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Archived Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet

“Cold Steel a Dead Industry” exhibition by Hazel Dixon

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 02/03/2017 – 02/04/2017
Admission: FREE

“Cold Steel a Dead Industry” by Hazel Dixon launched with a preview on Thursday 2nd March 2017 and runs until Friday 31st March 2017. 

Hazel Dixon currently experiments with rust as a method of addressing problems in the local community, focusing her work on the steel industry, which has now closed down and has rendered many people unemployed and poverty stricken. She aims to explore the issue by creating art that represents what the industry meant to people and also what it is today. Hazel uses steel plates that are covered in rusted images of the industrial plants and collapsed habitations of Redcar and Middlesbrough. She says “I have chosen to create dark, grungy pieces of art, to represent the struggle of the working class people living in the UK and the feelings people have about the demise of the steel industry within the local community”.

“Exhibition X” by John Wheeler

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 26/01/2017 – 24/02/2017
Admission: FREE

​The first exhibition opening of the year at The Heritage Gallery at Cargo Fleet:
“Exhibition X” by John Wheeler
Thursday 26th January 2017, 4pm – 6pm.
Parking & entry are free and refreshments will be provided during the opening.
“Exhibition X” is a selection of paintings which showcases work by John Wheeler throughout the 10 years of his creative career.
Often starting with a sketch, John’s portrait paintings capture the moments and memories of the people he meets. They reflect and recall a snapshot of an identity that the viewer may have never met but could relate to. Simple everyday objects are another theme of his paintings, depicting observations of familiar items, sometimes in their simplest form.
John likes to experiment with textures and layers of paint, often working and reworking a canvas or board to get his desired effect and result.

“Teesside Gadgies” by Philip Meadows

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 08/12/2016 – 20/01/2017
Admission: FREE

Opening with a launch event on Thursday 8th December 2016, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, the exhibition of paintings “Teesside Gadgies” by Philip Meadows will be on display at The Heritage Gallery until January 2017.

Phil has lived locally all his life and takes the Teesside landscape that he grew up in as his inspiration. He went to school in Grangetown and often crossed tracks and land around the steelworks to get to the chip shop at lunchtime. On leaving school in 1977 he went into ICI as an apprentice, staying for 22 years.

Always interested in art, Phil won a paid sabbatical that allowed him to study at Cleveland College of Art & Design, going on to complete a degree in Fine Art at Sunderland University. Phil went into teaching in 1999 and has taught Art and Design Technology ever since.

Phil has always loved painting and now concentrates solely on this discipline. Images from childhood of the “gadgies” he saw around Eston, Grangetown and the works are his focus. In this past world, life was simpler, people had passion and time for their interests. The characters in his paintings take him back to the day he followed his dad on their bikes, in through the west gate at ICI to the apprentice school for his first day of work.

Parking and entry are free and refreshments will be provided by Iron Co Coffee House during the opening.

“Modernity” Exhibition

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 27/10/2016 – 02/12/2016
Admission: FREE

Opening with a launch event on Thursday 27th October 2016, 4pm – 6pm, the “Modernity” exhibition by the Darlington Association of Photographers will be on display at The Heritage Gallery as part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival​ 2016.

For more information about Discover Middlesbrough CLICK HERE

In the early part of the 21st century, Tees Valley witnessed an unprecedented development of commercial, industrial and leisure activities. A new era was heralded through thoughtful design and consideration of old guild-crafts and skills. Beautifully styled buildings, post millennium projects, engineering artefacts, public sculptures, fitness centres and food outlets emerged that may form a lasting heritage for future generations.

This exhibition by the Darlington Association of Photographers partially records development within the Tees Valley of many of the post millennium projects, buildings and artefacts, some of which approach iconic status.

An Exhibition of Paintings by R A Husband & P Kenny

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 01/09/2016 – 21/10/2016
Admission: FREE

An Exhibition of Paintings by R A Husband and P Kenny
Launched with an opening event on Thursday 1st September 2016.
Ray Husband uses colour, line and texture to capture his own experience of his rural and industrial surroundings. His paintings incorporate some visual references such as buildings, hills and the sea to orientate the observer, but the other forms are largely abstract suggesting his emotional response to his everyday environment.
Pauline Kenny’s paintings look below the surface of her environment, using colour to create a mood and line to contain the disorder of the land. They spring from the earth as a garden would, allowing the atmosphere to be reflected. Contained in a balance between the conscious and subconscious world.
Exhibition runs until Friday 21st October 2016.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm

Teesside’s Industrial Gladiators – British Steel Revisited

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 30/06/2016 – 26/08/2016
Admission: FREE

