Located in the Tees Valley, a once prominent industrial area of the North East England, The Auxiliary is an artist led space spread over three floors of a 1920's townhouse. The Auxiliary includes studios, a gallery, a sound lab and residential space for our AIR programme. We provide the time and space for artists to challenge, develop and explore their creative practices. We are particularly interested in artists working outside traditional art mediums who seek out bold and challenging experiences. Artists engaging in trans and multi-disciplinary methodologies, or who have a strong D.I.Y aesthetic, are also most welcome to apply. We also aim to enable local, national and international artists in devising independent art platforms and structures for the dissemination of contemporary art practices throughout Teesside, as well as the cross pollination of practices through the mobility of a new trans cultural demographic.
Stockton-on-Tees is a large market town on the river Tees, with a population of about 85,000. An hour south of Newcastle and a 3 hour drive from the Scottish border, Stockton once thrived in the shipbuilding and iron industries. This began to decline in the 1930’s, with a full stoppage of iron production in the area in 2015 resulting in the loss of 2,000 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 organizations 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 interest and chemical production called Seal Sands
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