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hidden middlesbrough Artist Layla Khoo (left) and Vicky Holbrough (right) (c) Dawn McNamara.jpg

They Want To Make You An Offer…

Artist Layla Khoo (left) and Director at Navigator North (right) are involved in an innovative Teesside exhibition that will give you the chance to own some artwork for an unconventional ‘price’.

New public participatory installation The Exchange will draw on the region’s heritage as an industrial heartland to create ceramics that visitors can not only enjoy at the exhibition, but take home. Over the past 12 months, as part of The Exchange Artist Residency, Layla Khoo has created a range of artworks inspired by both scoria blocks (made from the molten waste produced by the smelting of steel resulting from the area’s famed ironworks) and the tradition of commemorative ceramics from Middlesbrough potteries. And Khoo is inviting the public to make a special “exchange’ to own a piece of art  (there are 365 handmade porcelain block sculptures being made available to take away). That “exchange” will see you volunteering a day of your time to one of a selection of charitable causes within Middlesbrough including Nite Light CIC, Community Champions Middlesbrough, and Women’s Streetwatch. Interested? More from the website, below. GM

The Exchange (which is part of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender), 22-25 September, Commerce House, Exchange Square. navigatornorth.co.uk