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Published 17th Jun 2011

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Keen photographers and emerging and established artists are being invited to submit their best work for an exhibition as part of Middlesbrough’s city status campaign.

Gallery TS1 and the lovemiddlesbrough campaign are joining forces to showcase their work in an exhibition entitled ‘A City At Heart – lovemiddlesbrough on flickr’ – which will form part of this year’s Discover Middlesbrough Festival.

Works are being invited in two key themes:

  • 100 – 2011 marks the centenary of the Transporter Bridge, and artists are invited to submit works inspired by things that were here 100 years ago or that will be here in the next century.
  • People - the very heart of any city or would-be city

Photographs and other media works are celebrating Middlesbrough and those places further afield where its powerful influence can be felt – perhaps the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby or even the Sydney Harbour Bridge which bears the mark of Middlesbrough.

Works can be submitted from this week until Friday, July 15. Those selected will be notified on Friday, July 29. A team with representatives from Gallery TS1 and the Love Middlesbrough team will make the selections.

An evening preview launch event will be held at Gallery TS1 on Thursday, September 8, with the exhibition set to run until September 24.

Artists chosen may sell their works and a prize will be awarded for the artwork selected by a people’s choice vote.

For those community members who take part in the flickr group who want to show but not sell their work, the exhibition will also include a community wall where people can post informal prints, notes and messages sharing pride in Middlesbrough.

Artists are invited to send up to five jpeg images (max 4mb each) of their photographs/artworks to by Friday July 15. They can also send links to their work on flickr as well to this email address. The link for the flickr group is: Love Middlesbrough group on flickr

Full details of the exhibition will be available on the flickr group and at Gallery TS1.

What people are saying

Yaffa Phillips, of the lovemiddlesbrough campaign, said: “Discover Middlesbrough and the city status campaign have at their heart a celebration of everything that is great about Middlesbrough, past, present and future.

“The online community – through Facebook, Twitter and flickr - have given the campaign fantastic support and real momentum and this exhibition will tap into that enthusiasm and talent.”

Arts Development officer Kerrie Page added: “This initiative is a further extension of the work Middlesbrough Council has been doing in the town to support both artists and creative professionals.

“Projects like We Are Open, Gallery TS1 and Youth Dance Middlesbrough are proof that the town is home to an ever-growing number of creative professionals.”

Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor Dave Budd said: “We know we’re brimming with artistic talent in Middlesbrough and the exhibition will show just how deep that talent runs.

“This is also a celebration not just of the town as it is today, but of its history and heritage, and the very real impact it has had around the globe.

“It is also a look to the future which I have no doubt will see Middlesbrough competing with towns and cities both in this country and abroad.

Useful links

Love Middlesbrough group on flickr

Love Middlesbrough: Key Strengths - Art

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