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Play / Pause is a special open event promoting discussion about the developments and changes affecting the UK steel industry, both internal and external, over the last thirty-years.

Taking place at Middlesbrough’s Heritage Gallery on Saturday 4 June, the event is free to attend for anyone with an interest or connection to the steel industry.


If you’re interested in attending this event, please follow the link below to confirm attendance.


Organised as part of artist Nicola Ellis’ current research project; Play / Pause: The turbulent history of UK Steel and funded by Arts Council England, the event offers an opportunity for comment and discussion over the complex challenges and resulting changes that have impacted on individuals, businesses and local steel communities. This discussion will continue the collection of personal experiences and individual perspectives from those connected to the industry which produces Ellis’ current sculptural material of focus; steel.

The event aims to create an opportunity for experiences specific to the three key areas of Teesside, Scunthorpe and Middlesbrough, visited during the research project to date, to be shared by speakers who have very different relationships to the industry.  Addressing differences or common factors in their experiences, the event will stimulate a wider discussion about lasting effects of internal and external changes, resulting in the status of the industry today.

Complimentary light refreshments and lunch will be served as part of the event, providing further opportunities to develop conversations.

Play / Pause: The turbulent history of UK Steel is an Arts Council England funded project and has been produced and developed by Mark Devereux Projects. Nicola Ellis is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

For further details about the event and Nicola Ellis’ art works please visit

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