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.


Project info

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

You can read more about our time on Church Street in our official report; Bridging the Gap. Download it using the button below.


  • 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.