ON Tour Autumn 2018 Roundup

A Fond Farewell to Pocket Panto and ON Tour Autumn 2018Until next time!
Yesterday saw the very last of our Pocket Panto Dick Whittington shows as part of Rural Arts ON Tour.  We had over 25 pantomimes touring as part of our rural touring scheme and the company themselves delivered over 50 performances across the region!

The lovely performers kept us up to date with everything that went on during their tour of North Yorkshire with below being just a few of our favourite moments of theirs!

We got some great feedback from our audiences with comments such as "Hilarious and an excellent piece of entertainment. Worth every penny!" (Croft-On-Tees audience member) and "A really good bash, very enjoyable" (Terrington Village Hall  audience member)

It wasn't only the last Panto show on Sunday but also our last show for the Autumn season of ON Tour. For this reason we thought we'd tell you our personal highlights of ON Tour for Autumn, aside from December and January…

Happy New Year from Rural Arts

Happy New Year from Rural Arts A taste of what's to come this year! Happy New Year from Rural Arts! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Some of the more eager of you may have already spotted that our new programme is out now, ready to collect from the Courthouse; full of workshops, events and performances up until June!
2019 is bringing a lot of new and exciting things for Rural Arts, but we will also soon be bidding farewell to Director Angela Hall as she retires, after having worked for Rural Arts for over 25 years. We wish her all the best, as she embarks on many new and exciting ventures and will be sure to see her around at Rural Arts in the future!

With our new programme out, here is what the first six months of the year has in store for all of you!


Edwina returns to perform at The Courthouse on Saturday 26th January, with a few tickets still available!

In the daytime of Saturday 26th, artist Agnis Smallwood will…

A Very Merry Christmas at Rural Arts

🌟đŸŒČA Very Merry Christmas at Rural Arts! đŸŒČ🌟
Merry Christmas from everyone at Rural Arts!

We've been up to lots of fun festivities over the last few weeks, with Christmas themed workshops, the Makers Market, a special festive Art Cafe, the ever popular Wreath making, Five Loose Chippings and the annual Pocket Panto!

The Christmas Makers Market
Our month of festivities began on Saturday 24th November, with our Makers Market in the Courthouse, where local artists, including some of our ceramic and print studios regulars, sold their handcrafted wares! 

The Courthouse and cafe alike, were extremely busy, which was so lovely to see! We had a variety of things on sale, including handprinted cards, paintings, woollen gifts, handmade jewellery, framed prints and lots and lots of gorgeous ceramics! Take a look below to see just some of what was on offer!

The Christmas Art Cafe

On Thursday 6th December we continued the celebrations with an extra special art cafe. 

We began the session by giving e…

Celebrating International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer DayA Massive Thank-you to all our wonderful volunteers at Rural Arts; past and present!

Wednesday 5th December is International Volunteer Day where businesses and charities celebrate all of their hardworking volunteers worldwide!

At Rural Arts we have an array of volunteers that help us keep everything running smoothly, so we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to them all and learn a little more about what it's like to volunteer at Rural Arts!

Helen and Martyn Shakespeare

Helen and Martyn have been volunteering for us for over 4 years now. Martyn began as a Trustee for Rural Arts but wanted to have a more hand on approach so decided to dedicate some time to volunteering. Helen wanted to have the opportunity to support a local venture and find out more of what Rural Arts is all about.

Helen told us that volunteering has improved her self-confidence and she's really enjoyed having the opportunity to help out in workshops and run her own worksho…

My CREATE Tour with Tees Valley and Fuel Theatre

Tees Valley and Fuel Theatre

For the last few weeks, from Tuesday 30th October to Friday 16th November,  Rural Arts has been running it's CREATE Tour project in Tees Valley. For the project we worked with eight young people from Tuned In! in Redcar to create a curtain-raiser piece that went on to tour alongside the show "Summit" from Fuel Theatre.
During the first week of the project Fuel Theatre's facilitator, Toni Dee, helped the group create their show piece; "Imagine" with script writing workshops, drama warm-ups and show rehearsals. 
She also visited two other venues during the week, to deliver taster workshop sessions for other young people living in the Tees Valley, including with Hope 4 East Cleveland as pictured below.

During the workshop week with the young people from Tuned IN!, we also took the opportunity to take part in Fuel Theatre's #whatchange campaign, getting the young people to tell us what change they would like to see…