Most Creative Train Station Artist Commissions

Closing date:

Navigator North

Navigator North has been appointed by Middlesbrough Council to deliver a programme of artists residencies and commissions which aim to make Middlesbrough the most creative train station in the UK. 

The programme forms part of a large-scale project to transform several of Middlesbrough’s cultural anchors including the Central Library, MIMA, The Auxiliary and Platform A with support from The Cultural Development Fund, a Department for Digital, Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS) fund administered by Arts Council England.

Between 2021 and 2023 Navigator North developed and managed Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough, part of a national £2m High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme funded by Middlesbrough Council, Historic England, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund.

The programme included a series of commissions for The Tunnel Gallery at Middlesbrough Train Station, alongside place-based artist residencies and commissions that invited artists to respond to the history and heritage of the HSHAZ and a High Street Project Space – The Masham on Linthorpe Road.

Following this initiative, this brief is the first in a series of new creative commissions for the train station with applications for an artist residency and a larger commission for the station to be announced at a later date.

The Most Creative Train Station commissions will link to a public art programme developed in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority and its five boroughs and delivered by Navigator North and Middlesbrough Art Week until 2026.

Budget £14,000 to include production and artist fee

Deadline 16 October 2023

Dundas House Dundas Street Middlesbrough TS1 1BA

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Please download the full brief here.

Artists interested in applying for a commission are strongly recommended to attend one of the briefing sessions at Middlesbrough Train Station on Saturday 23 September in advance of submitting a proposal. Artists will be paid a fee of £50 for attendance.

There are two sessions taking place at 10.30am and 2pm and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 mins including a tour of the station. To request a place at one of the sessions please email indicating which session you would like to attend. You can also let us know if you have any access requirements that will support your attendance.

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