The Art of Steel: a celebration of the Teesside Iron and Steel Industry.

Photograph courtesy of Smoggynorm Photography.

The latest on this project is as follows…After many months of waiting  the SSI Task force committee are to consider the request for grant funding to progress our project this Friday. I shall attend the meeting to give  information and answer queries. They will have our business plan and some supporting notes which are being written tomorrow.

Let us hope for a positive outcome and patience rewarded. Its all a bit like supporting the Boro- Keep the Faith !

                                               All the best…    Geoff Taylor                                          Acting  Secretary Tees Steel-Bridging the world

Update 2021:

Unbeknown to me, Redcar Arts had lined up a year – long exhibition called Steel Stories at the Kirkleatham Museum, telling the history of the industry and the people that worked there. The exhibition was a couple of months in before I had heard about it, from a friend. You would have though, as a local playwright, who had written a play about the 1980 Steel Strike may have been an interesting person to get involved. No such luck, despite meeting after meeting and getting a lot of interest from the community and artists, suffice to say the the proposed week – long festival Steel Stories: The Festival, hit a massive brick wall and a lot of time and energy was wasted.

The key observation I would make, is that there wasn’t one sentence about the Steel Strike 1980, a massive event in the communities history and 2020, was the fortieth anniversary of the strike!! I know what you are thinking… the Covid pandemic would have done for us all anyway.

Here’s an idea of what the festival was all about…

The Steel Stories Festival Draft programming – Feb 15th to Feb 25th

Day/Date Morning
at 10.30am
Afternoon Talks at 2.00pm Evening Concerts/
Performances at
Sat Feb 15th   Opening ceremony: Remembering the Strike. With guests.   T.B.C.
Sun Feb
Family Fun and Drama Games   Guest event? Harry Simpson
Music Night with
local bands  
Mon Feb 17th  Guest workshop?   Arts success stories: Saabat Gallery. Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. Earthbeat.  An Evening of
Guitar with The Paul Donnelly
Flamenco Confusion  
Tues Feb 18th My name is Tom: a drama workshop on E-safety for 14-
17 yrolds
  Guest event? Remembering
the… British
Steel Teesside
Band. In Concert.  
Wed Feb 19th Guest workshop?   Talking Teesside
with Phil Philo,
Ian Stubbs,
Joan Heggie and
Tosh Warwick  
Folklines: Poetry and Song. With Sara Dennis andGuests
Thurs Feb 20th   Introduction to playwriting:
Over 18’s
  Guest event Nowt Like This
in America.
by Alan Spence.  
Friday Feb 21st Guest workshop?     Pete McCarthy and The Art of Steel. Nowt Like This
in America. by Alan Spence.  
Sat Feb 22nd   “Parmo’s are not the only fruit” – a fun role-playing drama session for 9-11yr olds.     Guest event?     T.B.C.
Sun Feb 23rd Your Steel Stories.         Closing
Redcar’s Got
Winners and