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Middlesbrough hosts UK's biggest art competition

Jan 09, 2013
If you can squash your reasons for loving Teesside into the size of a postcard, and do so artistically rather than in writing, this sounds like the competition for you.

Prizes totalling £41,000 have been made available for artists - amateur as well as professional - who can encapsulate their fondness of Roseberry Topping, Saltburn pier or the spidery mechanics of Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge in such a midget frame. They don't get the money themselves, but the chance to nominate a charity, school or community group which will benefit from their talents.

The organisers are touting the event as the biggest charity art competition in the UK, which may bring ripostes from even larger exercises but cannot be far wide of the mark. Tens of thousands of participants are potentially there, with the clout of mima - the excellent Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - combining with the generosity of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

Middlesbrough and its surroundings are routinely slagged off in the national media, which wouldn't matter tuppence except for the fact that the denigration probably deters potential relocating enterprises. The sensible ones, who take the time to discover Teesside University, the glorious surrounding countryside and the skills and friendliness of local people, still go ahead; but there will always be fainthearts who don't, and they are an economic loss.

[From guardian]
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