We are working towards a digital resource, a bit like the Yellow Pages (ask yer Dad). Along with art organisations, it will include community groups, services, production, transport, funding organisations along with practical advice.
Over the past year we've been lucky enough to offer
• Free studio spaces - 3 with our brilliant partners Navigator North
• Year long mentoring scheme
• Artist work placements
• 30 free places on Teesside University’s Launchpad scheme
• Creative Factory Coach Trips
• Import / Export travel bursaries
• Access to equipment – The Auxiliary Warehouse Tool Library
• Production grants – Over 30 bursaries awarded
Ways of Working
Being creative, like any other job, can take it’s toll. Creative Factory promotes an ethical way of working to create a happy workforce of artists who look after each other, and importantly, themselves. We don’t allow discrimination of any kind and advocate respect towards one another.
Working together means we will build a strong sense of ownership and pride, which brings a deeper sense of purpose. Be generous, share your knowledge and respect other people in a friendly manner. We like critical thinking. We don’t like rude people.
Upcycle, recycle and reuse where possible. Stay curious and don’t be afraid to ask.
Whilst networking is important, not everybody feels comfortable with that at first. We can provide 1-2-1 sessions and quiet spaces at events.
Knowledge sharing should be open sourced and user generated. We need your input and ideas. We need your passion for change and a collaborative attitude to making things better.
Let us know what Creative Factory could be for you? If you don’t ask you don’t get. Shy bairns get nowt. If you need help, advise, training, pr, money or just a cup of tea, get in touch. Send us your thoughts.
We can offer 1-2-1 meetings, studio visits, introductions and advice from all of our partners. If we don't know a possible solution, we'll find some one who can.See More
Navigator North work in partnership with East Street Arts and Hammond & Associates as part of the InSitu programme, to support artists and the use of temporary spaces. They use these spaces whilst they are still up for commercial let and although temporary in nature (a two week notice period on most), many of these spaces have been unused for some time and are often in a variety of conditions when we acquire them. This can vary from ‘Grade A’ office space to long term empty properties in need of renovation before being commercially viable.
Formed in 2012 at the Cleveland Crafts Centre in Middlesbrough, Gilkes Street Artists are a voluntary organisation focusing on providing affordable studio spaces and support for emerging artists and creative professionals.
In 2014 when the Crafts Centre building was sold the artists moved over the road to the Brentnall Business Centre, 65 Gilkes Street where they continue to work from. They hold regular open studio events and exhibit annually as a group within the Teesside area
Brentnall Business Centre, 65 Gilkes St, Middlesbrough TS1 5EHSee More
The #brilliantlyboro Creative Factory hub in Hill St Centre, Middlesbrough has proved to be a very important space for a wide range of individuals and groups.
We've had over 10k visitors since July, telling us what they like doing and taking part in a wide range of activity from photography groups, craft fairs, mental health awareness, dance, choirs, art workshops, routes to work, history talks, poetry, black history month, tees valley arts, films, Ageing Better, Mela, Snowmen trail, or just sitting down and having a chat.
The space is free to use for events, exhibitions, meetings, rehearsals, workshops, etc.
All welcome and every idea is a good one. Give us a shout if you want to chat.See More
Creative Factory's mentoring scheme for artists, artist-led organisations and freelance arts professionals in partnership with Teesside University’s Launchpad programme.
30 free places individual and group mentoring. This includes core topics but this can be expanded and modelled to individual needs and shared themes within the group.
The mentoring specialisms are:
- Accounting and Taxation
- Business modelling and planning
- Legal and Intellectual Property
- Sales and Marketing
- Commercially creative
- Networking and Public Speaking
Following an initial meeting with individuals, we will allocate hours dependent on your need and availability. Group sessions will follow to identify common issues and themes eg. social media, marketing, well being, community, digital. There is also opportunity to access specialist equipment at the university.
Mentoring will initially take place at Victoria Building on the University campus and/or via Skype. Each topic is normally delivered in 2hr sessions.
In addition, the group will be invited into Launchpad to meet some of our businesses and discuss how the building can be used to drive a social enterprise project that uses the arts to engage the disenfranchised group.
Artists from any discipline are invited to apply to use the mentoring as professional development, a refresher, learn new skills and be introduced to a creative, forward thinking way of working. You will be an advocate and champion for Creative Factory and Launchpad and have the potential to make, learn and innovate.
Places are offered free.
For further information please email:
Gordon Dalton, Creative Factory Producer
Teesside Launchpad provides support and advice for anyone looking to start a new, high impact venture in Teesside.
Their mission is to build a start up community on campus, one that engages entrepreneurs in a huge range of engaging and meaningful activity, we need to create a entrepreneurial space that will fly the flag of enterprise and innovation, a creative space designed to support ideas and collaboration.
Are you a funding organisation?
The short answer is no - BUT! Having listened to artists and their needs we have awarded small travel grants, writing bursaries, production grants based on individual need. Get in touch to talk to us.
Who funds Creative Factory?
We are Middlesbrough Council's Great Place Tees Valley Project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.
Who are Creative Factory?
The programme is run by Creative Factory Producer, Gordon Dalton, as part of Middlesbrough Council's Cultural Services team.
Do you pay artists?
Do you need to ask? Of course. If you don't then give your head a shake. We pay artists fairly and tell others to do so also.
Who do you support?
Our day to day activity is to support visual artists in the widest sense of the word. There is no one kind of artist, there are hundreds, each with their own individual needs. We listen to them.