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Refugee Week 2013

Refugee Week 2013

24th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Refugee Week 2013

During Refugee Week, a meeting was convened in Middlesbrough by Maurice Dezou for Tees Valley Arts, bringing together artists and voluntary and community organisations involved in supporting asylum seekers and refugees.

The idea was to use the occasion of Refugee Week to discuss and agree action on some key priorities that would make a real difference to the lives of our newer communities now resident in the Tees Valley.

It didn’t take long to identify the need for premises as being a key issue for everyone, for both cultural activities and as a resource for supporting and developing individuals and communities. This included creative spaces for workshops, performances, rehearsals and exhibitions and also as studio space for artists – the main points being affordability and security. A base for community events that also provides office and storage space was also needed.

It was thought that Exchange House in Marton Road, near the railway station, could be suitable for all of these purposes. Some of it is currently used for local archives but most is empty. It was already of interest to a small group of community organisations who aspired to buy or rent it as shared space for their operations, but who agreed that an offer on behalf of a wider collective of groups and individuals may make it more a viable proposition.

This will now be explored via discussions with the local authority owners, and with other potential partners and funders. Members of the Group will compile a list of potentially-interested parties, to be coordinated by Maurice Dezou. David Faulkner agreed to pursue a route via the Association of North East Councils to test interest from local authorities.

The meeting also decided in principle on a project for Refugee Week 2014 – to create and present a piece of work engaging artists from a range of art-forms who are drawn from the Tees Valley’s new communities or who can otherwise contribute to articulating a story around migration, identity and human rights.

The Group will meet again at 2pm at Tees Valley Arts on Monday 1 July to progress these two exciting ideas.

Grey’s Monument outdoor stage today CANCELLED

23rd June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Grey’s Monument outdoor stage today CANCELLED

Because of forecast of very heavy rain


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SPOKEN COLOURS

SPOKEN COLOURS

17th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on SPOKEN COLOURS

ADDO is a landscap artist from Cape Coast in Ghana and this is one of his painting check it out…

Paintings@Makoura

Paintings@Makoura

17th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Paintings@Makoura

Makoura will be soon displaying great paintings for sale.

Makoura Bolga twist

Makoura Bolga twist

17th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Makoura Bolga twist

Hand made in Ghana by a rural women’s cooperative guided by Fair Trade policies, this hamper from the Bolgatanga region of Ghana will last for years and years.

Kanda Bongoman at Sage Gateshead

Kanda Bongoman at Sage Gateshead

16th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Kanda Bongoman at Sage Gateshead

Kanda Bongoman is one of the true stars of World Music, and the pioneer of Congolese soukous style.His exhilarating performances are fast moving and exciting combinations of music and dance moves rooted deep in the congolese tradition.

Makoura Baskets at Africa Exhibition

Makoura Baskets at Africa Exhibition

16th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on Makoura Baskets at Africa Exhibition

the island of basketsMakoura  introduce a new line of baskets at the africa  Exhibition on the 18  may to 8 june.

See Misty in Roots, Crossings, Brother Culture

11th June 2013  |  News  |  Comments Off on See Misty in Roots, Crossings, Brother Culture

Sunday 16th June: Boss Sounds present @ The Cluny, Newcastle : £12.00 adv MISTY IN ROOTS + Support Back by popular demand. The best roots reggae band around ( & DJ John Peel’s favourite ) For fans of Toots & The Maytals, Prince Buster, Madness FOR REFUGEE WEEK Monday 17th June @ The Cluny2 : […]

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