April brought me back together with my Boro guide Brian as we headed out to Redcar to meet the men from Team Talk once more. Our mission: to wrangle this gang of ex-steelworkers into a modelling session of sorts and create a living version of Mackenzie Thorpe's classic sculpture, “The Apostles”.
The idea was born when Team Talk visited Arthaus last autumn (for full details on that rowdy occasion, check out my previous blog post!). Mackenzie joined the group via Facetime and talked about “The Apostles”, describing it as “The Middlesbrough Last Supper” - wherein a group of flat-capped working men leaving the pub on a Friday night, immersed in their tall tales, jokes and debates, fall into the instantly recognisable positions of the Apostles themselves. Well! This sparked quite a conversation and we laughed about the notion of recreating the sculpture with the men of Team Talk. What better models?! How fitting that these Teesside working men should be the ones to do it?! The plan was set in motion.
Huge thanks to Team Talk for being such great fun and so willing to take on this challenge: Brian, Tony, David, Peter, Alex, Colin, Eric, Cliff, Paul, Mick, John, Richie, Paul, Roy, Martin...and Tess the dog!
Thanks also for my very own Team Talk Hoodie, I feel like part of the gang!
*Watch this space for further adventures with Team Talk – I wonder what our next project will be?!