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Tees Valley art organisation, Navigator North, will be shining a light on the buildings, people and activities of Exchange Square in Middlesbrough in their new exhibition Exchange – Past, Present and Future. It’s part of Middlesbrough High Street Heritage Action Zone’s, Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough, which looks to explore the culture and history of the high street and will include archival material, images and artefacts that reveal the past, present and future of the unique area of the town.

Taking place from Saturday 11th September to Saturday 27th November at The Masham in Middlesbrough, the exhibition looks at the Victorian splendour of the former Royal Exchange building and Commerce House along with the 140-year-old statue of industrialist and the first mayor of Middlesbrough, Henry Bolckow.

There will also be an introduction to the newly appointed Exchange Artist in Residence, Layla Khoo. Layla is a visual artist based in North Yorkshire who works across a range of mediums with a specialism in ceramics. Her residency will focus on researching, relating and exchanging the histories of the town that matter to the communities living and working within Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter. 

Alongside this, there will be an outline of the new research to be carried out by Tees Valley Arts exploring the hidden heritage narratives of Exchange Square. 

Vicky Holbrough, Director of Navigator North, adds: “Through this exhibition, we are aiming to raise awareness of the cultural heritage of the town, in particular Exchange Square, and how we recognise and learn from this in the present. 

“We hope to bring to light some exciting new findings that people may not be aware of and are really looking forward to local people getting involved in the artist residency and further research over the next 12 months.”

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