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A Rural Review: Week 6!

Welcome back to A Rural Review! This week has seen a brand new newsletter, stone carvings, print making, an exhibition from some lovely WI ladies and urban dance… so all in all it is set to be a pretty standard blog for Rural Arts! If you this is your first time reading this blog (if so you’re late – where have you been for six weeks?!) ‘Rural Review’ is  a light hearted look back at this week at the Courthouse and also gently points you in the direction of future events you should keep your eyes peeled for in the Rural Arts Calendar!

What’s been happening

‘Urban Conceptz’

On thursday the ON Tour team made the trip down to Doncaster to see the dance company Urban Conceptz perform their dance double bill – ‘Inside my mind’ and ‘The Present Perspective’ at the Cast. It was a great evening and so exciting to see a packed out theatre for an emerging company. It was great to see cutting-edge, contemporary dance at a fantastic new venue, and we are sure we will see more of Urban Conceptz in the future!


Click the video to see Urban Conceptz in action!

Our newsletter for October is here! These days, for environmental purposes, our newsletter only goes out online via e-mail to people on our mailing list – so if you are not on it you should sign up. It lets you know all this happening this month with easy links to book onto workshops, performances and more (thankfully it doesn’t review all of last months activities or A Rural Review might cease to exist…) To sign up, tear yourself away from this blog for a moment (I know it’s difficult – but you can do it – I know you can) and look to your right where you can just pop your e-mail address into the bar to begin reaping the rewards of receiving Rural Arts e-mails. Now you’ve signed up, as a reward you can continue to read the blog – congratulations!

Sowerby Art – Stone Carvings
Unlike certain ex-leaders of the Labour Party, we could not be more pleased with our stone carving ventures! Since June, Rural Arts has been working with local residents in North Yorkshire creating stone carvings of local events and landmarks in Thirsk, Sowerby and surrounding areas. These fantastic volunteers had never stone carved before attending our taster day in May – and here is just one of the fantastic results that have been created:


To see this amazing work head to Thirsk Garden Centre now – we want to say a huge thank you once again to our volunteers who have been wonderfully dedicated, enthusiastic and generally all-round lovely over these few months (not to mention pretty darn talented!) To read more about this fantastic project click HERE to see how the Northern Echo covered it this week.
WI Exhibtion
As you may or may not know, this week the Thirsk WI have been using our gallery to celebrate the centenary of this fantastic British institution. It has been super having them this week and there has been a lot of lovely responses from people who have visited. If you want any proof that this has gone down a treat – check out cafe manager Charlotte fully embracing all things WI!
A Taste Of…
Our adults art club, ‘A taste of…’ is going from strength to strength! This week was paper cutting, and a full workshop of interested people settled in for one of our best sessions yet. To sign up for our adult art class, running every Wednesday from 10:30-12:30 click HERE
Look at all this lovely work!
Whats coming up
Ceramic Pumpkins Workshops
This was mentioned in the last Rural Review but we are including it again to stress just how good we think it is going to be! Do you love all things spooky but also style? Before frightening people would you like them to first admire your ornaments? Well this is the workshop for you! Join Fiona Mazza on Monday the 12th October in carving and making your own stylish Ceramic Pumpkin. Once completed, you can fill it with LED lights to create a wonderful piece that can be bought out every year. To sign up, click HERE
Edwina Hayes
Although this event is happening in November – we thought it only right to include it now because unless you book tickets soon you may miss out! Edwina is a singer songwriter who has been described by Nanci Griffith as having “the sweetest voice in England”. Edwina’s accolades include opening numerous shows for Jools Holland and having her Randy Newman cover, Feels Like Home, featured in the Cameron Diaz film, My Sister’s Keeper. Edwina is a Rural Arts veteran and every time she has performed with us has been a huge hit – so grab tickets while you can. You can get them by clicking HERE
Click the video to hear Edwina’s wonderful version of Feels Like Home (this version alone has nearly 2 million views on youtube!)
Thirsk Hour
Next week, Rural Arts is in charge of Thirsk Hour, a weekly twitter hour where all businesses in Thirsk band together to promote all the fantastic events/companies in your local area! With Immy and Angela heading up the ship – it is a sure to be the most fun and useful hour you can have on social media! So stop aimlessly scrolling through Facebook (don’t lie to yourself you know you do it) and join the conversation @ThirskHour next Thursday 8th October between 6-7pm.
October half term workshops
This half term we are pulling out all the stops – from Monday 26th we have two workshops a day (yes you read that right – two a day! The Rural Review is never wrong) all with a scary, spooky theme. Whether you are making something to eat, something to wear, or something to stick up on the fridge – we have the workshop for you! To get you in the mood – here is a picture of just one of things you could make:
To sign up for any of these workshops, click HERE
Thanks for reading – join us next week for another Rural Review!