Survival Techniques

Survival Mode

Middlesbrough Edition​

About the Project

The Survival Mode project aims to uncover those moments of light, the ways people have found comfort and support as well as the people and actions that have helped them to get through the day. 

Artist Naomi Edmondson creator of street art initiative Survival Techniques will be creating a new temporary public artwork for Middlesbrough inspired by the stories of its residents. Her artworks are vibrant beacons of hope and colour providing beautiful moments of inspiration and contemplation.

As the initial weeks of lockdown turned into months of restrictions and uncertainty we have lived through the most extraordinary times, powerless as the pandemic gripped the world and all of us in it. Even more incredible is how we have all adapted and looked for hope to hold onto in whatever form that might take, often in the most unlikely of places. We have worked together in the understanding that survival isn’t just of the fittest but is found in the communities we live in and the basic human instincts of empathy and compassion.

The finished artwork will provide a moment of contemplation, a reminder of our ability to keep going and a little hopeful inspiration for the days to come. 

Look out for Naomi’s creation which will be brighting Middlesbrough town centre very soon!

 

Artwork revealed!

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their survival techniques and shared their thoughts and words with us! Naomi has been busy designing the finished artwork and we are so excited to share it with you. 

The artwork is now installed at One Centre Square in Middlesbrough and brings a whole lot of colour, light and hope along with it so do please stop by and share any photos with us #SurvivalModeBoro – can’t wait to see what you think!

Meet the Artist

Survival Techniques is a street art project by Naomi Edmondson that aims to promote hope and optimism and bring a little light to someone having a dark day. 

The project began as a list Naomi made for herself to remind her what to do when feeling really low; things that always made her feel a bit better. As an ultimately democratic space, the street was chosen as the primary place to share the artwork, aiming to reach and connect together as many people as possible.

Naomi won Street Artist of the Year at the global Rise Art Prize, has had solo exhibitions in London and Tokyo and collaborated with Global Street Art to help transform a housing estate in North London. Naomi works on commissions for both public and private sector with projects currently ranging across Europe, North American and Asia. 

To see more of Naomi’s wonderful work take a look at her website here: www.survivaltechniques.co.uk

Online Workshop

Open to Middlesbrough residents only

Create your own mini mural with Survival Techniques!

A creative workshop where participants learn about the Survival Techniques street art project and develop their own list of phrases and reminders of things that they can do that help them to feel good.

Using the most personally resonant action or phrase from their list, participants create their own typographic artwork on a canvas board to take home. Naomi will lead the workshop via zoom and guide you through the process step by step. 

Book your workshop ticket via our Eventbrite page and before the workshop a materials pack will be posted out to you so that you will have everything you need at home to take part.

Suitable for all abilities and great for complete beginners looking to try something creative – you don’t need to be arty or be able to draw a masterpiece! All stencils will be provided as well as easy to use pens to help you create a vibrant and colourful artwork. 

All we ask is that you share your survival techniques and a photo of your creations with us to help inspire Naomi’s design for Middlesbrough town centre.

Workshop duration: 1-2 hours

The workshop is free to book but please make sure you can attend the online event as we only have a limited number of spaces and packs available. Suitable for adults 16+ Participants must be Middlesbrough residents, packs will only we sent out to participants with a Middlesbrough postcode

Survival Mode is produced by Stellar Projects

Artist – Naomi Edmondson – Survival Techniques

With support from Durham County Community Foundation

Middlesbrough Cultural partnership logo CMYK

Thriftmobile 2020

Thriftmobile 2020

The Thriftmobile adventured its way through the Borough of Redcar during the Festival Of Thrift’s digital edition in September 2020.

Working with Redcar based performance company Whippet Up we created the ultimate travelling festival experience as our colourful electric vehicle set out first thing to help spread the Thrifty word and remind people to tune in online and watch all of the marvellous content available! A Great Place funded project which took the festival atmosphere to the streets!

