This May, Middlesbrough town centre will be host to the Middlesbrough Art Weekender, a three day contemporary art festival. From Friday May 19th to Sunday 21st, Middlesbrough’s Albert Road will come alive with performers, pop-up gallery spaces, exhibitions and workshops.
Organised by artist and curator, Paul Stewart, and Stockton-based art project space The Auxiliary, the festival is aimed at promoting and showcasing practices from the Northeast and to promote arts activity in the Tees Valley area. This is alongside exhibition and public programming of international emerging and established artists Including Ben Busch, Wolfgang Bittner, Omsk Social Club ft PUNK IS DADA, Harold Offeh and Shirin Fahimi (with more to be announced) .
The weekend will be spread out across over forty locations, including Teesside University and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), local businesses and new gallery spaces created from disused retail units. The curatorial framework is to consider the idea of the dispersed gallery into the town of Middlesbrough and the potential of public space as creative space. It is an attempt to highlight Middlesbrough as an important location for artist production and new practices, to consider the creative industry as a way of giving life back to a town that has suffered so greatly since the end of industrial production.
The programme will include 3 project spaces set up for art collectives and studio groups from the North of England to share and promote their practices. Alongside this over 40 artists work will be placed throughout the town in different retail and public outlets living or from Teesside and the Northeast.
The weekend is free and open to the public with only some workshops charging a small fee. The weekend will be launched on Friday 19th May at mima 6pm - 10pm. This is a free event and all are welcome.
Open call for North of England collectives/groups/galleries/project spaces
Middlesbrough Art Weekender is now accepting applications. Taking place from 19th -21st May 2017, we are looking for art collectives, studios, galleries and project spaces based in the North to submit proposals to run exhibitions, performances and events in one of three pop-up sites in Middlesbrough over the weekend. Successful applicants will be chosen in mid-April and be awarded a stipend of £422 towards the cost of the project. Work should be ready to install by May 15th and artists will be required to host the space for the 3 days of the festival.
Submission Outline: Middlesbrough Art Weekender aims to promote collectives, studios, galleries and project spaces based in the North of England. The curatorial thematic of the weekend is around the ideas of the dispersed gallery. Each project should host at least one public facing event in the space as well as building an exhibition/project space or events.
All enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Middlesbrough Art Weekender is proudly supported by the Arts Council of England and Middlesbrough Council and co-collaborating with Paul Stewart (artist, curator and Fine Art PhD student at Teesside University) are artists Anna Byrne and Liam Slevin.