Welcome to the Project Middlesbrough Blog

Lets show the real Middlesbrough through the power of words and photos.

Chloe Tempestoso founder of Project Middlesbrough

The content you can find on this website is written solely by me. This way you can read ideas and news from someone that loves Middlesbrough, yet which wants you to have an unbiased opinion about the town. I am always happy to list events, talk about what’s happening locally, all while sharing photos and videos as well as blog posts.

Since 2018, I have been trying to show our beautiful area Tees Valley in a positive light, through the power of words and Photos. I love to write articles, invite guests on my radio show, or just talk to local people and hear their story.

Dear my beloved Middlesbrough

This is a letter open letter to my beloved hometown Middlesbrough so here it goes. Dear Middlesbrough you give me so much in my life in my short 26 years of life so far of living, I didn’t know for a long time how much you made me the person I am today in 2021.…

How I grew to love my Teesside accent

This is the story of How I grew to love my Teesside accent. Ever since being a teenager right up until my early 20s I always been ashamed of my Teesside accent. I think the reason I never liked having a Middlesbrough accent was the media representation of the accent whilst I was growing up…

Middlesbrough Art Weekender

North East open call to Artists From 30th September – 3rd October 2021 Middlesbrough Art Weekender (MAW) returns with work by artists around the theme of Infra-structure – visible and invisible, above and below, hard and soft. Middlesbrough Art Weekender (MAW) and MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, are seeking applications for work by artists…

NE Volume Murals

NE Volume Music Bar is host to a variety of musical entertainment to suit all tastes in Stockton-On-Tees. Co-Owner Lee approached Abby+Owen to produce an original mural. The entertainment venue on Yarm Lane hosts a variety of talent and the mural features musicians with a link to Teesside, bands include Glass Caves, Charlotte Grayson, Alistair James, Maximo Park, Young Rebel Set and Komparrison. …

Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough

Exchange Residency Artist Call Out With Tees Valley Arts we are looking to appoint an artist in residence as part of our Exchange Residency. This will begin in Autumn 2021 and run through to Autumn 2022. We’re really looking forward to finding out what might inspire artists and communities to explore this further with us.…

ONLINE ARCHIVE CELEBRATES HIGH STREET’S RICH HERITAGE

Striking photographs and historic plans from Middlesbrough’s past are going digital as part of a groundbreaking initiative. The rarely seen historic material from the collections of Teesside Archives is being made available through the town’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) project. Middlesbrough is one of more than 60 High Street Heritage Action Zones across…

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY IN Middlesbrough

Submissions invited for a selected prize exhibition to be held at 2B Hill Street Centre, October – November 2021 Dimensional works in any painting or drawing medium, which can include collage. Prints and photography not included . Any size considered but must be able to be hung using our system (strung,not mirror-plates). Subject: Works relating to Teesside. These can…

The murals transforming Middlesbrough’s Alleyways

For a long time, the residents of Camden Street would only venture into their alleyway to quickly get rid of their bin bags. Blighted by fly-tipping and overrun with vermin, the back alley was unsafe and a target for anti-social behaviour. But Kasper Czarnocki and his wife Kinga had seen enough – and decided to…

A guide to Teesside Words and Saying

If you’re not a Teessider and you’ve ever wondered what some of the words mean, here’s a brief guide to the words and meaning behind them: As – used to emphasise a sentenceAv’it – An instruction to enjoy your selfBattered – Confused, worn outBeck – Word for streamBerra – BetterCoz – BecauseCanna – Can IClaggy…

We need to stop condemning Middlesbrough

When somebody doesn’t like a city or town, he or she thinks it their utmost duty to consider that town or city as their punching bag and continue to defame it to its fullest. However, this defaming can be a personal attack for the inhabitants of that certain town. Same is the case with the…