The exhibition “Teesside’s Industrial Gladiators – British Steel Revisited” ​launched with an opening on Thursday 30th June 2016, 4.00pm – 6.00pm at The Heritage Gallery.
An exhibition of the importance of Teesside’s Industrial Gladiators, commemorating the hard working people of both the steel and chemical industries in the North East.
This collaborative exhibition brings together paintings by Brian Collins, reflecting the heavy industry and the hard working people within it, alongside British Steel memorabilia and old/new photographs collated by Janet Jeffrey and The Heritage Gallery.
Working as a fitter and then a maintenance planner for over 40 years in the petrochemical industry in Teesside, Brian has had first hand insight into how it works and the characters who run it. His paintings convey these “Industrial Gladiators” and the battle to keep the plants maintained day by day.
Janet has been collating memorabilia and photographs of the steelworks within Teesside, and with TATA now being renamed British Steel, feels it’s a great time to remember the historic iconic past of Teesside steel making, “from the very first slab to the men who brought steel making to Redcar”.

Cleveland Art Society Exhibition

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 05/05/2016 – 24/06/2016
Admission: FREE

The “Personal Dwellings” exhibition launched with an opening on Thursday 5th May 2016, 4.00 – 6.00pm.

The Cleveland Art Society begin their 2016 exhibition programme at The Heritage Gallery with a long awaited themed show of work which concentrates on the characteristics of our North East buildings, with emphasis on those found in and around Teesside. Buildings other than our familiar industrial structures are looked at, and the relationship we have with those we work in, visit for leisure and live in is explored in this fascinating exhibition by some of our region’s most talented visual artists.

Black Sand & Iron Skies

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: cargo fleet
When: 17/03/2016 – 28/04/2016
Admission: free


This exhibition launches with the preview on Thursday 17th March 2016, 4.00 – 6.00pm
This collaborative exhibition brings together the dramatic and expressive artwork of painter Bob Mitchell with the crisp sharp images of photographer Carl Mole.
Both their works document the local landscape and have been walking similar paths, but their interpretations and representations are very different, creating a complimentary contrast in this intriguing exhibition.
Bob Mitchell has a particular interest in the intersection of man, industry and nature. Over the course of a year, he has undertaken a series of walks across Durham and Teesside. The images emanating from these walks comprise a record of a landscape moulded by industrial change, and a reflection upon the processes of regeneration which re driven by both man and nature.
Carl Mole’s photographs call attention to the local landscape and the people who inhabit it. These photographs are the results from an ongoing project to document the area surrounding the mouth of the River Tees; an ever changing landscape of industry and nature, where people’s leisure activities and work sit side-by-side.
Parking and Entry are free and refreshments will be provided.
All welcome!

Julie Macbean – “Edgelands”

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 28/01/2016 – 11/03/2016
Admission: FREE


The first exhibition launch of the year began with Julie’s industrial work titled “Edgelands”, which started as a response to the down turn in the steel industry within the region in 2010/11, with the Redcar Steel Works finding itself in crisis as the plant was mothballed.

Julie’s use of colour, texture and composition is representative of the turbulent times the North East has faced with the closures of the industry that once dominated the landscape of Teesside. She captures a great deal of depth and atmosphere in her paintings and drawings, which we hope people from the local area can engage with and relate to.

Julie says:

“Our capitalist system of economics, is a system built on unstable foundations, it is often left hanging by a thread and is easy to unhinge. The neglect and demise of our industry has destroyed the heritage of the great industrial revolution. The ephemeral steam from the chimneys disappears into the atmosphere, just like the industry that produces it. I have tried to capture these unstable and turbulent times by using the medium in a variety of ways that changes the visual impact of the same location. The use of medium creates the essence of scene, and creates a variety of atmospheres that ranges from gloom and despair, to hope and optimism. The decay of industry is depicted in rustic colours and the textual effects of the medium. The stormy skies bring with them the sense of anger and frustration being felt by the local community. The steam engulfing the buildings creates an atmosphere of suffocation. Painted without people, they are scenes of abandonment.”

Parking and Entry are free

The Line Through Time

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by admin

Venue: Cargo Fleet
When: 04/12/2015 – 22/01/2016
Admission: FREE

“The Line Through Time” exhibition will be extended until Friday 22nd January 2016, as the gallery was closed over the festive season.

The Middleton Hall Photography Group: Keith & Jean Rowland, Brian Richards, Pat & David Webb, Sonia Wade, Audra Hunt and David Gaskell, put this exhibition together in preparation for the Darlington Arts and Culture Festival in May this year. All exhibited photographs were taken by members of the group to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

When the Middleton Hall photography Group embarked on this photographic exhibition they were unaware of the historical connection between Middleton Hall and the Stockton and Darlington Railway. In the 19th Century, farmland was sold to developers of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Proceeds from this sale provided the funds to build the original Middleton Hall Building.

The Photography Group (born out of the Living Well Manager, Audra Hunt’s love of photography and under the experienced tutelage of Friend of Middleton Hall, Keith Rowland), has been enhancing their skills together since April 2013.

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