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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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Taking the South Gare to Gtsaad

The first sculpture installed at The Alpine Gstaad

Our Artist in Residence, Emily Hesse, is currently working on a commission for a soon to open luxury hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland.

This work is called “In Crowds”, taking its name from the single coloured piece of driftwood representing the individual within a crowd, and is being reproduced in an edition of 40 pieces.

The piece was selected for The Alpina Gstaad after featuring on the Saatchi Online Gallery and was recently selected by Charlotte Bonham-Carter as part of the 100 curators 100 days project run by the gallery.

The sculptures will be leaving Saltburn bound for Switzerland in November ready to grace the walls of the Alpina Gstaad when it opens in December.

Saltburn Arts Fair

Classroom Portraits, by Julian Germain

Classroom Portraits, by Julian Germain

1,000 people, two days. The inaugural Saltburn Arts Fair has to count as the most successful event we’ve ever held in over 30 years as an arts charity. What started as a careless promise that if we had the school we’d be happy to host “an” exhibition, has been transformed, since the 23rd May, along with the building itself, into a lead exhibition by renowned photographer Julian Germain and supported by over a dozen other artists including the inaugural exhibition from our very first artist in residence Emily Hesse.

With only a few days to spare we managed to get the cafe ready so that it was able to be up and running catered and staffed by volunteers including the inestimable Tammy Guy-Jobson and many more. It was such a success that we’ve decided to open the cafe for the rest of the summer holidays.

Many of the exhibiting artists attended the event themselves to talk to the public about their work, including internationally-known photographer Julian Germain, who gave a talk on his Classroom Portraits exhibition on the Saturday.

The weekend was a great success, thank you to everyone who came.


What is Emily up to?

The mystery surrounding our Artist in Residence Emily Hesse’s inagural exhibition at The Saltburn School for the 1st Saltburn Arts Fair is causing much debate amongst the volunteers.

Does this photo give anyone any ideas? Thoughts on a postcard (or in the comments ;-))

Emily's Feet

Any clues in Emily’s feet?


See Emily’s Full Exhibition here.

The Saltburn School in the Evening Gazette

Much to our delight The Saltburn School was featured in the Evening Gazette today.

On the top picture, from left to right, are volunteers: Tammy Guy-Jobson; Margaret Guy-Jobson; Emily Hesse; Wendy Walker; Rachael Ward; Danielle Baker; Peter Neal and Paul Klews.

Rachael Ward, Emily Hesse and Margaret Guy-Jobson are shown swinging from the ropes in the middle shot and Danielle Baker can be seen hard at work in the shot on the right.

The Article

School getting set for it’s fresh start
Charity helps with transformation of site

AN abandoned school building is being turned into a centre for sport, people and the arts thanks to community-based charity.

The Saltburn Community & Arts Association is leading the project at Saltburn Junior School, in Marske Mill Lane.

The group is working with the local community to create the new centre.

Saltburn Junior School was built in 1903 and designed in the Neo-Georgian style by Sir Edwin Cooper. It was abandoned in 2009 when pupils moved to the newly built Huntcliff school campus.

Last year the association put forward a community asset transfer bid, on behalf of the community, to transfer the school from Redcar and Cleveland Council to local ownership.

In May this year a two-year licence agreement was signed and the past eight weeks have been spent renovating the building.

The school will host the town’s first arts festival and other plans include the development of performance and rehearsal space, exhibitions space, artist residences, a cafe, a town archive and skate park.

With the help of a £19,520 grant from the Community Builders Feasibility Fund they have managed to get the ball rolling – paying for vital surveys to be done.

The association needs to raise £22,000 for the first phase, which will pay for renovation of radiators, windows, floors and walls, as well as stocking a new cafe.

So far two community action weekends have taken place, where volunteers and residents have worked on improving the building. Volunteers from the local area who are looking for work have also given up their time.

Photography graduate Caed Parker, 25, said “I’ve been doing stuff like plastering walls, painting, all of the things to do with renovating a listed building.”

Peter Neal, a board member of Saltburn Community and Arts Association, said, “You will be able to just drop in, have a cup of coffee at the cafe, go to a class, or look at some art on your way back from the shops.”

By Sophie Barley

What We Found In The Old Oil Store

Emily Hesse and Mark Parham

Emily Hesse and Mark Parham peer into the Store

Today we opened up the old oil store in the grounds of the building and found a treasure trove of stuff.

Here’s what we found: 10 sinks and their attachments; what we think is a letter-sorter*; a coal bucket (with coal still in it!); a give way sign and a stop children sign, two doors, odd bits and bobs of wood.

It felt like an episode of Supermarket Sweep when Emily Hesse, artist in residence, got out her trolley to cart the materials out of the store.

Supermarket Sweep!

Supermarket Sweep!

She is collecting items found in the building to make artwork with.

It was all hands on deck for volunteers Mark Parham, Emily Hesse, Tammy Guy-Jobson, Margaret Guy-Jobson, Peter Neal and Graham Neal to cart the rest of the stuff into the building.

How Many People?

Only a foot?!

James Beighton, Janice Crombie, Bob Mitchell, Caed Parker and Emily Hesse

Yup it takes this many people to move a hygienic safety floor covering a foot. Goodness knows what they stuck it down with but it was stuck pretty well.


How to remove a hygienic safety flooring from a boarded floor.