Love Middlesbrough Weekend What’s On


 Albert Parkrun
Every Saturday at 9am join hundreds of friendly runners for 5k. It’s the perfect way to train for the SABIC 5K Riverside Run and ASDA 2K Fun Run on Sunday 13 May.

Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2012

Ack! Ack! Ack! Records open from 9 on Linthorpe Rd across from PsycheThat’s Entertainment in Captain Cook Square features live music from 1pm
Sound It Out Records is open 8-8.

Saturday Art Trolley at mima
Free hands-on creative sessions, suitable for all the family. Work with mima’s Trolley Leader and the mima Art Trolley packed with all sort of materials for making and creating. Drop in to join in! 1-4pm
Art Trolley at mima








Cultured TSide
Teesside University students are hosting a one day arts festival 1-6pm at Redcar ABC, Coatham Memorial Hall, 7 Coatham Road, Redcar, TS10 1RH
or follow on Twitter @CulturedTside #CulturedTSide

Cultural Conversations on Teesside
12-4pm at Darlington Arts Centre alongside A Right Royal Do Art Fair

6th Annual Sponsored Walk for Abbies Love Charity
Sixth annual charity walk from 11am Gribdale Gate Car Park, nr Great Ayton (Between Roseberry Topping and Captain Cooks Monument).

Dalek Mack is back
Dalek Mack will be at the Who-ray! shop Saturday 21st April, from 9am.
daleks at WhoRay shop


Mohawks v Carlisle friendly
Basketball. 3-5pm at Teesside University Olympia Building

MFC v Southampton
Kick-off is 17.20 at the Riverside. Up the Boro!
boro v southampton

Ultimate Eagles – The UK’s No 1 Eagles Tribute
Be whisked away to the warmer climates of Southern California as the ultimate tribute, to one of the worlds most loved bands at Middlesbrough Town Hall at 8pm.

Charity Fashion Show
Charity Fashion Show at the Teesside University Students’ Union Hub in aid of A Way Out and Cash for Kids. 7-10pm, £10 on the door.

Charity Fashion Show

Nouvelle Musique presents The Purnells // The Legion, Middlesbrough

The National Trust Free Weekend
Visit the National Trust for free on 21 & 22 April and explore over 200 of their houses and gardens for free including our very own Ormesby Hall

British Drift Championships 
At Teesside Autodrome on 21 & 22 April.


Rally-O Training Day for dogs
Middlesbrough & District Dog Training Association presents A Rally-O Training Day 9.30am-4.30pm. To book your place or enquire about pet dog training classes contact Jenny on 01642 491794 or Yvette on 01642 290312
Must prebook. Handlers £20, Spectators £10

Bicycle Tour of Cleveland
Start: Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit
Ride level: STRONG
Terrain: Mostly road/cycle paths, any bike type is fine. A varied route with some small climbs.
Distance: 28 miles
Pace: 13 mph
Time: 3 hours

Vintage Bus Day
11am to 5pm
Vintage Bus Day

Up the Boro Lino Printing Workshop at mima
12-2.30pm at mima. FULLY BOOKED
Take inspiration from works on show in Up the Boro. Learn printing techniques from artist Jackie Steven, and try your hand at creating a unique, bold two-colour lino print. No experience necessary. £5 per person. Materials and equipment provided. Bring along any images or objects that you want to share as inspiration for your prints.

The National Trust Free Weekend
Visit the National Trust for free on 21 & 22 April and explore over 200 of their houses and gardens for free including our very own Ormesby Hall

British Drift Championships 
At Teesside Autodrome on 21 & 22 April.

Classic Car Show at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience 
10am-5pm with over 200 classic cars.

Frank Hamilton at Liberties in Town
8pm with support from The Jar Family and Alistair Sheeran


100 Beats of the Clock

The ebb and flow of the tides, the measured beats of a clock, the passage of the Tranny gondola over the Tees, all these working rhythms in a normal day may have in part inspired a fascinating exhibition by photographer Charles Twist that captured public interest at the Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet.

Last year was of course centenary year for our most revered landmark, the Transporter Bridge and as part of those celebrations local photographer Charles Twist was awarded a project to produce 100 photographs of the Transporter Bridge. Charles has commemorated the passage of those 100 years with 100 photographs taken from a fixed position at regular intervals through one day from dawn to dusk. To add to the historic value he has used a camera and vintage lens dating from the period when the bridge was erected, which is also exhibited along with 50 of the photos.

The pictures were captured on Ilford Direct Positive Paper, nothing digital about this process. It is the actual paper that is displayed in the frames so every photo is totally unique and fixed to that exact time and date, recorded in each mounted photo. Charles revealed to me that the paper is exceptionally sensitive to changes in light. Hence recording some extrordinary changes within a few minutes between very dark photos and very light as weather shifted by the river.

So, the bridge frames the view in the same way in each photo but that view varies with weather and light and also subtle changes to the tide and shipping on the river. Walking along a line of photos you see how a view can change over a period of minutes and hours. I think it probably tells you to look more closely at even the most familiar of scenes around you. There is always something new to be learned and absorbed.

The accompanying notes to the exhibition talk about there being, “a lot of ideas to intrigue the viewer: the implicit and explicit rhythms which speak of mechanisation and industry; the reference to recent artistic movements (esp. repetitive minimalism); the use of vintage equipment which shifts the viewer’s historical standpoint.”

