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The Start Studio


Founded and directed by Sara Calgie, Start Studio is a non-profit organisation based in Linthorpe. Art education at the core, their funded CPDL programme for primary teachers in Tees Valley Schools aims to grow creativity in children through child-led approaches and training teachers in inspiring arts. The organisation also offers funded opportunities for caregivers in the growing visual arts sector and they deliver community art sessions to excite creativity, learning and connection. Some collaborators they work with include freelance art teacher and textile artist Jan Barker, community teacher Jo Thompson, award-winning cartoonist, comic’s scholar and educator Julian Lawrence, visual artist Sue Loughlin and artist/educator Jilly Keast Johnson.