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.

Opportunity for all

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.”

City of Culture

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.

Borderlands – partner list

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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