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."

Rural Arts Appoints New Director

Organisation welcomes back former colleague, Max MayAngela Hall, who founded Thirsk-based Rural Arts over 25 years ago, is stepping down as Director of the organisation. The position will be taken up by Max May, the organisation’s former Communications and Engagement Officer and a past intern at Rural Arts, who returns to his home town of Thirsk from London. May is appointed with immediate effect. 
Angela Hall, who set up Rural Arts in 1993 with the support of the Rural Communities Council (renamed Community First Yorkshire), leaves the organisation to focus on her own creative work, with exhibitions planned later this year. 
Angela explains: 
“Rural Arts reaches the people other organisations can’t – I’ve run workshops in fields, set up dark rooms in people’s toilets, and worked in army tents with only fairy lights for illumination. I’m immensely proud of what I’ve achieved here and plan to stay involved by volunteering where I can.”
She adds: “It’s fantastic for the team here and the wi…

My CREATE Tour: RJC Dance & Norton College

My CREATE Tour: RJC Dance & Norton College
πŸ’ƒ Touring to Ryedale this March! πŸ’ƒ

This March, award winning dance company RJC Dance and students from Norton College will be touring to venues across Ryedale as part of our CREATE Tour project. 

RJC Dance will be performing their show "Still Blazin'" which has performed previously at Tuned In! in Redcar and Thirsk Town Hall. Last year's audience were amazed by the show and we're sure this year will be just the same, with a performance that is guaranteed to make you want to get out of your seat and join in dancing!
"Still Blazin'" will be Touring to:

Wednesday 6th March Wintringham Community Hall, (Tickets)
07968 732128 / 07969 227642

Thursday 7th March Helmsley Arts Centre  (Tickets)

Friday 8th March The Milton Rooms (Tickets) 01653 696240
This half term, RJC's facilitator, Tricia, will be going along to Norton College to deliver a workshop over 4 days, working alongside the students to …

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…