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Black Path Press is a community publishing project, producing books with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough; an area surrounding the historical route known as the ‘Black Path’. 

The subjects covered in the books are varied, exploring South Bank and The Black Path from different perspectives, looking at the past as well as the present and future. 

Image courtesy of Eric Taylor

Together, these books will form a collective document of the area – given to local libraries, museums and individuals living in and around South Bank.

They will also serve as a research and design tool for a public artwork, led by Foundation Press, on a piece of 100m wall on the site of the Black Path – ready for Autumn 2019. 

A printing press has been set-up especially for the project, with an MZ770E risograph printer installed at Golden Boy Green Community Centre, Normanby Road, South Bank in March 2019. Black Path Press will make as many books as possible between March and August 2019. A number of public events will accompany the workshops and book making activities. 

Free Black Path Press Events:

Sunday July 7th, 10.30am-12.30pm, Meeting at South Bank Train Station: Nature walk with Christine Corbett from River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership and botanist Martin Allen, looking at the plants growing along the Black Path. The walk will start and end at South Bank Train Station. Please email or call  01642 616 144 to book a place on this walk.

Friday July 12th, 4-7pm: Saabat Gallery, Normanby Road: Public exhibition of Black Bath Press books and work in progress – all welcome!

Saturday July 13th, 11am-1pm, Saabat Gallery, Normanby Road: Drop-in creative workshop with artist Vicky Parker, creating patterns using techniques and tools originally used to plan the building of ships at Smith’s Dock. 

Saturday July 13th, 2-4.30pm, Saabat Gallery, Normanby Road: Drop-in creative writing workshop with musicians Mark and Amanda Hadlett at Saabat Gallery. Participate in a number of quick writing games, constructing short written pieces inspired by the history of South Bank and the tradition of folk music. Or join us from 3.30pm for a short set of performances of folk songs by locally-based musicians – all welcome!

Tuesday July 16th,  11am-3pm, Golden Boy Green Community Centre, Normanby Road: Printing press open-day – stop by to see Black Path Press’ printing machine and to talk about the Black Path and the books we are making.

Saturday July 20th,  11am-2pm, St Peter’s School Field, Normanby Road: We’ll be at South Bank Carnival talking about the project and gathering contributions to a Black Path Press book. 


Image courtesy of Patrick Mackin

Approaches to books and workshops include: transcribed conversations, sharing archival content, creating images, patterns and typefaces collaboratively, individual artist commissions... 

Newspaper images  © The British Library Board. All rights reserved.

A Great Place Tees Valley project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England National Lottery Projects.