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Local creatives at the heart of new council cffices

A unique new scheme for artists will place Middlesbrough's creative works at the heart of the Council's new headquarters on Centre Square.

A call for expressions of interest from Creative Factory, part of the Council's Cultural Services department, offers artists the chance to have their work on the walls of the new development.

Works will be selected by Council staff using an online voting system, and artists will receive a percentage of the works value as a fee, reducing the cost to the Council whilst supporting artists economically.

The initiative is another strand in the ongoing bid for Tees Valley City of Culture 2025.

Creative Factory will lead staff engagement sessions, introducing them to the work of local artists, before voting begins in autumn 2019.

Creative Factory Producer Gordon Dalton said: "Centre Square is already home to MIMA and Claes Oldenburg's Bottle of Notes, and Middlesbrough Council is passionate about promoting access to art and developing the potential of local artists.

"There are so many creative people in the Tees Valley which has a great cultural scene.

"This initiative supports them directly and puts culture at the heart of this new building."

Further commissions will be granted to enhance the reception areas of each of the four floors.

The stairwell will be filled with motivational statistics and graphics about the benefits of a modern workplace, public health and environmental issues.

The Centre Square development will create 200,000 sq ft of premier office space in the centre of Middlesbrough, within a short walking distance of public transport, parking, retail, culture and leisure.

At 60,000 sq ft, One Centre Square will be the Council's new headquarters, replacing the dated Civic Centre.

Construction of the new building is under way with staff due to move in during spring 2020.

The adjacent recently refurbished historic Town Hall make Centre Square one of the biggest civic spaces of its kind in the UK and a centrepiece for Middlesbrough.