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New Boosbeck Industries


Ongoing project

Teesside-based artist Adam Clarke is developing New Boosbeck Industries, a project that draws on a moment of deprivation and production in 1930s Teesside and uses new technologies to work with the public to design and produce furniture. New Boosbeck Industries is a long-term public commission supported by mima and launched as part of Localism.

The Boosbeck Industries were established in the 1930s as part of the Middlesbrough Settlement (known locally as Heartbreak Hill), an initiative led by the Pennyman family to tackle unemployment in the region. British designer and former Bauhaus student Wilfred Franks was brought to Heartbreak Hill to teach furniture making to workers – particularly miners from North Skelton, Boosbeck – who soon became skilled craftsmen.

Clarke’s ‘New Boosbeck Industries’ is reviving this tradition to generate a new and sustainable social enterprise in Teesside. Following the same essential ideals, the project will utilise new, digital production methods to create modern furniture.

Adam holds an open session each week where people are invited to come along and take part in the project. The free sessions run every Wednesdays between 1.00pm – 2.00pm and booking is essential. For more details, contact Adam on newboosbeck@gmail.com or 07883103479.

Find out more about Adam and his project in this Evening Gazette article and in the following video.

 

 

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