Artists Turn Out For New Gallery TS1 Heritage Exhibition
By Angus Hoy
Tuesday 10 Jun 2014 16:03:00
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Dozens of artists and guests gathered for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating the Tees Valley’s heritage at Gallery TS1 in Corporation Road. 

The new show - Looking Back: Moving Forward - is a collaboration between Gallery TS1, the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project and The Secret Artists’ Company, which supports new developments including public events, workshops and professional training and guidance for creative businesses.

The exhibition builds on the enthusiasm displayed for the area’s heritage during last month’s Middlesbrough Local History Month, and features paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and soft sculpture.

The show is a celebration of the area’s industrial and rural aspects, with some works created in response to local museum collections. Landmarks including the Transporter and Newport Bridges, Ayresome Park and Albert Park all feature in the town centre gallery show. 

Carol Newmarch, Artist in Residence at Preston Park Museum and current chair of Gallery TS1, said: “I am delighted with the very positive response to this exhibition.

“Our heritage is one born of innovation and creative entrepreneurship, and we continue to have so much creative talent in Teesside which deserves to be celebrated.

“We hope that the success of this exhibition will help encourage both members and non-members to submit artwork for upcoming exhibitions.”

Looking Back: Moving Forward is the first of a number of events and exhibitions in the summer programme which will continue to showcase the best the Tees Valley has to offer in art, contemporary and traditional crafts and creative ideas.

Tosh Warwick, Tees Transporter Bridge Education, Learning and Events Officer, said: “We are delighted to support this artistic celebration, be it through the depiction of landmark bridges, industry or the Boro’s former home Ayresome Park.

“Involvement with Looking Back: Moving Forward provides another example of how the Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project is working with community partners to celebrate the area’s heritage.” 

Gallery TS1 itself will be rebranded in the Autumn, and the invitation has gone out to contribute ideas for the new name. Ideas can be submitted by visiting the Corporation Road gallery and filling out a suggestion form, with a prize on offer should the suggested name be adopted.

Gallery TS1 is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and the current exhibition will run until Saturday, July 5. For further information contact Carol at



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