Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough Artist Residencies

Commerce House, Middlesbrough

Exchange Artist & Research Residency

The Exchange Artist and Researcher Residencies are led by Tees Valley Arts, with both residencies beginning in September 2021.

The research residency took place between September 2020 and March 2022, with research being carried out at Tees Valley Arts by James Beighton and Grace Redpath. Temperance and Intemperance in Middlesbrough between 1830 to 1930 was used as a case study, in connection to Middlesbrough Winter Garden as an underlying theme of the programme and Middlesbrough Pottery. The research question asked – How do material and visual culture research methods enable the researcher to address the lack of archival material to reveal new stories of Middlesbrough’s history?

The findings of the research will be shared via events between May and September 2022 to sit alongside the work of the Exchange Artist in Residence.

Layla Khoo as Exchange Artist in Residence is halfway through a 12-month residency, with the first 6 months spent researching the history of Middlesbrough connected to clay, bricks and the industries that shaped the town. Layla is ceramics artist specialising in site specific installation work.

Events and activities taking place at The Masham during Year One have included an exhibition introducing the Exchange artist and research team with sharing of archival and clay/ceramic material in September 2021 and two public drop in events in November 2021 and February 2022.

Tees Valley Arts as the host organisation are leading on a research residency to align with the artist residency. There are a number of opportunities planned over the coming months to get involved and find out more. Check out the Facebook page or Instagram account for @hiddenmbro for updates.

The Zetland Hotel, Interior Detail. Photo Credit Rachel Deakin.

Zetland Road Residency

Begun in February 2022, the Zetland Road Artist Residency will run for 6 months with Tees Valley based, Amy Davies appointed as artist in residence.

The focus is the people and stories associated with Zetland Road, which has some of Middlesbrough’s most historically significant buildings including; Middlesbrough Railway Station, Webb House (designed by Philip Webb of the Arts & Crafts Movement), The Zetland Hotel and many more.

Amy Davies is an artist who lives and works in Teesside. Her creative practice is an expanding investigation into the nature of drawing as a means to understand the world around us. Exploring drawing in the widest sense, she predominately works with graphite and paper.

This residency supports an early-stage artist to develop their practice and gain valuable experience. Professional development opportunities have been identified and put in place alongside this residency including mentoring and access awareness training for neuro divergent artists.

There will be a programme of activities as part of Amy’s residency between May and July. An exhibition at The Masham between July and September will showcase the residency as well as being part of Middlesbrough Art Weekender (23rd – 25th September 2022).

You can follow progress on The Zetland Road residency instagram.