With parades not possible this year safe to say we had to think differently about how we could create a carnival atmosphere with social distancing in place, usually we are trying to bring as many people together in one place as we can so this was a challenge indeed! The Thriftmobile worked brilliantly to take The Festival of Thrift to the streets and working with Whippet Up we knew they would bring the party with them so it was great to see how people reacted as the Thriftmoble passed by creating fun colourful moments around the streets of Redcar.
Festival of Thrift
Thursday, August 31, 2017

130th Anniversary Event Middlesbrough Town Hall

130th Anniversary Event Middlesbrough Town Hall

An extraordinary event staged to celebrate 130th anniversary of the opening of Middlesbrough Town Hall. As producers we brought together hundreds of people and persuaded them to join us for the day as we dressed them in period costume and took to the streets to await our special guests!

A horse drawn carriage with our own special Prince & Princess of Wales arrived to brass band fanfare playing the A-team theme of course! A sepia photograph taken by Charles Twist documented the event in a tradionally fitting way as even made their way back into the building to continue the celebrations!

I would just like to say what a fantastic day we had on Saturday from start to finish it was very friendly, interesting and well thought out...A big hand goes to you and all involved in setting up such a memorable occasion and we will be keeping an eye out to get involved in other local events in the area, thank you!
Participant
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Futureboro

Futureboro

Artist Michele Wren created the very first People’s Planning Office at the Town Hall in Middlesbrough in 2018, working with community groups and residents to let people have their say and design their future town.

As part of the FutureBoro project Michelle asked residents to take on the role of the Town Planner and decide what they would build, save and demolish and to mark their observations and improvements for the town on a large map, asking people to come up with ideas, from the huge and impossible to the tiny and probable, which she transformed into fantastic cardboard installations shown in an outdoor exhibition in Centre Square.  

I just totally loved working with you. Honestly it was a fantastic supportive experience. So proud of how it all ended up and the small group of people that formed from the local community. I just think it was great! I want to thank you both for the support and the fantastic opportunity and introducing me to such a great town with great people. I really hope we can all work together again! I would do it in a heart beat!
Michele Wren
Artist
Thursday, August 31, 2017

You Are Stardust

You are Stardust

A delightful interactive performance that we created for children aged 2 – 5 years which explores the magical, mystical world of Estelle and her search for stardust. Estelle is fascinated by the stars and her biggest wish is to find some stardust of her very own, so she can have the beauty of the stars with her all the time. The performance joins Estelle as she explores the world far and wide on her quest to capture a little jar of magic.

Beautiful storytelling, movement and music combine to create an enchanting, interactive show exploring how sometimes the very thing you are looking for is right under your nose… Produced and presented by Stellar Projects; devised and performed by Urban Kaos with an original soundtrack composed and recorded by Danny Allinson.

Walking in through the fairy light tunnel to see the huge starry lantern was fabulous, truly stunning. Sitting on the large cushions with blankets gave a wonderful informality to the atmosphere which got rid of any concerns about whether the little one would behave.
Visitor
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Just to say we thoroughly enjoyed the show and were very impressed. My son doesn't usually last for more than about ten minutes so to keep him so engaged and interested was a major feat and done so beautifully. Thank you so much!
Visitor
Thursday, August 31, 2017
AMAZING! I want a giant, revolving star machine! I posted a few pictures and a video of it on social media - it attracted a lot of attention from other curious parents. You used lots of different theatrical props to engage the children and create atmosphere - it was magical and far exceeded my expectations!
Visitor
Thursday, August 31, 2017
I think the whole thing was very well thought out and had a beautiful message that rings true no matter the age.
Visitor
Thursday, August 31, 2017
We enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish - walking through the stars to sitting on the mats, being under the sea and then on the moon and the overall message of the story was amazing!
Visitor
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Enjoy the Ride

Enjoy the Ride

A pedal powered Carnival parade full of vibrant colours and Captain Cook adventure, created to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire toIn Middlesbrough 2016.

The spectacular parade brought together community costume groups, professional performers and musicians with a cavalcade of decorated bikes and cycling enthusiasts from across the Borough. School and community groups from across Middlesbrough worked with carnival artists to make costumes ready to join the parade on the day, inspired by Captain Cook and the ships from his famous voyages, the procession celebrated the sights and sounds of the far flung places Cook visited, using their traditional colours, patterns and motifs to take the audience around the world and back again.

