Tees Valley Cultural Education Partnership

Working collaboratively to support children and young people living in Tees Valley through points of transition in their lives through arts and culture. The Tees Valley Cultural Education Partnership (TVCEP) engages organisations, schools and support services across five Local Authority areas: Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton-On-Tees, and Darlington. The TVCEP is emerging and developing in line with other local strategic initiatives and agendas.

Aims and objectives

  • To better understand, measure and evaluate how deep and meaningful children and young people’s arts and culture participation has been and could be.
  • To work through thematic sub-groups, identifying specific priority areas and gathering expertise and commitment toward collective action.
  • To ensure authentic and accountable participation of all stakeholder audiences regarding the priority areas, including children and young people.


  • In 2018/19 the TVCEP partners developed thinking on two themes: Early Years, and progression into employment.
  • A CPD programme for Early Years practitioners and cultural organisation staff has been worked up to prepare for potential funding and investment bids to support the work.
  • The Northern School of Art has undertaken a piece of research on behalf of the TVCEP with schools on current provision and needs for arts careers guidance.
  • The Tees Valley Combined Authority has been engaged so that LCEP developments align with the emerging Culture Plan and the City of Culture bid.
  • Partner organisations supported the Culture Bridge North East ‘The BIG Creative Teachers Event’ in Redcar in March 2019.


  • Eileen Atkins (Area Manager for County Durham and Tees Valley, Culture Bridge North East)
  • John Beeley (Tees Valley Museums NPO)
  • Liam Bradley (Cleveland College of Art and Design)
  • Sara Calgie (The Start Studio, Middlesbrough)
  • Lucy Calton-Walker (Stockton Libraries)
  • Sue Cochrane (Aspire Learning Trust, Redcar & Cleveland)
  • Jo-Anne Cole (Hartlepool Council Education Development)
  • Gemma Dyer (The Princes Trust)
  • Mark Freeman (Stockton Council/Tees Valley Libraries)
  • Sarah Gilligan (Hartlepool Further Education College)
  • Sarah Gouldsbrough (Tees Valley Museums NPO/Darlington Council)
  • Jane Gray (Creative Learning North East and Blue Cabin)
  • Rob Guest (Middlesbrough Town Hall)
  • Katie Hammond (Centre for Excellence in Creative Art)
  • John Hardy (Together to Succeed Alliance)
  • Gwyneth Lamb (Musinc)
  • Beth Major (Hartlepool Youth Services)
  • Deborah Merritt (Stockton Schools Service)
  • Lyndsey Middleton (Darlington Hippodrome)
  • Kerry Newton (Tees Valley Education)
  • Sharon Paterson (Teesside University)
  • Claire Pounder (mima)
  • Susan Robertson (Tees Valley Music Service)
  • Melanie Shee (Creative & Cultural Skills)
  • Andrew Stogdale (Inspire2Learn)
  • Miranda Thain (Theatre Hullabaloo)
  • Annabel Turpin (ARC Stockton)
  • Linda Tuttiett (Tees Valley Combined Authority)
  • Liz Vine (Kirkleatham Museums/Tees Valley Museums NPO) 
  •  Stephen Wiper (Creative Darlington) 

Get in touch

To get in touch: contact Eileen Atkins, Culture Bridge North East, for general information or Miranda Thain, Chair of the Early Years group.