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Published 24th Jan 2018

Exhibits from the Made in the Tees Valley exhibition at the Dorman Museum

A special exhibition is allowing Middlesbrough school students to show off their creativity.

Made in the Tees Valley has seen Year 3 and 4 students from Sacred Heart RC Primary take their inspiration from design legend Christopher Dresser.

Their handiwork will shortly go on display at the town’s Dorman Museum which has a gallery dedicated to the 19th century artist.

The budding young designers have created their own ceramic pieces and Japanese windsocks for a show that opens to the public on Saturday, January 27 and runs until Sunday, March 25.

The students were inspired an earlier exhibition about Japan and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Christopher Dresser’s visit to the country whose art and culture would have a profound influence on his Linthorpe Pottery.

All the students who have taken part in the project will attend a VIP opening event on Saturday with their families, with the show opening to the public at 12.30pm

Dorman Museum Access Officer Sue Sedgwick said: “Middlesbrough has fantastic history and heritage, and it’s not just industrial.

Christopher Dresser was a huge figure in the world of design, and his work remains as fresh, relevant collectible as it’s ever been.

That’s been a huge inspiration for the students from Sacred Heart, and they’ve thrown themselves into this project with boundless enthusiasm.

They’ve created a wonderful exhibition which shows the creative spirit of Christopher Dresser is alive and well in Middlesbrough today.

They can be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved, and I have no doubt their display will be enjoyed by everyone who visits the museum over the next month.”

Sacred Heart Assistant Head Kerry Mallam said: “The students have had great fun developing their own exhibition, and have learned a great deal in the process.

Made in the Tees Valley is a tribute to their hard work, and to the enduring inspiration of Christopher Dresser.”



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