Hartlepool: Church Street Residency

As part of the Tees Valley Great Places programme we have been invited to undertake a residency in Hartlepool’s historic Church Street. Working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, Northern School of Art and Church Street Heritage Townscape project we’ll be kick starting a host of activity in the town whilst creating new platforms and opportunities to work with creative practitioners and businesses.

The residency will feature a range of different projects and initiatives.

Projects & Initiatives

Talking Shop: a drop-in space to share ideas, tell stories and connect with creative people in Hartlepool. Join the conversation every Thurs, Friday and Saturday from 12 – 4pm and sign up to our residency newsletter to find out what’s on.

The Contemporary: A Creative Space for Hartlepool
A gallery and events space The Contemporary is a pop-up venue for Tees Valley creatives to showcase their work. Opening hours vary with guest curated events taking place throughout the residency.  If you’d like to create your own event at The Contemporary drop into to Talking Shop to share your idea and find out more.

Church Street Shutter Project
Working with National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Church Street Revival Scheme we’ll be commissioning an artist to work with young people from the town and produce a series of new shutter artworks inspired by Hartlepool’s industrial and maritime history. Visit www.emptyshop.org/shutter for more info.



The Eclectic Spectacle
Photography Exhibition
Preview: Thurs 2nd May – 5pm – 8pm

Open: Fri 3rd, Sat 4th – 12 – 4pm
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Illustrator in Residence: Josie Brookes
Josie Brookes is the Illustrator in residence at The Contemporary as part of The Northern Festival of Illustration. Keep an eye out for workshops and events or just pop in and say hello!
Dates: Tuesday 7th may – Friday 17th May
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Drink & Draw with Illustrator in residence, Josie Brookes
A drink & draw social as part of The Northern Festival of Illustration. Free // All welcome // BYOB
Friday 10th may – 5pm – 7pm
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Reportage Illustrator in residence, Laura Fitton
Commissioned by Empty Shop and Hartlepool Borough Council as part of The Northern Festival of Illustration.
Dates: Monday 13th may – Friday 24th May

The Foodbank Zine Exchange
Thursday 23rd May
An exhibition by graphic design students releasing their new zine and selling art in exhange for foodbank donations.
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An Evening of New Writing
Wednesday 5th June
Come along for An Evening of New Writing presented by BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen, performing 6 short plays written by 6 different North East Playwrights.

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Hartlepool Live
Music Festival
Saturday 15th June
We are one of 5 venues for this one day music festival. Times tbc, see organiser’s page for details
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Ta Da! – HartLab Official Launch
Art Exhibition
Preview: Friday 21st June – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Open: Saturday 22nd June – 11:30am – 3:30pm
New arts collective HartLab launch with up to 25 Hartlepool based artists displaying/presenting their creativity from fine-art, graphic-design, illustration and music.
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Closing Event! Church Street Residency
Art Exhibition, Film screening, Publication launch, Drink & Draw
Thursday 18th July – 5:00pm – 8:30pm
We’re incredibly proud to have hosted 9 exhibitions and events, 8 workshops, 2 residencies and taken part in 2 festivals – with more still to come! To celebrate this programme of creativity and engagement you’re invited to join us for a closing party which will showcase some of the highlights from the project.
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Project info

Location: Church Street, Hartlepool
Dates: October 18 – present

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  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Northern School of Art
  • Church Street Heritage Townscape project

A Great Place Tees Valley project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, commissioned by Hartlepool Borough Council and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.