Middlesbrough Winter Garden Print Event

As part of Print Day in May and Middlesbrough Local History Month, Navigator North in partnership with Tees Transporter Bridge celebrated the history of the Dundas site where Middlesbrough Winter Garden once stood.

With a blue plaque on Dundas Mews, it’s a feature of Middlesbrough’s heritage which is rarely celebrated.

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Historian and Tees Transporter Bridge Education, Learning and Events Officer Tosh Warwick presented a talk about the history of Middlesbrough Winter Garden. The talk marked the inclusion of Lady Florence Bell’s Winter Garden in the forthcoming Tees Transporter Bridge Heritage Trail.

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Using empty shop units within Dundas Shopping Centre and the Navigator North Print Studio based on the 7th Floor of Dundas House we celebrated the day in association with International Print Day. We had printmakers and artists on hand to help visitors create their own Winter Garden prints.

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As part of her ongoing Collections Project supported by Navigator North and with funding from Arts Council England, artist Sara Cooper invited members of the public to bring along an object from their own collection – natural or industrial – to create a photographic blue-print (cyanotype) as a memento of the day.

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Printmaker Anna Cole helped visitors create their own ‘Postcard from Middlesbrough Winter Garden’ using handmade stamps to print a unique botanical themed postcard.

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Thanks to everyone who came along for the talk and workshops