A clear success: Post from Tees bit on the side

1 3Yesterday was ‘that day’ again for our second year students, with their Specialist module assessment. With some great work across the board, and some competition hopefuls, this ‘breathtaking’ piece really made the impression. In answer to this years ISTD brief, ‘all about one thing’, one Tutee exhaled this concept, all about oxygen. Great work Victor!

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Guest Artsit Visit: Stacy Makishi: Post from Perform@tees

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Our lucky PLRM students are in for a treat this Tuesday 4th!

Performance artist Stacy Makishi is visiting Teesside University to offer an afternoon workshop for the third year students.

Stacy Makishi’s present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. The work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it challenging; visual as it is literate.




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Guest artist visit: Chris Goodwin: Post from Perform@tees

Students from all three years today had the chance to gain knowledge and insight into the choroegraphic practices of a professional, north east based, dance artist. The session began with the students learning some of Chris’s rep material before beginning to manipulate it with a focus on relationships within choreography with self, audeince, space and others.

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Learning to Love Art: MIMA

I DIDN’T grow up in an artistic household.

My mum has a grand knack for sewing, my dad loves building software, my brother is gifted in both writing and playing music, while I have a media- shaped heart. Art itself was never a “thing” for my family.

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MEDIA HEART: but learning to love art too

Then again, I didn’t really understand the meaning of art.

I always thought “art” was a general description for paintings that were made for people with lots of free time, money and room to ponder.

Art belonged in art galleries, and artists were the only bodies relevant enough to pass through those shiny, sliding doors.

It’s only recently that I’ve learned how wrong I was to generalise. Because of my generalisations of art, I’ve twisted and tumbled through 24 years of life without knowing how much art I have actually consumed.

It’s not all about the paintings, is it?

Writing is an art. Film making is an art. Sucking in the sheer beauty of a building and twisting it into something abnormal is an art.

And when we feel the surge of passion, we can start to understand the power of art and how it is able to reach us?

I decided to put my new found interest to the test and last weekend, I visited Middlesbrough’s small but richly prestigious art gallery, mima – with an open mind and a want to experience EVERYTHING.

I’d been to the institute many times before, mainly for meetings, but this time was different.

I had a purpose – I was hopping on the metaphorical visitor train, and for some reason, it felt like I was looking at the gallery’s kitsch kiddies’ chairs and the never-ending ceiling beams for the first time.

After scanning the glass forum for current exhibition leaflets, I ignored the lure of the coffee shop in the corner and went for the big guns.


TILLYER: artistic appreciation

Mocha espressos could wait!

I had Markus Karstieß’s new piece on my mind, and I had to see it. As a non-artist, I was eager to see what I could take from it.

“Hello Darkness” greeted me with gloomy, possibly even frightening eyes. The ceramic sculptures dropped from the ceiling into, what appeared to be, pools of fresh earth. I could almost mistake the exhibition for tornadoes, touching down on the art floor, spinning tunnels of shiny mass. Further research told me that Mr Karstieß spent a year crafting this during his time in the Fine Art department of Newcastle University.

One year seemed like such a small space of time for such effort; and from the paused comments of other visitors, I could tell that “Hello Darkness” was capable of literally taking words out of people’s mouths.

It wasn’t generic, and it certainly was not a painting.

My next exhibition harboured many a painting; and I felt as if I really wanted to hit my stereotypical perception of them on the head. William Tillyer ‘s bountiful watercolour collection: “Against Nature”, was the largest exhibition the institute has held in all its years. It pains me to admit that my journalistically programmed mind found it difficult to read some pieces (why is that bit there? What does it mean?)

But the abundance of colours, textures and themes proceeded to soak me with artistic appreciation. It made me realise that yes, people do stand and ponder paintings – but also that it is an enjoyable escapism.

Drifting back into the forum, I was hit by an artsy parallel universe. This was not the solemn silence that I expected.

The mocha espressos grinded away accompanied by a cheery chorus of friendly local voices, while the mima staff bounced around in branded t-shirts and dads and their daughters sat around with co-ordinated toys on the squishy, kitsch chairs.

Despite my non-artistic status, my visit to the gallery opened my eyes in ways that I wouldn’t usually find them opening.

I left mima realising that “art” is not only for people with lots of free time, money and room to ponder…







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New smoking campaign hopes to bring success in the North East

A NEW hard hitting and emotional campaign has been launched in an attempt to tackle smoking in the North East

It comes on the back of  a survey which reveals that more than six out of 10 smokers admit their family worry about their smoking.

The poll also found that nine out 10 smokers underestimate the risk of dying from smoking related illnesses.

So can a TV ad change someone’s lifestyle for the better?

Reporter Lucy Moody investigates.


‘Don’t be the one’ is the latest campaign to try to get smokers in the region to stop smoking.

SMOKING PACKET: urges smokers to think of those around them

SMOKING PACKET: urges smokers to think of those around them

The campaign aims to encourage the North East’s 460,000 smokers to seek help and support to kick the habit – for the sake of their loved ones as well as themselves.

Alisa Rutter, Director of FRESH, who is behind the new campaign, said:  ”This is an emotional advert and it’s a very tough advert but unfortunately this is the reality for thousands of families across the North East every year.

“Around 4,000 people die every year in our region from totally avoidable smoking related causes.

“That’s why we’ve gone for this hard hitting approach and we do really think it’s going to have an impact.”

Alisa added: “A smoker’s risk of dying early from a tobacco related disease is much higher than being hit by a bus or winning the lottery.

