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ABOUT WORK AND PLAY The Work & Play programme is inspired by the social and work-related history of the current Dundas site, in the centre of Middlesbrough. It was previously home to the towns Winter Gardens, founded by Lady Florence Bell in 1907, as an attempt to tackle one of the social problems which worried the Edwardian middle classes - the ‘improvident use of leisure time, by working class people’. The Winter Gardens stood on this site up until 1963, to then be replaced with a large office block, shopping arcade and car park. This office block Dundas House, currently houses project, exhibition and events spaces, as well as artists’ studios, managed by Navigator North in partnership with arts organisation, East Street Arts. Work & Play includes a series of artist-led events, artist residencies, exhibitions and workshops. Artists working across Tees Valley have been supported in developing their practice through a small grants scheme, enabling them to realise specific projects or explore ideas relating to Work & Play. Professional development sessions will offer knowledge and practical skills development to artists across the region. An AV space within the Dundas Arcade will show regional and national artists work, offering audiences an opportunity to see and experience a range of work.

NAVIGATOR NORTH Exploring connections between artists, spaces and audiences

► Formed in 2010 and directed by arts professional and curator, James Lowther and artists Vicky Holbrough and Nicola Parkin. Navigator North exists to initiate, facilitate and promote opportunities for visual artists and to further their


creative practice. ► We initiate activities to raise the public awareness of artists, artworks and creative practice, stimulating dialogue, interaction and engagement between artists and the public. This is done through participatory events, performances, exhibitions, and residencies in publicly accessible spaces including and prioritising non-arts spaces, where artists can both show and create work. ► Amongst our aims we seek to offer artists the opportunity to produce work,

Granted Three arts training days taking place in Middlesbrough. These are offered in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. Dodge the shredder 11th September 2013 10am - 4pm Harnessing social media for promoting and funding your practice

curated to specific themes that engage with non art audiences as well as those

18th September 2013 10am - 4pm

interested in the arts through non-conventional exhibition channels, encouraging

Exhibition practice

the widest possible audience for the work.

3rd October 2013 10am - 4pm

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AV Utilising vacant shops and spaces within Dundas Arcade, the AV space will offer visitors to one of Middlesbrough’s indoor shopping areas a taste of national and regional film-based art works. Programmed to grab the attention of passersby, and enhance and increase the diversity of visual arts in the area, these short works will be one to watch!

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OPEN STUDIOS Saturday 19th October, 1pm - 6pm, Dundas House, Middlesbrough Navigator North will be opening its doors to the public and inviting visitors to see the variety of our spaces and how we use them. The event will include artists in their studios, alongside exhibitions and installations of artists work. Visitors can take a roof top tour for a great view of Middlesbrough and the surrounding area, as well as finding out about printmaking in The Print Room and even have a go at making a print. For more information visit


Through the small grants scheme 8 artists have received funding, workspace and support to develop their artistic practice and deliver workshops and events. This has been offered alongside a tailored programme of professional development workshops to support future activity and develop professionalism within the arts in the region.

ROBERTO PICCAUI Possibly Digress An exhibition of new work by Middlesbrough based artist Robbie Piccaui at Dundas House in Middlesbrough exploring the artists interest in the appropriation of the visual image and the artists object. Thursday 10th October 6-8pm, The Coup, Dundas House

SCOTT MARKS New work combines a playful cocktail of gesture, material and colour openly acknowledging a long line of minimalist sculpture and painting. See work in progress during the Open Studio event, Sat 19th Oct, 1pm – 6pm. Final exhibition at Gilkes Street Gallery, Middlesbrough 8th Feb – 1st March 2014

OVERWORKED An opportunity for artists to explore screen printing taking place at The Print Room, an artist led print facility at Dundas House. Starting Saturday 28th September for 3 weeks between 10am and 4pm. For further details and fees please contact:

CALLUM WHITLEY presents a new body of site-specific video

and sculptural works at a number of sites across Middlesbrough The general public’s unfamiliarity with human anatomy and physiology 14th - 26th Oct Dundas Arcade If mirrors could speak (self-image) Sat 19th Oct during our Open Studio event.

CROSSCRIT A series of inter studio ‘crit’ sessions to enable the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge between artists in Tees Valley. Contact Daniel Slater for venues and dates

SWITCH OFF! CAMPAIGN Artists Paul Theo Murray and Becki Harper invite people to take part in an exhibition and four day event filled with art activities in Dundas Arcade. The campaign is aimed at engaging people during lunch times and after work to make the most of their leisure time in a creative way. For more information search ‘Switch Off! Campaign’ on Facebook



James Paterson The Beehive Ballroom James has been working on site at Lingfield Point, Darlington for three months researching and developing new work based on the sites previous owners, wool manufacturers – Paton & Baldwins.

Sara Cooper is researching the history of the Nelson Collection of birds, nests and eggs, at The Dorman Museum with a view to establishing a mechanism for artist interaction and intervention within the Museum and establishing an artist residency programme. Public workshops will be taking place on Tuesday 29 October 10.00 - 12.00 drop-in for children and young people in the Education Space 1.30 - 3.30 drop in for visitors to the Nelson Room Check for upcoming details.

Works from James Paterson’s residency will be on display at the Festival of Thrift taking place at Lingfield Point, Darlington on the 21st and 22nd September. James will give presentation about his residency on Saturday 21st September at 3pm. For more information go to

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Thanks to all the artists involved in Work & Play and everyone who has supported and contributed to the programme.

Navigator North’s Work and Play Programme is funded by Arts

Council England, Seedbed Trust and supported by East Street Arts and mima Visual Art Network.

Work and Play 2013