Chapter One the independent book shop in Loftus

Like many other small independent retails, we at Chapter One Loftus are preparing to open our doors again on the 12th April 2021, assuming nothing changes! We are calling this opening mark 3 given that we only opened our doors for the first time, briefly in November 2020. Today is Saturday, Easter Weekend, and it’s…

GALLERY TS1 a Middlesbrough Gallery

It cannot be ignored that there is a constant need to highlight the importance of art in our society. In our busy lives, we get so involved in the systematic routine that the development of arts is curtailed. Therefore, Gallery TS1 located in the central Middlesbrough right next to the empire nightclub  on Corporation road…

Uncovering Middlesbrough’s hidden gems

A major cash boost set to breathe new life into some of the heritage gems on Middlesbrough’s High Street Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership has secured a grant of almost £120,000 from Historic England to uncover the hidden gems of Middlesbrough’s high street. The Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough cultural programme will shine a light on the culture, history…

New plans to celebrate Middlesbrough’s myths and legends

Artist wants to hear from the public about people, places and tales of Boro for a new project at Albert Park. Award-winning artist Oliver Bragg is posing some questions to the Middlesbrough public this month, all in aid of a new art project. Did you grow up hearing stories and urban myths about Middlesbrough and…

Community Champions Middlesbrough

Jackie Young first started Middlesbrough Community Champions volunteer group back in 2018, aiming for cleaner and litter free and greener Middlesbrough to make a difference to the town. I caught up with Jackie last week and chatted about the great work and the story behind Middlesbrough Community Champions. Would you like to introduce yourself to…

A guide to Teesside’s most famous dish the parmo

Its a question many Teessiders may wonder where does our traditional Teesside dish come from where did it start what’s the story behind the famous parmo ,Teesside’s favourite takeaway ? As it’s local history month it only seems right to look at the history and origin of Teesside’s most famous food dish the parmo ,…

The Eston war mural

Philip Meadows is a local Teesside artist based in Middlesbrough who focuses his painting on his childhood memories growing up in Middlesbrough in the 1960s. I caught up with Philip to find out more behind his latest artwork the Eston war mural. Mural Story What’s the story behind the mural? I was asked by the…

Gone Tomorrow Teesside latest musical talent

Chloe Tempestoso the founder of Project Middlesbrough caught up with Elliot from local Tees band Gone Tomorrow about starting band during lockdown and their plans for 2021. Would like to introduce yourselves to the Project Middlesbrough readers ? We are Gone Tomorrow, a young alternative rock band from Stockton-on-Tees with all members aged from 16-19.…

Boro breakdown Podcast Interview

Would you like to introduce yourself? We’re Jonny, Dana and Elliott, otherwise known as The Boro Breakdown Podcast. We’re three big Boro fans that condense all the matchday chatter into a pod. Can you tell us about how the Boro Breakdown Podcast started? The Boro Breakdown started around the time Jonny was writing match previews…

Why I’m proud to be from Teesside

Being a young woman from Middlesbrough, I have finally accepted – at the age of 26 – that there will always be people who speak negatively about our area…whether that’s Teesside’s themselves, people from down south or the national media trying to portray us in a bad light. Middlesbrough has been reported as the worst…

The Northern Creator

Firstly would you like to introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your business ? Hi! My name is Sarah Goodwin, I’m an artist based in Middlesbrough and I created a small business called The Northern Creator. It specialises in commissioned artwork and design, mainly focusing on prints, wall art and cards; with each piece…

Does Middlesbrough really deserve its bad reputation?

