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.


Auxiliary Tool Library

The Auxiliary Tool & AV Library is now open for new members. The library has a yearly subscription fee of £30. Members have unlimited access to the library as well as using our bookable workshop at our Middlesbrough space. 

For an application form contact info@theauxiliary.co.uk

The Auxiliary Tool Library is sponsored by Creative Factory.

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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.

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Auxiliary Studios

The Auxiliary’s Middlesbrough space is offering two types of studios.

Six private light industrial units approx 260 sq.ft each. Studios cost £110 pcm.
Six open plan studios in a total space of approx 1000 sq.ft. Studio cost £100 pcm
Studio holders will have access to our Tool & AV Library.

For an application form contact info@theauxiliary.co.uk

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Navigator North Studios

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.


Each space can be used for a variety of uses to support the arts, and as part of our application process they aim to ensure that there is a good match between the nature of the space alongside the needs of the artist and their activity. These spaces are offered to support the development of the arts and artistic practice and are not available for activity of a more commercial nature.

Ongoing studio spaces are allocated via an application process. As part of that process artists need to supply a suitable reference, a bond for the space and set up a monthly standing order to pay for studio fees. Studio fees vary depending on each space from £60 to £145 per month. One month’s notice is required on all studio spaces.

Current spaces in use  include –

  • Dundas House, Middlesbrough –office type spaces
  • Riverside House, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough – office type spaces
  • Eggleston Court, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough – office type spaces
  • Teesview, Stockton Riverside – office type spaces

    For more detailed information about any of our spaces and an application form please email info@navigatornorth.com.
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Platform Arts Studios

These purpose-built artists' studios are situated within Middlesbrough Train Station. The prestigious studios range from 162sqft to 430sqft with inclusive rents starting from approximately £105 per month. 

Platform Arts are proving that there is room for creative businesses to expand and grow. The demand for these facilities also confirms that Middlesbrough is a great place to create and view contemporary art.

Artists within the studios include contemporary painters, printmakers, sculptors and craftspeople.

Platform Arts intends to make a substantial contribution to the creative identity of Middlesbrough and the North East region. Many of our self-employed artists work on commissions and exhibit nationally and internationally whilst also facilitating community and educational projects both locally and nationally.

If you are a practicing artist looking for a studio amongst other artists: Platform Arts has a vibrant creative atmosphere, good modern spaces, good lighting, with heating, electricity, off site free parking included in the rent, please email us on info@platformarts.net or either contact Tony or Lorraine on 01642 252061. We would be pleased to show you around. Studios ranging from £129.00 pcm

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Gilkes Street Studios

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 5EH

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#BrlliantlyBoro Hub Space

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.

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Teesside Launchpad

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
- Branding
- 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.

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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.
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