CIF Round One – Workshops and Bus Tour of TAN Open Studios, TeesdaleArtNet

TeesdaleArtNet, TAN, are a group of artists living or working in Teesdale, at different stages of their artistic careers, who aim to support each other through joint working, exhibitions and training and professional development opportunities.  The network was formed in 2017 and now has 33 members.

The project provided 20 creative artist-led workshops in Teesdale, inspired by the landscape,woodland, moors, stone and rivers, and the wildlife and farming which shape it. The artist members of TAN, some of whom are very experienced workshop leaders delivered activities to families, adults and young people in the village halls and other centres around Teesdale. TAN also offered these to Teesdale Day Clubs, other community groups in the area, and to those with special needs affecting their physical and mental well-being.

In addition, the project provided a Bus Tour to accompany an Open Studios Event (whereby over a period of 9 days, artists opened their homes and studios or created pop-up galleries in village halls and community centres) leaving from a central location (The Witham) and returning there in the afternoon. The Bus Tour enabled people with limited access or no transport to visit the artists’ studios in the outlying villages of Teesdale, and to connect and communicate with local artists, engaging in the creative process, understanding techniques, inspiration and skills.