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Recyling the River Tees

Enjoy the exhibition at Kirkleatham Museum  1 July – 28 December 2024

The River Tees runs through the heart of the Tees Valley, connecting local communities in both work and leisure.

This exhibition was created by artists and young people living in the Tees Valley. All artworks and creative writing have been created by them, in response to environmental issues linked to the river.

On Display

Close up of board with recycled blue food packaging. There is a bucket with a fish, chips and seagulls as well as corks and shells.

Recycling the River Tees: River Map

Abstract industrial landscapes made out of recycled plastics, on mesh with lights

Recycling the River Tees: Industrial Landscapes

Students at Darlington College visited the Tees Barrage and Preston Park Museum & Grounds. On site they saw and learned about the river, taking photographs of the two sites and creating artworks inspired by what they had learnt during the visits.

Rusty coloured trolley with recycled plastic creatures on top, including a crab.

Recycling the River Tees: The Trolley

Students at Darlington College visited the Tees Barrage and Preston Park Museum & Grounds. On site they saw and learned about the river, taking photographs of the two sites and creating artworks inspired by what they had learnt during the visits.

Brown origami paper birds on wire.

Recycling the River Tees: Curlews

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View of the river tees from Portrack Marsh. You can see the grassy banks and the river which is bending to the right.
21 June 2024

The Twists and Turns of the River Tees

Tees Valley Museums have been working with local schools and colleges to create artworks for an exhibition this summer at Kirkleatham Museum. The artworks have been inspired by the River Tees and explore the environmental impact of industry on the river.

During this project we looked at the history of the river, using objects artwork from our museum collections.