Looking Back: Highlights from May and June at The Courthouse

Saturday 18thMay - Hey Clay
Hey Clay was our ceramics event, with a range of workshops, artist demos and local artwork available to buy.We ran three workshops – making ceramic fish, ceramic planters, and ceramic ring dishes.We also had a ‘Play with Clay’ area for young children, giving them the chance to get their hands stuck into creating with clay. The event was a success, with some beautiful ceramic work coming out of the workshops!

Tuesday 28thMay - Animals mask making and performance by Lempen Puppets of Cardboard Carnival
We had a colourful, creative and musical day – with an Animal Masks workshop followed by the Lempen Puppet performance of ‘Cardboard Carnival’. Lempen Puppet Theatre Company brought their imaginative, spellbinding and surprising CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS to The Courthouse. The Courthouse was full of music and storytelling, and some great masks came out of our workshop.

Half Term at Rural Arts

πŸŽ­πŸ’ƒHalf Term Fun at Rural Arts!🎨🚣
We've had yet another lovely half term at Rural Arts with pirate-themed workshops, the wonderful children's show "A Heart at Sea" and a fabulous CREATE Tour workshop with RJC Dance and Kirkham Henry Performing Arts.


On Wednesday, Trisha from RJC Dance went along with our Arts Development Officer, Sorcha, to teach a dance workshop to young people at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts.

We had 20 young people taking part and it was amazing to see how focused, talented and full of energy they all were. Throughout the day they learnt a variety of carnival dance moves all culminating in a final routine that they will be performing at The Milton Rooms next Friday!

We also got them to show off a few of their best moves for our @create_tour Instagram #showusyourmoves campaign, for which we will be posting daily videos of the group in the lead up to the RJC Dance tour next week in Ryedale.

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A Special Exhibition for Art On Your Doorstep

Art On Your Doorstep Exhibition Yet another special event at the Courthouse!
Last week we hosted an exhibition at The Courthouse full of work made by participants of our Art On Your Doorstep project. The work on display were pieces made at Art Cafe, one-to-one sessions and creative projects that had been done at home.

There was a wide array of work, from delicate hand embroidered miniature rugs and colourful ceramic sculptures, to gorgeous watercolour paintings and heartwarming written narratives.
We opened the exhibition with a private view on the morning of Tuesday 12th February to which many attended. A lot of them seemed extremely pleased to have their work up on display!

Heather was one of our participants that showed her work and has been attending the Rural Arts Art Cafe since towards the end of last year. She displayed a portrait of her grandson in his early years.
Heather said her main reason for drawing him is because he is growing up so fast. “He is a very cheeky chappie”, she s…

LGBT History Month

🌈LGBT History Month🌈  at Rural Arts πŸ’—πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
This February it's LGBT History Month; a nationwide annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history.

At Rural Arts we decided to host some extra special activities to mark this LGBT Activities day on Wednesday 6th February and James McDermott performing his show Rubber Ring on Friday 8th February.

On Wednesday, we tried out lots of creative activities whilst working alongside Ben Metcalf from Prouder Communities Yorkshire, to have an informal discussion about LGBT issues and to invite the participants to talk about their own experiences.

We had a selection of activities for everyone to choose from, with the choice of Keith Haring inspired ceramic tiles, paper flower garlands inspired by Frida Khalo and watercoulour LGBT flags overlayed with calligraphy quotes from famous LGBT writers such as Virginia Woolfe and Oscar Wilde.

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."