“We’re really concerned that nine out of 10 smokers in the North East seriously underestimate their risks of dying from smoking.”

The TV ad urges smokers to follow ‘Don’t BeThe1.tv’ for support as well as going online to order a free Quit Kit.

As part of the campaign, family members are also able to send e-cards to their loved ones telling them to stop smoking and explaining their concerns and why they care.

Alisa added: “The e-cards are a way of sending a message to someone you love to tell them ‘I’m really worried about your smoking – I don’t want you to be the one’ and urge them to quit smoking.

“We want as many people as possible over the next month to share this e-card because we do know that eight out of 10 North East smokers wish they’d never started.

“It’s a powerful addiction but if  family, friends and loved ones get in touch with people they love saying I don’t want you to be the one, I think it’s going to be a really powerful campaign.

“There’s a lot of great support for local smokers to help them quit smoking. You can download free apps from the NHS and even receive supportive texts to encourage you and in Darlington and Durham, there are some fantastic stop smoking services. So if you are thinking of quitting smoking, there hasn’t been a better time, as there’s so much free help.”

NEW CAMPAIGN: Fresh hope to encourage North East smokers to quit for their loved ones

NEW CAMPAIGN: Fresh hope to encourage North East smokers to quit for their loved ones

A group of Teesside students, who viewed the new ad, all agreed it was emotional and hard-hitting.

Natalie New, 20, a Civil Engineering student, said: “The ad is so sad. It’s shocking to see the child looking all innocent and happy then suddenly everything turns for the worst.

“He’s too young to lose his Mam and have to take on the responsibility of looking after himself.”

Psychology student Alex Gray, 20, said: “Wow that’s powerful.

“I definitely think this ad will urge smokers to quit because it’s a situation a lot of smokers could see themselves in. I like the slogan ‘Don’t be the One’ because it addresses people’s reluctance to believe it could happen to them.”

Computer Science student, Will Redding, 20, added: “Wow that’s such a good TV campaign – it’s really powerful and that’s exactly what is needed to get people to stop smoking.”

If you would like more information, visit the Fresh website.




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Dance artist Zubaidah Saëbu joins the dance team: Post from Perform@tees

Zubaidah Saëbu will be teaching contemporary dance technique, fitness and body conditioning to the dance students of the BA Dance. The section is delighted that she has joined the team for this spring term.

ZubaidahZubaidah Saëbu was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and trained at the Modern Theatre Dance Department of the Theaterschool in Amsterdam, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance (BDa). In her last year she did her work placement with Tees Valley Dance and has not left the area since.

After working for Tees Valley Dance as a fulltime dancer for 3 years, she started working as a Freelance Dance Artist. She currently tours with children’s theatre company Tell Tale Hearts and next to this teaches regularly in education, from nursery up to university level under the Vivid Dance name.

Some of the choreographers/dance artists that Zubaidah has worked with include Leine & Roebana, Dora Frankel, David Zambrano, Sanna Myllylahti, Jennifer Hanna and Maria Naidu.

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Should the HPV vaccine be given to boys as well as girls?

VACCINATION: Should the HPV vaccine be given to young boys? (Source CNN)

VACCINATION: Should the HPV vaccine be given to young boys? (Source CNN)

IN 2008 a programme was introduced to give all girls between the ages of 12 and 13 the HPV vaccination, to help protect them from getting cervical cancer.

The vaccine can protect against the two types of viruses that can cause over 70% of cases of cervical cancer.

But why in 2014 have doctors and experts suggested that the HPV vaccine should be given to boys as well?

Reporter REBECCA MCPARTLAND, investigates.


IT HAS become routine for girls to be given the HPV vaccination during their time at school to protect them from getting cervical cancer.

But now HPV Action is calling on the Government to extend its teenage girl vaccination programme to include boys as well, to help also protect them a wide range of cancers.

The group of 26 patient and professional organisations is currently working to reduce the health burden of HPV, and chose World Cancer Day, February 4, to launch its new campaign.

The HPV virus, which can be sexually transmitted, is responsible for 5% of all cancers, while it is linked to 90% of anal cancers, 60% of penile cancers and up to 75% of tonsil and base-of-tongue cancers.

Currently the UK only offers the vaccination to girls; however countries such as the USA, Australia and some areas in Canada now offer the cancer-preventing vaccine to boys.

Peter Baker, HPV Action’s Campaign Director said: “Vaccinating girls alone is not enough to tackle HPV as men can also get the virus.

“It is unfair to deny boys in the UK the same level of protection as girls here or indeed boys in Australia and other countries where both sexes are now routinely vaccinated.

“The HPV vaccination is one of the easiest ways of preventing cancer.”

HPV Action believe that it is men who have sexual intercourse with other men who are most at risk as they have no protection from the girls-only programme. But they also believe that just vaccinating men who have sex with other men will not be a good solution – which is why they want the vaccine to be offered to both young girls and boys.

The vaccination is most effective before a child has had any sexual activity, however, many believe that it would be very unethical to ask a 12-year-old boy if at some point in the future he might have sex with another man.

If young males were also to be vaccinated then not only could they be protecting themselves from cancer, but they could also be protecting women.

Currently parents who wish to have their sons vaccinated have to pay up to £150 to get it done privately.

Mr Baker said: “It is unfair on girls to expect them to take sole responsibility for tackling HPV.

“It is a gender-neutral virus that requires a gender-neutral vaccination programme.”

As well as helping to protect people from various cancers, the HPV vaccination can also help to protect people from genital warts – a sexually transmitted disease that can be difficult to treat and can also cause a lot of distress and discomfort.

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