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Recycling the River Tees: Industrial Landscapes

Displayed at Kirkleatham Museum as part of the Recycling the River Tees Exhibition

1 July –  28 December 2024

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.

The individual pieces of art they produced were part of ‘Order and Chaos in the Natural World’ and ‘Recycling’ modules the students were studying at college, they reflect the impact pollution has on wildlife around the river.

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

Industrial Landscapes as displayed at Kirkleatham Museum

Anna McIntyre, Darlington College Students and Princes Trust

Industrial Landscapes,

Mixed media and recycled plastics.

Abstract interpretations of industrial landscapes, inspired by industry and nature surrounding the river Tees. Created by Students of Darlington College.

In nature reserves across the Tees valley, wildlife can be seen living on ex-industrial land. The land has been reclaimed by nature over time. Butterflies such as the Dingy Skipper and Grayling prefer open habitats, making our area an ideal home.


What can you see peeking through the industry?