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A Rural Review 2016: Week 11

Hello one and all and welcome back to A Rural Review. This blog is the place where we rabbit on about what we have gotten up to this week and what exciting activities we have coming up. Somehow Easter has already hopped into view (where is this year going?!) and we are gearing up by preparing some exciting easter-themed workshops – keep reading to find out more! In the meantime lets start with…

What’s been happening

Who wouldn’t work with this team?!

Thirsk School Careers Event
On Monday, 4 enthusiastic staff members spent their evening at Thirsk school, meeting young people who wanted more information about future careers and talking to them about Rural Arts can offer. It was great to get involved and meet so many young people, and also to meet other organisations in the area who are offering young people different pathways. With that in mind: Rural Arts is always looking for different people to get involved with what we do. We have work experience, volunteering, part time and full time vacancies (including internships and apprenticeships) happening all the time – so if you are hunting for a job make sure to keep us in mind and see whats going on! You can look at our vacancies page by clicking HERE or just give us a call about how you are interested in getting involved and we will find a way of getting you involved!

FRESH Exhibition Opening
It’s free and everything!
Our FRESH exhibiton has opened! Now, for all those wondering, this exhibition is not about the fresh spring air we have been having recently – instead it showcases 12 of the brightest young artistic talents in the North East. We had an official opening on thursday which went down a treat and we are thrilled with how the exhibition is looking – it is one of our most exciting, cutting edge exhibitions to date and you really should come and down have a look while you can. The exhibition runs from now until the 9th April, and we are open Monday to Saturday, from 10 until 4:30. Make sure you keep reading as we tell you all about a special event you can get come too all this showcase!

As You Like It – National Theatre Live

We made it! Yes on Tuesday we were finally able to show the fantastic performance of the Shakespeare classic, after being hampered by technology-related issues earlier in the year (we would like to take this moment, once again, to apologise for that.) We are happy to report that this showing went without a hitch, and everyone enjoyed this warm, contemporary and laugh-out-loud production at one of the most recognisable theatres in England, the Olivier. This has made us even more excited for our next National Theatre Live performance, which will be Hangmen on the 12th April. To get yourself some tickets – click HERE. As a special treat, we will throw in the trailer of Hangmen aswell for good measure..

What’s coming up

Easter Workshops
Have you spotted this on our homepage?!
Here at Rural Arts we love a themed workshop – and school holidays give us a chance to stretch our creative wings! On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week we are running not one, but two workshops a day, all around the theme of the nations favourite bank-holiday weekend (unless Christmas is on a weekend of course…) We have Cardboard Chicken making in the morning and Batik Eggs in the afternoon, it is fun for all the family and with a bit of cluck you will have something eggciting to take home at the end (sorry.) These are both open to all and drop in sessions – but with places going fast we strongly suggest you don’t put all your eggs in one basket and assume there will be places on the day (seriously we can’t stop) – so book on now! Click HERE to do just that.

Henry Raby
No caption required – just come!
With our FRESH exhibition in full swing, it is almost time for our FRESH performance season to kick off! This is a performance we have mentioned a lot in our blog, but want to remind you of it because it is going to be so good. Henry is a fantastic spoken word poet who has a unique style: funny and passionate, Henry’s anarchic voice always means there is a good night to be had. Furthermore, because it is a FRESH performance, unlike Aloe Blacc, you won’t desperately need a dollar to attend: and not just because that currency isn’t accepted here. This is a ‘pay-what-you-think’ show – there is no set fee and you pay whatever you would like. So to confirm: a fantastic poet, a welcoming venue and no set fee – why wouldn’t you get involved?! To book tickets – please click HERE.

BBC Get Creative Day – FRESH 
We are FRESH mad at the moment aren’t we?! As we mentioned above- we have an exciting event planned which ties into our exhibition and a national event. On Saturday 2nd April, BBC are hosting a ‘Get Creative’ day, where art organisations up and down the country open their doors and encourage people to think about, engage, and get involved with the arts. As you can imagine, Rural Arts did not want to miss out on all this fun! Next Saturday, many of the artists involved will be at our venue, and so you have the chance to talk with them all about their work, inspiration and techniques. That’s not all: there will also be discounted cream teas in our cafe- so there really is no excuse not to get involved! 

It’s going to be an exciting day!

With that, we have reached the end of this weeks blog. We hope you have a fantastic time being with family and eating your weight in chocolate. As long as we don’t fall into a food-induced coma over the weekend, we will back next week for another Rural Review: we hope to see you then.