Why is does Middlesbrough get such a bad reputation from the national media and the rest of the UK in general, been a young 25 year old women living here, I’m Middlesbrough born and bred in Acklam Middlesbrough, since a young age of 9/10 I have always wondered why we are seen as such an…

Turtle Dust The Teesside Artist

What’s the story behind your article and you becoming an artist ? Just to confirm I’m not an actual turtle, or made of dust but I do have aspirations to become an amphibious superhero but I’m not keen on getting wet and lycra, take it or leave it! With me? I don’t like to call…

They Saw It Coming: Teesplan 60 years on

The story of the 1960s idea that predicted the future – and the explosive scandal that ended it For a hundred years, our region was the steel capital of the world. Steel forged in Tees furnaces found its way into the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and weaved across the Victoria Falls. When Churchill’s war cabinet met…

Project Kev Forth a Teesside Photographer

Would you like to introduce yourself? Hi Kev Forth, just the wrong side of 50. married for 29 years with one daughter Evie who is 11. II run a Childrens bedding and bean bag company in Middlesbrough and am a part time photographer. Tell us a bit about how you got into Photography? I started…

Project Abby and Owen

Project Middlesbrough sat down and chatted with local Teesside artists duo Abby and Owen to talk about their new partnership. Abbey, what’s your favourite landmark in Middlesbrough?My favourite landmark is the iconic Transporter Bridge. It’s such a striking and dynamic structure. We currently sell prints of an original illustration of the Transporter Bridge on our…

Project The Sweet Apron

Would you like to introduce yourself? Hi, I am Arwa a mum to 2 year old Isaac. I am an accountant, currently on a career break and a professional personal trainer with a passion for fitness. However, my love lies in making (and eating ) desserts. What’s the story behind The Sweet Apron ? Setting…

Eat out to help out scheme in Middlesbrough

The Governments Eat out to help out scheme is running through the whole month of August across the UK. The scheme offers customers 50 per cent off there meal and non alcoholic drink for the value of up to £10 per person from Monday to Wednesday until the 31 August. Here at Project Middlesbrough we…

Project Stephen Docherty Artist

Project Middlesbrough sat down and chatted to local artist and musician Stephen Docherty to talk all things to do with his artwork and Middlesbrough. Would you like to introduce yourself ? My name is Stephen Docherty. Born and grazed in Middlesbrough. 35 year old and fast getting older. Whats the story behind your artwork and…

Project Anjalee Burrows

Would you like to introduce yourself? Hello! I’m Anjalee Burrows, also known as ‘Anjalee Bee’. I’m a freelance illustrator, based in Middlesbrough, currently specialising in children’s books, stationery and clothing designs. What’s the story behind your artwork and you becoming an artist? Illustration has always been a part of my identity, and I’ve been very…

Project Mimazina

In these challenging times, it’s very important to stay together and connect with one another. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern art in association with the Foundation Press are eager to announce the Mimazina online publication. At its core, this is a digital community journal where people from Tess Valley can share their stories. What is…

Project Baker Street Kitchen

What does Teesside mean to you?  I am from Sheffield originally and moved up to Teesside 10 years ago. I have worked in different parts of Tees Valley, Darlington, Yarm and Middlesbrough. I feel really privileged to call Teesside my home now, its such an amazing place to be, I wouldn’t be who I am…

Project Bentley’s Coffee Shop

What does Teesside mean to you? Teesside is home. I was born here, raised here and will probably remain here. It’s a beautiful part of the world. We have so much even, though we are portrayed as having little. The outside opinion is so wrong. We have more green open space than most. We have…

Project Bohw Pottery

Project Middlesbrough sat down and chatted with the owner of the Independent Teesside Business Bohw Pottery company to find the story behind their business. What does Teesside mean to you? Teesside is the where I have lived for the past 25 years so it really is my home. I was brought up not too far…

Project Petite Prosecco Company

Project Middlesbrough sat down and chatted with the owner of the Independent Teesside Business Petite Procescco company to find the story behind their business. What does Teesside mean to you? The Teesside Area Is where I grew up, having lived here throughout my childhood and adult life I’ve watched the progression of the area develop…

My Visit to the Black Path

Artists Foundation Press have spent the past year working with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough. Their artwork ‘Notes On The Black Path’, located along the public footpath off Old Station Road, is a large collage celebrating the historical route known as ‘The Black Path’ and the nearby community of South Bank. Opportune path for work to the…

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