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Creative opportunities on offer in Art Weekender build-up

Artists are being invited to apply for unique residencies in the build-up to this year's Middlesbrough Art Weekender.
Successful applicants will be matched with a tech company to develop new experimental technology-based works.

Each artist will explore augmented reality, immersive media and disruptive open source technology, with access to support from Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley & PROTO.

Artists will have the opportunity to experiment with cutting edge technology and equipment, whilst the tech companies involved will be able to see how their technology can be used in new, creative and exciting ways.

The Northern Film + Media, Tees Valley Screen, Creative Factory and The Auxiliary initiative is supported by Arts Council England and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The 12-week residency is part of the build-up to the 2019 Middlesbrough Art Weekender which runs from September 26 to 29.

The popular festival is set to deliver its most ambitious programme to date, bringing a feast of exciting, contemporary and bold art to the Tees Valley.

The ‘town takeover' will see exhibitions, large scale installations and performance art alongside talks, action workshops, networking and bursary opportunities.

Creative Factory Producer Gordon Dalton said: "The aim of the residency is for artists to bring their creative thinking to the tech start-up, and to see how the developing tech can be used in new creative ways both in their practice and for the start-up."

Successful applicants will be given a residency bursary of £3,000 and support from a tech mentor to develop a concept/early prototype for a new digital artwork to be shared at the Art Weekender.

Interested artists can meet the tech companies, have a hands-on play with new technologies and find out more at a free one-day workshop with award-winning interactive arts studio Invisible Flock.

To apply please submit a PDF proposal (max 2pp) containing biog details, links to previous work and an outline of why this project is of interest to the artist to

For more information, contact Creative Factory Producer Gordon Dalton on 07990 906409 or email
A Great Place Tees Valley project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England