Presently showing at the Heritage Gallery is another exhibition of landscape captured by camera. David Thomas “Alternative Landscape” is showing until May 17th.

There is ample free parking right next to the imposing Cargo Fleet Offices which were formerly the old steelworks HQ. You might remember the building in more recent times as Langbaurgh Council HQ. Ity is positioned just off the A66 next to South Bank Motorsports and the home of Redcar Bears speedway; 5 minutes drive form Middlesbrough centre. Python Properties have renovated this office block to a very high standard, the gallery being just to the right of the splendid reception.

Photo – Tracy Hyman


Duality at the Python Gallery

Duality is a collection of works by Katherine O’Connor and Emma Wolfindale. This exhibition looks at how the two artists live with Bi-polar disorder, where they suffer periods of severe depression and hyper mania. This leaves the sufferer with an altered state of reality; their experiences with this condition are expressed in this collection of pieces. The two artists hope that their work and the stories behind them will help raise awareness.

The Python Gallery: Duality exhibition 2nd March- 20th April 

Having never really been to an art gallery before, I was amazed by the work displayed and felt the emotion and meaning behind every piece.

Katherine O’Connor’s work was especially intriguing as she often used different compositions of birds to express her different emotions. One piece of her work included a number of birds trapped inside a glass jar. There were two pieces of her work which were called “Isolation” and “Isolation2”. I assume this is how sufferers of Bi-polar, including Katherine may feel at times, like they are trapped, alone and are unable to get away from their problems.

Emma Wolfindale’s work however focused more on shapes, such as circles, and lighting; the majority of her work was created using bright colours, like reds. One piece of her work, called “Don’t doubt in the dark what is clear in the light” was painted during a recovery after a depression. This piece stood out from the others as it had a warmer feel to it, it expressed feelings such as hope and life rather than the feeling of being trapped or hurt.

Emma Wolfindale also created a scale on how she was feeling each day, from 10(being big Ben) and 1(being almost gone). She said she wanted to be at least 5 each day, 5 alive. This along with the art increases the awareness of Bi-polar disorder, showing how it can affect your state of mind in more detail.

Both sets of work and artists were extremely inspiring, and I thought the exhibition taught me a lot more about Bi-polar disorder and how people suffering from it can feel at times; I am very pleased I got a chance to visit the exhibition.

Guest post by Tracy Pickering


Editor – Arc Stockton Wed 28 March 2012

Claire Morgan

Quite simply one of the most outstanding one person dramas I have ever witnessed. Claire Morgan’s Editor was so moving and yet ultimately life affirming and really uplifting.

This was a real life drama with a starting point a year ago following the theft of a diary and private journal. At a point in her life where she was trying to come to terms with so many serious personal issues this was a massive kick in the teeth. Claire’s diary was her record and release from life, love, sex and surgery all placing huge and taxing demands on her at this time. The robbery was almost the last straw, a small act but its affects were deeply traumatic. It felt like a violation.

Yet when the dust had settled, and her anger and frustration had calmed to just above the surface, Claire embarked on a personal journey. She had lost all those words recording her inner most thoughts, she might not physically be able to find them again but through looking inside herself she found her voice.

In Editor we live through all the bolts from the blue and life challenging obstacles that Claire is dodging like bullets. She recalls them all from her stage beside the rubbish heap that could be threatening to devour her life. We are also reviewing events with her within that dump, where the diary has probably been discarded as worthless to the robber.

I should explain that the Studio Theatre was arranged with audience seated on random chairs discarded in a rubbish dump. Claire actually first appeared from within stacks of bin bags, searching for her lost words, sifting through her life and seeking a way forward.

The spoken word was set to a sound scape excellently sculpted by local singer songwriter Tom Hollingworth and Teesside artist Michael Hann. Tom actually performed a warm up act for us down in Arc’s bar which was a lovely way to start the evening’s entertainment.

Claire sings, blows off steam, pours her heart out and endures every possible emotion with us. She is funny, she is angry, she is vulnerable, she is scarred, she is scared. She is just so human. Long before the end of the hour you are willing her to rise up and succeed. It was utterly convincing, totally compelling.

Claire Morgan has found her voice. She’s unstoppable now.


The Lake Poets/By Toutatis

The Lake PoetsTheLakePoets/By Toutatis – The Olde Young Teahouse,Middlesbrough – Sun 4th March 2012

The Lake Poets at the Olde Young Tea House seems like a marriage made in heaven.

A bit like the mouth-watering cup cakes and bottles of old fashioned pop that line the counter of Teesside’s most intimate venue. Add a duo drawn from Teesside’s quality alt folksters By Toutatis and you have a very special Sunday night indeed.

You could have heard a pin drop as Dan from By Toutatis regaled us with tales of Felons, Hanging Trees and the Deadmen’s Cues of the Knights of St Columba Social Club. His trusty fiddler Robbie weaved away as Dan crooned for Queen and country.

TheLakePoetssold out the Sage for their debut EP launch. We get up close and personal at the Middlesbrough Tea House in a gig without any amplification whatsoever. As Martin sings songs about family and his homeland, the City by the Sea we are all ears. Stories of his grandfather and grandmother are so obviously delivered from the heart. Steve’s harmonica adds atmosphere and depth. There is no room behind the counter for any further LakePoets but the duo cast their spell over everyone present.

Utterly charming and so very memorable.

words Robert Nichols – photos by Tracy Hyman