Redcar and Cleveland welcome £2 million Arts Council Borderlands project

“WONDERFUL news for Redcar and Cleveland and our partners in Middlesbrough” is the verdict on the announcement of a £2 million Arts Council project for the Tees Valley.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has welcomed news of the funding, which will see a project called ‘Borderlands’  deliver a four-year programme of community-based art projects in the Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland wards of Brambles and Thorntree, North Ormesby, Grangetown and South Bank.

Councillor Karen King, Deputy Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This is wonderful news for Redcar and Cleveland and our partners in Middlesbrough.

“It is vital that there is opportunity for all and this funding will bring cultural projects to many people who may not otherwise experience activities which will enrich their lives.

“We believe there is huge potential for developing the cultural offering across Redcar and Cleveland and working with the Arts Council over the coming years will provide an opportunity to widen participation and build on the plans we already have in place.”

Schemes such as Borderlands will help build public engagement and play a role in the Tees Valley’s 2025 City of Culture bid.

The funding has been provided by National Lottery-funded Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places initiative which aims to increase artistic engagement in communities which have a traditionally low involvement in the arts.

Borderlands is a partnership of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland local authorities, Teesside University, Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation; North Star Housing, Tees Valley Nature Partnership and Tees Valley Education.




Core Consortium

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

North Star Housing

Tees Valley Nature Partnership

Tees Valley Education


Steering Group Partners

Festival of Thrift

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Middlesbrough Council

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Palace Arts

Redcar & Cleveland Council

Tees Valley Arts


Delivery Partners

Thirteen Housing

Golden Boy Green Youth & Community Centre

Ormesby Hall

Middlesbrough Library Service

Thorntree Roses

Middlesbrough Environment City

River Shack


National Gallery

South Bank Arts and Health Group – St Hilda’s Church

Teesside University


Affiliate Artistic Partners

Festival of Thrift

Whippet Up CIC

Saabat Gallery

Palace Arts

Tees Valley Arts

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Streetwise Opera

Navigator North

The Auxiliary/Middlesbrough Art Weekender

Theatre Hullabaloo


Stockton International Riverside Festival 

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