Centre for Culture and Creativity

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The Centre for Culture and Creativity builds interdisciplinary approaches to vital and complex critical, historical and creative questions. Our Centre brings together researchers and practitioners from across the Arts and Humanities to enrich cultural understanding, enhance public debate, further creative and applied practice, and drive positive social change.

The Centre positions itself within the national and international research landscape as a unique body, investigating and intersecting key areas including:

  • representation, identity and disability;
  • place, public space and belonging;
  • well-being and narrative;
  • participation, socio-economics and curatorial theory;
  • collected and contested memories;
  • radicalism, revolution, democracy and dissent in historical and contemporary contexts.

The Centre works across a range of literary, cultural, historical, artistic and creative fields drawing on a number of special collections and archives, including the collections of the MIMA School of Art and Design and Teesside University Library. We work in partnership with a range of regional, national and international organisations and charities in arts, education, industry, heritage, museums, public health and policy sectors to enrich societal resilience and well-being.

This Research Centre hosts Teesside University’s input into the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training, The Heritage Consortium, and the Northern Bridge Consortium. The Centre also partners with Tate Plus, National Gallery Research Network, Middlesbrough Cultural Partnership, Creative Fuse North East and Creative People and Places project: Borderlands. 

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    Invert/Extant: Transmissions

    Pappas-Kelley, J., Shipley, G., Kelso, C., Allen, A., Martin, D., McAdams, M., Dietz, B., Crisp, S., Finbow, S. & Hetherington, A.

    1/05/20 → …

    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Museum of Ice Cream

    Clake, J., 22 Apr 2021, (Accepted/In press) Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books. 80 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    Diamond, M., O'Malley, M., Wroe, C. & Newell, N., 2020

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Abstract Colour Installation

    Schmid, S., 14 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Press / Media

    Centenary leads to renewed interest in wartime writer

    Rob Hawkes


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Award for project sharing steelworkers stories

    Joan Heggie & Natasha Vall


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Brexit and Boris Johnson

    Christopher Massey


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Public Ownership and the Labour Governments of 1945-1951: The Case of Steel Nationalisation

    Author: Massey, C., 2012

    Supervisor: Copsey, N. (Supervisor) & Howell, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Aspects of Crown administration and society in the county of Northumberland, c. 1400 - c. 1450

    Author: Garrett, J., 2 May 2015

    Supervisor: Newton, D. (Supervisor) & Pollard, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Visual culture and visuality in the politics of the Irish Free State, 1921-1939

    Author: Ellis, T. H., 1 Apr 2020

    Supervisor: Higgins, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis