Factory Night @Tanfield Railway, Co Durham.

On 9th June 2013 a range of artists and creative people with an interest in the history of Derwentside, gathered together at the oldest steam train in the world and were taken on a tour to inspire ideas on engineering, renovation, travel and collaboration…

Steelworks Project Space identified rednile and the Factory Nights format and brand as the perfect way to bring together this group of creative people from all disciplines to gain inspiration from each other and from the history of the Tanfield Railway and surrounding countryside.

The day involved a walk and talk guided tour of the engine and carriage shed, a look at the construction and renovation of steam trains and carriages, a journey in a private carriage on the steam train and a picnic at Causey Arch – the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world, and a key element of the industrial heritage of England.  The day provided the opportunity for a group of dynamic artists to meet, share and connect with  others from Durham, the wider North East and beyond whilst learning more about Steelworks, a new network and project space for creative people living and working in and around Derwentside.
Factory Nights is a series of experimental and spontaneous sessions held in interesting spaces or ‘hidden gems.’ Now in its 6th year, Factory Nights continues to be an innovative approach to commissioning site related art whilst inspiring ideas, collaboration, connections and support between artists working in any specialism. Factory Nights is not a discussion event, seminar or workshop – each event is different depending on the mix of attendees and the venue.

Steelworks Project Space is being supported in its development by Durham Creatives – a county wide initiative supporting the development of new creative industry businesses.