One of the country’s most lucrative art competitions will give its proceeds to charity. Love Where you Live, run by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is asking visitors to the Teeside venue to express their civic pride on a postcard, with the best entries sharing £41,000 for their chosen good causes.Groups and visitors of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to take part in the idea, backed by the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. Footballer Jonathan Woodgate and Olympic swimmer Aimee Wilmott are also supporting the campaign, which is offering a top prize of £10,000 and a variety of other awards for schools and charity entries.
“People often speak of regional pride, but through my time working with MIMA I’ve seen it on another level,” said Kate Brindley, the Director of the Institute.
“This competition allows us to contribute not only to the artistic and cultural makeup of the area, but to help people, through their art, give back to the people and places that make Teesside the place it is.”
Andy Preston, the Chairman of the Foundation, said the money would help local organisations fulfil their potential.
“We want to make a difference to the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside,” he added.
“This art competition is a celebration of what makes the region great and we want people to shout about why they love where they live.”
The funds will be allocated to groups in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. The postcards will be displayed at MIMA in a two-month exhibition from the middle of February.
“I love Stockton because of its people,” said Jessie Jacobs, from local women’s charity A Way Out.
“We are some of the most humorous, generous and real people I have ever met.
“A Way Out would not exist if it wasn’t for people’s generosity, warmth and kindness, getting behind us and supporting what we do.
"I genuinely wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. We have a history of pioneering new ideas and new technologies here in Teesside.
"I would like to think we can have confidence to keep going against the grain and believing in ourselves as a region again.”
Entries must be received by February 8 2013.
- Visit love-whereyoulive.co.uk to find out more and take part.