Tees Valley New Creatives logo which incorporates the logos of ARC, Tees Valley Combined Authority and Tees Valley Mayor, the background is a collage of images of members of the network and their work.

“Tees Valley New Creatives is a valuable contributor to talent development and retention for the region. What an impressive collection of artists, committed to developing their work in the Tees Valley.”

 – Sir Nick Serota, Chair of Arts Council England

Tees Valley New Creatives is an exclusive, highly connected, and industry recognised network of career launching support; helping newly trained professionals expand their potential, secure work, and unlock new opportunities in their field. Membership is free for your first two years… but your career results could be priceless.


Since Tees Valley New Creatives launched:

  • We have worked with 140+ creative sector employers and stakeholders, alongside the main HE providers in the region, to actively reduce the gap between creative training and employment.
  • Over 85 members have secured paid employment in the creative and cultural industries, predominately in the Tees Valley
  • 170+ paid professional opportunities and commissions have been secured by TVNC members; from creating productions for Stockton International Riverside Festival, to securing work in the costume department for the official UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
  • 20 members have created successful business start-ups ranging from theatre companies and online stores selling self-created work, to a film and media company

TVNC Network members are an explosive powerhouse of bold new talent in diverse creative fields – from visual artists, designers, writers, performers, film makers, media production specialists and directors, to theatre and events technicians, stage managers, producers, facilitators and arts administrators.

If your creative training, specialism and skills could be applied to projects, events, work, or employment in the creative and cultural sector, TVNC can support you to get (and keep) your foot in the door.

By joining TVNC, you can be one of the first to get insider information and industry call outs – plus you’ll unlock access to social media platforms, expert insights, networking support, and exclusive work opportunities that are only available to members.

You’ll be able to gain valuable step by step insights for building a successful freelance career at fortnightly online TVNC Networking Evenings, delivered by some of the most exciting voices in the sector. You’ll also have the chance to join other TVNC members at in-person events featuring introductions to leading professionals.

There’s no obligation to engage with everything on offer. You can get involved with whatever meets your needs, whenever this fits your professional life.

If you…

  • Completed training in ANY creative specialism, as part of the Class of 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023
  • Trained, or live in the Tees Valley
  • Are over 18 and no longer in full-time education (BTEC, UAL, A Levels, FdA, BA Hons)
  • Are ready to work in the creative and cultural industries

You can join the Tees Valley New Creatives Network by completing the membership form below.

The TVNC programme has been co-designed by Tees Valley Combined Authority, The Northern School of Art, Teesside University, and Stockton Riverside College; and is delivered by a wide range of creative industry professionals through ARC. The programme is funded by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority

To join the Tees Valley New Creatives Network and access full details about everything on offer please complete this membership form.

Bursaries are available to members to support continuing professional development for members. Download a bursary application form.

TVNC Networking Evenings take place fortnightly on Zoom. 

Book your place at the next networking event online. You can also book a place by calling our Box Office on 01642 525199.

If you have any access requirements in order to attend the launch, please let us know when booking.

Tees Valley New Creatives Talent Directory

The TVNC Talent Directory showcases an explosive powerhouse of bold new talent working in diverse creative fields across the Tees Valley; from visual artists, production designers, writers, performing artists, filmmakers, creative media specialists and directors; to technicians, events and festivals creatives, stage managers, facilitators and qualified teachers. This exciting go-to resource provides a one-stop platform for employers to explore the thriving skills and professional experience of TVNC members, whilst enabling users to connect with those who have the creative skills to help build their business, get their brand noticed, or increase the impact of their next creative project. Potential employers, commissioners, funders and collaborators can find profiles using advanced search criteria; including creative specialisms, skills, location base within the Tees Valley and more. Each profile is designed to showcase examples of work, CVs, links to creatives’ external sites and offers the opportunity to connect directly via a contact button.