Winter Newsletter


For our last newsletter of 2021 we have some updates on what we’ve been up to over the last month or so including our recent Assembly Middlesbrough event for a-n and activity taking place for Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough.

We’ve got the launch of a new public art installation and virtual exhibition from The Tunnel Gallery with an upcoming artist talk this week with Frances Moffatt.

Our next artist residency call out is now live with an opportunity for early stage artists to apply to a 6 month Zetland Road Residency to begin in February 2022.

We’d like to thank everyone who we’ve worked with over the last 12 months including artists, studio holders, partners, funders and visitors. We wish you well over the festive season and we’ll be back early in 2022 to bring you further updates and ways to get involved.

Best wishes

Vicky Holbrough, Nicola Golightly & James Lowther
Co – Directors, Navigator North

Image above  – ReCreation by Frances Moffatt, Photograph by Vicky Holbrough

Frances Moffatt – New installation for The Tunnel Gallery

Artist Talk – 7pm Wednesday 8th December – online via Zoom link below

Illustrator Frances Moffatt will be introducing her new work for The Tunnel Gallery as part of the Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough programme and inspired by Middlesbrough Winter Garden.

Join us online to hear about the research behind the new work titled – ‘ReCreation’ which has recently been installed underneath the A66 road bridge on Albert Road.

‘ReCreation’ is a play on words, encompassing the double meaning of ‘recreation’ and ‘re-creation’, and taken from a chapter title in Lady Florence Bell’s ‘At The Works: A study of a manufacturing town’.  Lady Bell, alongside her husband Sir Hugh Bell (director of Bell Brother’s steelworks) founded and ran the Middlesbrough Winter Garden, which opened in 1907. The aim was to provide an affordable space where the working classes could relax and socialise in an alcohol free environment. ‘Re-creation’ refers to the current re-imagining of leisure and socialising around Exchange Square, with a programme of regeneration by the council and exciting independent venues breathing new life into the area. – Frances Moffatt

Frances will also be giving an introduction to a brand new virtual exhibition as part of The Tunnel Gallery featuring work from the Interactive Research Day which took place in early November.

To join us for the talk use the following Zoom link –

Meeting ID: 822 8418 9178
Passcode: 275136

Images from the Interactive Research Day

Photographs by Rachel Deakin

Artist Call Out – Zetland Road Residency

We are inviting applications from visual artists to complete a 6-month residency exploring the historically significant buildings and heritage stories associated with Zetland Road in Middlesbrough Town Centre.

This residency will offer an early stage artist supported opportunities to develop their creative practice and learn new skills whilst engaging with the public and local communities.

It will run from February to July 2022 and creative outcomes will be shared as part of Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2022 in late September.

  • £4,000.00 Artist fee 
  • £1,500.00 Production budget
  • £1,000.00 Engagement budget

Application deadline is 5th January and the full artist brief can be downloaded here.

Assembly Middlesbrough: Creative Communities

In early November we held a full day of online conversations and activities that explored the what, how and who of building a creative community as part of a-n’s national Assembly programme. 

The day was documented through a series of live drawings by artist and Co-Director of Navigator North, Nicola Golightly which we’d love to share with you.

Check out the images below which capture each part of the day – view in browser for all the details!

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.