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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award Nomination

We were delighted to find out earlier this week that our Artist-in-Residence, Emily Hesse, has been nominated for a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, which is described by the Guardian as “the art world’s most coveted prize”.

This groundbreaking programme was established in 1993 and aims to “support artists at a timely moment in their careers, giving them the freedom to develop their creative ideas and contributing to their personal and professional growth.”

As Emily’s first year at the school comes to an end it seems a timely acknowledgement of how much her practice has grown since she first captured our imagination, and we wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her go from strength to strength.

You’ll be able to see Emily’s next work for the school, entitled “Letting in the Light”, from 7pm on Thursday 23rd May 2013 launching our first year anniversary celebrations.

Stewarts Park Photography Competition

Organised by Saltburn’s own Charles Twist for entry details please see below:

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Explore Middlesbrough’s Modern Art Through Creative Writing


On Sunday 17 February 12.30-3.30pm, mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) is holding a free creative writing workshop where people can be inspired by works in Middlesbrough’s art collection.

The event, which is being run by local writers organisation Writers’ Block, is aimed at encouraging people to write, speak and share their own personal responses to works by 20th century artists including L.S Lowry, Bridget Riley, Tracy Emin and local artist Glynn Porteus.

Some of the writing created during the session will be included in a new printed guide explaining more about mima, modern art and Middlesbrough’s art collection. Writers who attend the event will also have the option of giving their responses as part of a short film to be showcased at mima.

Refreshments will be provided, and mima’s café will also be open.

No writing experience or knowledge of art is necessary. The event is free but places are limited . Please book in advance by emailing or contact mima reception on 01642 726720.

For further information about the workshop, please contact

Beekeeping as Art?

Kennedy Gardens by Cath Keay

So through our contact at Rednile Projects, Suzanne Hutton, we’ve been offered the opportunity to participate in the Middlesbrough Modern Beehives project undertaken by Newcastle-based artist Cath Keay who has been commissioned to produce four beehives inspired by the modernist architecture in Middlesbrough.

Nothing is set in stone but we’ll be very happy if the permanent home of one of these beehives ends up being the herb garden at The Saltburn School. To read more about the project click here.

Man Made Mountains

Man Made Mountains from Fourth Dimension on Vimeo.

We’re very happy to have been a part of this fantastic project.

Love Where You Live!

Love Where You Live

This weekend the Betty Wingham Cafe at the school will play host to our first drive in the “Love Where You Live” competition launched last Monday by mima. The competition is as simple as possible: draw, stick, do pretty much anything to a blank postcard, which you can pick up from the cafe, about why you love this area.

We’d like as many as possible to show what a creative town Saltburn is and how creative the East Cleveland Area is. Oh and the best part is if you win then the school could receive as much as £2,500 in a donation from mima, which would tremendously help in saving this much loved space.

So come join us this weekend and get creative!

Man Made Mountains

Back in August you might of seen our post with this exact image laid out on the floor of The Studio we just thought you’d like to see it in situe in the deepest darkest recesses of Wales:

Man Made Mountains

To read more about Bob’s project please visit

Come join us for Post-Graduate Conversations!

Later today Emily and I will be nervously taking the stage to talk to a gathered audience at mima for their post-graduate conversations event. It’d be great to see you there.

The Agenda

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Help us win a bench for our Jubilee Hedgerow!

So the fence is out and in a little under a week local school children from Saltburn Primary School will be planting our Jubilee Hedgerow in it’s stead. We have now been given the opportunity by the Woodland Trust to win a commemorative bench to compliment our new hedgerow described as,

Commemorative Bench

This commemorative bench is crafted out of green oak by High Weald Furniture in East Sussex and features an engraved plaque.

The more people that enter the more likely we are to win so go on and fill out the form here

Saltburn Christmas Fayre Grab Your Table

Saltburn Christmas Market

We only started to take bookings for the fayre at the beginning of the week and already tables are going fast. Tables are £40 per day or £65 for both Saturday and Sunday and we’ve arranged a whole series of events to coincide with the market from a skate park on the Saturday morning to the launch of our Roots in the Reading Room on Saturday afternoon. Of course resident artists Jean and Morag will be popping by and we’re confirming more activities for Sunday (get in touch if you’d like to help organise something).

If you’d like to book at table then please call us on 01287 624 997 or fill out the application for below and drop it into the office:

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