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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:

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

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