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New Boosbeck Industry – Shop Fittings


03 March 2017 2:00 pm - 03 March 2017 4:00 pm

Social enterprise New Boosbeck Industries was initiated by Middlesbrough-based artist Adam Clarke, who is working with people to share new skills in design, technology and furniture making. It draws on a moment of deprivation and production in 1930s Teesside and uses new technologies to work with the public to design and produce furniture.

Working to a brief, the group has re-designed and re-fitted our shop, creating new cabinets and a counter. They have ‘hacked’ the original shelving – a commission by artist Andrew Millar and retail store designers Colin Williams Design – to layer multiple approaches and time periods. All pieces are made from Marine Plywood. They are designed on free, digital software SketchUp, cut out using a Computer Numerical Control machine and hand-finished

The original Boosbeck Industries were established in the 1930s as part of the Middlesbrough Settlement (known locally as Heartbreak Hill), an initiative led by the Pennyman family to tackle unemployment in the region. Furniture maker Bernard Aylward and British artist and former Bauhaus student Wilfred Franks were brought to Heartbreak Hill to teach carpentry to workers – particularly miners from North Skelton, Boosbeck.

New Boosbeck Industries meet in our atrium every Thursday from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. For more information, contact Clarke on newboosbeck@gmail.com or phone 07883 103479. The shop increasingly sources products made by local and national makers, designers and artists. The New Boosbeck Industries range of furniture can be purchased there.


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