal as well as what the alcohol of choice might have been with the public houses of the time.

If you think you can help or would like to come and find out more about the research as part of this pop by and have a chat with us on the day.

Refreshments provided (but not beer!).

Image below  – Display of Middlesbrough Pottery, bricks and Linthorpe Pottery currently featuring in Exchange – Past Present and Future at The Masham 

Assembly Middlesbrough: Creative Communities

Wed 3rd November, 9.45am – 4pm, online via Zoom

Join us for a full day of online speakers and discussions as part of a-n’s national Assembly programme. 

Inspired by Middlesbrough Winter Garden, an initiative founded in 1907 which aimed to offer access to culture, health and wellbeing to the people of the town, Navigator North will host a day of conversations and activities that explore the what, how and who of building a creative community.

We have put together a range of ways to investigate, question and share concepts around artist led activity in building creative communities and how that contributes to society. 

We’ll take a look and share our thoughts on this from a Middlesbrough perspective whilst bringing in thoughts and voices from across the country.

Places must be booked in advance and are open to a-n members only.

For further information and to book visit the a-n website

Navigator North is a member of the Guild 2019-2023 cohort. 

a-n Assembly 2021 is developed in partnership with Guild, East Street Arts sector support programme supporting and empowering artists to help them create more resilient and sustainable work via artists’ spaces.