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The premise of PICASSO BABY is a tiny bit similar to that of ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover, except they take a week and don’t have Claire Sweeney and the finished product isn’t presented to a road sweeper called Geoff to recognise 60 years of service. In fact, apart from the decorating element PICASSO BABY isn’t very much like 60 Minute Makeover at all. 

Let’s start over. Middlesbrough’s interactive arty party returns to Middlesbrough for its second edition. The premise is simple; a team of Tees-based artists take over Disgraceland in Middlesbrough for the week and, working collaboratively, transform the venue. At the end of the week, they throw open the doors to the public for a celebratory party complete with glorious Technicolor visuals and a diverse line up of music and performance.

The party takes place on Saturday 11th January and features a stellar line-up that includes a headline set from James Leonard Hewitson, with support from Faithful Johannes and Vision 25-C backed up by a Tees-tastic visual team that includes new work from Liz Collier, Tuhutzs, Megan Capocci-Smith, MOOD, Harry Fraser, Tom Kitching, Stephen Irving and Loucey Bain, all overseen by curators Bobby Benjamin and John James Perangie. It takes place between the hours of 7pm-12am and is pay what you want, so if you’re skint from buying all those Lynx sets for people at Christmas you can still go out and enjoy the fun.

Want to be a part of PICASSO BABY (issue 002)? Then just show up at Disgraceland between 10-4 on the 10th of January, bring your brushes and join in.

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