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Middlesbrough Art Weekender

The Art Weekender actively promotes change through culture and the arts, and is a great opportunity to engage with community.

In its 2nd year, Middlesbrough Art Weekender is a contemporary, grassroots festival in Middlesbrough Town centre. Organized by The Auxiliary Project Space and Paul Stewart, the festival transforms Middlesbrough Town Centre into a cultural hub, highlighting what is afforded to the area by the arts.

MAW is curated by Paul Stewart an Liam Slevin.

Key Events

4th October 6-9pm Opening Night at the Main Space on Station Street Middlesbrough, With performances from Giles Bailey, Moran Sanderovich and Helen Davision.

5th October 7-8pm Performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall “Town Hall Meeting of the air” by Tess Denman Cleaver.

All programme will be on the website by Thursday  19th September – including all family workshops, seminars and pubic events.

Exhibitions Open all day Friday and  Saturday  (10-6) and Sunday (10-4)  across multiple venues (collect Maps from main space on Station Street or MIMA)

 Middlesbrough Art Weekender would not be possible without support from Arts Council England, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Council, River Tees Rediscovered and MIMA.

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Through residencies with international artists, showcasing local artists and providing art platforms, The Auxiliary Project Space promotes the Tees Valley as an excellent place to practice and produce art. Previous projects have included Stockton Contemporary, a 10 day festival promoting art in Stockton town centre and FEED, a nomadic sound art event in Stockton and Middlesbrough. Paul Stewart is an artist and writer and a lecturer of Fine Art at Teesside University.



Invited Artists Include highlights such as


Benedict Drew is an artist based in Whitstable who works across video, sculpture and music, creating large-scale multimedia installations which comment on the effects of socio-political and environmental issues. For MAW2018 Drew is bringing his most recent exhibition following his show at Matts Gallery (22-30 September 2018) The Anti Ecstatic Machines (2018).



Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers.



Tess Denman-Cleaver is a North East based artist originally from Gateshead. Her work spans live performance, performance writing, artist publication, workshops and installation.



Helen Davison’s is an artist currently based in london. Her work articulates the struggle of language to represent emotions of being a queer woman. Through live performances and vocal works Davison looks to set up encounters between the body and the voice in response to the articulated struggle.



Giles Bailey works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriating texts that he performs himself. Since 2016 he has worked in collaboration with Newcastle and Düsseldorf-based organisation CIRCA Projects. Sophie Soobramanien, Jamie Hammill and Nellie Saunby graduated from Newcastle University’s Fine Art programme in 2018. Previously they co-initiated the curatorial collective Double Yolk and have exhibited their work at Newcastle University Degree Show, Copeland Park, isthisit? and 36 Lime Street.