Showing posts from August, 2011

Apprenticeship opportunity at Rural Arts......

Would you be interested in an apprenticeship with Rural Arts or do you know anyone who may be interested? We are looking for a young person (aged 16-18 years) to join our team starting September (for one year minimum). The post would involve working in the cafe, reception duties, dealing with customers, organising exhibitions/shop area, stock control, etc. If you are interested please contact Janice e: or t: 01845 526536 or call in to The Courthouse for a coffee and a chat. Our current apprentice, Lisa Henney studied for her NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Business Management and Finance during her year with us and is going to Harrogate College to study for a Foundation Degree in Business Management.  She will be working at Rural Arts 2-3 days per week as her paid placement as part of her course.  She feels that the experience she has gained during her time her has been invaluable in helping her decide which route she wanted to take.

A Taste of....Taster Art Classes for adults starting soon at The Courthouse

NEW FOR AUTUMN  at The Courthouse -  taster art sessions for adults, all abilities welcome. Starting on 9th September - every Friday afternoon from 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Taster sessions will include batik, raku pottery, drawing and ceramics. Costs £7.50 per session (book all sessions and get one free). September 9th and 16th       Mosaic shapes and plaques 23rd                    Felt Key rings/jewellery 30th                    Making ceramic pots for raku firing (firing to take place in November) October 7th and 14th       The Big Draw event 21st and 28th      HALF TERM HOLIDAY November 4th and 11th       Ceramic animals, cupcakes and plaques 18th and 25th     Batik scarves/hangings or raku firing                            (as part of the firing process is outside we have allowed 2 weeks to for the weather) December 2nd and 9th        Christmas cards, gifts and wrapping paper using a variety of printing techniques Why not have your lunch in our cafe or treat yourself to

Help us to develop The Courthouse as a cultural hub! Vacancy at Rural Arts

We are looking for someone to help us develop The Courthouse as a cultural hub who will help to run our cafe, reception and gallery space and be involved in the further development of all these areas of business. If you have an interest in the arts and have retail/catering/tourism experience or would like to gain more experience in an arts environment you could be what we are looking for.  The post could suit a recent graduate who is looking for a career in the arts. The vacancy is for a full-time post at The Courthouse in Thirsk to start in September (Monday to Friday) but with occasional evening and weekend cover. We need someone who is interested in the arts, good with people, personable, able to use their initiative and who would be able to help us to develop our business. The salary is negotiable and could be offered on an apprenticeship basis if this were appropriate. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Janice t: 01845 526536 or e: janice@ruralarts.

Jeff Josephine exhibition - Private View 5th August 2011

Friday evening was the preview event for the Jeff Josephine exhibition at The Courthouse. Family, friends and colleagues chatted with artist Sophie Elm about her work and Sophie was presented with a bouquet of flowers by her proud parents.  Her exhibition is a lovely collection of framed prints, ceramics, illustrations, painted furniture and even a set of paper bra and knickers all with Sophie's unique style.   The exhibition runs until 21st September 10am - 4.30pm (Monday to Saturday).

Great British Artists exhibition at The Courthouse with Goldmark Gallery - Hockney, Henry Moore, Stanley Spencer etc.


Willow basket making workshop at The Courthouse

Recent visitors to The Old Courthouse will have seen the fantastic willow sculptures gracing the front garden. On Saturday Jess Wilkinson, the artist who produced these amazing pieces of art, ran a basket making workshop. She arrived at Rural Arts with a large bundle of willow, ready to introduce a group of nine ladies to the world of slaths, bradawls and upsetts. The workshop was an excellent chance for the group to get hands-on with this ancient craft. The participants were taken through the different stage, each part of the basket needing a slightly different technique or approach.   The participants produced some lovely baskets at the end of the workshop and should be very proud of their efforts. Jess has run workshops at the courthouse before, making garden willow ornaments. This second workshop proved just as popular, with participants not only taking home a willow basket, but a whole new set of skills. Rural Arts will be running more willow workshops with Jess in the aut