Made by Middlesbrough
In a project funded by the Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership, four artists have spent time with Middlesbrough communities to create artworks showing how we’ve made it through COVID-19.
Nell Catchpole’s project Sonic Allotments is five sound recordings created with local people from five different places in and around Middlesbrough. From Redcar beach to Nature’s World and Bowesfield Primary School, Nell and her group of volunteers told stories about finding solace in nature during lockdown and shared their experience through spoken word and sounds of the environment.
In a project names Survival Mode: Middlesbrough, Stellar Projects and artist Naomi Edmondson asked people to share their own personal “survival techniques.” People from all over Middlesbrough shared their own moments of happiness, light, inspiration and mood boosters via the Stellar Projects’ website and online workshops. Now, artist Naomi has created a huge colourful piece of artwork for One Centre Square, Albert Road.
Finally, Word on the Street by Suzie Devey and Carol Newmarch can be seen at the Cleveland Centre, Linthorpe Rd entrance. During lockdown Suzie and Carol hand delivered postcards and packages, had doorstep chats, and talked to residents in the streets of Gresham. By observing, sketching and recording images and words from conversations on the streets they have been able to create an exhibition which reflects a pocket of Middlesbrough - Gresham - under lockdown.
Sonic Allotments by Nell Catchpole, online here https://www.sonicallotments.co.uk/ and at Sonic Art Weekender 16-23 July
Survival Mode: Middlesbrough by Stellar Projects and Naomi Edmondson, One Centre Square, Albert Road from 11 May.
Word on the Street by Carol Newmarch and Suzie Devey, Cleveland Centre, Grange Road from 1 May – 10 June.