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The Auxiliary is set in the time and place for artists focussing on art practices that are bold, experimental and challenging. With its distinctive landscape of abandoned steelworks, chemical plants, coast and moors, the Tees Valley offers artists a perspective into the heart of a post industrial England. Here, time and space is provided for artists to challenge, develop and expand their ideas. The atmosphere is relaxed and inclusive, the large townhouse serving as both home and work space. To them, food is just as important as art. They supply some of our own food from the veggie garden, and meals and discussions are regularly enjoyed and shared by local and visiting artists. During their stay, artists are welcome to take part our regular performance nights or host their own events. The spaces at The Auxiliary are interchangeable, from workspace to gallery to pop-up cinema to performance area.
Although a complete project from the residents isn’t a stipulation of the residency, the organizers do encourage residents to leave some trace of their residency in the form of a talk, presentation, workshop, etc.
Single or double rooms are available. Artists will share a large equipped kitchen, living room, library/reading room and bathrooms. Partners are also welcome, at a modest extra fee. Unfortunately, we can’t at this time accommodate children.
The Auxiliary provides both dry and wet studio spaces and a sound lab with recording facilities. They also have a woodwork room with basic tools and recycled wood. Desks are provided in bedrooms.
The residency provides a selection of audio and visual equipment,including microphones, PA system, handheld recorders, camera and lenses, printer and audio monitors with multi channel capabilities. Please check their website for the complete list and specifications.
Stockton is a large market town with a population of about 85,000. An hour south of Newcastle and a three hour drive from the Scottish border, Stockton once thrived in the shipbuilding and iron industries, but this began to decline in the 1930’s, with a full stoppage of iron production in the area in 2015, ultimately resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs.
The Tees valley is culturally diverse – through the 1960’s there was an influx of Asian immigrants, and in 2015, Middlesbrough housed more asylum seekers per capita than any other place in the UK. Many charities and religious organisations have been set up to aid asylum seekers housed here.
The area is bordered by the A19 motorway, the sea, nature reserves, and a 290 hectare biological site of specific scientific interest called Seal Sands.
SIRF, a large performance and theatre based festival, takes places here each summer.
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