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A Rural Review: Week 7!

Can you believe it is here again! Time flies when you are writing weekly blog posts doesn’t it? But yes, it is time for another Rural Review – another chance for us to give you the lowdown on all we have done this week and then swiftly moving on to look at what we will be doing in the near future and get all excited!

What’s been happening
#CREATEtour Taster Day

On Sunday Rural Arts took over Tuned In for a day singing, song writing and all round great fun! Acclaimed jazz singer Lindsay Hannon ran two amazing sessions in Redcar as an introduction to our full #CREATEtour which is happening in late October – and to be honest the ON Tour team enjoyed being involved almost as much as the participants!

If these photos inspire the jazz singer in you- fear not! We still have a few places left if you want to sign up for our #CREATEtour that is running at the end of October. If you are aged between 11-18, in the Redcar and East Cleveland area, and love singing or want to try something new and exciting get yourself signed up – call 01845 526 536 or e-mail to do just that. If you want more information just click HERE. Also to book to see Lindsay and the young people in action you can click HERE to book tickets to her fabulous shows in November!

New Website – coming soon!
This is something not mentioned a lot in a Rural Review but this is the incredibly exciting project that continues to rumble on behind the scenes. Our brand-spanking new website, equipped with loads of new features which will make it even easier for you to get involved with all things Rural Arts, is beginning to take shape and we cannot wait to show you it in the near future. We can’t show you any pictures yet (We are going all Doctor Who on you…’no spoilers!’) but keep your eyes peeled for it in the near future. Finally, for those of you worrying – take a breath, calm yourself down – even on this new website there will still be a place for A Rural Review!


Thirsk Hour
On Thursday it was Rural Arts turn once again to take over the Twitter airwaves to host Thirsk Hour – which is the weekly Twitter event where all in Thirsk can tune in to see what is going on in our marvellous town. It is an hour ran by and for local businesses – and is a brilliant way to find out about all the exciting events happening in your local area. This week it was ran to perfection by our director Angela Hall and Marketing Officer Immy Shaw – it even included a cheeky limerick to celebrate national poetry day! (as you may well know we love a poem in a Rural Review – click HERE to read our much more ham fisted attempt in week 3..) Thirsk Hour runs every Thursday between 7-8 pm so to get involved either tweet or hashtag @Thirskhour! Also you should follow us @ruralarts because… well because we are just generally all round awesome (not biased at all), and that should be good enough for you!
These smiling faces would love to hear from you on twitter on a Thursday between 7 and 8!
Also – a brand new twitter account, @volunteerthirsk, has been set up – this is for all local businesses looking for volunteers in the Thirsk area to get involved and help out- you should definitely follow them as well.


What’s coming up
National Theatre Live
Here’s a mini teaser for you: What do Dominic West, Michelle Dockery, Chris O’Dowd and James Franco all have in common? They are all coming to our lovely Courthouse in the near future! Earlier this week we announced the thrilling news that we will be streaming National Theatre performances live from our base at The Courthouse. This is your chance to see the biggest shows in the country for affordable prices and without having to get on even one tube! Our first show is Of Mice and Men on the 19th November and these tickets are already selling super fast – so click HERE to grab them while you can!
Seriously, look at this trailer… how good does it look!? There could be a whole Rural Review dedicated to how excited we are about the show on the basis of this trailer alone, but we must press on… talking of pressing on….(dubious segway alert!!)

Introduction to Print Making

We’re sorry about that… But! Next week kicks off the Introduction to Print making course with Andy Dalton, which is sure to be a fantastic event. Join us for every Tuesday for the next six weeks to learn about various methods of print making – including print making, dry point and mono print. There is no experience required – just enthusiasm! To sign up for our last few places you can click HERE

Look how much fun is being had here – this could be you if you sign up!

The Big Draw

Let’s continue with the workshop theme, and in fact the print making theme (hasn’t this worked well!)  and tell you about this fantastic family workshop that you can get involved with over the October half term. The Big Draw is a national event happening at arts organisations up and down the country made especially for families- so come down to The Courthouse every morning in October half term to try your hand at some family-friending etching. Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, this is the activity for you! You can click HERE to learn more and HERE to sign up.

This is just one of a number of October Half term activities happening at the Courthouse- with mask making,  spooky cd animals and mini beasts all making an appearance! Finally for those who are both devasted and baking inspired in equal measure at the end of the year’s biggest national event, The Great British Bake Off, we even have something for you – click HERE to read about all the workshops we offer.

Hey Clay
They say nothing in this world comes free… well we have another fantastic nationwide arts-initative we are involved with that is an exception to the rule! To tie in with the BBC program The Great British Pottery Throwdown – we are hosting a morning where you can see all the regional potters in the area and also give pottery a go for the first time. This is another event perfect for families – so get yourself down to Rural Arts on the 5th December- click HERE to reserve a place
Come to Hey Clay – it is sure to be a ‘Hoot!’
And I think with that terrible joke it is time to end… Thanks for reading and we will see you next week for another Rural Review!