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Image: Force Majeure by Gabriella Hirst

Continuing in their mission to provide exemplary spaces for artists and superb exhibitions for the culture-hungry public, The Auxiliary will be opening a new creative space in Middlesbrough this month. A renovated warehouse on Station Street, the (cannily named) The Auxiliary Warehouse will offer two galleries, a workshop and light industrial studio space and a full tool and tech library, with immersive exhibitions, studio space and bursaries already on offer.

The first exhibition, kicking off from Friday 24th May, will see cutting-edge artists showcasing installations, video and drawings which are on the fringes of the mark-making discipline. Among the artists on display is Lesley Hicks, whose work draws inspiration from Iceland’s landscape of fire and ice; local post-war architecture informs Emma Bennett’s work, as she produces her largest wall drawing to date; there’s new material from artist Nick Kennedy; an installation from Australian artist Gabriella Hirst entitled Force Majeure and local photography collective WAX showcase their work.

“Three years ago, we started exhibiting artists in our living room,” says Liam, co-director of The Auxiliary. “Then we ran an artist residency programme, with over 30 artists staying with us over a two year period. Through amazing support we now have the space, tools and resources to start producing and exhibiting amazing works of art. The opportunities for artists just keep growing in Middlesbrough and The Warehouse adds to this.”

Liam promises “great art work and live music, as well as some quality ale” for the opening night and, as with all Auxiliary events, it’s free of charge.

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