It was lovely for our students to take part in the event they all enjoyed the loud music, bright colours and crowds of people; it offered a lovely social and sensory experience
Teacher
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Festival of Thrift

Festival of Thrift

2018 saw the inaugural Thrift Parade which launched the festival in style and included hundreds of participants from local youth, community groups and schools, as well as performance groups and cyclists heading up the parade. 

Our role involved the fundraising, development and delivery of the parade as well as engaging community group across Redcar in the event.

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to YOU BOTH! Thanks for all the creativity, thought, care and plain hard slog you have put into the Parade this year
Stella Hall
Festival Director
Thursday, August 31, 2017
We cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful opportunity. Out of a class of 21 children, 19 attended the festival, which is an excellent turn out for our school. Children who are usually shy and reserved were happy to walk alongside their peers in the parade and did so with a beaming smile. The children then enjoyed going back to school the next week, putting their costumes back on and telling their peers all about the event
Teacher
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Make & Mend Festival

Make & Mend Festival

We are the creators and producers of the Make & Mend Festival which is now in it’s third year at Preston Hall Museum & Grounds in Stockton-on-Tees. It is a 1 day festival of making and wellbeing,  a place where we hope to spread our passion for making and its ability to repair, restore and rejuvenate. 

​The Make & Mend Festival started in 2018 with a desire to create an event that would inspire, teach and nourish – impacting on the life of those who attend in a positive way. Our aim is to encourage visitors to unleash their creative spirit and let their true colours shine through.

Fantastic workshops – so much covered in an hour! Workshop leaders were brilliant – friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable.
Visitor
Make & Mend Festival
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Nothing more beneficial for the mind and soul than a day of crafting, socialising and yoga. Perfect
Visitor
Make & Mend Festival
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thank you for organising such a fabulous event! It really rejuvenated me & inspired me!
Visitor
Make & Mend Festival
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pages of the Sea

Pages of the Sea

Thousands of people joined us on Redcar Beach to mark 100 years since Armistice and the end of the first world war.

We produced the event on behalf of Sunderland Culture and 1418 NOW, working with local artists Stuart Langley and Diane Watson to create a huge sand portrait of Private Theophillus Jones, a local man who died in the war.

The project was devised by Danny Boyle and saw communities gather across 32 beaches to say goodbye and thank you to the people who left their shores. 

As Regional Producer of Pages of the Sea for Sunderland Culture I was involved in overseeing Danny Boyle's astonishing First World War Armistice commemorative project.  This included Sunderland's Roker Beach, Redcar Beach and some involvement in Seahouses Beach.  Owing to geography and capacity it was essential that we engaged additional producers to manage the Redcar Beach event and we were able to appoint Stellar Projects to do this for us.  Despite the short notice Rachel and Lyndsey were able to quickly and efficiently put in place a local programme to complement the elements created through Danny Boyle's vision.  Their local knowledge - of artists, production staff and suppliers was invaluable and they managed all these aspects well.  Throughout the project they remained calm, patient and good humoured, resulting in an excellent event which achieved national recognition.  I would thoroughly recommend Stellar Projects as Producers and Event Managers and would gladly work with them again if the opportunity arose.
Helen Green
Sunderland Culture
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Stars Come Out at Night

The Stars Come Out at Night

Our touring illuminated artwork which captures the beauty of the night sky and brings a glimmer of starlight right down to earth! This large sculptural installation slowly rotates to reveal beautiful star patterns on the surrounding landscape, making it a perfect focal point for an evening event. The installation is a playful take on children’s projectors which cast patterns of the constellations on bedroom walls and ceilings, helping children to sleep.

The installation is accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack created by composer Oliver Vibrans.

The installation has featured at the following events:

Lumiere, Durham in 2019 

Nightfall, Stockton-on-Tees 2019

Leeds Light Night 2018 – inside Trinity Church